This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
The calendar has turned to November, and with the cold chill in the air comes a fresh season of college basketball. Most weeks, this article will focus on the ups and downs of individual players. Which players are surging, and which players leave something to be desired? However, to begin the 2021-2022 campaign, the College Hoops Barometer will conduct miniature team previews. Which noteworthy programs will be trending up this season, and which could be sliding back down to irrelevancy? Some schools are here to stay, while others will be fading into oblivion. Christmas isn't here just yet, but this is truly the start of the most wonderful time of the year.
Let the Madness begin.
Gonzaga – The 'Zags were the presumptive favorite for most of last season, went to the Championship Game, then lost Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert to the NBA. Is it possible the Bulldogs are better this season? In large part, the hype is due to Chet Holmgren, the expected No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Holmgren is 7-1, hits three-pointers, handles like a guard and swats shots with reckless abandon. Gonzaga also returns Drew Timme at center and Andrew Nembhard will continue to run the show as a distributing point guard. Gonzaga is the preseason No. 1 in the polls, and the upside here is downright frightening.