View Full Version : Gonzaga-Idaho Pre-game Stories and Previews, starting with Meehan's Blog

11-17-2008, 01:52 PM
Jim Meehan's Blog - at 12:40 PM on 17 Nov (http://www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/sportslink/archive/?postID=8720):

Here's a brief that will run in Tuesday's S-R...

The University of Idaho, led by new head coach Don Verlin, visits Gonzaga tonight at 6 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Verlin was an assistant coach under 1974 Gonzaga graduate Stew Morrill for the last 15 seasons, 11 at Utah State and four at Colorado State.

The Vandals are 1-1 after losing to then-No. 6 Michigan State 100-62 on Sunday. Mac Hopson, a transfer from Washington State and son of ex-UI great Phil Hopson, is averaging 16 points and 4.5 assists. He’s joined in the Vandal backcourt by Kashif Watson (12.5 ppg) and Trevor Morris (10.0 ppg).

Gonzaga, which opened with an 83-52 win over Montana State Billings, moved up one spot to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll. This will be the Bulldogs’ last home appearance until facing Texas Southern on Dec. 18.

11-17-2008, 03:29 PM
ZagsWorldWide (http://zagsworldwide.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/vandals-invade-k2/)has a fun and insightful read on the Idaho game:

Vandals invade K2
Published November 17, 2008 Gonzaga basketball

Gotta hand it to the Idaho Vandals.

First off, you get to travel cross-country to East Lansing, Michigan. There you get to face the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans. You get to play in front of the raucous Breslin Center crowd. You get to run up and down the court - the whole game - trying to keep up with one of the most athletic teams in the land. You get to deal with full-court man-to-man defense for forty minutes. And you get to lose, 100-62.

Then you hop on the plane and fly all the way back, and with one day of “rest”, take on the mighty Gonzaga Bulldogs at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Tuesday. Well, sign me up, coach!

Actually, I think this year’s Vandal squad will have a better chance to compete in the WAC. Judging by what I saw of their game against MSU, it’s a team that has more speed and athleticism than previous editions. Their best player looks to be 6′2″ point guard Mac Hopson (#1), a Wazzu transfer who yesterday broke down Spartan defenders multiple times. He should present a challenge for Jeremy, Meech, and Gonzaga’s help defense & rotations. I was impressed as well with 6′6″ lefty Brandon Wiley (#11), an undersized four-man who was really active on the glass. Idaho also has a couple three-point snipers with super-quick releases. Missoula’s Trevor Morris (#15) is a guy they like to run off screens for catch-n-shoot’s - and he ain’t shy about launchin’. The other gunner is Brazilian Luciano de Souza (#13). At 6′7″, and about 7′2″ with the hair, de Souza is impossible to not recognize. Like Micah, he’s a slender ‘3′ - those two would be a natural matchup. Actually, most of the Idaho team is slender, two of the exceptions being Luis Augusto (#44) and Marvin Jefferson (#53) - at 6′8″ 245 and 6′10″ 235, respectively. Considering both of these guys have pretty good bounce, I was surprised that neither one grabbed a rebound against MSU. Even more surprising, despite zero boards from the two bigs, Idaho outrebounded the Spartans 33-31. (Might be time for Izzo to break out the shoulder pads.)
More good stuff about the game on SWW here (http://zagsworldwide.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/vandals-invade-k2/).

Edited to add: See what you mean about the Brazilian Luciano de Souza hair, Eddy. But say what you will, that's a seriously cute kid:


I dunno ... reminds me of another guy from a foreign land who played some NCAA ball:


11-17-2008, 04:31 PM
From Idaho's Official site (http://www.govandals.com/HomePage2.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17100&DB_ACCOUNT_TYPE=USER), the university's release, in a pdf ile (http://www.govandals.com/pdf5/155288.pdf):

The series between Idaho and Gonzaga is one of the most often played and longest
running rivalries in Idaho history. Overall, the Vandals hold a 67-63 mark in the series,
but the Bulldogs have won 12 of the last 13 meetings, including the last nine consecutive
games. Idaho and Gonzaga first played during the 1909-10 season in a game won by the
Bulldogs, 26-16. The most recent Idaho victory was a 71-64 decision on Jan. 5, 1998 at
the Kibbie Dome. Gonzaga has not played at Moscow since the 1999-2000 season.

11-18-2008, 10:07 AM
See the GoZags.com pre-game story here (http://gozags.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/111708aaa.html). From there, you can open the Complete Release in PDF format (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/MBASKNRL211-17-08.pdf).

The PDF release is well worth reviewing carefully, as it contains a ton of information, as well as the pregame story.
Gonzaga University makes its second home appearance in four days
Tuesday when the University of Idaho visits the McCarthey Athletic
Center for a 6 p.m. contest. It will be the final home appearance for
the Bulldogs until Dec. 18 when Texas Southern University visits as
Gonzaga will play its next six games on the road. That stretch starts
Thanksgiving Day against Oklahoma State University in the eightteam
Old Spice Classic at the Milk House in Kissimmee, Fla.

The University of Idaho is 1-1 in the early going, defeating The Evergreen
State College 91-69 in the season opener and then heading to East
Lansing, Mich., where the Vandals fell to Michigan State University 100-62

Don Verlin is in his first year as head coach at the University of Idaho.
He joined the Vandals from Utah State University where he was the
longest tenured assistant coach in USU history, leaving the Aggies
after 11 seasons. He had been with USU head coach Stew Morrill, a
1974 Gonzaga University graduate, for 11 years at Utah State after
spending four years with Morrill at Colorado State University.

Gonzaga University and the University of Idaho were members of the Big
Sky Conference from 1963-64 until 1978-79, the Bulldogs joining the West
Coast Conference for the 1979-80 season. Gonzaga has won eight straight
and 12 of the last 13 in the series. Yet, the Vandals still lead 70-63 overall.
Since Gonzaga left the Big Sky Conference the Bulldogs have won 18 of
the 30 meetings with the Vandals. Idaho won four straight games in the
series from 1980-83 after the Bulldogs left the Big Sky but it’s been a
Gonzaga-dominated series over the last 25 years. Idaho’s last win in the
series was 73-64 at Idaho Jan. 5, 1997.

Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye both scored 15 points as Gonzaga
University claimed an 83-52 victory over Montana State University
Billings in their season and home opener last Saturday. Daye also
grabbed 12 rebounds. A senior forward, Heytvelt scored 11 points
after halftime as the Bulldogs turned a five-point game into a blowout.
He went 5-for-9 from the field and also hauled in eight rebounds, one
better than his season-high all of last season. Jeremy Pargo scored
seven points but was more valuable with 10 assists.

Jeremy Pargo’s 10 assists Saturday gives him four double-digit assist
games in his career, including a career-high 13 last year against Virginia
Tech. He also had 12 last year against Pepperdine University and 11
against the University of San Francisco his freshman season.

11-18-2008, 11:13 AM
The Kennel Report (http://thekennelreport.blogspot.com/2008/11/primer-for-zags-and-vandals.html)

Changing our focus over to the Vandals, they appear to have a pretty solid stable of guards. Led by Mac Hopson and Kashif Watson who have averaged 16 and 13 points a game respectively, the Vandals start three guards. Leading returning scorer Trevor Morris joins Watson and Hopson in the back court. Hopson is a solid point guard for the Vandals and has 9 assists in the past two games. The Zags should be able to capitalize on Idaho's knack for committing turnovers. Watson and Morris have combined this season for 1 assist and 11 turnovers. Jeremy Pargo and Matt Bouldin and the rest of the Gonzaga guards should have the advantage against these guards. Much like Michael Hall, these guards can get hot and shoot well from outside, hopefully this game never gets as close at the one with Montana State-Billings. If you have to watch one guy from the outside it has to be Trevor Morris who has taken the most 3-pointers on the team. I like the way Luciano De Souza plays the game. He is a big forward from Brazil who has the ability to step out and shoot the outside shot. He is 6-10 from three point range and should be floating around the perimeter quite a bit tomorrow.
Another thing to look for is the continuing development of the rotation. This is our last chance to tweak the lineup before we head to Orlando to compete in the Old Spice Classic. What you see in the first half tomorrow is probably what you get.

Read the rest of the Idaho post here (http://thekennelreport.blogspot.com/2008/11/primer-for-zags-and-vandals.html).

11-18-2008, 11:18 AM
And for a laugh, you really need to check out La Rev's offering today. (http://larevblog.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/an-ida-what-game-day/)