Catalon: I Still Think Gonzaga Is A Final Four Team

The Zags fell short in the WCC Championship, but Andrew Catalon believes they could still get to Minneapolis

The DA Show
March 20, 2019 - 12:17 pm
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Gonzaga was one of the best teams in the country this year. The Zags won 30 games, beat Duke, and won 21 games in a row heading into the WCC Championship.

Then they lost to Saint Mary’s, 60-47.

So, what do we make of the Zags entering the NCAA Tournament? Is their stock down, or do they still have Final Four potential?

“I think they have Final Four potential,” CBS Sports college basketball broadcaster Andrew Catalon said on The DA Show. “Obviously I don’t love the way they go into the tournament, as Saint Mary’s absolutely blitzed them in (their conference) championship game. That’s not a good sign going into the tournament. I still think they’re a Final Four team. They’ve got one of the best players in the country in (Rui) Hachimura, they’re tournament tested, and they’ve been in this spot before.”

That’s putting it mildly. Gonzaga has made the NCAA Tournament 21 years in a row, reaching nine Sweet 16s, three Elite Eights, and, in 2017, the national championship game.

The Zags could absolutely get back.

“In this season of college basketball, there’s no dominant team,” Catalon said. “Yes, Duke with Zion is a favorite, but if you watch this season from start to finish, I don’t see a great team. I don’t see even a couple of really strong teams that could make a big run. I just feel like it’s very wide open, there’s a lot of parity, and to me, this is the type of year where Gonzaga can really go all the way. So yes, I don’t love the way they go into the tournament, but I still think they’re very capable of going to the Final Four.”

Gonzaga (30-3) plays No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday at 7:27 p.m. ET. If victorious, the Zags play the winner of No. 8 Syracuse (20-13) versus No. 9 Baylor (19-13).