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TravelinZag
03-11-2015, 10:52 AM
Two wins gets them to the second weekend. Three wins ties the best Zag dance ever, and gets coach Few his first EE. Four Wins establishes this team as the best Zag team ever and reaches the hoped-for FF. Five wins and it's NC game -- Butler and Memphis got there twice, and the likes of Dayton, Jacksonville and Indiana State also reached the ultimate game. Perhaps it's our turn.

For slipper-wearing winners you must go back further: to UTEP in the legendary '66 game, to Loyola of Illinois in '63, and to the back-to-back wins of the San Francisco Dons in '55 and '56. That's so long ago, it was two years before Adolph Rupp won his last championship (4) and eight tears before so guy named Wooden won his first (of 10). Who knows, maybe the trophy is due for a visit to the west coast again.

Zag gentlemen, just play your final game like you played last night, and you will look back with great pride and few regrets. What a season you've given us, and we hope we "ain't seen nothin' yet!"

thegloriousgoateeofKP
03-11-2015, 11:15 AM
Why isn't UNLV ever considered a mid-major national champion?

Not just you, TravelinZag, but everyone seems to disregard them. Not sure why

CdAZagFan
03-11-2015, 01:00 PM
Would really love them to get at least three wins at the tourney - this team really should go down as the best ever GU team. Unfortunately on the national scene, anything other than the elite 8 will be labeled as "underachieving" and will continue the same dialogue we've heard for many years. But who cares... this team has been an incredible joy to watch this year and I'm trying to enjoy the ride one game at a time...

MJ777
03-11-2015, 01:46 PM
Why isn't UNLV ever considered a mid-major national champion?

Not just you, TravelinZag, but everyone seems to disregard them. Not sure why

Good point, and Utah made it to the NC game as a mid major (MWC) with Keith Van Horne and Majerus.

It is Elite 8 time for Coach Few and the Zags!

DixieZag
03-11-2015, 02:04 PM
If this team played like it did last night, it will go deep.

BYU played a near perfect game. They shot the ball extremely well from deep, they rebounded, the defense wasn't stellar but it wasn't all that bad, either. Moreover, BYU was a very hot team. If the rankings only went back the last 10 games, BYU would be ranked, and not barely. They were playing so well that absolutely no one had them going to the tourney, but they played their way into the conversation and then beat us on our own floor, which says a lot about how well they were playing.

And after the first 5 minutes, we never gave up the lead, even against a team playing like mad men to get that auto-birth.

I don't want to make it sound like they beat Dook or something, but they beat a team that played at least at a solid round of 32 level, IMHO. A great way to go into the tournament. It should be cautioned that the Olynick No. 1 seed team was playing very well going into the tournament as well, though they had to deal with the number one seed hung around their necks, and had to deal with Wichita State making 38 three point shots, where they average 5 or 6 a game going in.

I was hugely negative in the last 8 regular season games, but the Pepp/BYU games look a whole lot like early "good Zag" games, and perhaps all it took was to understand how it all felt again to re-discover it.

seacatfan
03-11-2015, 02:21 PM
Why isn't UNLV ever considered a mid-major national champion?

Not just you, TravelinZag, but everyone seems to disregard them. Not sure why

That's an interesting question. Maybe because mid majors and BCS conferences weren't really a part of the conversation back then? The Great Midwest and then C-USA used to be stacked back in the day before the Big East took most of the good teams. They were never a BCS conference, but it would've been silly to use a pejorative like mid major to refer to them. Anyway UNLV's teams back then were absolute powerhouses. They stood on equal (or better...) footing with Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, etc. The term mid major just flat out wouldn't have applied to them. What they were doesn't really exist anymore in the current climate of college sports.