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Kelly Olynyk gives Gonzaga a chance to make a deep tournament run.
This season's best mid-major team has been Gonzaga. Even though they have lost to the previous team, Butler, Gonzaga's only other loss was to an Illinois team ranked No. 13 at the time.
They do have big wins to their credit against Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
Gonzaga has three big strengths that will help them make a tournament run. First, the Bulldogs have two big-time scorers on the roster. Kelly Olynyk is an All-American candidate who is scoring 17.7 points on 65.2 percent shooting this season. Elias Harris adds 14.8 points per game of his own from the wing.
Having two players who can carry a team offensively for a game during the tournament is key. Teams led by a single big scorer risk a bad shooting night or foul trouble ending their tournament run.
Next, Gonzaga has a very deep roster. The team currently has 10 players who average double-digit minutes. Roster depth keeps the Bulldogs' star players fresh through the tournament and gives them insurance if someone gets into foul trouble or goes down with an injury.
Finally, the Zags can play five players in crunch time who shoot at least 70 percent from the foul line. Games are often decided down the stretch at the stripe, and not many teams have as good of a unit as Gonzaga.
Also, the team's top-five free-throw shooters are all top six in minutes played on the roster, so they won't be giving up talent to get their good shooters on the floor.
With a combination of go-to scorers, team depth and free-throw shooting, Gonzaga is poised to make a deep tournament run.