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BMAN
01-16-2012, 10:58 AM
Seth Davis says our schedule gives us breathing room

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/seth_davis/01/16/hoop.thoughts/index.html?sct=cb_t11_a0

Gonzaga (Nonconference strength of schedule rank: 5). Few coaches put together a tougher schedule than Mark Few. This year's version includes road games at Illinois and Xavier, which the Zags split, plus home games against Notre Dame, Michigan State and Butler. Even the Dec. 15 game against Oral Roberts, which is ranked No. 53 in the RPI, was no walkover. I doubt Gonzaga will be a bubble team, but if for some reason it goes on a skid in the WCC it has some breathing room.


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/seth_davis/01/16/hoop.thoughts/index.html#ixzz1jeZ0JtSH

ID ZAGFAN
01-16-2012, 11:05 AM
Seth Davis says our schedule gives us breathing room

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/seth_davis/01/16/hoop.thoughts/index.html?sct=cb_t11_a0

Gonzaga (Nonconference strength of schedule rank: 5). Few coaches put together a tougher schedule than Mark Few. This year's version includes road games at Illinois and Xavier, which the Zags split, plus home games against Notre Dame, Michigan State and Butler. Even the Dec. 15 game against Oral Roberts, which is ranked No. 53 in the RPI, was no walkover. I doubt Gonzaga will be a bubble team, but if for some reason it goes on a skid in the WCC it has some breathing room.


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/seth_davis/01/16/hoop.thoughts/index.html#ixzz1jeZ0JtSH

Another mention by Seth:

It's a problem that Gonzaga couldn't play center Robert Sacre more against St. Mary's. Sacre is a big, strong defender, but he has never really developed into a fluid scorer. Sam Dower, whom Few has been bringing off the bench, is a much more effective post scorer.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/seth_davis/01/16/hoop.thoughts/index.html#ixzz1jeaWDZvY

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MDABE80
01-16-2012, 11:32 AM
Not sure why Few doesn't have Rob, Sam and Elias on the court together more.
If a team has to pay more attention to either Rob or Sam, each would do better. Same with Elias who seems to be powering up all by himself. We do have good frosh guards....they feed well and are great scoring threats by themselves. Worth a thought.

awberke
01-16-2012, 11:35 AM
Not sure why Few doesn't have Rob, Sam and Elias on the court together more.
If a team has to pay more attention to either Rob or Sam, each would do better. Same with Elias who seems to be powering up all by himself. We do have good frosh guards....they feed well and are great scoring threats by themselves. Worth a thought.

Because he truly wants to score at the basket. Yes he hits three's but you put him at the small forward position and all of a sudden he's guarded much more closely.

Not to mention that his perimeter defense is very suspect (how many times did he get beat off the dribble at LMU).

Edit: And if we lose every key game to byu and smc, i don't think we have breathing room. The committee doesn't want to see teams that have gotten worse over the year. I think we can afford losing @byu, and in the conference tournament.