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Baldwinzag
03-07-2011, 02:58 PM
That is news to me!


Las Vegas (http://espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=310652608)--

Mitchell Young scored 17 points off the bench and freshman Stephen Holt added 15 to lead No. 1 seed Saint Mary's to a 73-64 victory over No. 4 seed Santa Clara in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Sunday night.

The Gaels (24-7) will face Gonzaga in Monday's championship game. Saint Mary's is seeking its third straight WCC tournament title.

Marc Trasolini led Santa Clara (19-14) with 22 points, and Kevin Foster added 18 points, but made only 5-of-18 shots.

Saint Mary's led 31-29 at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

The win was the Gaels' third this season against the Broncos.

zagzilla
03-07-2011, 03:04 PM
Also this just in from ESPN:
http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/25073/saddle-up-beware-the-bid-thieves

Saint Mary's at Gonzaga, WCC Tournament Championship, ESPN, 9 pm. ET: Here's a question: Are both of these teams in the NCAA tournament?

Your immediate reaction might be: no. That reaction is understandable. It is also, at this point, wrong.

No, neither team has the best at-large resume in the world. Saint Mary's lost consecutive February games to San Diego, Utah State, and Gonzaga, and its only top 50 RPI win came against St. John's all the way back during the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon on Nov. 22. (Feels like yesterday, doesn't it?) Gonzaga's best win came against Xavier in December, long before the Musketeers rounded into the impressive, cohesive unit they've since become. But both teams have more to offer on their resumes than some of the uglier at-large bubble hopefuls out there, and both are in OK shape now that they avoided the ignominy of a WCC tournament upset on the way to the title game. (Gonzaga, for its part, nearly lost to San Fransisco on Sunday night; had USF not given a bad foul late, and then called a timeout when none were remaining, the Zags might be in much worse bubble shape entering tonight's game.)

This title matchup is good news for the bubble -- neither team can truly "steal" a bid now -- and bad news for those looking for added tournament intrigue in the manner of VCU-ODU. But this title matchup is great for the WCC, and great for college hoops in general. The game features the West Coast Conference's top two programs. In an age when most rivalries are watered down, where players and coaches get along behind the scenes even as fans blast each other on message boards, these two programs happen to genuinely dislike each other. They are playing for an automatic NCAA tournament bid, but they're also playing for something just as important: legitimate conference superiority. The Zags have been the WCC's signature team for at least a decade. The Gaels are desperate to prove that there's room for more than one owner at the top.

In other words, the bubble doesn't need to move for this to be a big game. No, the Gonzaga-Saint Mary's rivalry has earned that distinction all on its own.

Dirt McGirt
03-07-2011, 03:04 PM
1. Last year in vegas
2. this year's share of the regular season title.
3. this year in vegas.

Looks like three to me. :lmao:

Baldwinzag
03-07-2011, 03:07 PM
1. Last year in vegas
2. this year's share of the regular season title.
3. this year in vegas.

Looks like three to me. :lmao:

This thread has potential. ;)

Dirt McGirt
03-07-2011, 03:09 PM
maybe the refs are going back in a time machine and calling extra fouls to make sure SMC wins all games.

ZagNix
03-07-2011, 03:09 PM
I noticed that too. Seriously ESPN? Don't be disrespecting the Zags like that after our 11 years of domination! And hopefully after tonight it won't matter anyway. ;)

Zagdawg
03-07-2011, 03:33 PM
Bulletin board material !!! let's use it!

Oregonzagnut
03-07-2011, 03:36 PM
maybe the refs are going back in a time machine and calling extra fouls to make sure SMC wins all games.

You sent those referees wine last year, huh!

I knew they handed the Gaels that 19 point victory. We got jobbed.

gamagin
03-07-2011, 04:30 PM
Also this just in from ESPN:
http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/25073/saddle-up-beware-the-bid-thieves

(Gonzaga, for its part, nearly lost to San Fransisco on Sunday night; had USF not given a bad foul late, and then called a timeout when none were remaining, the Zags might be in much worse bubble shape entering tonight's game.)


in fact had usf won, we wouldn't be "entering tonight's game" at all. Multiple errors and a few great defensive moves on our part aside in this fissure filled, fumbling feature about fate.

FieldHouseFishHouse
03-07-2011, 07:44 PM
1. Last year in vegas
2. this year's share of the regular season title.
3. this year in vegas.

Looks like three to me. :lmao:

You are a good sport McDirt, I'm impressed. Keep coming back.

GoZags
03-07-2011, 07:49 PM
Isn't St. Mary's 2-8 with a .200 winning percentage against Gonzaga over the last 10 GU/SMC games played? That's quite a rivalry there.