Posted on: November 24, 2009 2:48 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2009 2:49 pm
I will probably just tape the game. It sucks, but that's all I got now...lol
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.
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!
Gonzaga vs. Wisconsin (Maui Invitational)
Posted on: November 24, 2009 5:23 am
Edited on: November 24, 2009 5:25 am
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:
Go Zags! This should be a diaper dandy...
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:
Go Zags, Go!
Posted on: November 21, 2009 6:22 am
Edited on: November 21, 2009 7:54 am
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....
Posted on: November 17, 2009 7:37 am
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.
Michigan State - 84
Gonzaga - 79
Posted on: November 13, 2009 2:37 am
So the time has finally come:
Posted on: March 18, 2009 5:15 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2009 3:36 pm
As the tournament rolls around quicker than ever before, the Zags finished last year off to another dissapointment to another cinderella in Davidson. This year however, Gonzaga looks to make a mark in the tournament, and they start with the Akron Zips.
The first question that comes outta your mouth probably isn't if Gonzaga is going to win the game or not, its probably something like this:
"What the hell is a Zip????" Well, origionally short for "Zippers" Akron decided on this nickname back in the early years of their collegiate athletics, and the students voted for their nickname. Don't ask me why either, I read it a few years back, and that is all that stuck in my mind. Anways, the Akron mascot is not a zipper, its actually a female kangaroo named Zippy. Zippy is only one a select few female mascots in the entire country.
The others? Well I will only include some of the more familiar schools, and you can differentiate amongst yourselves....
Lulu the female Bulldog (Gardner-Webb University)
So, now that we got the whole "Zips" Thing outta the way, lets get to my preview....
In this battle of Gonzaga vs. Akron, I would like to tell you one thing. The Zags like to play any kinda style of basketball. Whether its run and gun or the half court offense, they can play either to full potential. In this matchup with the Zips, I look for them to be scoring on a ton of transition points, and keeping the Zips to a full minimum of half court defense. Keep them running, and also try to keep Matt Bouldin involved in every way possible.
Also, for Akron, they will probably play the half court style game, and they will try to feed the ball to their best players. However, best players don't fit into the mix, when talking about Akron. While they only score about 55-65 points a game, they spread the ball around, and aren't selfish with the ball, nor do they make mistakes. The two highest scorers on their team are Brett McKnight (11.4 ppg) and Nate Linhart (10.1 ppg) ....
Soooo... basically they will play a lot of keep away to my belief and try to keep the Zags off balance (even though that will be hard to do.)
In the game for the Zags, perimeter shooting should take a lot out of the Zips early, as I think Stephen Gray should shoot the 3-ball with rather ease in this one. I think he gets around 4 or 5 makes in this one. Backdoor cuts to Matt Bouldin, and Bouldin lifting spirtis giving alley-oops to Josh Heytvelt will be key too. With Jeremy Pargo not the primary target for this team to get points, I think Pargo will get a lot more assists, and mid range jumpers in this one. Pargo will differentiate between the two, and should have a solid (but not great) game.
Overall, I think the Zips hang tight with the Zags early, but after halftime, they fall apart. I am not sure the Defense of Akron can keep ALL of the Zags weapons down.
Zags win this one something like 84-58.
An overview of the game will be written after the game tomorrow. Should be a good one, and if the Zips win this game or keep it closer than I think, I won't be afraid to admit I was wrong, but that is just how I see it folks.