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01-26-2011, 01:25 PM
What are they saying?

From KHQ (http://www.swxrightnow.com/global/story.asp?s=13912763):

Gonzaga Campus Turns Into Tent City
Matchup with No. 24 Saint Mary's Looms Large for Zags


SPOKANE, Wash. - There's a tent city springing up on the campus of Gonzaga in north Spokane. Students began setting up Tuesday in order get a prime seat for Thursday's showdown with Saint Mary's. Make that WCC-leading Saint Mary's.

Sounds a little odd, doesn't it - the Gaels in first place instead of the Zags? They come into Thursday's game with a perfect 5-0 record in league play. The Bulldogs are an unfamiliar 3-2 and in a tie for third place with Santa Clara.

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Mark Few (http://www.krem.com/video/raw/Raw-Mark-Few-looks-ahead-to-rivalry-with-St-Marys-114524529.html)

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01-26-2011, 01:42 PM
From FoxSports.com, an AP story: (http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/story/McConnell-leads-Saint-Marys-into-Gonzaga-16363741)
McConnell leads Saint Mary's into Gonzaga

MORAGA, Calif. (AP)

Mickey McConnell has come a long way from the freshman who struggled even to get on the court while playing behind future NBA guard and Aussie sensation Patty Mills.

The player who fans in the Saint Mary's student section hoped could score just a basket at the end of blowouts has turned himself into one of the most efficient offensive players in the nation.

He's one of the country's top distributors at point guard, a confident 3-point shooter with range well beyond the arc and an improved penetrator who can create offense off the dribble.

McConnell is also one of the biggest reasons why Saint Mary's (17-3, 5-0 WCC) heads into its annual showdown at Gonzaga (13-7, 3-2) on Thursday at the top of the conference standings despite the loss of last year's star big man, Omar Samhan, to graduation.

''He's made a big jump. As big as any we've had,'' coach Randy Bennett said of his senior guard. ''We've had some guys who have really improved. Omar really improved. But Mickey probably made the biggest jump from day one until now. As a freshman he didn't play that much and now he's one of the better players in the conference.''

After playing sparingly as a freshman and playing a key role after Mills went down with an injury the following season, McConnell made a big leap last season.

But the improvement did not come without a few ### holes, most notably a zero-point, four-turnover debacle at Gonzaga last February that put a dent into the Gaels' hopes for an NCAA tournament bid.

McConnell's quiet excellence provides a far different face to the Gaels than the boisterous fans at Gonzaga are used to. The student section Kennel Club has spent the past four years razzing and harassing Samhan with pictures, signs and taunts befitting of the ''the most hated man in Spokane.''

While taking the leadership mantle from Samhan, McConnell is happy to leave that other role to his former teammate.

When asked who would get most of the venom from the Gonzaga fans, McConnell responded: ''Hopefully probably still Omar, knowing the imprint he left.''

01-26-2011, 05:11 PM
Where's the snow?

01-26-2011, 05:40 PM
I like the auto-edit to p otholes which makes me read a more objectionable word in its place.