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hoopster777
12-01-2008, 05:39 PM
From what I've read and what I can tell, this game should be of almost no challenge to Gonzaga. I realize any team can beat any other team on any given night, but realistically, Indiana is atrocious, they may not win 2 games in the Big 10. We could play the worst game of the season and still probably win by 10 points......Idaho might be more competitive for GU than Indiana. This is a team of high school players, most of them probably couldn't even walk on at our school.

That being said, I do respect Tom Crean from rebuilding that program from scratch, smartest thing to do in that circumstance and I wouldn't sleep on this team in 2-3 years. But this season I dont think Indiana will pose much of a challenge. What does everyone else think?

pbriz
12-01-2008, 05:41 PM
We can expect ALOT of hustle but not that much talent.

We need to keep up the perimeter D, and if we do that, and that alone, we win this game.

Zag4Hire
12-01-2008, 05:57 PM
We can expect ALOT of hustle but not that much talent.

We need to keep up the perimeter D, and if we do that, and that alone, we win this game.

Right on the money. Biggest weakness is no real team leader and the fact they have 3 walk-ons and 8 freshmen on the roster. That is a lot to sort out in the first few months. I was pretty impressed with Pritchard's skills during the blowout game against Notre Dame (a LOT of ball fakes by Pritchard were working on Harangoudy).

Zag365
12-01-2008, 07:05 PM
Too often in past we have played down to the level of our opponents. Hopefully, the starters play their game and create some playing time for the bench.

HOOTER
12-01-2008, 07:29 PM
I'm confident that the Zags will treat Indiana like a top 10 team. There are no guarantees in college basketball and they know that.

That being said, they'll probably win by 30+.

GeorgiaZagFan
12-01-2008, 07:36 PM
Emotional let down after big win over Tennessee.....travel back to Spokane...and then a few days later on to Indiana.... I don't know if the Hoosiers can pull it together like the Kentucky team did about 20 years ago when they went through similar circumstances....but the Zags better not take them too lightly!!

montanazag88
12-01-2008, 07:54 PM
Everyone guns for a number 5! Anyone in the top ten is subject to crazy streak shooting by opponents. Ditto on the "treat them like a top-10 team." We are still working on our perimeter and in-the-paint defense. I am anxious to see that become our signature this year.

El Voce
12-01-2008, 09:13 PM
The game starts at 10:30 AM, Spokane time. Historically, the Zags have not fared too well when traveling east and playing early games. This is a fact that I am sure Mark Few and his staff are aware of, and will do their best to remedy.

UberZagFan
12-01-2008, 10:14 PM
Uber will be worrying about this game--for all the reasons stated above: let down game, travel, game time, taking them lightly--until BZ declares that GU is doomed.

calizag
12-01-2008, 10:19 PM
Indiana is BAD...i don't like being over-confident but this would be a bigger shock than Western Kentucky over Louisville...

Bulldoggie
12-01-2008, 11:04 PM
Will the Indiana game be televised by KHQ in Spokane or do I have to hit a tavern to get the Big Ten Network?

75Zag
12-02-2008, 05:10 AM
Game is on Big 10 Network only unless KHQ manages to swing some sort of last minute deal (unlikely). So get yourself to your neighborhood bar on Saturday morning, introduce yourself to the regulars, and order that first eye opener of vodka and grapefruit juice as you cheer the Bulldogs on to victory.

I gotta again thank GU. First they taught me to drink like a man, now they are teaching me to drink like a man in the morning!

Go Bulldogs.

CDC84
12-02-2008, 08:10 AM
I have a feeling you will see Gonzaga ready to play well against IU. No matter what their personnel may look like, it's still "Indiana" on the front of their jersey, and the circumstances of the game - the first b-ball game to be played in Indianapolis' new dome stadium - gives the game extra meaning.

alaskazagnut
12-02-2008, 08:33 AM
and 3-0 at home. Why would we even think that this will be an easy win. It will not be. Hot shooting, bad reffing and their home crowd could put Indiana in the win column if we do not take it seriously.

former1dog
12-02-2008, 08:37 AM
I hope our boys remember the last time they played Indiana and go out with a chip on their shoulders and get us some revenge!

BobZag
12-02-2008, 09:23 AM
I want to see the team go inside early and often. Shoot some treys, sure, but I'd like to see this team gut the middle of Indiana. The 3-ball can't always be relied upon. Work inside. With WSU looming, the team needs to polish this up.

Indiana will play all-out. Crean knows that's their only hope. Zags can't pull a sleepwalk, or they will be in more trouble than they ought to be.

Tough defense + Attack inside = Win

And get a big enough lead early so Rob can get good minutes. He is needed in the future.

Zag4Hire
12-02-2008, 01:39 PM
and 3-0 at home. Why would we even think that this will be an easy win. It will not be. Hot shooting, bad reffing and their home crowd could put Indiana in the win column if we do not take it seriously.

I completely agree that once you start taking a team like Indiana lightly, it may be too late to turn it around. However, I think Indiana's name hurts them here (a smaller school or non-traditional power would be a more worrisome 'trap' game here) and the fact of IU bouncing out GU from the NCAA tourney a couple years back. In fact, it appears that IU and GU have quite a modern rivalry.

As for the record, the devil is in the details:

Wins
Northwestern State 83-65
IUPUI 60-57
Chaminade 81-79
Cornell 72-57

Losses
Notre Dame 50 - 88
St. Joseph's 'THE HAWK NEVER DIES!' 54-80

azzagfan
12-02-2008, 05:00 PM
They still wear the red and white striped warmup bottoms...Mark Few can come up with a "forget what you've read or heard" speech about them still being Indiana. When you go to Indiana to play Indiana, you can win...but you better be ready to have to scrap for it.

RenoZag
12-02-2008, 08:06 PM
I gotta again thank GU. First they taught me to drink like a man, now they are teaching me to drink like a man in the morning!




That's gotta be in the Mission Statement somewhere. . .