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ZagNative
02-06-2010, 05:23 PM
ESPN game recap (http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=300370235) page (AP story), with link to highlight video upper right corner.

GoZags game story (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/020610aab.html#) - Same AP story, but also with link to box score (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2009-2010/gonmb23.html) and photo album (http://www.gozags.com/view.gal?id=62938)

Please feel free to add links to any stories or photo albums you find.

ZagNative
02-06-2010, 05:26 PM
Memphis Commercial Appeal (http://www.commercialappeal.com/photos/galleries/memphis-tigers-vs-gonzaga-february-6-2010/) - terrific photo album of the game.

Edited to Add: Changed link location because they moved the album.

BobZag
02-06-2010, 06:05 PM
Great pics!

RenoZag
02-06-2010, 10:57 PM
Jim Meehan's first article (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2010/feb/06/zags-cap-impressive-2-0-week/#more)


“I thought we had a tough-mindedness to us and a tough mentality about us,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It is hard to play well in this building because the crowd is such a huge part of the game. You can’t hear your sets or hear your calls, but we were able to overcome that.”

The 17th-ranked Bulldogs (19-4) had gone 0-4 versus Memphis the last four years. Senior guard Matt Bouldin, who scored just 20 points in three previous games against the Tigers, led Gonzaga with 19 points. He was 4 of 4 at the free-throw line in the last 62 seconds.

ZagNative
02-06-2010, 11:19 PM
Memphis Commercial Appeal (http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/06/witherspoons-26-not-enough-memphis-tigers-fall-gon/?partner=popular)


Witherspoon's 26 not enough as Memphis Tigers fall to Gonzaga, 66-58

With 2 minutes and 31 seconds remaining, the roars turned to silence inside a packed FedExForum, giving University of Memphis sophomore Wesley Witherspoon a lonely but quiet moment at the free-throw line.

Of course, as still and peaceful as it seemed, ghosts were stirring.

Witherspoon was not here in 2005 when Darius Washington missed free throws at the exact same basket that would have sent the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament. He did not suffer through the collapse in the final seconds of the 2008 national championship game. He was barely a factor last season when that thin little stripe turned into a brick wall, preventing the Tigers’ late comeback bid in the Sweet 16.

Witherspoon probably wasn’t thinking about any of that as he attempted the foul shots that would have given Memphis a one-point lead over No. 17-ranked Gonzaga on Saturday and perhaps enough momentum to propel the Tigers to a badly needed signature win. The past, after all, had nothing to do with him.

And yet, as Memphis struggled badly again from the free-throw line in a 66-58 loss — including those two huge misses by Witherspoon — the symmetry was impossible to ignore. No matter how much has changed in the Memphis program, from coaches to players and almost everything in between, its biggest nemesis is still hanging around.

“We can beat anyone on any given night if we play like we did tonight for 40 minutes,” coach Josh Pastner said. “We’re good enough to do it, but part of it is we have to make free throws.”Read the rest of the story here (http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/06/witherspoons-26-not-enough-memphis-tigers-fall-gon/?partner=popular)

ZagNative
02-06-2010, 11:31 PM
Also from the Commercial Appeal (http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/06/witherspoons-26-not-enough-memphis-tigers-fall-gon/?partner=popular) another interesting piece:
Emotions entangle Tigers' Wesley Witherspoon
Frustrated Tiger clams up after loss

Wesley Witherspoon slipped past one last defender at FedExForum on Saturday afternoon. Toting his celebrated backpack, Witherspoon was stopped on his way out of the locker room by a University of Memphis media relations official, who pleaded with him to stick around for postgame interviews.

But Witherspoon, looking glum and annoyed, brushed him off and kept walking. He did take the time to accept handshakes from fans.

Welcome to Wesley's World, pop. 1. It is a place where the emotions of a college sophomore are on full display, even as his game rises to another level.

A sophomore wing, Witherspoon was at his best once again for the Tigers during their 66-58 loss to No. 17 Gonzaga, scoring a game-high 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting and looking more transcendent by the possession. But then he was at his worst, revealing his petulance in front of about five television cameras and a dozen reporters. It was a public exhibition that left his teammates and coach Josh Pastner to answer for him.

"He still has to mature, no question about that," Pastner said. "But that's part of why he's in college. He needs to mature."
"He's a really good person," Pastner said. "He does a lot of good things. He does a great job academically. ... He always volunteers in the community. He does a lot of good. He represents Memphis at a very high level, but there are things he will need to keep maturing on as a young man before he leaves the University of Memphis."
Everyone around the program recognizes his potential, and Laird assessed him as a player who could be a "top five" pick in the NBA draft -- perhaps sooner than later. But Pastner wants to see consistency. Two strong games do not make a career.

"He's got to be consistently producing at a high level," Pastner said. "And that doesn't mean scoring 30 every night. That means rebounds, assists, points, getting to the free throw line, those types of actions."

Those are the actions of a star in the making, whether he wants to talk about it or not. Read the whole story here. (http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/07/emotions-entangle-witherspoon/)

ZagNative
02-07-2010, 08:10 AM
KREM 2 Raw Video with Mark Few after the Memphis game (http://www.krem.com/video/raw/Raw-Coach-Mark-Few-comments-on-a-tough-road-win-83733057.html). So far, there appears to be just the one video. It ends just as a reporter asks a question about Will Foster's play. No Few answer. Drat!

TacomaZAG
02-07-2010, 09:06 AM
Great stuff. I missed the game and this really helps with my addiction.

Go ZAGS

gamagin
02-07-2010, 09:58 AM
most seem to agree the game was lost at the f.t. line.

Memphis went 1-4 in the last five minutes. So even if they made all four, they'd still have lost.

Their coach said they lost it at the f.t. line, too.

I say they lost it to a better team. A better team's players stepped up at critical moments and stuck their shots, grabbed an errant pass, or kept an attempted steal.

A great big guy with a bushy beard was ready, willing, and able to give RS a blow and the resulting return to the game underneath our basket suddenly reopened, while another GU guy waited patiently, over and over, for memphis shooter to leave his feet after leaving his feet on a drive into the middle, and drawing a charge.

That's how we wound up ahead at the end. We outplayed them. WE outsmarted them. We outlasted them. And our coach outcoached theirs. This time. Imo.

bballbeachbum
02-07-2010, 10:33 AM
most seem to agree the game was lost at the f.t. line.

Memphis went 1-4 in the last five minutes. So even if they made all four, they'd still have lost.

Their coach said they lost it at the f.t. line, too.

I say they lost it to a better team. A better team's players stepped up at critical moments and stuck their shots, grabbed an errant pass, or kept an attempted steal.

A great bug guy with a bushy beard was ready, willing, and able to give RS a blow and the resulting return to the game underneath our basket suddenly reopened, while another GU guy waited patiently, over and over, for memphis shooter to leave his feet after leaving his feet on a drive into the middle, and drawing a charge.

That's how we wound up ahead at the end. We outplayed them. WE outsmarted them. We outlasted them. And our coach outcoached theirs. This time. Imo.

+1

and the Parrish article makes so much sense to me, would like to see it happen

ZagNative
02-07-2010, 11:51 AM
most seem to agree the game was lost at the f.t. line.

Memphis went 1-4 in the last five minutes. So even if they made all four, they'd still have lost.

Their coach said they lost it at the f.t. line, too.

I say they lost it to a better team. A better team's players stepped up at critical moments and stuck their shots, grabbed an errant pass, or kept an attempted steal.

A great bug guy with a bushy beard was ready, willing, and able to give RS a blow and the resulting return to the game underneath our basket suddenly reopened, while another GU guy waited patiently, over and over, for memphis shooter to leave his feet after leaving his feet on a drive into the middle, and drawing a charge.

That's how we wound up ahead at the end. We outplayed them. WE outsmarted them. We outlasted them. And our coach outcoached theirs. This time. Imo.It is weird that that story's author does hang the whole thing om Memphis' free throw shooting. You're spot on, gamagin. Seems like the screen shots of the gozags game tracker final results show there wasn't an area where the Zags didn't get better results than Memphis except blocks.


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/S28H8rfAmII/AAAAAAAAFrw/_xiN4tjNzOI/2010-02-06%20Memphis%20Box%20Score%20Summary.jpg

Gonzaga's box score at the bottom of the screen: Note and compare second chance and fast break points in the tiny print at the bottom and compare with Memphis' results.)


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/S28RnIwzPPI/AAAAAAAAFu4/If8HkAp9pb8/2010-02-06%20Memphis%20Box%20Score%20final-1.jpg

Memphis' box score at the bottom of the screen:


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/S28ZWpgvcNI/AAAAAAAAFxk/3z0Hslugnsg/2010-02-06%20Memphis%20Box%20Score%20final-Memphis-600.jpg

gamagin
02-07-2010, 02:10 PM
It is weird that that story's author does hang the whole thing om Memphis' free throw shooting. You're spot on, gamagin. Seems like the screen shots of the gozags game tracker final results show there wasn't an area where the Zags didn't get better results than Memphis except blocks.


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/S28H8rfAmII/AAAAAAAAFrw/_xiN4tjNzOI/2010-02-06%20Memphis%20Box%20Score%20Summary.jpg

Gonzaga's box score at the bottom of the screen: Note and compare second chance and fast break points in the tiny print at the bottom and compare with Memphis' results.)


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/S28RnIwzPPI/AAAAAAAAFu4/If8HkAp9pb8/2010-02-06%20Memphis%20Box%20Score%20final-1.jpg

Memphis' box score at the bottom of the screen:


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/S28ZWpgvcNI/AAAAAAAAFxk/3z0Hslugnsg/2010-02-06%20Memphis%20Box%20Score%20final-Memphis-600.jpg

those stats show alot more than f.t.'s and that was my point. if you compare the 1st half to the second, I think it would also contrast mightily. If I remember we got most of our t.o's and went something and shot f.g.'s in the 25 or so percentile.

Go TEAM Zags !

ZagNative
02-07-2010, 02:41 PM
See if you like some further reflection from this additional post by Dan Wolken in the Commercial Appeal (http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/07/gonzaga-66-memphis-58/):
Until the final nine minutes, it was a very ordinary performance for the Tigers. They did not play poorly for the first 31 minutes, but they missed wide-open 3-pointers, they missed layups and struggled to rebound against a much bigger front line. The only reason Memphis was in the game at all was sophomore Wesley Witherspoon, who finished with 26 points. But trailing 49-40, the Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of two consecutive offensive foul calls, causing coach Josh Pastner to lose his cool momentarily. After storming onto the court to argue with the officials, the calls started to go Memphis' way and a 9-0 run ensued. Witherspoon was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 7:41 to go and made all three foul shots, cutting Gonzaga's seven-point lead to 49-45. Then after a turnover, a feed from senior Willie Kemp to junior forward Will Coleman led to a dunk, bringing Memphis within 49-47.
-- Gonzaga obviously worked on taking charges against the Tigers' guards as both Williams and Witherspoon were called for two offensive fouls in the second half alone. Kemp also had a charge called against him. Pastner said avoiding charges was a point of emphasis in practice, but it didn't translate to the game.

"Gonzaga's bigs (big players) step up hard, and we spent so much time with the jump stop and throwing the lob to the big guys. We spent 25 minutes on that. Unfortunately today we didn't have carryover from practice to the game. We just drove and put our heads down and ran over them. That's something we'll talk about."

gamagin
02-07-2010, 02:48 PM
I'd say the real picture is beginning to come into focus, at least at the Commercial Appeal sports desk.

Lemme know when someone writes a burst on the coach for trying (and failing) to foul Meech instead of MB with enough time left in the game to just try and beat us instead of trying/hoping (desparately, too soon) to get us to beat ourselves.

That will be the come to hayzoos moment in the land of Elvis and drawls, imo.

Go TEAM Zags !

ZagNative
02-07-2010, 02:53 PM
Jim Meehan's Day-After Memphis Post (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2010/feb/07/day-after-memphis/):
—Another game, another career high from Will Foster. He’s scored 14 points in GU’s last two games. He had scored just 22 points in 17 games before Thursday’s contest against Portland.

“When he gets out there with confidence, he’s a presence on the defensive end obviously,” senior guard Matt Bouldin said. “When you’re that big, you make shots hard. Offensively, he got in there and set good screens. We got the ball to him down low and he kept the ball high and was dunking on people.”

Bouldin fed Foster twice for easy hoops.

“My fellow senior,” Foster said. “He had my back tonight.”

23dpg
02-07-2010, 08:01 PM
We got the ball to him down low and he kept the ball high and was dunking on people.

This.

U Zig, I Zag
02-07-2010, 08:34 PM
We got the ball to him down low and he kept the ball high and was dunking on people.

This.
+1

rawkmandale
02-07-2010, 10:49 PM
“My fellow senior,” Foster said. “He had my back tonight.”

There you are. Usually, it comes down to the seniors.