This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Gonzaga served up a statement victory against UCLA on Tuesday night. After needing a Jalen Suggs buzzer-beating heave to take down the Bruins in the Final Four a season ago, the Bulldogs needed no such magic in the rematch. In a clash between No. 1 and No. 2, Gonzaga jumped all over UCLA in the first half and never stepped off the gas pedal. The 'Zags led by 20 points at the break and ultimately never relinquished that margin in an 83-63 thrashing of the Bruins. Freshman unicorn Chet Holmgren and imposing center Drew Timme get the headlines, but point guard Andrew Nembhard was the catalyst for this victory, as he compiled a game-high 24 points along with five rebounds, six assists and three steals. Gonzaga suffocated the Bruins on defense while shooting a blistering 56 percent from the field on offense. The season is still in its infancy, but Gonzaga has won every game by double-digits thus far. A date with Duke the day after Thanksgiving pits the top two NBA Draft prospects for 2022 against each other (Holmgren and Paolo Banchero) and could be yet another early preview of a potential Final Four matchup.
Let's look at some players making waves in this edition of the College Hoops Barometer.
Christian Koloko, C, Arizona – Perhaps no player has shown more improvement so far this season than Koloko, the 7-foot-1 center from Cameroon who appears to be blossoming for the Wildcats right before our very eyes.