Tag:NCAA Tournament
Posted on: March 26, 2009 3:35 pm
 

What the hell is a Tarheel? Game Preview:

North Carolina vs. Gonzaga, a game that I wanted to see from the start of the 2009 NCAA Tournament is just about here. But like the 'ole master says, be careful what you wish for. Well, I am not the only one that wanted to see this matchup. There were some Tarheels fans believe it or not, and other just casual fans...

So I am not the only one that wanted to see this matchup.

First we will start with the usual and I ask the question: What the hell is a tarheel?????

Well nobody knows the exact explaination to the fact of "Tarheels" But there is one GLARING explanation that I found to be the most redundant over the internet, so here I go:

In the great state of North Carolina, just before the civil war, actually, North Carolina had three main exports. These exports were TAR, pitch and turpentine. This when it stuck to the bottom of the people's feet were called "Tar Heels" ... although I know some North Carolina fans can probably explain it better than I can, actually probably taking the time to find out the real explaination......

ANYWAYS: Here is the game preview....

For Gonzaga to win this game, they will HAVE to put an end to Ty Lawson. Make him run around on that toe, and make him chase Jeremy Pargo and Dmeteri Goodson. This is probably going to be the absolute biggest thing Gonzaga has to do. Also to halway contain Lawson and do NOT let him over 20 points. If Gonzaga lets Lawson over 20 points, then Gonzaga could be screwed.

Part 2: Tyler Hansbrough. Josh Heytvelt stopped Hansbrough two years ago, so he has the confidence to do it again. It really shouldn't be that big of an issue. HOWEVER, both players have gotten much better. Case in fact, if Hansbrough has a MONSTER game, then Gonzaga could be in big trouble. Heytvelt must have some good blocks on Hansbrough and release the tension on the backcourt to make plays.

Part 3: The new and improved Wayne Ellington. I have been told by many Carolina fans that Ellington has gotten away from most of his perimeter shooting (yes!) BUT he has to go up against the ever talented and going pro in two years Matt Bouldin. Bouldin will have his hands full If Ellington decides to drive, but I am not too worried about that. Bouldin has too many tools, but if Ellington gets screens and PnRs to shoot the three, Gonzaga might be in trouble.

Gonzaga's Keys to winning the game:

  1. Heytvelt needs a MONSTER game (or just completely shut down Hansbrough, half and half will work, too.)
  2. Matt Bouldin MUST get backdoor cuts every 10th possession or so to get 2 easy points.
  3. Gonzaga needs Stephen Gray and Micah Downs to shoot the 3 ball with a ton of consistency.
  4. Matt Bouldin must get steals and create turnovers
  5. Austin Daye is the X-Factor. He must give Deon Thompson a handful, and block shots. Also, he must make shots with consistency.
  6. Must stop Ed Davis when he comes off the bench. If he gets aggrevated and he gets moved around by Daye/Heytvelt, we might switch to a smaller lineup to fool with UNC and try to get easy point opportunities.
  7. I am not too worried about Danny Green, but if he starts scoring, Gonzaga could be in trouble as well.
  8. One last thing, If Gonzaga holds UNC to UNDER 85 points, we have a chance to win.

Good luck to Tarheel fans, and GO ZAGS!

Posted on: March 22, 2009 4:53 am
 

Gonzaga vs. Western Kentucky (Game Review)

Last year, Ty Rogers had a buzzerbeater to beat Drake University, and when you win that way, sometimes you lose that way too. Its just the nature of the sporting world. What you do to teams, teams do the same thing to you down the road. This theory was proven yesterday when Gonzaga's Dmeitri Goodson a true freshman banked a 10 foot jumper to win the basketball game, as Gonzaga prevailed against a red-hot Western Kentucky team.

As I said in my preview Gonzaga needed to contain Orlando Mendez Valdez, and Gonzaga was really in trouble in the first half, when Mendez-Valdez nailed 4 straight threes, and had 17 points in the first 7 minutes, and Pettigrew great as well..... As the game progressed, and Mark Few made the adjustment to put the quicker and younger Dmetri Goodson on Orlando Mendez-Valdez, Goodson didn't let him score at all the rest of the half.

To start the next half, however, Gonzaga had a good nice run combined with a Stephen gray three to take the lead to nine. Western Kentucky continued to battle, and never gave up, and had a couple of Mendez-Valdez threes. At the very end though, Mendez-Valdez missed a potential game-tying three, and then another WKU player tipped it in for the tie. Then the freshman Goodson ran coast to coast to give the Zags the lead with 0.9 seconds left. As soon as the Zags got the basket, the WKU Coach was trying to call Timeout, but the officials missed the call, and the game was over after a half court heave that went wide right.

As Gonzaga and its fans will prevail until at least next Thursday, i would like to congratulate Western Kentucky and their fans on a great game and a season. You guys are a good team, that definetly deserved to be in the tournament, again. You guys should continue to dominate the Sun Belt in coming years. Great game, guys.

Highlights (as always) ..... right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuxo1PuynsU

Oh and how the hell do I mention the game without the great play of Slaughter? Him and Mendez-Valdez are the class of this team. great game Hilltoppers!

Posted on: March 21, 2009 7:59 pm
 

What the hell is a Hilltopper? Game Preview:

Gonzaga will battle Western Kentucky in a game to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The mission is simple. Win, or go home. But completing this "simple" mission, is NOT going to be the easiest of all tasks that I have ever seen before me. So, here we go.

What is a Hilltopper?

Apparently the school [Western Kentucky] sits on the top of a hill. Got that? OK, well that was simple. But what the heck is their red blob of a monster (or mascot)????? I have never seen such a thing make absolute no sense to me before... but here we go. So apparently as I have flipped around the internet one common answer I found was a startling one that still made no sense to me at all. I found out that this was a blob of blood from the enemy's team. Not sure if this is entirely true or not bu that was the common answer. I tried, but in frustration of getting this answer and a few distinct others, I have that to report.

So we got thtat outta the way, here is the game preview (sorry for the shortness, but I gotta watch the game ya know) .....

Basically Courtney Lee is not on the floor for tonights game. Big Loss? Certainly. Absolutely Crucial? NO. One thing Gonzaga MUST do tonight is stop that pesky Orlando Mendez-Valdez. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and if they don't stop them, they will lose. Not even going to be close. I think Gonzaga will try to slow the game down, and use the effective weapons that they can. Passing the ball to Stephen Gray, and leaving backdoor cuts to Matt Bouldin will be crucial. Leaving nobody open on WKU will also be crucial. Gonzaga needs to surround everyone with thier height, and lanky-ness  and knock down every ball they see. Creating turnovers by steals of Bouldin, and daye will also be key.

On WKU's side, I think if they speed up the pace of the game, and shoot transition threes (and make them), they have a really good shot to win, and no I am not kidding. This team already has a ton of experience and has a very good guard in Mendez-Valdez. This is going to be hard for me to watch at times, but I hope we pull it out.

My Prediction: Gonzaga 84 Western Kentucky 80.

Go ZAGS! 

Posted on: March 20, 2009 10:32 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2009 10:34 pm
 

Gonzaga vs. Akron (game in review)

Gonzaga, like many of the top seeds this week came out very sluggish... and then they turned it on...

To start, like I said in my preview that Gonzaga can't guard the perimeter shooting. Gonzaga proved me right.. All they did all day was let Akron shoot the three, and they kept draining them. As the game progressed, Austin Daye and Josh Heytvelt both had dunks to light the crowd up to get them back in the game, as the crowd was pro Zaga...

Akron proved me wrong and played with nothing to lose and had the will to win as they were up by 4 at the half. With about 10 minutes left in the game I felt like we were too much for the Zips, Stephen Gray took a 3 down 49-47 and that three was good and they went on to control the game from there to take the lead 50-47.

What was wierd was what came later, a 31-6 run to end the ball game. Akron just ran out of gas, as Gonzaga started to click on all cylinders. You can't lay down on Gonzaga if you expect to win a basketball game. This game was done and over with with about 2:30 to go. Akron just couldn't hang with the Zags at the end. And a Micah Downs three, and then a Jeremy Pargo MONSTER JAM capped the game for a Gonzaga victory 77-64.

I give them credit, they played the best they could, but the better team came out on top.

Congrats Zips! You gave us all we could handle.

BTW, here are the game highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei7O9wxtxoI

Gonzaga will play #12 seeded Western Kentucky tomorrow.

 

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