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The Bulldogs play good team basketball, but they're going to need their stars to step up and lead the way if they expect to make a deep run through the tournament. There are two guys who spring to mind.
Kevin Pangos was, for the most part, quite good in his freshman season. He led Gonzaga in scoring at 13.8 points per game, and he also averaged 3.4 assists per game.
It was rare during his freshman season for Pangos to pile up assists, but the Bulldogs could always count on him to score in double digits while being generally efficient from the floor. Most of his buckets will come from beyond the arc, where Pangos shoots better than 40 percent.
When Pangos goes cold, bad things tend to happen. Never more was this true than against St. Mary's, as Pangos shot just 3-of-18 from the floor, including 1-of-10 from distance. He didn't single-handedly cost Gonzaga the game, but his poor shooting was definitely a factor.
That performance leaves one to wonder if Pangos is a little nervous on big stages. If so, he's going to have to get over it in the Big Dance. Gonzaga won't last long if Pangos isn't knocking down shots.
Elias Harris was Gonzaga's second-leading scorer behind Pangos, and he emerged as a double-double machine in the latter portion of the season. In Gonzaga's last nine games, Harris recorded six double-doubles.
Harris gets his share of easy buckets, but it should be noted that his range stretches out beyond the three-point line. He didn't shoot many threes this season, but he knocked down better than 40 percent of the threes he did take. Most notably, it was his three against St. Mary's in the WCC championship that sent the game to OT.
It's going to be harder and harder for Harris to pile up rebounds as the competition gets stiffer and he has to start competing with tougher frontcourt players. But as long as he keeps his scoring up, the Bulldogs will be in good shape.