Category:NCAAB
Posted on: November 24, 2009 2:48 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2009 2:49 pm
 

The Gonzaga vs. Wisconsin Game

I will probably just tape the game. It sucks, but that's all I got now...lol Yell

No, I don't have TiVo, and no I don't have DVR, or any of that other crap. I have a Video Cassette Player that records though.

Whew!

At least I will actually get to see how this thing plays out with no disruptions though.

And I can fast-forward through the commercials!Wink

Gonzaga vs. Wisconsin (Maui Invitational)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 24, 2009 5:23 am
Edited on: November 24, 2009 5:25 am
 

Gonzaga vs. Wisconsin (Maui Invitational)

I have always respected Wisconsin University (in football and basketball for that matter) and their style of play. What I really respect is the consistency of Wisconsin basketball, and their head coach Bo Ryan.

When I was watching the game [Wisconsin v. Arizona] last night and saw the score 16-3, I turned off the game. Why? I knew it'd be close... I knew the refs were going to give some calls to Arizona. But the thing is, I thought no matter how hard Arizona came back, they just aren't that good this year. They are, however, a lot better than what I thought. I just didn't think Bo Ryan and the Badgas would lose to a clearly inferior team.

What I am trying to say is, history has a tendency of repeating itself. Both Gonzaga and Memphis both lost close to clearly superior teams (Michigan State and Kansas respectively) and now Gonzaga and Wisconsin both survived scares in Maui. It was just meant to be, I guess, so we got the matchup the media wanted. Wisconsin-Gonzaga.

And either way, this would be a HUGE win for either of these programs come Selection Sunday. A loss, would not help you at all, if you are fighting for the last at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Now, Wisconsin doesn't put up the high profile offense, nor do they put up a lot of points. They mostly rely on their defense and using the shot clock to their advantage. They can create turnovers and get easy buckets off those turnovers. Bo Ryan is a master at this, and that's why they are usually a threat to go deep in the tournament each year. And that's also why they could easily end up winning this Maui Invitational Tournament.

A few quick notes about Wisconsin:

1. Defense is key. If Wisconsin executes and shuts down the frontcourt of Gonzaga, they will be in this game till the end.
2. They have athletic guards too. Including a freshman Ryan Evans. We all know about Trevon Hughes, and how good he is....

Don't laugh at their frontcourt, neither. They have some height, too. They have a 6'10 Forward in Jon Leuer, and a 6'8 Forward Keaton Nankivil. Both can possibly shut down Robert Sacre and Elias Harris.

What Gonzaga needs to do to win the game:

1. Take care of the rock, and don't give up easy points to the Badgas.
2. Dominate in the frontcourt (Especially Sacre)
3. Have some good guard play and make smart decisions, take open threes, but otherwise, pass the ball.
4. Where has Matt Bouldin been? He needs to produce. He hasn't really produced so far besides the Colorado game. Maybe Maui is his wakeup call.
5. Contain Trevon Hughes. DO NOT let him shoot too many threes...

How Wisconsin will win the game:

1. Playing great defensively
2. Trevon Hughes catches fire
3. Jon Leuer will get his 15 points and shut down Robert Sacre
4. Wisconsin doesn't have the refs from last night that were just horrible ... hahaha...
5. Gonzaga will forefit. (Obviously I am joking here....lol)

Either way, I think this will be a low scoring affair. I was way off yesterday, as the Colorado Buffaloes came out to play, and had a tremendous game, but I think I will return to a bit of a better predicition today...

This game could get really interesting if all of these things go as I mapped out in my keys to the game. I don't see how any team gets more than like an 8 point lead during any point in the game. Both squads can play defense and Wisconsin will obviously try to slow down the tempo.

I have a decently good feeling about this game after the kind of performance Wisky put up yesterday, so I think the final score will be something like:

Gonzaga: 71
Wisconsin: 66

Go Zags! This should be a diaper dandy...
Posted on: November 23, 2009 1:16 pm
 

Gonzaga vs. Colorado (Maui Invitational)

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!
Posted on: November 21, 2009 6:22 am
Edited on: November 21, 2009 7:54 am
 

No Gonzaga vs. IPFW Game Preview? Shame on me!

This is disgraceful... (Even though we won 90-55)

Working 13 hours on gameday (and not even getting to watch the game) is not acceptable....


BOO Zagfan...
Posted on: November 17, 2009 7:37 am
 

Gonzaga vs. Michigan State: Game Preview

Gonzaga had a rough game on Saturday against Mississippi Valley State. Did they lose? No. Was the game Ever in question. No.

But they turned the ball over too many times. Was it jitters? I don't think so. Matt Bouldin was the one seemingly turning the ball over. That will have to stop if they wanna beat the #2 team in the nation today.

We all know about Kalin Lucas. He is a dominant player in the post. Can Gonzaga stop Lucas? I don't think so. They will have to contain him. What is really good news for Michigan State, however, is that Gonzaga really doesn't have a Josh Heytvelt or a Ronny Turiaf type player for this game. They have Elias Harris and Robert Sacre, two physical forwards/centers that could in the long run help wear down Michigan State. Will that happen? Probably not. Michigan State is pretty physical themselves.

If you didn't hear about that, ask UCONN, or Louisville, or anyone else they played in the tournament last season. They are good!

One thing both teams need to watch is the tempo of the game. If the game is a little bit slower, I expect Michigan State to pressure the basketball so that Gonzaga makes turnovers (like they did Saturday) and overall they will win the game. What I wanna see happen, is for Gonzaga to push the basketball forward, and not really think twice about shooting a Stephen Gray three, or a mid range shot from Matt Bouldin. I would rather try to score, than to have too many turnovers. Try to get the ball to Sacre and Harris every once in a while, and try to play very loose. This game is in East Lansing, so we just gotta give it all we got.

Tom Izzo is a great coach, and I respect him a lot, and the university has the same attitude as their coach. In turn I thank Michigan State for scheduling a game in Spokane with us next year. I am so thankful to have such a tough opponent like Michigan State come to our house!

The last time these teams met was in the Maui Invitational in 2005. Some of you may remember Adam Morrison and Mo Ager went shot for shot the entire game. Anytime it seemed like Mo Ager had MSU running high, Adam Morrison had an answer. Anyway, to make a long story short, Gonzaga ended up winning one of the greatest College Basketball games ever 109-106 in 3OTs.

I hope tonights game is as Great as that game there. But overall, I think Michigan State is much better than Gonzaga.

Final Score:

Michigan State - 84
Gonzaga - 79
Posted on: November 13, 2009 2:37 am
 

Gonzaga vs. Mississippi Valley State Game Preview

So the time has finally come:

The Start of College Basketball season. Gonzaga will take on a fairly weak SWAC team in Mississippi Valley State, but this game could be a first to show some of the talented freshmen (I'm not quite sure on Bol Kong) ... but we will see one of the better backcourt in the country this side of the Rockies.

Why am I looking forward to this game even though I think we will win by 40+ points? I have some reasons for ya:

1. Its the first game of the year.
2. Freshmen are showing their faces for the first time against real game competition.
3. We get to see what our froncourt will look like, and how strong they may be.
4. Its the game before we take on the #2 team in the nation. So we better tune up quick.

I am not the laziest guy in the world, so I did some research on MSVU. I already knew they went to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 when they took on UCLA and scored the lowest amount of points EVER in an NCAA Tournament game (29)...

But I wanted to know who and what they returned this year, from last years team that just missed the NCAA Tournament. What about MVSU? They return their entire team (Whom I think is going to the NCAA tournament) and most of these players are juniors. Experienced and know how to win a basketball game. MVSU is familiar with the NCAA tournament and such, so they can keep it close for a while, but like the SWAC has shown in several years, when they play a good team, they just don't stay competitive for long.

So I'll end this blog, and not rag on MVSU, because they will be very competitive in the SWAC and compete for the SWAC championship. I respect that. I like the little dogs. Just when they aren't facing my favorite team.

Gonzaga: 87
Mississippi Valley State: 44

Posted on: October 28, 2009 6:01 am
Edited on: October 29, 2009 2:07 pm
 

West Coast Conference Preview 2009

Its almost college basketball season, and as it approaches, I would like to introduce my 2nd WCC Conference Preview. Under the name gonzagafan62 last year, I got a lot of good reviews from last year's preview.

This year, I am going to try to do the same as I am probably one of the best to try such a preview.

Now that I got that outta the way, lets go to the preview!

Introduction: This year the West Coast Conference loses some of the more exciting players west of the Mississippi River. Losing guys like Josh Heytvelt, Jeremy Pargo, Austin Daye, John Bryant, Patrick Mills, Diamon Simpson and Gyno Pomare is really going to hurt the WCC. While somewhat unknown, you saw many these guys in the NCAA tournament as either a Gonzaga Bulldog, a St. Mary's Gael, or a San Diego Torero. The others you might recall from their listings in the top twenty of several statistical categories, like rebounds, or points per game.

But, while the conference will miss these impact players, there’s a ton of new talent that will change the NCAA this season. Let’s get to the preview.

Best of the Best: Last year, I broke the WCC into two different categories. They were the Best of the Best, and the Not So Best of the Best. That was because the WCC had 4 real complete teams and 4 really bad teams. Well this year, I see two REAL contenders, three could be surpises, and 3 really bad teams. So this year, I am going to have a Top Tier (teams that are destined for success), A Middle tier (teams that should make a run) and a bottom tier (Teams that won't be competitive).

So here we go:

The Top Tier:

1. Gonzaga Bulldogs logo Gonzaga Bulldogs - After making a lot of noise in last year's NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs definetly didn't let anyone in the WCC down last year. As they lost talent, however, Demetri Goodson definetly showed how he can be a true leader on this team by hitting the game winning shot against Western Kentucky last season. to advance the Bulldogs in the tournament. With that being said, the combonation of Matt Bouldin, Stephen Gray, Robert Sacre and Demetri Goodson is going to be hard to beat come conference play. This year, the Bulldogs have even a tougher out of conference schedule including games against Duke, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Memphis, Wake Forest, Davidson, Washington State, and Mississippi Valley State. Its going to be interesting this year how this preps Gonzaga for conference play, which would be a lot easier than playing all of these teams in a months span.

2. Portland Pilots logo Portland Pilots - Just going to be a pesky team FOR ANYONE to play. If you have Portland on your schedule, I would be very scared..... Yes, I am talking to you UCLA, Oregon, and Washington. Watch out. I am calling one of you to go down to Portland. One of the main reasons, I expect Portland to do well this season is because Nik Raivio (Derek Raivio's brother, who went to Gonzaga) is just like his brother. He is smart with the basketball, manages the game, and can read a defense in no time flat. He is also great at free throws. But that's not the only reason why. Portland suprised the WCC last year, as the year before they had heartbreaker after heartbreaker in conference play. Last year (as I stated in my preview) if they were going to win games, they would have to change some of those heartbreakers. They did just that. Now, with somewhat of a bullseye on their back, they are going to have to deal with pressure. But with seniors like Nik Raivio, T.J. Campbell, Robin Smeulders, and a juniors like Luke Sikma and Jared Stohl, I have no doubts this team is going to be competing with Gonzaga for the WCC crown. Trust me people, this team is scary good. For the WCC anyway. Watch for them to possibly sneak into the tournament.

3. San Diego Toreros logo San Diego Toreros - Well after a dissapointing and injury plagued season, I expect this team to creep back to the top of the conference due to Bill Grier's knowledge of the game and Brandon Johnson's leadership on the team. THIS year, could be the year for San Diego to sneak up on Gonzaga as they were just trounced all over last season. If San Diego can stay healthy, this team could do some real damage in the WCC and might sneak out with the conference championship and a berth in the WCC, errrr.... well so could any team right? The Toreros have a few decent out of conference games including Oklahoma, Stanford, San Diego State, and Mississippi State.

Second Tier:

4. St. Mary's (Ca.) Gaels logo Saint Mary's Gaels - I was never sold on Omar Samhan being a great player, but I was sold on Wayne Hunter and of course Patrick Mills. Of Course, it was very unfortunate of his injury because if not for the injury, Saint Mary's probably would have defeated Gonzaga all 3 times, including the WCC Title game, which would've given the Gaels around a 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But we will leave that story for later. In turn the Gaels look to another season, with the help of mostly Wayne Hunter and Omar Samhan. The Gaels lost Patrick Mills and Diamon Simpson their all time rebounding leader. Looking forward to this season, however, I think the Gaels could make a jump to the top tier if their recruits plays to their potential. In Moraga, its tough enough to play already, but when the crowd sees exciting talent on the floor, the crowd really goes nuts.

5. San Francisco Dons logo San Francisco Dons - Dior Lowhorn. That's all I gotta say. The only superstar from any of these teams to return. This talented superstar really doesn't have the talent around him to win the conference title, but his presence alone could pull an upset in the conference somewhere. Lowhorn has struck every year since he has been here, upsetting Gonzaga in his first season and I remember a time or two where San Francisco has upset San Diego. Averaging 20.1 ppg and nearly 7 boards per game, this guy is the class of the WCC this season.

6. Santa Clara Broncos logo Santa Clara Broncos - Being as young as they are, I might be wrong on my prediction of where Santa Clara will end up this year. They might suprise me this season. I just think they are one year away from competing once again in the WCC. With young guns of Troy Alexander, Kevin Foster, Mark Trasolini, and a cast of others, this team is definetly going to be solid next season. They won't be completely horrible, but they definetly have some young grown talent. Lets get real here though. Losing a sure fire double-double player in John Bryant, and his leadership on the basketball court is really going to hurt the team. So for now, they stay at the #6 position, and I really believe they will be in the top 3 of this conference come next season. They do have two key defining games at San Diego State and UNLV which will tell how thier season will go in conference against teams like Gonzaga and Portland.

Lower Tier:

7. Pepperdine Waves logo Pepperdine Waves - They got a brutal non-conference schedule for a team like themselves. They play UCLA, Wyoming, Utah, Georgia, and Miami (Fla.). Now don't get me wrong, I think Pepperdine is definetly on their way up. But this year is going to be a lot like last for Pepperdine. These fans at least wanna see some kind of season like they had when they were going to NCAA Tournaments in the 80s and 90s. Well, this ain't gonna be it either. Its going to take some time to rebuild in Malibu, but they have some solid pieces to grow on. Tom Asbury may not be the best coach in the world, but hey, what the hell was Don Munson before the miracle Elite Eight in 1999????? So it could happen. But is it likely? That is why I have Pepperdine at #7. I am just not sold on them yet.

8. Loyola-Marymount Lions logo Loyola Marymount Lions - Seriously. This team was just downright AUFUL last season. It was hard to watch any of their games last season. Overall they went 3-28 going 2-12 in conference. They don't have any solid players anywhere on the court, and really are just hoping their freshman can generate some kind of excitement for the fans this year. I don't see how this team does much better this year either. With games against Boise State, Tulsa, USC, Notre Dame, and Montana (x2), I don't see how this team gets off to a good start. Not only that, but I think that this team will fall into a deep hole confidence wise and will do as well as they did last season in conference. Might I remind you it was almost as bad as another Lions team that played in the NFL. Oh wait, these Lions actually won games. I guess that's always a positive. Smile

In Closing: This is definetly going to be another exciting season in the West Coast Conference. With all new players, and very few of them returning its going to be fun to watch how some players react to others strengths and weaknesses. I am sure most of you don't really care about the WCC, but if you do, then you can probably see that all these new incoming freshman are going to be really good in coming years. Especially since there are some really good caoches in this league that can really coach good basketball. I can hardly wait to see how the better coaches in this conference utilize the new talent into their respective systems.

I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!!

Next time on Zagafans Blog:

Lane Kiffin actually wins a big game
How do the Mavericks lose to the Wizards?
Interviews for who wants to be on the next Campbells Chunky Soup Commercial
How the Florida Gators finally lost a game (next year probably)
How Scarecrows were made
Egg Nog Milkshakes are back at Jack-in-the-Box.
How Zagfans predictions on the World Series went wrong.
How Zagfans predictions on the WCC went wrong.
How Zagfans predictions on anything went wrong.
How Zagfans predictions went right (Not happening)


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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!

 
 
 
 
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