The Gonzaga Bulldogs don’t shy away from a fight. This fact is evident when you look at her busy schedule.
After defeating basketball powerhouse Michigan State, the Bulldogs begin a gauntlet of ranked games.
#12 Texas begins a non-conference list that includes #4 Kentucky and #5 Baylor. Additionally, the Zags will face off against Pac-12 power Washington and No. 20 Alabama.
The game will mean a lot to many Gonzaga players, but certainly to Drew Timme, who is returning to his home state. The Richardson product is a surprise return after a dominant season last year. Timme will be the elephant in the room, towering over the Longhorns’ tiny front yard.
Let’s look at what Texas needs to achieve to put on an achievement they can be proud of.
When Drew Timme beats Texas with jump shots and long hook shots, Chris Beard can live with that result. Allowing the dominant post players to own the boards is less tenable. Longhorns post players must build a wall around the suit and not allow Timme to get to the basket.
Timmy Allen is dangerous in goal and facilitates dribbling. Texas can use its skills to edge out newcomer Dillon Mitchell with simple baskets.
Texas was soft at times early in Chris Beard’s tenure, even though toughness is one of his core values. Physicality will no doubt be a focus for his team. The players have to come through for Beard on Wednesday night.
The margin for error is small, but Brock Cunningham has a way to loosen the margin for error. If Texas can win the hustle plays, they have a better chance of winning.
Texas has intermittently loathed three since the Arkansas exhibition. That is, if an open three-pointer is offered in the rhythm, the Longhorns must knock it down.
A reliable way to score is an area I think Dillon Mitchell needs to develop further. This is a positive step in the right direction. Nice performance on both sides of the ball, too! pic.twitter.com/ZalMjOkllo
— Stephen Gillaspie (@StephenGHoops) November 14, 2022
Drew Timme has someone to guard. Texas can test their speed and athleticism with a faster lineup if they so choose.