View Full Version : Championship Rubbermatch x's and o's

03-05-2007, 07:09 AM
The stage is set: Top two teams in the league, rubber-match game w a tourney championship and ticket to the Dance on the line. Davey's last stand, Zags reinventing themselves and seemingly playing w as much joy and passion as they have all year. What are your keys to the game?

IMO, it's pretty much ditto all the keys to the game BZ named for last night's semi-final with the added caveat of run, run, run their big men into exhaustion. Keep Kuso fresh...his speed and energy (and more fantastic passes by Bouldin) will result in several easy scoring opportunities against the SCU's lumbering giants. I loved seeing Micah at the front of the press last night and hope there's more of that along w Pendo drawing his defender out to 3-pt area thus freeing up the lane for some DRav drives (and free throws).

03-05-2007, 08:14 AM
I think you hit the nail on the head. Santa Clara is big, so we should counter by going small. When Bryant is in the game, play Pendo with Downs rather than Mallon. First run like crazy, then if we must get in a real halfcourt set keep Pendo on the outside picking and popping to take Bryant out of the game. It will also clear the middle for drives and backdoor cuts, which will be especially important to free DRav with Pariseau holding his jersey all around the court.

IMO tempo is going to be the key to winning this game.. and I'm sure Few is grilling this into the guys heads already.

03-05-2007, 08:53 AM
Denison, Bryant and Higgins only had 12 points total last time the two teams played. At the same time, SCU canned 11 three balls at a 61% clip.

Gonzaga needs to concentrate more effort on stopping Angley, Danny P. and Dougherty. Front Bryant and Higgins, and concentrate most of the post defense on Denison.

And Gonzaga needs to hit more than 61% of its free throws like they did against USD last night.

03-05-2007, 09:02 AM
1. Free Throws
2. Limited TO's.
3. Make sure Danny Pariseau doesn't get excited. He is their emotional leader against us.

03-05-2007, 09:22 AM
Mostly, I am hoping that we don't start off the game falling behind 13-0 (which is what happened last time).

And I would like to see Dougherty miss a few shoots.

03-05-2007, 09:32 AM
IMO we need to -

1. Shoot at least 75% as a team on free throws. (I'd like more, but I'd settle for that).

2. Shoot reasably from the floor and from 3 (at least 45% from the floor and at least 40% from 3).

3. Keep their bigs away from the basket so they can't get to the boards as easily (and keep our bigs out of foul trouble).

4. It's okay to give away a few 3s if they're NBA range, but that 60+% from 3-ball land can't happen.

4. Kick butt.

5. Take names.

I think that about covers it.

03-05-2007, 09:34 AM
During last night's game they showed Holland several times, head in hands, looking down at the court. I couldn't help but think that he was thinking to himself that GU had sooooo many weapons. It didn't matter which mole you whacked, another popped up and USD didn't have what it takes to stop it.

I suspect that if we can get running tonight, a similar scenario will play out. It will be tougher, but it can happen. Our defense last night turned it into a rather helter skelter game, but that played to our strengths. I'm looking for more of the same this evening.


03-05-2007, 09:38 AM
I noticed that, too - I usually don't necessarly give credence to rumors, but I could totally see what had been posted about Holland a week or two ago here about him sort of throwing in the towel with the team. He looked defeated out there - just his body language made it look like he'd already given up before the game had hardly started.

03-05-2007, 10:20 AM
This should be a warmup for the big dance for the Zags. and i predict it will be. a good one against a respected, traditional, opponent.

But I don't see the balance, speed and the talent level as being even close right now. Heart is another matter. And all those intangibles.

that aside, my armchair analysis says if Few matches our best against their best, we will win going away.

Mix it up and stick to the predictable -- even if it doesn't work -- and who knows. I know I don't.

To me, the best beginning tni would include , Pargo, DR, Kuso, MD & pendo.

However, with Pargo hurting, it might make sense to put PMac on parriseau for the first 3-5 minutes to discourage a quick start like last time. the same way DR has been dogged by a really quick specialist.

so, too, does Parriseau need to feel less comfortable, more resepect and less able to get into his zone.

Pargo could either give DR or PMac a blow.

Underneath, I wouldn't hesitate to put Foster back in. Mainly because, like dogging parrisau, he changes everyone's shot.

I remember arguing with jack at jack and dan's about how worthless I felt mark eaton was w/the jazz. Jack said he used to agree, but changed his mind after John told him "eaton changes everyone's game. Suddenly, everyone has to learn a new way to shoot."

a zebra can't just change his stripes.

So, even though Mallon is less effective, if he gives pendo a blow, or they shift pendo back to a shooting position, Foster could replace Kuso's banging and (more importantly) change the dynamic and force everyone near him to change his shot. Or at least have to think about it. He is that tall.

that would be taking them out of their game. their comfort zone etc., underneath, if that needs to be done. if we have a comfortable lead, imo, this same change up would help keep it that way. Maybe even extend it.

If we do our usual knife fight, I still think we'll still win. we're a better team.

But I'd like to see a smarter, leaner, meaner, more effective, dangerous, melded team head into the dance if possible.

It's been said accurately that this is a transition team. I think we saw the transition in action last night and liked what we saw.

03-05-2007, 10:35 AM
I'd like to see Pmac get some quality minutes at the off-guard to shut out Pariseau and disrupt the flow of Santa Clara's offense. SCU's bigs are rather unskilled, and without solid guard play I think we can ruin them on defense.

03-05-2007, 10:54 AM
Gonzaga needs to concentrate more effort on stopping Angley, Danny P. and Dougherty. Front Bryant and Higgins, and concentrate most of the post defense on Denison.

I agree stopping SCU's three-balls is the key as their outside shooting was what allowed them to beat the Zags once this year; however, I don't think fronting 7 footers - especially the 300+ pound Bryant (who led them in scoring last night) - can be done effectively w/out lvg. an outside shooter open. To front the post GU would need a weakside defender cheating toward the lane to defend against any lobs over the top, and this would leave one of their shooters open. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out tonight.

Traditional wisdom says 2-3 zone is the way to go in defending against a bigger team, but our ability (determination?) to contest three point shooters when playing zone is as sporadic as our free throw shooting. As reborn mentioned elsewhere, it'll be a classic battle of smaller and quicker against bigger and stronger. T-minus 7hrs:boxing:

03-05-2007, 04:26 PM
I think there is more analysis in these few posts than i've seen in awhile and figured maybe by posting this, it would get more readers.

Like the lines outside the whorhouses in amsterdam, a long lines seem to draw more than the empty lines. For some odd reason.