Posted on: October 20, 2010 4:45 pm
While the college basketball season is right around the corner, buzz continues in the Spokane area, even after the loss of Matt Bouldin.
Ill give you a low post and a raise on why:
Elias Harris, Robert Sacre, and Sam Dower.
Add a backcourt of Stephen Gray and Demetri Goodson, and you will have a very competitive basketball team with lots of experience. Elias Harris is on the All-American Preseason watch list and Sam Dower is coming off a redshirt year under Mark Few. So Im not worried about "inexperience" down low, after Robert Sacre. Elias Harris, from Germany, is one of the more productive and scary PF's in the entire chain west of the Rockies. I think Gonzaga will get a lot of easy points inside the paint, as well as some really clutch play from Meech and Gray to make this a really great team. Who knows how they will do but this is my repitoire:
vs. Southern (W)
vs. IUPUI in CBE Classic (W)
vs. San Diego State in CBE Classic (W)
vs. Kansas State in CBE Classic (W)
vs. Duke/Marquette ... If Duke, a loss if Marquette, a W.
vs. Eastern Washington (W)
vs. Illinois (W)
@ Washington State (L)
@ Notre Dame (L)
vs. Lewis & Clark State (W)
vs. Baylor (W) game in Dallas,TX
vs. Xavier (L)
vs. Lafayette (W)
vs. Oklahoma State (W)
@ Wake Forest (L)
vs. Memphis (L)
vs. Cal State Bakersfield (W)
That's how I see it shaping up. A generous 12-5 Non-Conference. I think we just absolutely annihilate the Conference Competition... Saint Mary's will be the only tough games. Pepperdine is on its way up that could be tough, but Santa Clara, San Francisco, Portland, and San Diego shouldn't be big deals this year.
Should be around a "7" seed this season in the tournament.
Posted on: March 4, 2010 10:07 am
Posted on: February 4, 2010 2:16 pm
We overcame odds last time in Portland Oregon, and snuck out with a huge victory.
Portland, at one time this season, was ranked for the first time since like the 1950s .... (?)
Anyways, Portland was hoping to snatch a victory from Gonzaga at home, and now they come to the Kennel. We are going to be rocking, we are going to be loud.
But Portland still has a good team, and we are still needing to brush up on some weaknesses.
We can't hit free throws. We can't seem to keep the basketball in our hands. We can't seem to finish teams off by winning by a decent margin.
It sucks. But tonight is hopefully going to be a helluva lot different.
Posted on: December 8, 2009 3:48 pm
Ok, so it seems as though none of my teams can win in December. I have kind of accepted the fact that the Cowboys will lose in December, but seriously....
Gonzaga loses to Wake Forest????
I know, I know, Elias Harris and the foul kind of ruined the game..... but I didn't see how that particular foul warraned an ejection....
Yes, I am being serious....
Last year we lost to Arizona, Utah, and Portland State .... all in December. Not horrible losses considering they all made the tournament, and we didn't lose to a non-tournament squad last season. But come on!!! IF we lose three games this year in the month of december, I am going to be one pissed off mother effer. LOL!
So we lost to Wake Forest, whether it was BS or not, on the foul, but here is the remaining schedule for us the rest of the month:
Augustana College - W
I could see us losing to Duke, but I am just hoping now that this team can put on a little run, because this team hasn't seemed to wanna win in December lately either.
JUST WIN BABY ONE GAME AT A TIME!
vs. Augustana College tomorrow.
Posted on: December 1, 2009 11:49 am
The Great Northwestern Rivalry isn't Oregon-Oregon State .... That's the Civil War. Its not Washington-Washington State ... That's the Apple Cup. Its not Washington-Gonzaga ... not since Washington has backed out of our series of games, since we last kicked their behinds ....
The Great Northwestern Rivalry is Gonzaga-Washington State. Washington State hasn't ever backed out of playing the upstart mid-majors, and I don't ever think they will. It seems like they have a real classy AD and coach (at all times) ... They don't go out and stop a series because the mid-major wins a single game against them... They continue to play each other.
The Cougars have actually suprised us Gonzaga fans, mostly in part to the way they have played basketball over the past few years. Sure, they have upset us a few of the past couple of years, but their defense is what is so suprising. Why? The consistency they have at the guard and post positions to keep playing hard-nosed defense is just absolutely incredible. They have also used the shot clock all the way to the bitter end, and taken the easy shots at the basket. This is why you have seen the 55-54 games that they played. It was their style.
The thing is, that style is ever so-changing. The main reason? New Washington State head coach Ken Bone. He wants to insert his new style of play just like he did at Portland State. That style? Take the open shot if you got it, and if not, take care of the rock, and wait till you get it. Keep the ball moving, and just take good shots. Play physical defense, but not as physical as years past. This is the kind of style that led the Portland State Vikings to a shocking upset of Gonzaga last season even though Portland State arrived only a couple of hours before gametime.
What to expect from Washington State? Expect around 80 points, and a rehashing of a great rivalry in Washington that just hasn't gone away. Washington State will be physical in all facets of the game, and don't forget about the three point shooting. Wait, the Cougars have such a thing going this year? Yup, its true. They can shoot the three ball too. The Cougars have shot the three ball with enormus consistency, and so far, they are shooting it at a 46% rate. The turnaround? Washington State has only given up 37% from behind the arc. So consistency at the 3-point line, and still playing solid defense = SCARY TEAM! Gonzaga really needs to play well and not force turnovers, or this game could get ugly fast.....
Player to watch for (Washington State): This is easy. Klay Thompson. He can score so many ways. Driving to the hoop, shooting the three, or getting that occasional mid-ranger. This guy is an absolute beast and is averaging 28 points a game, around 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. I am excited to see how he matches up with the physical play of Gonzaga.
Player to watch for (Gonzaga): This was also easy. Elias Harris. Definetly the Class of this year's freshman for Gonzaga, even though Bol Kong hasn't had as much playing time as most of us Gonzaga fans would have liked him to have. He is averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds so far this season. But the more important factor for him is that he dominates in the low post. He is a pretty solid shooter from mid-range and can also get a couple of 3's himself....
So my prediction for the game is to see a game somewhere in the 80s, and this will be a very physical basketball game. I think the team that gets in the most foul trouble will have the hardest time winning the game, especially if its Gonzaga. It has been proven that Will Foster is nothing more than just a tall guy, and has horrible footwork... If Robert Sacre and Elias Harris get into foul trouble, this may not go Gonzaga's way, especially since Kelly Olynyk always fouls too. So Cougars, you could be in the bonus, early in the second half....
So here is my prediction (Biased of course) ... lol
Washington State: 82
Good luck WAZZOU! I really do respect your program.
Posted on: November 26, 2009 2:34 pm
We play Washington State in one week and is our next opponent. Since I won't wanna do a preview till closer till gametime, its NEVER too late to look at a few quick notes, is it?
Posted on: November 26, 2009 9:13 am
Edited on: November 26, 2009 11:52 am
Man do we have playmakers!!!! And Clutch players... Since Adam Morrison left, I don't think we have had as clutch of a player as Elias Harris!
Robert Sacre made an EPIC block to send the game to overtime ...
Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray kept making big shots (thus they won Maui-Invitational Co-MVPs)
Damn this was a GREAT day to be A diehard Gonzaga fanatic!!!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving Zag fans... and a lot of credit to Cincinnati, it was a great game!
Watch out for my preview on Washington State. It should be out by Monday.
Happy Thanksgiving, and Go Zags!
Posted on: November 25, 2009 6:59 am
Honestly, I am not sure what to expect in this game. Maybe a physical game from both sides seems to be the logical guess. Cincy is very physical all-round basketball.
Thing is, so can Gonzaga.
I am not sure who any of their players are outside of Yancey Gates and Deonta Vaughn, and I really don't know how this game is going to go....
I will miss this game as well while I am at work. Good thing I had a VCR tape to record the Wisky game, and loved every minute of it!
SO I am going to take a shot in the dark and go:
Usually I knwo a team's style of play, and I know who to watch for. I honestly don't know much about Cincy, so I won't pretend that I know anything. I just hope for a good game.