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12-16-2011, 09:12 PM
I don't think I've seen this Bruce Pascoe story from the Arizona Republic (http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2011/12/16/20111216arizona-wildcats-basketball-gonzaga-preview.html) posted yet. Great writing!
SEATTLE - One look at guys such as Robert Sacre, David Stockton and Kevin Pangos on the court and it's easy to see some classic Gonzaga basketball.

The Bulldogs, who will face the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday at Key Arena, have inside (Sacre) and outside (Pangos) threats, mixed in with a little bit of savvy and fearlessness (Stockton), even if they are sometimes less talented than the high-major opponents they love to schedule.

If you look at them off the court, the parallels are even clearer.

The Bulldogs have the same kind of personality and multi-cultural background that marked past Zags teams led by players such as Zach Gourde, Ronny Turiaf, Adam Morrison and Jeremy Pargo.

Here's why:

- Sacre has tattoos spilling out of his uniform, owns two pit bulls, and has shaved his head. Yet he's known as a good, easygoing guy.

Really. You just have to understand Sacre is not only a 7-foot monster for the Bulldogs, leading the team in scoring and prompting UA coach Sean Miller to note that he is "maybe the best player we've played so far in 11 games," but also that he's very much the product of two widely different cultures.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2011/12/16/20111216arizona-wildcats-basketball-gonzaga-preview.html#ixzz1gllJmNMV

12-16-2011, 09:20 PM
The start of this Bud Withers story (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/collegesports/2017033705_zags17.html) is about Guy Landry Edi, but the whole story is about the game against Arizona:
Forward Guy Landry Edi will make debut for Gonzaga against Arizona

What's a perennial NCAA-tournament basketball team to do when it's searching for that elusive marquee victory?

Ah, the waiver wire.

That's not quite Gonzaga's tack as it approaches Saturday's Battle in Seattle game against Arizona at KeyArena, but the Zags (6-2) will unveil a new weapon they hope will aid them in their quest for a 14th straight NCAA berth.

He's 6-foot-6, 218-pound Guy Landry Edi, a product of the Ivory Coast and Midland (Texas) JC. Landry Edi has been ineligible for Gonzaga's first eight games because of having signed an agreement as a youth in France and appearing in four professional games.

"I don't want to be the guy who says, 'Wait 'til we get this guy back,' " said Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd. "But we think he's going to impact the team. I don't know how much how early."

Landry Edi came to the U.S. and attended high schools in the Los Angeles area. He moved on to Midland, and last winter averaged 16.3 points and seven rebounds as his team won the NJCAA title.

"He's a classic 'three' man," said Lloyd, who compares Landry Edi as a physical figure to former Zags reserve Ira Brown. "He's really strong, athletic, a very good defensive player and a very good rebounder who plays above the rim."
"I'd like to think the best is yet to come for us," said Miller. "We've been hit with some hardships."

One came in New York, where swingman Kevin Parrom was accidentally shot in the leg in September. Touted five-star recruit Josiah Turner has had some off-court issues that have stunted his progress.

"I don't think either guy has played his best basketball," said Miller. "If we keep heading in the right direction, we could be a very good basketball team in January or February, no question."

12-16-2011, 10:06 PM
Jim Meehan's pregame preview (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/dec/16/battle-seattle-big-bell-edi/).
Battle in Seattle big for Bell, Edi
Bell Jr., who had a decorated career at Kentridge High (Kent, Wash.), has fielded numerous ticket requests, so many that he’s told buddies “family comes first.” Bell Jr. is off to a nice start, averaging 8.8 points and nearly two rebounds per game. He moved into the starting lineup two games ago.

But that’s only half of Bell Jr.’s impact. He’s displayed the same defensive intensity from his high school days and on the AAU circuit that led a GU assistant coach to remark: “He never takes a defensive possession off.”

“He’s been terrific defensively,” head coach Mark Few said. “When we go back and grade the games, he’s been really solid.”
Bell Jr. acknowledged there will be added incentive against Arizona (7-3), which reloaded from last year’s Elite Eight run with a strong recruiting class that included guards Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner. The latter is returning from a one-game suspension.

“I played against them during AAU,” Bell Jr. said. “I’m looking forward to playing against them, top guys who were ranked ahead of me.”About Guy Landry Edi:
“I’m going to bring a lot of energy and try to stop the best player on the other team,” Edi said. “Offensively, I just want to make the simple play, not force anything and take shots I need to take.”

The 6-foot-6, 218-pound Edi gives Few more options at both ends of the floor.

“He can really defend at a high level and he can make those,” said Few, pointing at Edi as he buried a 3-pointer in Tuesday’s practice. “I think he can score off the dribble a little bit and he’ll rebound well for his position. It’ll probably alleviate us having to play three little guys so much and it’ll help us defensively.

“We’ve been moving parts around to try to hide these guys from getting posted up or getting blasted on the offensive glass.”

12-16-2011, 11:05 PM
Howie Stallwick in the Kitsap Sun (http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/dec/16/battle-in-seattle-gonzaga-braces-for-athletic/):
Battle in Seattle: Gonzaga braces for athletic Arizona
Sacre is also excited about the season debut of junior college transfer Guy Landry Edi. A 6-foot-6 wing, Edi sat out the first eight games due to an NCAA suspension for playing in a pro league in France.

"The beast is gettin' off the chains!" Sacre exclaimed. "Guy Landry's comin' out! Break-out game, y'all! No pressure!"

Edi's athleticism could come in handy against the Wildcats.

"They're very athletic ... a bunch of 6-6, 6-7, 6-4 guys who can really attack you off the bounce," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

12-16-2011, 11:22 PM
PointguardU.com (http://www.pointguardu.com/content/wildcats-prepping-battle-seattle-1225/):
Breaking Down the Zags

Gonzaga’s success is evident after composing 14 20-plus win seasons in a row and they don’t expect this year to be any different. This year the Zags are looking to capitalize on a powerhouse frontcourt lead by 7 foot senior Robert Sacre. This year Sacre has averaged 16 ppg and 7 rpg on 50% shooting from the field. He knows how to use his size and is most effective working in the post. He does a great job of establishing position and sealing off defenders, giving his teammates a clear entry pass forcing the defense to foul. Look for Sacre to work his right handed hook shot and a turnaround fade away.

Overall he’s a great player but lacks vertical explosiveness and at times will have trouble finishing in traffic. On defense he is very effective; he defends well against the pick and roll and moves his feet better than expected although he is known to be burned on misdirection and double moves.

Freshman Kevin Pangos has developed into the teams second leading scorer averaging 13 ppg with 2 rpg and 2 apg. This true point guard does a great job executing offensively with an unselfish style of play. He has trouble creating for himself but does a nice job of picking his shots and driving to the basket when the opportunity arises. In addition to these qualities he can light it up from downtown.

Supplementing their frontcourt is German born Elias Harris. Harris caught the eye of many NBA scouts after a very successful freshman campaign but has been plagued with injury in the past year. At 6’7 Harris has good size and length, and when healthy an excellent second jump. Coming off injury, Harris is still looking to regain his full potential, some say he doesn’t look as explosive and his intensity down low has fallen a bit. Regardless Harris has managed 12 ppg and 8rpg. He has shown the ability to make it rain from downtown shooting 45% last year but this season that number has dropped significantly to 28%.

In addition to these players keep your eyes out for Gary Bell Jr, Marquise Carter and David Stockton. Bell is an undersized off guard who will make it splash. Carter is a guard who has shown he is more than capable after earning MVP in last year WCC Tournament. David Stockton, son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, can get the ball real wet; this year he’s shooting 58% from the field and 66% from behind the arc.Read more here (http://www.pointguardu.com/content/wildcats-prepping-battle-seattle-1225/).

12-16-2011, 11:47 PM
CollegeHoopsNet (http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/game-predictions-arizonagonzaga-unlvillinois-and-more-169455) Prediction:
Line: Gonzaga -4.5.

Storylines: After strong starts, both teams have stumbled recently. Although Arizona is coming off what coach Sean Miller called his team’s “best win of the season" – a 63-47 win over Clemson – the Wildcats are 3-3 in their last six outings. After a 5-0 start, Gonzaga lost two straight, including a loss in Spokane to Michigan State, before beating Oral Roberts Thursday.

Key Matchup: Freshmen Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner of Arizona vs. Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell. Johnson and Turner are averaging 17.5 points between them, while the Bulldog freshmen guard tandem is scoring 22.4 per night.

The Bottom Line: It should be an interesting battle with some intriguing matchups. With the State Farm Battle taking place in Seattle, the Bulldogs have a slight edge.

The Pick: Gonzaga 71, Arizona 64.

12-16-2011, 11:51 PM
Statsheet.com (http://statsheet.com/mcb/games/2011/12/17/2011-12-17_arizona_vs_gonzaga/pregame) Pregame report: Full of interesting comparisons of stats.

12-17-2011, 05:51 AM
ZagNative, thank you for rounding up those stories into a single thread.

It's a great "benefit" to those who frequent the board to have a news hound like you digging up story links on this year's team and in the "Old Dogs" forum also.


12-17-2011, 06:17 AM
The pregame press threads from ZagNative are the appetizer to each game. THANK YOU!

12-17-2011, 07:52 AM
zagnative, thank you for rounding up those stories into a single thread.

It's a great "benefit" to those who frequent the board to have a news hound like you digging up story links on this year's team and in the "old dogs" forum also.

Thank you !


Martin Centre Mad Man
12-17-2011, 08:16 AM
ZagNative, thank you for rounding up those stories into a single thread.

It's a great "benefit" to those who frequent the board to have a news hound like you digging up story links on this year's team and in the "Old Dogs" forum also.


Yup. Thanks.

12-17-2011, 08:31 AM
Zagnative: You didn't use to work for the AP did you? Can't get enough of your well selected infoposts. I'll take 50 of them for every IMO, FWIW, and 'just sayin' entry that shows up on the board. Thank you for all your effort over the years to enhance our understanding.:000tens: