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ZagNative
10-30-2012, 03:20 PM
From ESPN (http://insider.espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8568353/experts-make-predictions-game-plans-top-25-ncb-teams-espn-magazine):
18. Gonzaga | Projected WCC finish: 1st

SURE, STEVE NASH comparisons are unfair. But if sophomore Canadian PG Kevin Pangos comes close to surpassing his output from last season (47.9 2FG percent, 40.1 3FG percent, 85.1 FT percent), they wont stop any time soon. Pangos' backcourt mate Gary Bell Jr. shot even better, including 47.7 percent from three, and senior PF Elias Harris (13.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg) is a double-double threat. Add in Polish seven-footer Przemek Karnowski -- a favorite of scouts since the 2010 U17 worlds -- and the Zags may be even better than in '11-12, when they were in the top 34 in offensive and defensive efficiency.

Seth Greenberg's Game Plan
How to beat the Zags defense:
Put Harris, Sam Dower, Karnowski and Kelly Olynyk in ball screens and attack them off those screens. Limit your live-ball turnovers and dictate your shots. The Zags' contain philosophy will allow you to run your offense (209th in defensive TO percent last year). Good execution will result in room-and-rhythm scoring opportunities.

Chad Ford's Pro Potential
Elias Harris
If he would've declared as a freshman, Harris would've been a first round pick. Coming into his senior year, he's projected as a marginal second round pick. He's a 23-year-old tweener that seems to have peaked unless he can make a full-time transition to the 3 and up his shooting percentage from the floor.

Joe Lunardi's Games with Bracket Impact
Dec. 28 vs. Baylor
Pangos and Bears' Brady Heslip duke it out from deep.
Jan. 19 @ Butler
Zags cruised in Spokane last season 71-55.
Feb. 28 @ BYU
In '11-12, Zags lost by 10 in Provo; WCC's new rivalry.

Projected NCAA tournament seed: 5

Projected offensive ratings
Top five minutes leaders
Gary Bell Jr., G 125.2
Kevin Pangos, G 121.8
David Stockton, G 107.4
Elias Harris, F 120.6
Sam Dower, C 119.9
WCC Avg Starting Guard 106.9
WCC Avg Starting F/C 108.0

ZagNative
10-30-2012, 03:28 PM
Also see video regarding #18 (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8563931) Gonzaga here on ESPN, with the rest of the Top 25 here (http://espn.go.com/ncb/feature/video/_/id/8565909/num/7).

UKWildcatsFan
10-30-2012, 06:21 PM
I can only see the top 16 and then when I try to advance it takes me back to the "introduction". Are they releasing more each day or am I just doing something very wrong?

SteelZag
10-30-2012, 06:58 PM
Five per day.

UKWildcatsFan
10-30-2012, 08:23 PM
Also see video regarding #18 (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8563931) Gonzaga here on ESPN, with the rest of the Top 25 here (http://espn.go.com/ncb/feature/video/_/id/8565909/num/7).

That video said Gonzaga made it to the Sweet 16 last year.

ZagNative
10-30-2012, 08:31 PM
That video said Gonzaga made it to the Sweet 16 last year.Yeah, I was surprised Andy didn't correct the guy. I'm sure Andy knows better...

Oregonzagnut
10-30-2012, 09:00 PM
Yeah, I was surprised Andy didn't correct the guy. I'm sure Andy knows better...

Yeah, but unlike Bayless or Rome, he has class towards the other people he works with. I have yet to see Katz act unprofessionally or try to make others look bad to make himself look better. He doesn't have to.

He'd make a good Zag if he wasn't a Badger.

tucsonzag
10-31-2012, 09:19 AM
Chow also says GU has never made it past the Sweet 16 here. Wonder if he just means under Few.