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Angelo Roncalli
10-27-2015, 12:11 PM
Comprehensive.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2015/10/27/gonzaga-best-frontcourt-kyle-wiltjer-domantas-sabonis-mark-few/74664292/

sittingon50
10-27-2015, 12:26 PM
Thanks Angelo.

GonzagasaurusFlex
10-27-2015, 01:21 PM
Comprehensive.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2015/10/27/gonzaga-best-frontcourt-kyle-wiltjer-domantas-sabonis-mark-few/74664292/

A very enjoyable read..thanks for posting. Good quotes from Few and KW. I especially liked the comment by KW that Sabonis is a beast who was just getting started last season and is ready to be unleashed this year!

Key to the season, besides staying healthy, can be found in Coach Few's comment re: athletically the back court may be stronger than last season but Pangos and Bell's impact on the team was most important off the court: leadership, mentality, never having a bad practice in 4 years etc.

Team chemistry and leadership will be much more important factors in this year's outcome than the athleticism of the back court.

hooter73
10-27-2015, 01:30 PM
Few expects to play all three bigs on the court at the same time in spurts, with Wiltjer playing small forward.

Ugg, Defense.

gonstu
10-27-2015, 01:33 PM
Ugg, Defense.

Possibly - but definitely worth a shot, right?

CDC84
10-27-2015, 02:03 PM
Zone. Just like the 2008/09 team with all that length around the hoop.

seacatfan
10-27-2015, 02:48 PM
A couple nits to pick with the article. Twice referred to Perkins as a soph, which is not correct eligibility-wise. Also referenced the two transfers sitting out this year but claimed Williams will be part of the backcourt. I don't think so.

hooter73
10-27-2015, 03:16 PM
Only thing I didnt like is this time the kick was not refereed to as a kung fu move.

Zags_Fanatic
10-27-2015, 03:35 PM
This is the same article from the College Basketball preview mag that had Few and KW on the cover.

RenoZag
10-27-2015, 08:20 PM
Ugg, Defense.

Why wouldn't you expect Domas and Shrem to dominate the defensive glass and kick start the offense with crisp outlet passes ? They both know how to pass the ball. . .

Doesn't defense get you to a Final Four ?





Beat Pitt.

TheGonzagaFactor
10-28-2015, 06:18 AM
Zone. Just like the 2008/09 team with all that length around the hoop.


Yeah I remember us getting killed inside during that team's big losing streak.

hooter73
10-28-2015, 07:09 AM
Why wouldn't you expect Domas and Shrem to dominate the defensive glass and kick start the offense with crisp outlet passes ? They both know how to pass the ball. . .

Doesn't defense get you to a Final Four ?


All I see are more career 3 point shooting nights by our opponents. Hope Im wrong.

maynard g krebs
10-28-2015, 10:12 AM
All I see are more career 3 point shooting nights by our opponents. Hope Im wrong.

This is kind of like remembering that time you hit your finger with the hammer, rather than the times you successfully pounded in a nail. As Dan Dickau says, great offense beats great defense. Sometimes the other guy just makes shots with a hand in his face.

The last 4 years, opponent 3 pt % has been .330 twice, .318, and .311, ranking between 40's and 130's of +-350 teams. 2010-11 was the last time the Zags had a statistically bad year defending the 3 at about 37%, so the numbers say any problem has been addressed pretty well.

Meanwhile, the Zags the last 4 years have shot .371, .379, .397, and .400.

krii
10-29-2015, 05:05 AM
Well IMO even if they will shoot very well from 3 point line it would not that easily overcome the effort inside. They are powerful and they can also shoot 3's (KW & backcourt). On a high level.

It means that they would have to hit them on .500 to overcome inside dominance. If you have PK and DS who can easile both average over .650 FG than ... well. It;s a massive thing to overcome ;-)

bartruff1
10-29-2015, 06:57 AM
A very enjoyable read..thanks for posting. Good quotes from Few and KW. I especially liked the comment by KW that Sabonis is a beast who was just getting started last season and is ready to be unleashed this year!

Key to the season, besides staying healthy, can be found in Coach Few's comment re: athletically the back court may be stronger than last season but Pangos and Bell's impact on the team was most important off the court: leadership, mentality, never having a bad practice in 4 years etc.

Team chemistry and leadership will be much more important factors in this year's outcome than the athleticism of the back court.

+ 1.....Kevin and Gary really invested in team chemistry last year and it held up...

mgadfly
10-29-2015, 07:08 AM
Yeah I remember us getting killed inside during that team's big losing streak.

We got killed when we went small that year. The losses came right after we lost our defensive-minded future journeyman 7 foot NBA center. I don't know that playing man a little more or less would have mattered as we adjusted to have a 6'6" guard be our backup big guy.