Originally posted on Basketball Predictions  |  Last updated 11/15/11
#23 Gonzaga 89, Washington State 81Kevin Pangos was a fairly highly touted 2011 recruit, though he certainly was no superstar. Neither Scout.com or Rivals.com even had him ranked (both had him as a 3-star recruit, though ESPN had him as a 4-star). But it took him only two games to welcome himself as an immediate favorite at Gonzaga, exploding for 33 points on 9-for-13 shooting behind the arc (as well as 6-for-6 at the line). While Washington State is being criticized for their defensive effort, sometimes there's just nothing you can do about a guy like that. Sometimes a guy just catches fire. Wazzu's perimeter defense, other than on Pangos, was actually pretty good. They struggled more in the paint, though most teams are going to struggle with Robert Sacre and Sam Dower. One of the interesting observations of Gonzaga was that freshman Gary Bell came off the bench and outplayed both Marquise Carter and David Stockton. While those latter two were fine last season, they weren't...
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