The second game of the college basketball Tip-Off Marathon was not very exciting, unless you're a Gonzaga fan. The Zags absolutely unloaded on the Rams of Colorado State for a 93-61 victory to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Gonzaga was fueled by a three point barrage in which they hit 14 three pointers on 31 attempts.
The win showed that last season's success was no fluke and that the Bulldogs are once again ready to make a run at a potential Final Four berth. Here is a complete look at what we learned from Gonzaga's blowout victory.
1) Remember the Name Jon Octeus
Although it was a terrible night for Colorado State, we have to quickly give props to Jon Octeus. The junior guard led all scorers in Monday night's game with 27 points and was the only bright spot for Colorado State.
Hopefully for the Rams, the rest of their season goes a little better, and it should if Octeus can continue to lead the charge. If the Rams can improve on defense then they may be able to make a run in the Mountain West Conference. If so, you will hear the name Jon Octeus again.
2) Gary Bell Jr. is a Stud
Eight three-pointers is a pretty good night, and that's exactly how many Gary Bell Jr. had against the Rams on Monday night. He looked like Ray Allen behind the arc as he simply went through stretches where he could not miss. Almost everybody on Gonzaga is electric behind the three-point line, but the guy you have to worry about the most is Gary Bell Jr.
3) Karnowski is Crucial to Success
You won't see the seven footer Przemek Karnowki stepping out and shooting any three-pointers, but he is critical to the success of a team that shoots so many three-point shots. Karnowski is able to keep lots of possessions alive and kick the ball back out to one of Gonzaga's many great shooters.
Once the opposing defense starts coming out to defend the barrage of three-point shots that Gonzaga puts up they are able to go inside to the big man who can get lots of easy baskets because of his size.
4) David Stockton is the X-Factor Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. have proven that they are the two best players on this Gonzaga team, but the X-factor is David Stockton. Stockton went two for three from the three-point arc against Colorado State and had 10 points in the game.
If Stockton can continue to be a reliable three-point shooter, the Gonzaga offense adds another dimension. It is hard enough to stop two lethal three-point shooters on one team, stopping three is nearly impossible. Stockton may very well be that third guy.