Looking forward: Men’s basketball season preview

By The Beacon | November 14, 2013 3:09am
Photo by Becca Tabor

By Katie Dunn |

It’s been four years since the Pilots have scored more than 100 points in one game; they did this in their first game of the 2013-2014 season vs. UC Davis. Last year, the highest score the team reached was 95 points and their average number of points per game was 61. The highest number of points one player scored in a game last year was 27, in their first game this season two different players, Ryan Nicholas and Kevin Bailey scored 27 points or more. This may not be something fans can expect every game from this team, but it sure is a different and improved team from last year. Last season was an offensive and defensive struggle for the team, which resulted in an 11-21 record and 8th place in the WCC. The same defensive state of mind from last season is imbedded in this new team’s mind.

Four seniors lead the way for a team that is an older one than in previous years. There are only two freshmen on the roster and one sophomore. An older team can bring together the ideas that the coaching staff has been trying to execute for several years. Less turnovers and a higher shooting percentage are the keys that the team knows they need to focus on to be successful in a very competitive conference.

Gonzaga is one of the top teams in the nation, ranked No. 14, and are pegged to win the WCC. The WCC is a hard conference to be in and with the addition of Pacific University, the Pilots will have to work hard to get wins and stay competitive in the conference race.