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Marcus Smart is on the horizon for the Zags. They must step up defensively.
One of Gonzaga’s greatest weaknesses this season has been its inability to stop elite scoring guards.
Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. are both a bit undersized at their respective positions, and for that reason, bigger, more athletic guards can bully them at times.
Pierre Jackson, one of the nation’s best guards, scored 23 points on the Zags last night.
This was, for the most part, over shadowed by Pangos’ 31 points and the fact that he turned the ball over frequently.
Jackson’s performance brought back memories of Brandon Paul, who torched the Bulldogs to the tune of 35 points in route to a win at the Kennel earlier this season.
Gonzaga must learn to stop elite talent as they come up against guards such as Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, Matthew Dellevadova of St. Mary’s and Rotnei Clarke of Butler.
If the Zags can shore up this weakness, the sky is the limit for them.