Bracket Projection: Gonzaga

They're big, deep and loaded with scoring; it's Final Four or bust for the Zags

Updated: March 21, 2013, 2:09 PM ET
By Greg Carroccio | ESPN Insider
Kelly OlynykKelley L Cox/USA TODAY SportsKelly Olynyk is a driving force for Gonzaga as a complete 7-footer. But he has a lot of help.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs enter the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked dog in all of the land, according to the polls. Will a team that seems to have kicked the "mid-major" label for good finally live up to the big-time aspirations that come with its ranking? Will the Bulldogs finally be able to break through and make the Final Four or, better yet, cut down the nets in Atlanta?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

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Lunardi's Logic

The Bulldogs were one of my preseason Final Four selections, but no one could have anticipated the first No. 1 seed in school history. That lofty status is legitimate, however, and the Zags catch a bit of a break as the Committee paired them with the weakest No. 2 seed (Ohio State). Gonzaga is more than capable of beating every team in its path on the way to Atlanta, and I expect the Zags to do exactly that.

Lunardi's Logic

The Bulldogs were one of my preseason Final Four selections, but no one could have anticipated the first No. 1 seed in school history. That lofty status is legitimate, however, and the Zags catch a bit of a break as the Committee paired them with the weakest No. 2 seed (Ohio State). Gonzaga is more than capable of beating every team in its path on the way to Atlanta and I expect them to do exactly that.

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Best wins: West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kansas State

Worst losses: at Butler (OT), Illinois