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BobZag
03-11-2007, 03:07 PM
We'll be cheering for you in the Spokane Arena. If WUEagle travels here, maybe meet for pizza.

94zagoldwomanasherdsmen
03-11-2007, 03:11 PM
Welcome Winthrop, I have a feeling that Spokaloo's about to adopt you!

Here's to rocking the house for the Eagles! I'm just hoping they play the one day I've got seats.

youreachiteach
03-11-2007, 03:37 PM
Notre Dame is not happy.

SpudDawg
03-11-2007, 03:45 PM
Poor Irish ... :D

lothar98zag
03-11-2007, 03:52 PM
Notre Dame is not happy.
Which means that I'm very happy!

WinthropEagleFan
03-11-2007, 03:55 PM
Wish I could go (this is WUEagle by the way), but that's a little far out of my way (and I just got a new job, so vacation days are limited right now).

Anyway, I hope any of you guys that plan on going can adopt Winthrop as your team, at least in the first round (it is easy to root against Notre Dame anyway).

Good luck to you guys down in Sacramento.

BobZag
03-11-2007, 03:59 PM
Wish you were coming, WUE. I have tix and I'll be in the arena. Hoping to see WU win two. Spokane will counter the Domers with lots of adopted Eagles fans.

229SintoZag
03-12-2007, 09:23 AM
Wish you were coming, WUE. I have tix and I'll be in the arena. Hoping to see WU win two. Spokane will counter the Domers with lots of adopted Eagles fans.

WUEagle--first off, congrats on a phenomenal season. I fully expect WInthrip to beat the Domers.

Second--when you get a chance, can you give us a bit of a breakdown on your team, players, strengths, weaknesses, etc.? Those of us on the west coast did not get to see many Winthrop games this year, regrettably. But clearly you guys should win a game or three in this tournament.

WinthropEagleFan
03-12-2007, 09:45 AM
WUEagle--first off, congrats on a phenomenal season. I fully expect WInthrip to beat the Domers.

Second--when you get a chance, can you give us a bit of a breakdown on your team, players, strengths, weaknesses, etc.? Those of us on the west coast did not get to see many Winthrop games this year, regrettably. But clearly you guys should win a game or three in this tournament.

Here's the quick overview:
Starters:
#10 PG - Chris Gaynor, junior, 5-10 - Smart, dependable point guard...runs offense well, can hit the three at times, doesn't turn it over much...

#11 SG - Michael Jenkins, junior, 6-3 - Big surprise this year...was recruited as an outside shooter but really struggled to find his range his first two years. This year he's hit around 45% of his threes and has learned to look for more opportunities on the break and off the dribble...leads team in scoring and is best on-the-ball perimeter defender.

#12 SF - Torrell Martin, senior, 6-5 - The 'face' of the program..can do a just about everything well. Most Zag fans will remember him as the guy that hit a ton of threes against you guys in the tourney two years ago. Strong outside shot, very good rebounder, very athletic. Solid defender too. Invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament..

#33 PF - Phillip Williams, senior, 6-8 - He usually defends the toughest interior player. Not a huge offensive threat, but he has his moments when his mid-range shot is falling. Decent rebounder.

#5 C - Craig Bradshaw, senior, 6-10 - Also invited to Portsmouth. Versatile center from New Zealand who has the ability to hit the three and can score in the paint. He's been up-and-down this year, but has played great toward the end of the season.

Primary Bench Players:
#24 PG - DeAndre Adams, sophomore, 5-7 - Quicker than Gaynor, but doesn't shoot as well and lacks size...Usually brings a little more energy off the bench and is a very good defender (draws more charges than anyone else on the team).

#1 SF - Antwon Harris, junior, 6-3 - JuCo transfer who started slow this year but has become a big part of the team down the stretch. Good around the basket and brings alot of energy off the bench as well.

#31 PF - Taj McCullough, junior, 6-7 - Extremely athletic and finishes very well around the basket. Has developed a very strong outside shot this year (shooting over 40%) and likes to take big shots.

#3 SF - Mantoris Robinson, freshman, 6-5 - Been hampered by a knee injury over the last month or so, which has really limited his minutes and mobility. More of a defensive presence than anything, his offensive game is still a little raw.

Nobody else will likely see much time...

Strengths - Strong defensively, especially in half-court situations (they do get burned in transition sometimes). Good rebounding team (the few times they struggled on the glass this year, they got beat). Experienced squad that has played in big games.

Weaknesses - They don't handle teams that are good at breaking you down off the dribble and dish to outside shooters. Sometimes rely too much on three-point shot.

BobZag
03-12-2007, 10:27 AM
Thanks. I'm going to print out your take and put it in the program that I'll buy so I know what to expect. I remember Martin and Bradshaw.

I really hope your bigs can handle Harangody and the others. The Spokane Arena is a nice 11,000+ facility but it was built with hockey in mind so the darn sight-lines aren't all that great for 3-point shooting. The court sits in the middle of a hockey rink. I hope your guys get lots of shooting practices in, to get used to it. This game could come down to something as simple as who adapts best to the lack of sight-lines.

WinthropEagleFan
03-12-2007, 10:43 AM
I added jersey numbers to help you out BobZag...Also added one more reserve that could see some PT (but who hasn't played much due to a bad knee lately...it could be better after 2 weeks of rest though)..

As for the sightlines, Winthrop plays in a wide variety of arenas/gyms over the course of the year. They did play in the North Charleston Coliseum this year for a game, and it is a 10,000 seat hockey arena, so I'm wondering if it is similar to Spokane's arena.

UberZagFan
03-12-2007, 12:50 PM
leads team in scoring and is best on-the-ball perimeter defender.

Ah...a combination that GU has not seen in years, if ever.

This Zag fan will be rooting for the Eagles. Most definitely.

mudkidi
03-12-2007, 05:38 PM
Thanks for the support and for those of you who plan to attend we will need all of your help as I don't expect a large number of fans to travel from Winthrop.

Axel
03-18-2007, 06:41 AM
Ya'll be lookin out for the guy from our local paper named Andrew Dys (pronounced: dice). He is a die-hard homer for our Winthrop and is a great guy, but take care not to confuse him with our Eagle mascot whose beak is only slightly bigger than Dys's. :rolleyes:

Thanks for the kind words and for cheering for our boys.

Your mid-major sister city of Rock Hill, SC invites ya'll to come see us!

http://www.comeseeme.rockhill.net/