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Reborn
11-16-2014, 09:03 AM
I've been waiting for this game ever since I heard that we were playing them this year. Larry Brown is one of my all-time favorite coaches and it will be so neat to see him bringing his mustangs into K2. They had a very good team last year, just missing out on the Big Dance in March. They have most of those players back from next year.

This will be a real test for our Zags. We will learn much more about the team then we now know. In games like this one the stars will rise. I'm excited to see who they are.

In their first game both teams scored a lot of points and played good defense; so the score is hard to predict. But here goes.

Gonzaga 87

SMU 70

Tito Poet was the top visionary against Sac State (107-62) followed closely by Salsageek (99-59). So you may want to watch their predictions this week.

Go Zags!!!

DixieZag
11-16-2014, 09:23 AM
GU: 82
Glue: 68

zagamatic
11-16-2014, 09:27 AM
I'm thinking that our sharpshooters get it going again with 9 3's while holding them to 4. Have a feeling that Shem plays angry. Gonna go with 92-78.

Kiddwell
11-16-2014, 10:18 AM
Yeows & Bowels, a poem
<ahem>
The Pony Express rode to town,
With esteemed (and mature) Larry Brown.
While Larry slurped prune juice,
The Zags handed out abuse,
Till Larry said, "Poop!" (That's a noun.)
-------
Mop the Floor - 88
Super-Pooper - 67

:]

Zagceo
11-16-2014, 10:30 AM
Zags 84
SMU 59


Defense is the new offense!

Hoopaholic
11-16-2014, 10:35 AM
Our bigs will get their first real test
OUr guards will carry the day
Sabonis gets into foul trouble against SMU bigs in the first half coming back in second half with big production

Both teams will play scrappy defense

Gonzaga 68
SMU 58

DCZag
11-16-2014, 01:06 PM
Close game until second half and then we pull away for a 12 point win......as long as we shoot 70%+ FTs and keep the TOs less than 12

Big Bulldog
11-16-2014, 01:13 PM
[QUOTE=Hoopaholic;1046128]

Both teams will play scrappy defense

Gonzaga 68
SMU 58

I agree about the Defence & don't see either team going over 70. I'll take the Zags by 10

basketballzag
11-16-2014, 01:55 PM
Gonzaga 86 SMU 64

RenoZag
11-16-2014, 04:11 PM
87 - 79, GU wins

Sarenyon
11-16-2014, 04:21 PM
I just don't see our team, as offensively awesome as they are, getting more than 70 or 75 against a Larry Brown coached team.

Zags 69, Ponies 61

basketballzag
11-16-2014, 04:27 PM
I just don't see our team, as offensively awesome as they are, getting more than 70 or 75 against a Larry Brown coached team.

Zags 69, Ponies 61

They will get it with defensive stops thus doubling up their chances on the offensive side of the game. Our 3 point consistency will make a mark IMO.

GonzaGAW
11-16-2014, 04:51 PM
zags 79
ponies 70

I think defense and rebounding will be key, win the boards and I think we win the game.

CdAZagFan
11-16-2014, 05:33 PM
Zags 83
SMU 78

Somewhat sloppy at times but very tight game...

ZagaZags
11-16-2014, 05:39 PM
The Zags get 4th straight Double-Digit Win this season. ( I'm including exhibition games. )

82-69

LongIslandZagFan
11-16-2014, 06:37 PM
Bronies 190
Zags 40


No, that ain't no typo. Brony... look it up.

bartruff1
11-16-2014, 07:35 PM
Zags...76-68.... a coaching chess match ..will be fascinating to see the moves and counters...the home court advantage wins it for Gonzaga...

gu03alum
11-16-2014, 07:42 PM
GU 81
SMU 67

raise the zag
11-16-2014, 07:53 PM
Streamed a portion of SMU's game vs Lamar and watched every minute of their NIT Championship game.

We will be surprised at how big, strong, & athletic their team -- they go 6'10", 6'11" upfront. Long wings who can play as forwards. Small, quick PG and a Ben Gordon looking kid at SG.

One of their bigs looks NBA ready and was named MVP at FIBA this past summer.

Their starting 5 contains raw talent and is obviously well-coached and tough. I feel we will struggle to score for much of the game, yet depth and versatility will wear them down.

Zags 3pt shooting will be key, yet SMU is brilliant along the perimeter. One of the best defensive teams in basketball...could see our guards struggling to get open looks. SMU will be ready to defend are starters -- players such as Sabonis, Perkins, and Nunez will be pivotal in pulling this one out. Our bench i.e. our athletic tough guys, will need to win this one for us.

Zags 73
SMU 70

Mantua
11-16-2014, 07:57 PM
SMU could give the Zags a serious test. They're tall, they take a lot of shots and they shoot very well from the free throw line. SMU is also hungry and looking to prove themselves. I hope that our guys aren't expecting a walk in the park. They have a big target on their backs with this one.

Zags11
11-16-2014, 09:01 PM
Zags 73
smu 58

pangos 18

Baseline
11-16-2014, 09:33 PM
It will start out very competitive and be close at half time. About half way through the second half the strength of the bench will be seen and GU will start moving ahead.

GU 85
SMU 76

Salsageek
11-16-2014, 09:50 PM
Win by 20

69 GU
49 SMU

maynard g krebs
11-16-2014, 10:19 PM
Zags 83
SMU 76

TheZagPhish
11-16-2014, 11:02 PM
Bulldogs 71
Ponies 64

Grinder, nail-biter for most of it, SMU's defense slowing down the pace. Zags burst late and seal the deal.

TheZagPhish
11-16-2014, 11:03 PM
Brony... look it up.

:eek:

bigblahla
11-16-2014, 11:56 PM
Zags win 92-68....shoot 50%+ from the floor....double digit 3's...win the battle of the boards...all round beat down with koolaid for everyone....why not? ;)

Go!! Zags!!!

OZZY
11-17-2014, 12:52 AM
Zags are down at the 10 minute mark and take a while to settle against a much better opponent with more athleticism, size, and tenacity....But for the rest of a tightly contested game the Zags just wear SMU down with their depth.

The boys from Spokane: 75
The boys from down Texas way 68

The difference is in the experience of our guards (especially KP and GBJ)....

gu03alum
11-17-2014, 06:45 AM
Bronies 190
Zags 40


No, that ain't no typo. Brony... look it up.

There is a woman at my work who took her young daughter to a My Little Pony convention. She learned way too much about Bronies that day.

gonzagafan62
11-17-2014, 07:03 AM
Gonzaga 91
SMU 77

SMU is deep too. Lets not forget that. They have guys who can match up down low against Karnowski. I just think if we saw the defense we did on Friday, we should have no problems. Perkins so far has looked amazing, and Pangos and Bell look quicker than ever. I think Wiltjer will sink some ridiculous three pointers. I don't see how we lose it in the Kennel this year. I am very VERY worried about going to Dallas next season though.

jim77
11-17-2014, 08:36 AM
Streamed a portion of SMU's game vs Lamar and watched every minute of their NIT Championship game.

We will be surprised at how big, strong, & athletic their team -- they go 6'10", 6'11" upfront. Long wings who can play as forwards. Small, quick PG and a Ben Gordon looking kid at SG.

One of their bigs looks NBA ready and was named MVP at FIBA this past summer.

Their starting 5 contains raw talent and is obviously well-coached and tough. I feel we will struggle to score for much of the game, yet depth and versatility will wear them down.

Zags 3pt shooting will be key, yet SMU is brilliant along the perimeter. One of the best defensive teams in basketball...could see our guards struggling to get open looks. SMU will be ready to defend are starters -- players such as Sabonis, Perkins, and Nunez will be pivotal in pulling this one out. Our bench i.e. our athletic tough guys, will need to win this one for us.

Zags 73
SMU 70

Agree with much of what you said.

The SMU fellas are athletic as heck.....the key is don't give them a lot of room. I think PK could be the difference as they will have to go around him....we need to see if they can beat us on the outside....I think we're the better team from the outside. This will be a good test for the Zags as SMU is a VERY good team...should be a good one. We may have to revert to zone D against them.....lets see if they can beat us from the outside. We need to OWN the paint.

Zagceo
11-17-2014, 09:28 AM
I'm interested in watching BW (Wesley). Watch his footwork on defense and his ability to anticipate. Could be a key to winning close games. Cool hand Luke in the emotions category. Always seems in control and on balance.

hooter73
11-17-2014, 09:38 AM
Lots of predictions for a blow out of a top 25 team...






I agree.

cjm720
11-17-2014, 10:10 AM
Zags 80
Mustangs 66

RenoZag
11-17-2014, 09:25 PM
Zags 73
smu 58

pangos 18

Well done, 11, you nearly nailed all three of those. Great win by the Zags

Reborn
11-17-2014, 09:55 PM
I'd say I did well too. I had GU winning 87-70. I had the score higher but had a 17 point victory. Zags won by 16. Just saying, I thought I did pretty well for a game that was difficult to gauge. It was only the 2nd game this year, and against another ranked team.

Reborn
11-17-2014, 10:03 PM
There were five posters who said GU would win by 14 and one said 13. I think these were also very good predictions, and obviously they have pretty darn good crystal balls. Dixie Zag said 14 pts, Cjm720 said 14 pts, gonzagafan62 had 14 pts, zagamatic 14 pt victory and gu03alum had it 14 pts. ZagaZag had it by 13 points. Good job I think by you all.

BUT THE BEST OF THE BEST WAS/IS Zags11.......GREAT JOB fellow Zag!!!

Zags11
11-17-2014, 10:05 PM
Whoa dont steal my thunder reborn! ;)

Thx reno, i felt it...lol

RenoZag
11-17-2014, 10:07 PM
There were five posters who said GU would win by 14 and one said 13. I think these were also very good predictions, and obviously they have pretty darn good crystal balls.

Yes they do.

ZagaZags
11-18-2014, 12:15 AM
Zags 73
smu 58

pangos 18

I am taking you to Vegas.

Zags11
11-18-2014, 06:02 AM
I am taking you to Vegas.

My bags are packed and taxi is taking me to airport......lol.

Zags11
11-18-2014, 06:04 AM
There were five posters who said GU would win by 14 and one said 13. I think these were also very good predictions, and obviously they have pretty darn good crystal balls. Dixie Zag said 14 pts, Cjm720 said 14 pts, gonzagafan62 had 14 pts, zagamatic 14 pt victory and gu03alum had it 14 pts. ZagaZag had it by 13 points. Good job I think by you all.

BUT THE BEST OF THE BEST WAS/IS Zags11.......GREAT JOB fellow Zag!!!

You made me feel better! ;). I was kidding with you. (Pure luck and fun.)

Awesome win by the zags and this team excites me for 40minutes.

Reborn
11-18-2014, 07:08 AM
You made me feel better! ;). I was kidding with you. (Pure luck and fun.)

Awesome win by the zags and this team excites me for 40minutes.

I know. Just kiddin ya back, Zags11. Smiling!

Go Zags!!!

LongIslandZagFan
11-18-2014, 07:45 AM
Hey... I think my guess was pretty darn close. :p

Reborn
11-18-2014, 07:56 AM
Hey... I think my guess was pretty darn close. :p

I will say, LISF that it WAS better then usual. Good job. Did you get a new crystal ball?