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Gonzaga vs. Colorado (Maui Invitational)

Posted on: November 23, 2009 1:16 pm
As we all know by now, Gonzaga kicks off their portion of the Maui Invitational by taking on Colorado today at 3pm ET.

So looking towards today's game I see a team that is near doormat status in the Big XII. But that's being judgemental. Whether it may be true or not, I don't like being that way.

So, we will look today at how we need to beat Colorado, and what is good in Boulder right now.

As I look at things Colorado is actually 3-0, with wins over virtually nobody .... Beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Texas Southern and Coppin State aren't impressive, so this is their first real test.

Just looking at stats, it doesn't seem like this Colorado team is the best team at rebounding, or second chance points, either.

Key Players to look out for on Colorado:

Cory Higgins (avg. 23pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)
Alec Burks (avg. 18pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)

Both are guards too, so we might see a little more trouble out on the wings, if these guys are on fire. What I think we should do is definetly contain the 3-ball, and dominate on the low post with Elias Harris and Robert Sacre. I think are length should help start this game off good. And if we pound the ball enough, we can set the game up for Matt Bouldin and Stephen Gray to take over and finish it off.

Right now I am not really scared of this game, but I ain't looking over it either. Colorado has been known to sneak up on people when they never match up talent wise with other teams. I think the best way we can look at this is a chance to play a solid team in Wisconsin in the second round, or possibly Arizona.

Either way I think Gonzaga wins by the score of something similar to this:

Gonzaga 92
Colorado 71

Go Zags, Go!

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 5:35 pm

Gonzaga vs. Colorado (Maui Invitational)

The Zags had me nervous while I was watching the numbers update on Yahoo. =)

Glad to see that we were able to recover from a double-digit deficit and score a late win. Definitely good to see a wakeup call from the upperclassmen guards.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 5:21 pm

Gonzaga vs. Colorado (Maui Invitational)

Wow, what a close one for the Zags. Youth and inexperience played into this one. I have no idea where Bouldin has been this season?!?! Gray, like always, is an animal. Everyone needs to control their turnovers and fouls but that will hopefully come with experience. This will be a wake up call to the guys that they ned to compete like they did at MSU every night or else they can lose to anyone! Lucked out with a win but it is still a W.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 2:34 pm

Gonzaga vs. Colorado (Maui Invitational)

The current spread for the game is 10+.  This Zag team displayed in the hostile environment of Michigan State that their youth is not a detriment and they will be a solid team.  Colorado has played 3 cake games, but has scored in the 80's in each.  I think the guard play of Gonzaga will stifle the scoring threats of CO and turn this into a frontcourt game.  Sacre and Harris have the potential to be one of the best frontcourt combinations in the Country and will dominate CO.  CO will not be able to score 80 in this contest.  Furthermore, the fast paced play of the Zags will overwhelm the Buffs.  92-71 is a fair assessment and I believe a likely outcome. 

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 1:17 pm

Gonzaga vs. Colorado (Maui Invitational)

I am expecting this game to be very close in the first half.

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