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Gonzaga vs Creighton Live College Basketball 2021 Tv Channel This is Greg McDermott’s first-ever Sweet 16 and the program’s first since 1974, but he hopes to go even further. Creighton has been in the Elite Eight once before, back in 1941, but that was when the NCAA Tournament only had eight teams in the field and they even played third-place games.
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It’s been a long 70 years, unless you feel that Elite Eight appearance doesn’t count given the limited tournament field. The Bluejays have a tough obstacle in front of them in the No. 1 overall team in college basketball. The Bluejays might try to fight fire with fire, with a balanced attack that features five players that average double-digit points, a unit led by Marcus Zegarowski but also features Denzel Mahoney, Damien Jefferson, Christian Bishop, and Mitch Ballock.
After squeezing by UC-Santa Barbara, Creighton looked more like itself against Ohio and reminded everyone how dangerous it can be when different players are contributing offensively.
While McDermott’s Bluejays have typically been offensively minded, this year is actually one of his best defensive teams. According to KenPom, Creighton is ranked 32nd in the country for defensive efficiency. The Bluejays have held opponents to just a 31.5% clip from long range and rank among the top 40 in defending inside the arc.
On paper, it’s Creighton’s best defensive team under McDermott, but it’ll be tested like no other against Gonzaga. McDermott feels that having four players that played in that 2018 game is a plus, but how much of that familiarity with Gonzaga’s style really help? Does Creighton try to go into a fast-paced shootout, or step out of its comfort zone and find another way to win?
The untouchable BulldogsIt’s not easy to go undefeated, especially this late in the season. Although it was a shortened year, this year’s Gonzaga Bulldogs are on the hunt to go all the way and capture their first-ever national championship.
Statistically and analytically this is Mark Few’s best team, boasting the most efficient offense and a top 10 defense according to KenPom.
What’s not to love about this squad? The Bulldogs play a fast-paced game and are far from reckless. They don’t turn the ball over much, and they can score in a variety of ways. They have the best effective field goal percentage in college basketball at 61.0% and have the top two-point shooting percentage, converting on 63.6% of takes inside the arc.
Only seven teams have enjoyed a perfect season, with the last being the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers. Gonzaga hopes to join the exclusive club and are favored to do so, barring any major upsets.
It’s no secret that Gonzaga is loaded with talent. Senior Corey Kispert and freshman phenom Jalen Suggs are projected by many to be top 10 picks in the 2021 NBA Draft. Redshirt junior guard Joel Ajayi has also been in the draft conversation as a late first or second round pick. Drew Timme has appeared in a couple of mock drafts as a late second round pick.
The Bulldogs use a short seven-man rotation, but mostly rely on their starters. It feels like any combination of their top four players can go off on any night, but Corey Kispert leads the way with a team-high 19.2 points per game. Kispert is a complete scorer and a dangerous shooter from beyond the arc. He’s shooting 54.5% overall and a team-best 45.8% from deep.
Timme, a sophomore 6-foot-10 big man, is a bruiser down low. He’s an old-school back-to-basket interior scorer, but he’s also the third-most efficient scorer in the country, shooting 65.5% and averaging 18.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Creighton doesn’t have much dependable size to combat him.
As for Suggs, he’s a tough, athletic guard with a great feel for the game and solid court vision. He’s averaging 14.1 points, 5.3 boards, 4.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. A former standout quarterback in high school, one that got Division I offers for football, he can also thread the needle on the court.
Last but not least, Ajayi is a solid shooter and is active on the glass. He’s got great rebounding instincts and a high motor for a two-guard. He’s averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. The Bulldogs put on yet another dominant display on Monday, dusting off the Sooners 87-71 en route to the Sweet 16. Corey Kispert usually leads Gonzaga’s top-ranked offense, but Drew Timme took control against Oklahoma. Timme racked up a team-high 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds in his double-double effort. Kispert and rookie standout Jalen Suggs chipped in with 16 points apiece in the drubbing.
The Sooners actually made one more field goal than the favorites and shot a slightly better percentage from the field, but the Bulldogs at them alive at the charity stripe and converted 23 of their 26 attempts. Very good teams lose to Gonzaga by double-digits despite putting together complete games. Creighton has a real challenge waiting in the Sweet 16.