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St. John's non-conference opponent scouting: Gonzaga Bulldogs

St. John's hopes to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship. Scouting Mark Few's top-25 team.

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Opponent Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date Friday, November 28 (dependent on NIT draw)
KenPom Ranking 18
KenPom Predicted Win %
Location
Venue New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Time TBA
2013-14 Record 29-7
Key Players Kevin Pangos (6'2" G, Sr.); Gary Bell Jr. (6'2" G, Sr.); Przemek Karnowski (7'1" C, Jr.)
Key Newcomers Kyle Wiltjer (6'10" F); Byron Wesley (6'5" G/F); Josh Perkins (6'3" G); Domatas Sabonis (6'10" F)
Key Losses David Stockton (PG, 5'11"); Sam Dower (C, 6'9")

LogosTop-25 Gonzaga return much of their talented core and are stocked with length, excellent shooting and a lot of experience.

Mark Few's backcourt is deep and can scorch the nets with the shooting talents of Kevin Pangos (41% from beyond the three-point line) and Gary Bell (42% from beyond arc) and the bench shooting of Kyle Draginis (36% from deep), while enormous Przemek Karnowski (10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks per game) will be joined by former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer up front, a top-40 player coming out of high school with shooting ability.

And the Zags add slasher Byron Wesley from Southern California; Arydas Sabonis' son, Domatas Sabonis; and top-50 wing Josh Perkins. The team is stacked.

Last year's team was strong defensively, but played a good schedule that lacked top-line opponents; the Zags lost in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to Arizona. This season, the Bulldogs face Arizona again, adding UCLA, SMU and Memphis and the NIT Season Tip-Off to bolster their NCAA Tournament resume.