Gonzaga basketball is currently 10-1 and heading into a showdown with Kansas State.
With massive roster overhaul that has seen the focus of the offense switch from the frontcourt to the backcourt, Gonzaga’s gameplay and statistics have shifted dramatically.
Behind impressive guard play, Gonzaga’s offense is firing on all cylinders, but with such little frontcourt depth, the team's rebounding is a cause for major concern.
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The Bulldogs are scoring a blistering 87.5 points per game, which ranks the team 11th in the nation.
With an efficient offense that capitalizes on fast-break opportunities, Gonzaga has been able to score 90 or more points in five games and over 100 points in two.
Gonzaga has five players who average more than nine points per game, and leading scorers Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell Jr. and Sam Dower average a combined 47.8 PPG.
The Bulldogs have one of the most potent offenses in the country, and its ability to score in bunches makes for a dangerous team come March.
Not only does Gonzaga score a high number of points per game, but the Zags also shoot at an incredibly high percentage from the field.
Gonzaga's 52.6 field-goal percentage makes it the fifth-best program in the nation under this category.
This can mainly be attributed to a very efficient frontcourt behind Sam Dower and Przemek Karnowski and veteran leadership in the backcourt.
With David Stockton running the point guard spot for the Zags, the offense is firing on all cylinders.
This already incredibly efficient team is made even more efficient with Stockton as the floor general, finding shots for teammates and getting them in mismatches they can exploit.
Gonzaga’s assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.545, which is good for 16th in the nation.
David Stockton averages 4.9 assists per game, and Kevin Pangos adds 4.3 assists of his own.
Both Stockton and Pangos are point guards by trade, but when they are played together, Pangos slides over to the shooting guard position.
With two floor generals on the floor at one time, Gonzaga’s offense runs more smoothly, as evidenced by a very solid assist-to-turnover ratio.
Gonzaga has launched 225 three-pointers this season, but what is most impressive about this barrage is that 44.4 percent were made baskets.
The Zags are ranked fourth in the nation in this category, and it is no wonder why. Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. both shoot close to 50 percent from behind the arc, and they have made a collective 66 three-pointers through Gonzaga’s first 11 contests.
While Gonzaga has enjoyed success this season due in part to its ability to shoot from distance, the team must be wary about not being overly dependent on three-pointers to win games.
An impressively bad and possibly season-endangering statistic is Gonzaga’s 9.7 offensive rebounds allowed per game, which ranks 198th in the nation.
With a dilapidated frontcourt, Gonzaga’s inability to rebound the basketball is not shocking.
In its one loss to Dayton, the Bulldogs allowed 18 offensive rebounds. These critical missed rebounds create valuable second-chance points that have seen seemingly out-of-reach games closer than they should have been, and they killed the Bulldogs in the game against Dayton.
If Gonzaga is serious about contending this season, this statistic is a glaring problem that must be addressed immediately.