The offseason was good to Gonzaga, which has won a staggering 69 games over the last two seasons. First, rising junior forwards Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie opted to return to school, and then — in July — coveted North Dakota grad transfer Geno Crandall signed with the Zags.
Expectations will be even higher than usual. Gonzaga could eclipse the 2006 team, ranked No. 8, for the program’s highest rating in the AP preseason poll.