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CDC84
07-24-2007, 08:11 AM
http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/community/showthread.php?t=6446

Liberty and their new "coach" (and that's stretching it) Ritchie McKay have bailed on the Great Alaska Shootout....probably because they knew they were going to get hit with 2-3 losses.

We'll see who replaces them. Any rumors Akzag? The one thing about losing Liberty is that there are decent odds that the organizers will be able to get someone better.

Akzag
07-24-2007, 10:52 AM
Have to believe that this has been in the works for a while, going back to when the rumor first broke - and that the organizers have just been keeping it quiet. If that is the case then I'm thinking that they must have someone close to committing.

Heck, let 'em sign up UAB ... they've been to the GAS a few times.

Sometimes, I guess scheduling is like recruiting. You keep looking at the pearl necklace, and end up with the diamond earrings. I also, find it hard to believe that the GAS would not be able to improve on Liberty, despite the extremely late hour ....

GonzagasaurusFlex
07-24-2007, 11:25 AM
The field thus far (Butler, Gonzaga, Michigan, Texas Tech, Washington State, Western Kentucky and host UAA) is very solid but, imo, one more quality team away from really getting the eyes of the college hoops world to look Northward again a la the glory days of the G.A.S.

I'd love to see Syracuse from the Big East. High quality, high profile opponent and playing against a real good zone defense, Boeheim's forte, would be a great experience for our Zags. Unfortunately, another Boeheim forte is fluffy early season scheduling and he might not want to face this field after already testing his team against powerhouses like LeMoyne, Fordham, UMass and Tulane (www.suathletics.com/schedules.asp?path=mbasket)

a13coach
07-24-2007, 11:35 AM
My first choice would be Syracuse from the Big East. High quality, high profile opponent and playing against a real good zone defense, Boeheim's forte, would be a great experience for our Zags. Unfortunately, another Boeheim forte is fluffy early season scheduling and he might not want to face this field after already testing his team against powerhouses like LeMoyne, Fordham, UMass and Tulane (www.suathletics.com/schedules.asp?path=mbasket (http://www.suathletics.com/schedules.asp?path=mbasket))

Heck Jimmy B won't even leave the Carrier Dome let alone NY state. After getting left out of the NCAA you would think he would catch on.

lothar98zag
07-24-2007, 12:18 PM
Boeheim.

In Alaska.

In November.




:lmao:

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:lmao:

ZagNative
07-24-2007, 12:26 PM
I'd love to see Syracuse from the Big East. High quality, high profile opponent and playing against a real good zone defense, Boeheim's forte, would be a great experience for our Zags. Unfortunately, another Boeheim forte is fluffy early season scheduling and he might not want to face this field after already testing his team against powerhouses like LeMoyne, Fordham, UMass and Tulane
Back in June, before the BIS opponent was set, I wandered over to the Syracuse Scout board (http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=185#S=185&F=2825&T=635914) and raised the question of a GU-SU matchup. The fans would love it but many despair of Boeheim ever giving them a meaty OOC schedule, notwithstanding the NCAA tournament snub last year.

kdaleb
07-24-2007, 12:27 PM
The field thus far (Butler, Gonzaga, Michigan, Texas Tech, Washington State, Western Kentucky and host UAA) is very solid

WSU pulled out a while back

Butler Guy
07-24-2007, 03:54 PM
The field thus far (Butler, Gonzaga, Michigan, Texas Tech, Washington State, Western Kentucky and host UAA) is very solid but, imo.

Replacing Washington State, as has been reported on this board, is Virginia Tech. My guess to replace Liberty is a team from the Big Sky Conference or the Pac 10. A team out west won't have the same issues with an enormous unplanned travel expense for the GAS. Not doing any research on the scheduling, I would guess a team like Weber State or Montana will round out the field. (and fill the 7-seed)

Akzag
07-24-2007, 04:04 PM
A team out west won't have the same issues with an enormous unplanned travel expense for the GAS.

I'm pretty sure that the tournament picks up the travel expenses. More vital at this point is finding a team that has those necessary 5-6 days off in a row.

BobZag
07-24-2007, 04:16 PM
A Big Sky or Big West team would fit, and be at least equal to Liberty. Cal-State Northridge?

Nevtelen
07-24-2007, 04:36 PM
Here's (http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/new/story/2007_08_virginia_tech_basketball_preview40993) a preview of the Hokies this coming season from College Hoops.net. Sounds like they're in rebuilding mode this year.

kitzbuel
07-24-2007, 08:06 PM
Good link, thanks. One senior, 2 juniors and 2 sophs, yet they are being considered a young team. Yikes. They may more simply just not be very good for the next couple of years.

MickMick
07-24-2007, 08:45 PM
You gotta believe that some WCC teams would love to play in the GAS.

Butler Guy
07-25-2007, 04:49 AM
You gotta believe that some WCC teams would love to play in the GAS.

Rules mandate that only one team can represent a given conference in a given year, which makes sense because if the rule didn't exist it would become very possible for two teams to play 3 regular season games against one another.

Akzag
07-25-2007, 01:49 PM
FWIW - I've followed the links, I've jumped through some hoops, and still have not seen or heard any confirmation that Liberty is pulling out other than
as a persistent rumor on message boards. Not via Liberty, nor through UAA.

It might very well be true, but it is just as likely that Liberty is still in the field.

As always, we'll know when we know.

Nevtelen
07-27-2007, 06:28 AM
VTech lost a player... (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2949417). With the GAS maybe looking for another team and some teams loosing players... will there be anyone to play when we get up there?

kitzbuel
07-27-2007, 08:28 AM
VTech lost a player... (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=2949417). With the GAS maybe looking for another team and some teams loosing players... will there be anyone to play when we get up there?

George Mason is working on him; closer to home.

madness
07-27-2007, 09:15 AM
How about Long Beach St? Coach Monson might want to get involved and they are definitely an upgrade over Liberty.

lawzag
07-27-2007, 09:18 AM
think Few could use any of his influence in Euguene to get the Ducks up there? I'd love to see GU & UO in a match-up!:D

I think the dogs would have roasted duck for dinner. :lmao:

drnoe
07-27-2007, 09:50 AM
How about Long Beach St? Coach Monson might want to get involved and they are definitely an upgrade over Liberty.

LBSU plays at UW on 11/26, so it might make sense for Monson to at least take a look at it. That would be a nice road trip for a very young, inexperienced team.