2020–21 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

2020–21 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Gonzaga Bulldogs wordmark.svg
WCC regular season and tournament champions
Conference West Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 1
2020–21 record 31–1 (15–0 WCC)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arena McCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons
←  2019–20
2021–22 →
2020–21 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Gonzaga 15 0   1.000     31 1   .969
No. 23 BYU 10 3   .769     20 7   .741
Loyola Marymount 7 5   .583     13 9   .591
Pepperdine 7 6   .538     15 12   .556
Pacific 6 7   .462     9 9   .500
Santa Clara 4 5   .444     12 8   .600
Saint Mary's 4 6   .400     14 10   .583
San Francisco 4 9   .308     11 14   .440
San Diego 2 7   .222     3 11   .214
Portland 0 11   .000     6 15   .286
2021 WCC Tournament winner
As of April 8, 2021; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2020–21 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University, located in Spokane, Washington, in the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by head coach Mark Few, in his 22nd season as head coach. This was the Bulldogs' 17th season at the on-campus McCarthey Athletic Center and 41st season as a member of the West Coast Conference.

The Bulldogs became the first undefeated team to advance to the national championship game since Indiana State in 1979. Gonzaga lost to fellow 1-seed Baylor in the championship game 70–86, denying the Bulldogs a perfect season.

Previous season

The Bulldogs finished the season 31–2, 15–1 in WCC play to be WCC regular-season champions. They then defeated San Francisco and Saint Mary's to be champions of the WCC Tournament. They earned the WCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. However, all postseason play, including the NCAA Tournament, was cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bulldogs finished #2 in the final AP and Coaches poll.

Offseason

Coaching changes

Name Position Year at
Gonzaga
Alma Mater (year) Reason for Departure
Gary Bell Jr. Graduate Assistant 1st Gonzaga (2015) Left team
Name Position Year at
Gonzaga
Alma Mater (year) Previous Job
Evan Manning Graduate Assistant 1st Kansas (2016) Director of Player Development at Wake Forest

Player departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Admon Gilder 1 G 6'4" 200 Senior (Redshirt) Dallas, TX Completed college eligibility[a]
Ryan Woolridge 4 G 6'3" 175 Senior (Redshirt) Mansfield, TX Completed college eligibility[a]
Killian Tillie 33 F 6'10" 220 Senior Cagnes-sur-Mer, France Graduated
Filip Petrušev 3 F 6'11" 235 Sophomore Belgrade, Serbia Signed with Mega Soccerbet[1]
Brock Ravet 32 G 6'1" 175 Freshman Kittitas, WA Left team[2]
  1. ^ a b Gilder and Woolridge were both graduate transfers in the 2019–20 season, with Gilder having graduated from Texas A&M and Woolridge from North Texas.

Incoming transfers

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous
School
Years
Remaining
Date
Eligible
Aaron Cook Jr. 4 G 6'1" 180 Senior (Redshirt) St. Louis, MO Southern Illinois 2[a] October 1, 2020[4]
Andrew Nembhard 3 G 6'5" 193 Junior Aurora, ON Florida 3[a] November 24, 2020[5][6]
  1. ^ a b Initially, Cook and Nembhard were to be eligible for one and two years respectively. However, on October 14, 2020, the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility for all athletes who participate in a winter sport in 2020–21, including basketball.[3]

Recruiting classes

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Dominick Harris
SG
Murrieta, CA Rancho Christian (CA) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jan 28, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 85
Julian Strawther
SF
Las Vegas, NV Liberty HS (NV) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 18, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 85
Jalen Suggs
PG / SG
West St. Paul, MN Minnehaha Academy (MN) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jan 3, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 96
Ben Gregg
PF
Clackamas, OR Clackamas (OR) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sep 9, 2020 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings:   247Sports: 14  ESPN: 7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Gonzaga 2020 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  • "2020 Gonzaga Bulldogs Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  • "2020 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 13, 2020.

Roster

2020–21 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 4 Aaron Cook Jr. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Sr Westminster Christian
Southern Illinois
St. Louis, MO
F 24 Corey Kispert 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr King's Edmonds, WA
G 11 Joël Ayayi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Jr INSEP Bordeaux, France
G 23 Matthew Lang (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Jesuit Portland, OR
G 35 Will Graves (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr South Eugene
Lane CC
Eugene, OR
G 3 Andrew Nembhard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Jr Montverde Academy
Florida
Aurora, ON
F 22 Anton Watson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Gonzaga Prep Spokane, WA
G 5 Martynas Arlauskas 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So President Valdas Adamkus Gymnasium Kaunas, Lithuania
F 2 Drew Timme 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Pearce Richardson, TX
F 10 Pavel Zakharov 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Montverde Academy St. Petersburg, Russia
C 21 Oumar Ballo 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 260 lb (118 kg) RS Fr NBA Academy Latin America Koulikoro, Mali
G 55 Dominick Harris 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Rancho Christian Murrieta, CA
G 0 Julian Strawther 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Liberty HS Las Vegas, NV
G 1 Jalen Suggs 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Minnehaha West St. Paul, MN
G 32 Evan Inglesby (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Barlow Gresham, OR
F 30 Abe Eagle (W) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Chaminade Prep Los Angeles, CA
F 20 Colby Brooks (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Loyola HS Los Angeles, CA
F 33 Ben Gregg 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Clackamas Clackamas, OR
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: December 17, 2020

  • Roster is subject to change as/if players transfer or leave the program for other reasons.
  • Andrew Nembhard was initially ruled as a redshirt prior to the start of the 2020–21 season. However, on November 24, 2020, the NCAA granted him immediate eligibility. Additionally, the NCAA has granted an additional year of eligibility to all individuals who participate in winter sports during the 2020–21 school year. Nembhard will thus have 3 years of eligibility remaining at the start of the 2020–21 season.
  • Ben Gregg joined the team on December 17, 2020, after graduating high school early.


Coaching staff

Name Position Year at
Gonzaga
Alma Mater (year)
Mark Few Head Coach 22nd Oregon (1987)
Tommy Lloyd Associate Head Coach 20th Whitman (1998)
Brian Michaelson Assistant Coach 8th Gonzaga (2005)
Roger Powell Jr. Assistant Coach 2nd Illinois (2005)
Jorge Sanz Director of Basketball Operations 3rd Florida Atlantic (2011)
Evan Manning Graduate Assistant 1st Kansas (2016)
Ken Nakagawa Video Coordinator 5th Long Beach State (2014)
Josh Therrien Athletic Trainer 5th Washington State (2007)
Travis Knight Strength & Conditioning Coach 15th Gonzaga (2000)

Depth Chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C Drew Timme
PF Corey Kispert Anton Watson
SF Joel Ayayi
SG Andrew Nembhard
PG Jalen Suggs Aaron Cook Jr.

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Schedule and results

Until the championship game, Gonzaga was the only NCAA basketball team, either men's or women's, to remain undefeated in every game (within and outside its conference) during the 2020–21 season. During the championship game, Baylor University became the season champions after defeating Gonzaga 86-70.[8]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
November 26, 2020*
10:30 am, FOX
No. 1 vs. No. 6 Kansas
Fort Myers Tip-Off
W 102–90  1–0
 25  Timme   9  Ayayi   8  Suggs  Suncoast Credit Union Arena (175)
Fort Myers, FL
November 27, 2020*
8:00 am, FOX
No. 1 vs. Auburn
Fort Myers Tip-Off
W 90–67  2–0
 28  Timme   10  Timme   6  Suggs  Suncoast Credit Union Arena (288)
Fort Myers, FL
December 2, 2020*
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 11 West Virginia
Jimmy V Classic
W 87–82  3–0
 21  Ayayi   7  Ayayi   6  Nembhard  Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
December 5, 2020*
10:00 am, CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 2 Baylor Canceled due to COVID-19 issues Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
December 8, 2020*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Tarleton State Canceled due to COVID-19 issues McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
December 10, 2020*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Southern Canceled due to COVID-19 issues McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
December 12, 2020*
7:30 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Northern Arizona Canceled due to COVID-19 issues McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
December 14, 2020*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Idaho Canceled due to COVID-19 issues McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
December 19, 2020*
9:00 am, CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 3 Iowa W 99–88  4–0
 27  Suggs   18  Ayayi   6  Ayayi, Kispert  Sanford Pentagon (243)
Sioux Falls, SD
December 21, 2020*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Northwestern State W 95–57  5–0
 27  Kispert   8  Timme   7  Suggs  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
December 22, 2020*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Northwestern State W 95–78  6–0
 25  Timme   9  Timme   5  Ayayi, Suggs  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
December 26, 2020*
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 1 vs. No. 16 Virginia W 98–75  7–0
 32  Kispert   8  Timme   8  Nembhard  Dickies Arena (2,795)
Fort Worth, TX
December 28, 2020*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Northern Arizona W 88–58  8–0
 17  Ayayi   10  Ayayi   7  Nembhard  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
December 29, 2020*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Dixie State W 112–67  9–0
 25  Kispert   11  Ayayi   6  Ayayi  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
WCC Regular Season
January 2, 2021
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 San Francisco W 85–62  10–0
(1–0)
 26  Kispert   11  Timme   4  Nembhard  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
January 7, 2021
7:00 pm
No. 1 Santa Clara Postponed due to COVID-19 issues McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
January 7, 2021
5:30 pm, ESPN
No. 1 BYU
Moved from February 6
W 86–69  11–0
(2–0)
 23  Kispert   8  Watson   6  Ayayi  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
January 9, 2021
5:00 pm, KAYU/RTNW
No. 1 at Portland W 116–88  12–0
(3–0)
 26  Timme   13  Ayayi   14  Ayayi  Chiles Center 
Portland, OR
January 14, 2021
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 Pepperdine W 95–70  13–0
(4–0)
 23  Kispert   10  Watson   4  Nembhard, Timme  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
January 16, 2021
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at Saint Mary's
Rivalry
W 73–59  14–0
(5–0)
 17  Kispert   8  Timme   2  Suggs  University Credit Union Pavilion 
Moraga, CA
January 23, 2021
7:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 Pacific W 95–49  15–0
(6–0)
 22  Timme   11  Suggs   8  Suggs  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
January 28, 2021
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 at San Diego W 90–62  16–0
(7–0)
 21  Timme   8  Kispert   10  Nembhard  Jenny Craig Pavilion 
San Diego, CA
January 30, 2021
5:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at Pepperdine W 97–75  17–0
(8–0)
 19  Timme   7  Ayayi   8  Nembhard  Firestone Fieldhouse 
Malibu, CA
February 4, 2021
6:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 1 at Pacific
Moved from February 25
W 76–58  18–0
(9–0)
 21  Timme   9  Suggs   3  Nembhard, Suggs  Alex G. Spanos Center 
Stockton, CA
February 4, 2021
6:00 pm
No. 1 Loyola Marymount Postponed due to COVID-19 issues McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
February 6, 2021
7:00 pm
No. 1 Santa Clara
rescheduled from January 7
Postponed due to COVID-19 issues McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
February 8, 2021
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at BYU
moved from February 27
W 82–71  19–0
(10–0)
 24  Suggs   13  Timme   4  Ayayi  Marriott Center 
Provo, UT
February 11, 2021
7:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 at Santa Clara Canceled due to COVID-19 issues Leavey Center 
Santa Clara, CA
February 13, 2021
3:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 at San Francisco W 100–61  20–0
(11–0)
 28  Timme   10  Timme   5  Nembhard, Suggs  War Memorial Gymnasium 
San Francisco, CA
February 18, 2021
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 Saint Mary's
Rivalry
W 87–65  21–0
(12–0)
 20  Kispert   6  Ayayi   5  Nembhard, Suggs  McCarthey Athletic Center 
Spokane, WA
February 20, 2021
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 San Diego W 106–69  22–0
(13–0)
 21  Timme   8  Kispert, Timme   3  Kispert  McCarthey Athletic Center (200)
Spokane, WA
February 25, 2021
4:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 1 Santa Clara
rescheduled from February 6
W 89–75  23–0
(14–0)
 25  Kispert   11  Suggs   8  Suggs  McCarthey Athletic Center (200)
Spokane, WA
February 27, 2021
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 Loyola Marymount
rescheduled from February 4
W 86–69  24–0
(15–0)
 24  Kispert   7  Timme   7  Suggs  McCarthey Athletic Center (200)
Spokane, WA
WCC Tournament
March 8, 2021
6:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 1 vs. (4) Saint Mary's
Semifinals
W 78–55  25–0
 18  Timme   8  Timme   4  Timme  Orleans Arena 
Paradise, NV
March 9, 2021
6:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 1 vs. (2) BYU
Championship
W 88–78  26–0
 23  Suggs   9  Ayayi   5  Suggs  Orleans Arena 
Paradise, NV
NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2021*
6:20 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. (16 W) Norfolk State
First Round
W 98–55  27–0
 23  Kispert   9  Ayayi   7  Cook  Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 22, 2021*
11:40 am, CBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. (8 W) Oklahoma
Second Round
W 87–71  28–0
 30  Timme   13  Timme   4  Timme  Hinkle Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 28, 2021*
11:10 am, CBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. (5 W) No. 19 Creighton
Sweet Sixteen
W 83–65  29–0
 22  Timme   8  Ayayi   8  Nembhard  Hinkle Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 30, 2021*
4:15 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. (6 W) No. 23 USC
Elite Eight
W 85–66  30–0
 23  Timme   10  Suggs   8  Suggs  Lucas Oil Stadium 
Indianapolis, IN
April 3, 2021*
5:34 pm, CBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. (11 E) UCLA
Final Four
W 93–90 OT 31–0
 25  Timme   6  Ayayi   8  Nembhard  Lucas Oil Stadium (8,131)
Indianapolis, IN
April 5, 2021*
6:20 pm, CBS
(1 W) No. 1 vs. (1 S) No. 3 Baylor
National Championship
L 70–86  31–1
 22  Suggs   5  Timme   4  Nembhard  Lucas Oil Stadium 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source[9]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final 
AP 1 (28) 1 (57) 1 (54) 1 (54) 1 (61) 1 (62) 1 (63) 1 (63) 1 (62) 1 (62) 1 (61) 1 (55) 1 (59) 1 (60) 1 (59) 1 (61) 1 (60) Not released 
Coaches 2 (10) 2^ (10) 1 (23) 1 (24) 1 (25) 1 (29) 1 (29) 1 (29) 1 (28) 1 (29) 1 (28) 1 (28) 1 (28) 1 (28) 1 (31) 1 (31) 1 (32) 2

^Coaches did not release a Week 1 poll.

References

  1. ^ "Gonzaga center Filip Petrusev to sign pro deal in Serbia". July 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "Brock Ravet decides to leave Gonzaga men's basketball team". January 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "DI Council extends eligibility for winter sport student-athletes" (Press release). NCAA. October 14, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Gonzaga Lands Grad Transfer Aaron Cook". SB Nation. April 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "Top transfer Andrew Nembhard committing to Gonzaga". ESPN. June 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Borzello, Jeff (November 24, 2020). "Transfer Andrew Nembhard eligible to play for Gonzaga men's basketball". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 24, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "2020-21 Gonzaga Bulldogs Starting Lineups". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference CBB. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Men's College Basketball Standings - 2020-21". ESPN. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  9. ^ "gozags.com :: Gonzaga Official Athletic Site :: Men's Basketball". gozags.com.

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