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A few Quick Notes on Washington State (next opp)

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?

#1: Is the most obvious of all the "key points" in this blog. Ken Bone is the new head coach of Washington State. Oddly enough, we don't play Portland State again, but we play against Ken Bone again. Remember, he took us down in that epic upset just one year ago....

#2: Washington State plays tough nosed defense. But lets remember something. That was the Bennetts who really got that all going. Now that Ken Bone is the head coach I would expect a lot more 3-point shooting early in the shot clock. I think players on WAZZOU will play a lot more freely and take more wide open shots whenever they get them. I don't think you will be seeing low scoring games too much either. This team will start putting up points, I am just not sure how long it will be, though.

#3: Klay Thompson, the freshman guard from California... Ever heard of him? He is averaging nearly 27 points a game by himself! What a clear indication that the Cougs are starting to get it done while letting the players play a little more freely. This team will get it going points wise, and probably won't bore you as much either....

#4: The Cougars are forcing 16 turnovers so far this season. I wouldn't be suprised if Washington State keeps that number around there against the Zags. Matt Bouldin and Goodson have been a little shaky handling the rock so far this season... Washington State has their defense still looking like the old D ... plus they are only giving up 66.3 points a game.

#5: The Cougs have played a relatively weak sked so far, playing Mississippi Valley State, IPFW, (both whom Gonzaga played as well,) and then Eastern Washington and Alaska Anchorage... All games dominated by WAZZOU except the E. Washington game, which they only won 67-61.

I will have more later. Just thought it would be fun to break down some of the more crucial points to the game (besides players) for the upcoming game. Tomorrow, I will break down the key players in the game, and tell you who will be the MVP of the game.

Until then,

Go Zags!

Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 8:23 pm

A few Quick Notes on Washington State (next opp)

As you might guess I'm a Coug, but thought I would join in on your conversation.  This game has the potential of a great match up with two teams coming off impressive tournament wins.

Klay is the real deal and will command a team defensive effort.  This year he is going to the rim when he wants.  Most telling is he has taken more freethrows this early season than all of last year.  His outside shot is as sweet as it has always been.  I would expect the Zags to put a huge effort on him.

Casto is very active on the inside and has a nice short jumper this year.  He is being much more aggressive on the O end and clearly our best inside player.  All our other bigs lack size, but have shown they can be active on the boards. 

Reggie Moore and Thomas are very good at the point, with Reggie being the more important scorer.  He can penetrate as well as the next guy.  Our back up guards are good, but not there yet.  Harthun can be a very key player if he begins to hit his shots, which he is capable of doing.  Capers has shown some real O this year and can put the clamps on most guards with his long length and quickness.

Overall, you will find the Cougs much more athletic than in past years.  Bone has turned on the green light so we will shoot whenever open, regardless of the shot clock.  Our D is more man on man with not anywhere near the team support of last year.

I expect the game to be played in the 80's and if either team is really hot they will score quickly and in bunches.  While we have been very strong on the boards so far, I expect we will have a much more difficult time with the Zags.  We cannot afford for Casto to be in foul trouble.  Best of luck to both schools and hopefully we all have a real treat of a game to watch.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2009 1:44 am

A few Quick Notes on Washington State (next opp)

Certainly it will be an interesting game, since I really don't know what will happen. I expect the Zags to win, since they'll be coming off of a week of rest and a Maui Invitational win. Based on what I saw the Cougs do against Alaska-Anchorage, I'd say they're still playing their defense well, but it's not as hard-nosed as last year, not even close. If my memory serves me well, last year's Gonzaga team put up the highest number the Cougs saw on a scoreboard last year, completely shattering their defense. It will be interesting to see if they do that again, or if Ken Bone still has some tricks up his sleeve to pull on Mark Few.

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2009 2:47 pm

A few Quick Notes on Washington State (next opp)

I am really interested to see how Gonzaga responds in this game. I think this game will turn out to be the epitome of our season.

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