As we all know by now, Gonzaga kicks off their portion of the Maui Invitational by taking on Colorado today at 3pm ET.
So looking towards today's game I see a team that is near doormat status in the Big XII. But that's being judgemental. Whether it may be true or not, I don't like being that way.
So, we will look today at how we need to beat Colorado, and what is good in Boulder right now.
As I look at things Colorado is actually 3-0, with wins over virtually nobody .... Beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Texas Southern and Coppin State aren't impressive, so this is their first real test.
Just looking at stats, it doesn't seem like this Colorado team is the best team at rebounding, or second chance points, either.
Key Players to look out for on Colorado:
Cory Higgins (avg. 23pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)
Alec Burks (avg. 18pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)
Both are guards too, so we might see a little more trouble out on the wings, if these guys are on fire. What I think we should do is definetly contain the 3-ball, and dominate on the low post with Elias Harris and Robert Sacre. I think are length should help start this game off good. And if we pound the ball enough, we can set the game up for Matt Bouldin and Stephen Gray to take over and finish it off.
Right now I am not really scared of this game, but I ain't looking over it either. Colorado has been known to sneak up on people when they never match up talent wise with other teams. I think the best way we can look at this is a chance to play a solid team in Wisconsin in the second round, or possibly Arizona.
Either way I think Gonzaga wins by the score of something similar to this:
Go Zags, Go!