Fort Myers, Florida:
Thanksgiving day will start with a bang as two Final Contenders will square off in the matchup of the week. Kansas and Gonzaga will get underway early on Thanksgiving morning to give the college basketball world a feast, unlike any other.
Both Gonzaga and Kansas, come into the matchup on Thursday looking to make a statement to the rest of the country. These two teams are heavy favorites to win their conference, make the Final Four, and even win a National Championship. The game on Thanksgiving morning will be center stage for the entire college basketball universe, especially for Gonzaga.
Gonzaga comes into the season looking to prove the doubters wrong. No matter how good they’ve been under Head Coach Mark Few, and the Zags have yet to win a National Championship. Last season, Gonzaga finished with an impressive 31-2 record and were well on their way to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Like last season, the expectations coming out of the Gonzaga camp are sky-high this season. It almost feels like the type of season that unless a National Championship is delivered to Spokane, it will be considered a bust.
For the Jayhawks of Kansas, this season is about returning to the thrown high above the college basketball world. Head Coach Bill Self is ready to take his Kansas program to the next level for the first time since 2008.
The Jayhawks ended last season on a 16-game winning streak and were the clear cut favorite to win it all before Covid-19 ruined their chance at a title.
The Jayhawks will look to replace Devon Dotson, who averaged 18.1 points per game, and Udoka Azubuike, who was a first-team All-American who averaged 13.7 points per game, and 10.5 rebounds per game. These two guys played huge roles last season for the Jayhawks.
This season, Head Coach Bill Self will turn the keys over to Marcus Garrett, a senior point guard who was sidelined to injury last season. Bryce Thompson, a star-studded freshman from Tulsa, Oklahoma, will also be a name to watch out for this season for the Jayhawks.
Gonzaga and Kansas will get underway at 12:30 on Thanksgiving afternoon on Fox. This is the perfect matchup to enjoy on Thanksgiving day with your family. After all, this could very well be a Final Four preview. This matchup will be an all-out war that you won’t want to miss.