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TheZagPhish
01-21-2015, 11:19 PM
SF Gate / Steve Kroner: St. Mary’s faces No. 3 Gonzaga for 1st place in WCC (http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/St-Mary-s-faces-No-3-Gonzaga-for-1st-place-in-6030802.php)


Gonzaga is ranked third in the nation and owns an 11-game winning streak. Its only loss in 19 games this season came in early December at then-No. 3 Arizona in overtime.
The Zags start two senior guards, Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., who “have been there forever,” in the words of St. Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett.

Freshman Domantas Sabonis, the son of former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis, is hitting a this-is-not-a-misprint 72.8 percent (75-for-103) from the floor. The Zags lead the country in field-goal percentage at 53.

St. Mary’s faces Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday night with first place in the WCC at stake. From the perspective of St. Mary’s guard Kerry Carter, the Gaels are impressed — but not intimidated — by the Zags.

“We respect them. We respect everybody, but we don’t fear anybody,” Carter said. “Basically the main thing that we want to do is we want to focus on playing St. Mary’s basketball.”

TheZagPhish
01-21-2015, 11:22 PM
CBS Sports: St. Mary's vs. Gonzaga (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/gametracker/preview/NCAAB_20150122_MARYCA@GONZAG/saint-marys-cal-gonzaga-preview)


"I've never had a nine-game streak that didn't feel like we had a streak at all. It feels like it's been just one tough game after another," coach Randy Bennett told the school's official website. "I knew with San Diego, BYU, Gonzaga and Portland we had a pretty tough stretch coming and we're in the middle of it.

"Gonzaga's ranked high, they're a very good team and they're always tough up there. It'll be a good test for us."

TheZagPhish
01-21-2015, 11:28 PM
Nice primer on the Gaels' transfers, particularly Aaron Bright --

Bay Area News Service / Jeff Faruado: Saint Mary’s transfers key strong start in West Coast Conference (http://www.timesheraldonline.com/sports/20150120/saint-marys-transfers-key-strong-start-in-west-coast-conference)


Bright made plenty of big shots as a freshman at Stanford, earning MVP honors in the 2012 NIT after hitting 12 of 18 from the 3-point line and averaging 16.8 points in five victories.

“He has confidence, he has courage,” Bennett said.

Bright is excited about experiencing the raucous atmosphere in “The Kennel” at Gonzaga on Thursday, and said he’s driven to help his new team reach the NCAA tournament.

gonzagafan62
01-22-2015, 06:10 AM
Thanks ZP

Sarenyon
01-22-2015, 06:44 AM
A little bit of Tent City action:

http://www.khq.com/story/27910132/gonzaga-students-camp-out-in-tent-city-before-game