Gonzaga vs. Georgia State Odds & Preview for 2022 NCAA Tournament

Mar 13, 2022 - 11:16 PM

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Georgia State Panthers 2022 NCAA Tournament Game Preview

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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Georgia State Panthers Match Up Overview

Gonzaga Georgia State
Conference WCC Sun Belt
W-L 26-3 18-10
AdjEM 1st 151st
AdjO 3rd 202nd
AdjD 7th 112th
Tempo 4th 175th
eFG% 2nd 344th
TO% 39th 77th
OR% 148th 44th
FTR 188th 181st
DeFG% 1st 170th
DTO% 268th 19th
DR% 21st 281st
DFTR 16th 248th
Luck 268th 57th

Stats via KenPom.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs Preview

While Gonzaga the past few years has been “clear Tier 1” dominant, this year they are only “tier 1” dominant. Mark Few has led Gonzaga to another WCC title, capturing their third straight 1 seed in the tournament.

When discussing this squad, you have to start with Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme. The duo gizes Gonzaga the best frontcourt in the nation and makes it nearly impossible to stop this team down low, where the Bulldogs prefer to shoot the rock. Even if teams swarm down low, the Bulldogs have the ability to kick it out for beyond-the-arc looks (ranking 18th in the nation at 3pt%), and they captialize on missed shots (ranking seventh in second-chance conversion percentage). What isn’t discussed as much about the bulldogs is their sixth-ranked KenPom defense. Few’s squad rebounds well to eliminate potential second-chance opportunities and stays out of foul trouble to help boost their defense, which ranks first in 2pt%.

Gonzaga isn’t exactly unstoppable, however. Holmgren is still developing, and we’ve witnessed the Bulldogs put up some duds. If this team is to be upset early, it would be by a big, physical team that limits Gonzaga down low, combined with the Bulldogs being off from deep. That said, this is still a dynamic team that should be your favorite to cut down the nets in New Orleans. I would be surprised if this team doesn’t make the Final Four.

Georgia State Panthers Preview

Georgia State is one of the more surprising teams in the field considering that their offense ranked 203rd in the nation and they started the season 6-9. But survive and advance, right? Coach Rob Lanier led his team to a strong finish, as this squad is riding a 10-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament.

Since that streak began on Feb. 5, Georgia State has ranked 70th in adjusted efficiency. That’s higher than Providence, Michigan State, Wyoming, and USC during that time frame. If Georgia State can play to their recent form, they are capable of keeping it close with their opponent.

Georgia State is all about defense. Their interior-focused defense has limitied opponents to 45.4% shooting from inside the arc, 26th best in the nation. Their iwn shooting numbers are really bad, but they do take care of the ball and grab a lot of offensive rebounds to negate their flaws a bit.

If Georgia State matches up against a team that doesn’t like shooting threes, they have a chance at an upset.

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