View Full Version : Quad City Times on Augie Game (& other media)

Angelo Roncalli
12-08-2009, 09:11 PM

12-08-2009, 09:41 PM
Nice. Those kids are excited, and this will be a lifetime memory. We're going to win (though they certainly won't "give" it to us) due to superior size and skills, so everyone should treat the guests well in other ways.

12-09-2009, 05:36 AM
As I've posted in another thread, I live close to the Augie campus. Let me assure you, you will not see a classier Coach, or group of true Student athletes in the kennel this year. And yes--playing GONZAGA on T.V. is huge for them. Will they beat us---not a chance. Will they give it 100%---you bet. This game will be a high point in these kids careers. While I was a student at GU and home for breaks, friends would ask What-Where-Who was GONZAGA? I would always answer that its just like Augie except "in the mountains"(we might not have been able to beat Augie at b-ball back then!) Due to huge snowfall and midweek game, I doubt there will be many if any augie fans at the game, but if there are--show them the same class that I assure you that they would show us here. GO ZAGS---WIN OR I WILL HAVE TO MOVE OUT OF THE AREA!!!!!

12-09-2009, 10:19 AM
another link - http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2009/12/8/1192224/a-chance-to-develop-the-rotation

12-09-2009, 10:33 AM
"The Vikings are taking some very realistic goals into the clash. "From a basketball standpoint, I want people to come away saying "Augustana really competes," said Augustana coach Grey Giovanine on the eve of his team'sTuesday departure. "That's been our message to the guys. There's no pressure or expectationsin terms of scoring outcome. We just want to compete on every possession from tip to buzzer."

12-09-2009, 10:38 AM
GU notes:


12-09-2009, 10:42 AM
From the Sporting News (http://www.sportingnews.com/college-basketball/article/2009-12-08/augustanaill-gonzaga-preview), I posted the first part of the story on another thread, because so much of it was about Elias, but the end of the story focuses more on the Augustana game.

12-09-2009, 10:53 AM
GoZags game-day post. (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/120909aaa.html)

Once you dig down through it a ways, this was something I hadn't seen before and found interesting:
Augustana College, a NCAA Division III program from Rock Island, Ill., visits the McCarthey Athletic Center Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest. It will be the inaugural meeting between the Bulldogs and the Vikings. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

Although at different levels, there will be two ranked teams on the court of the McCarthey Athletic Center Wednesday. Gonzaga University is ranked 21st by the Associated Press and 22nd by ESPN/USA Today this week, while Augustana moved up six spots to 15th in the NCAA Division III poll. The Vikings are 5-0 but have not played since Nov. 30 when they won at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., 73-56. Augustana is a member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

Augustana College, founded by Swedish Lutheran settlers in Chicago in 1860, has grown from a small school educating Swedish immigrants into a highly selective college of the liberal arts and sciences. The College honors its roots and its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

There's one member of Augustana College's travel party who won't be unfamiliar with Gonzaga University of the city of Spokane. Viking athletic director Michael Zapolski served at Pepperdine University for 20 years as assistant AD/sports information director and for the last two years on the Malibu campus was an associate athletic director. He left Pepperdine in the summer of 2003 for Anderson University in Indiana as the athletic director prior to accepting his current job at Augustana 18 months ago.

12-09-2009, 10:55 AM
"We've talked about really appreciating and treasuring the opportunity; the journey, so to speak,--This is really unprecedented for a DIII team to play a regular season game against a Top-20 opponent in one of the great basketball environments in the country and I want them to enjoy that.---It will be a peak experience for their college careers."

12-09-2009, 11:04 AM
From the AP story by Nick Geranios published in the Seattle PI:
"This is the grittiest team I have every played on," said leading scorer Matt Bouldin. "We have a lot of tough guys who love to bang. This year that's a staple for us."

What makes this especially interesting is the Zags are a young team, with most of the roster in their first season of college basketball. They host Augustana, Ill., on Wednesday.

The new Zags might be summed up by freshman Elias Harris, who has started all eight games and is averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds per game.

Harris was fighting for rebound position Saturday against Wake Forest's Chas McFarland when he put his forearm up and pushed hard against McFarland's throat, knocking him to the floor. Harris was immediately ejected from the game, and that was a factor in Gonzaga's loss.

But Harris' play illustrated how these Zags have no intention of being pushed around by more physical teams.