If nationwide doubt over their true talent behind a number one ranking earlier this month wasn’t enough, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have several more roadblocks ahead in their path to a national championship.
Monday marked an important day in Gonzaga history: the first time ever the school was ranked number one in the AP rankings. However, the milestone will mean nothing if the Zags crumble in the NCAA Tournament.
Kelly Olynyk made a key putback with 1:55 remaining on the way to a career-high 33 points, and No. 10 Gonzaga held off a late rally to beat Santa Clara 81-74 on Saturday night for its sixth straight victory.
Kelly Olynyk dominated inside with 20 points and Gonzaga rebounded from its first loss of the season with an impressive victory over the Wildcats, who were looking for their first signature win under new coach Bruce Weber.