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Angelo Roncalli
02-20-2009, 11:44 AM
#17 Gonzaga - Coach Mark Few might want to think twice about scheduling games against tough out-of-conference teams. Losses to UConn, Arizona and Memphis have certainly quieted the buzz around the Bulldogs, who at one point in the season were ranked as high as #4, but the team is still stacked. They're 12-1 in 2009 and have the size, speed and talent to make a deep run in the tournament.

http://www.examiner.com/x-726-College-Sports-Examiner~y2009m2d20-The-most-overrated-and-underrated-college-basketball-teams

dnj116
02-20-2009, 12:19 PM
I still truly believe that we can beat anyone in the country on any given night. Just as that post stated, we DO have the size, speed and talent to make a deep run.

Whether or not we're "under-rated" will have to wait until March, when it's put up or shut up time for this group of Zags. This very well may be the most talented Gonzaga team to date, lets see if they rise to the occasion and become the best team to date.

gamagin
02-20-2009, 12:35 PM
think the other way around. For in reality we have fared better in the mythical polls than we have in the deciding polls that follow the actual playoffs most of the last 10 years.

that said, I think we spark our players, program, the league and fans by venturing onto the road and showing the world we are capable of beating anyone anytime.

And it has not only worked well for us, it signals that this school is in it to win it and has done just that enough times to command respect. Certainly from our opponents. And we do.

I think it would be nigh on impossible to expect that kind of reputation without the risk.

Go Zags !

75Zag
02-20-2009, 01:02 PM
I am tired of polls. If GU loses in the first round, endless whining and "I told you so" will prevail. If GU wins one game at the NCAAs they will be playing ok but generally below expectations. A second win = playing well but not over the top. A third win = much better than most people expected, but not yet elite. Fourth win = a national elite program and GU can tell its detractors to kiss its under-rated posterior. From there, everything is gravy.

But before we break out the champagne, how about that first win?!

Go Bulldogs!

lothar98zag
02-20-2009, 01:05 PM
GU rankings:

Sagarin - 9, 16, & 24
kenpom - 14
AP - 17
ESPN - 20
realtimeRPI -34
RPI Forecast - 41


Underrated? maybe....

Ezag
02-20-2009, 01:33 PM
Nope not underrated but I would like to see a tourney run with a chip on their shoulders and actually do the damage they are capable of but I am also prepared for the fact that we could get bounced in the first round too.