Colorado State opened the regular with an easy win over University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday night, which was expected. The challenge against WCC favorite Gonzaga Bulldogs will be much more stiff especially since the Rams lost their top five scorers off of last years NCAA tournament team from last season.
However, Gonzaga does need to look out for guard Daniel Bejarano opened the season with a 17 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. He is a very good rebounding guard but it also helps that Colorado State played a Division II team.
Gonzaga did lose their top top two scorers in Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris rom last years team, but the Bulldogs are a program that has the next player(s) step up and keep the machine going.
Here is a snippet from Slipper Still Fits as for what Gonzaga's lineup should look like against Colorado State, and going forward:
Mark Few settled in with an eight-man rotation, with a semi-surprising star by David Stockton. A small lineup will be one of the consistent themes of the season it looks like. Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell each finished with 14 points, although Pangos was cold from beyond the arc. New transfer Gerard Coleman was great in his first game, scoring 15 points and giving a serious boost of athleticism on the floor. [...] With Karnowski riding the bench for much of the first half, Few ran out a small four-guard rotation with Dower anchoring the post.
Date/Time: Monday Nov. 11, 9 p.m. ET
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Wa.
Odds: Gonzaga (-15.5)
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