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Gonzaga Basketball: 4 biggest takeaways from 9-4 start through 2023-24 season

Gonzaga Basketball starts WCC play, with plenty of work to do. Here are some takeaways from the Bulldogs' non-conference results.

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3. Braden Huff and Ben Gregg have a chance to shine in WCC play

Gonzaga Basketball runs a 7-man rotation, with Ben Gregg and Braden Huff coming off the bench. They’ve been fairly good statistically, with Huff producing 10.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg on 62% shooting and 37% from deep, while Gregg is at 7.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg on 38% shooting from deep.

Outside of Huff’s woeful 46% FT shooting and defensive struggles, Gonzaga has had a quality frontcourt, even when Watson and Ike are on the bench. And without the shooting ability of these two, the Bulldogs would be in the 300s in three-point shooting.

To be clear, the WCC has plenty of good frontcourts, with Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, and San Francisco being teams that can offer opposing talented bigs. Their ability to stretch the floor should make things easier for the guards to operate, something they desperately needed.

Without having to deal with the likes of Jaedon LeDee, Donovan Clingan, or other power conference frontcourts, the Bulldogs should now have a big advantage inside the rest of the way. To avoid any upsets, that needs to be the case.