Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk (13) drives to the basket in front of Clemson center Devin Booker (31) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Old Spice Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) ORG XMIT: NYOTK
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Best in the West? We’ll go with the long-haired 7-footer who also happens to be the most dominant player on the best — or at least the No. 1-ranked — team in the country.
Most eye-catching stats: Leads the Bulldogs in scoring (17.5), rebounding (7.2) and is shooting 68 percent inside the arc.
THREE STORY LINES
[ 1 ] Gonzaga has come full circle in its 15th consecutive NCAA appearance. Can the former giant slayer prove to a skeptical audience that it’s a true giant or just a West Coast Conference giant?
[ 2 ] Can Wisconsin and Ohio State make the West final a rematch of the Big Ten tourney final? The Buckeyes should get there. But can Bo Ryan’s maulers wrestle their way that far?
[ 3 ] You know there will be at least one big surprise. How about 11th seed Belmont, which has won 17 of its past 19 games, over sixth seed Arizona, which has lost three of his past five?
|Kansas City||4||Top 7th Inning|
|Toronto||5||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||0||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Washington||1||Bottom 5th Inning|
|NY Mets||0||Top 8th Inning|
|Milwaukee||1||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Detroit||4||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Philadelphia||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|Colorado - T. Matzek||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - C. Anderson|
|Houston - C. McHugh||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - J. Shields|
|San Francisco - T. Lincecum||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - B. Anderson|
|Atlanta||76||3rd Qtr 3:58|
|Milwaukee||16||1st Qtr 1:01|
|Tampa Bay||3||2nd Prd 7:34|
|NY Islanders||0||2nd Prd|