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LongIslandZagFan
03-17-2016, 10:43 PM
It seems every time the Zags face a Big East team... all you hear is "They can't handle the physicality of the Big East."

Umm... hopefully tonight they'll start to realize... yeah... the Zags can, and they do it better.

sittingon50
03-17-2016, 10:57 PM
Yeah, until next year.

zagbeliever
03-17-2016, 11:01 PM
So biased it was ridiculous. But we won so they can stuff it

Vanilla Gorilla
03-17-2016, 11:01 PM
It's not a Gonzaga/Big East thing. It's an east coast/west coast thing. Most people from the east coast think people, particularly athletes from the West are soft. 50/50 game I always go with a west coast team because they have a chip on their shoulder and are underestimated

jpn17
03-17-2016, 11:03 PM
The perception that Gonzaga is a soft team has been around for years, but I don't really understand why. Gonzaga has never been a soft team. But, if people want to believe it, let the misconception persist. It does nothing but help Gonzaga and makes the wins all the sweeter.

MickMick
03-17-2016, 11:08 PM
The Big East is a mere shadow of what it once was.


Louisville, Syracuse, UConn, Notre Dame, etc.

There is no freaking way that this Seton Hall team would have won the pre 2013 Big East tournament.

TexasZagFan
03-18-2016, 06:57 AM
The perception that Gonzaga is a soft team has been around for years, but I don't really understand why. Gonzaga has never been a soft team. But, if people want to believe it, let the misconception persist. It does nothing but help Gonzaga and makes the wins all the sweeter.

Up until several years ago, our reputation for defense wasn't very good. We've really kicked it up several notches to where our defense is pretty damn good. Sure, we gave up too many offensive boards last night, but we had a lot of key stops during the second half, when they were on the verge of turning it into a two possession game.

Zag4Hire
03-18-2016, 07:10 AM
The Big East is a mere shadow of what it once was.


Louisville, Syracuse, UConn, Notre Dame, etc.

There is no freaking way that this Seton Hall team would have won the pre 2013 Big East tournament.

+1 The Big East today is similar to the high flying A-10 (Atlantic 10, not Warthog) of a number of years back than anything.

vandalzag
03-18-2016, 07:10 AM
The announcers had only one page on their script. 5 paragraphs about how good Whitehead was and 1 sentence saying GU likes to play through their bigs.

TexasZagFan
03-18-2016, 07:13 AM
The announcers had only one page on their script. 5 paragraphs about how good Whitehead was and 1 sentence saying GU likes to play through their bigs.

NY papers coverage sucked, it was all about Whitehead having an off night. We saw why EMac was WCC Defensive Player of the Year.

kitzbuel
03-18-2016, 07:23 AM
NY papers coverage sucked, it was all about Whitehead having an off night. We saw why EMac was WCC Defensive Player of the Year.

I don't know what it is with Gonzaga. Every team we beat along with their top scorer seem to have an off night when they play GU. The coincidence is incredible. I guess it is just lucky. Can't explain it any other way...

Alum08
03-18-2016, 07:29 AM
I don't know what it is with Gonzaga. Every team we beat along with their top scorer seem to have an off night when they play GU. The coincidence is incredible. I guess it is just lucky. Can't explain it any other way...

Coaching strategy.

TexasZagFan
03-18-2016, 07:37 AM
Coaching strategy.

Our free throw defense last night was HOF worthy.

Our huge rebounding margin was aided by their struggles at the FT line. I'm not complaining, though.

kitzbuel
03-18-2016, 07:45 AM
Our free throw defense last night was HOF worthy.



I wonder how hard they work on that in practice.

U Zig, I Zag
03-18-2016, 07:50 AM
The perception that Gonzaga is a soft team has been around for years, but I don't really understand why. Gonzaga has never been a soft team. But, if people want to believe it, let the misconception persist. It does nothing but help Gonzaga and makes the wins all the sweeter.

Honestly? Think floppy hair, guys shooting 3's, the WCC.. that's where it comes from. Not saying it's true. But that's what people see and they make a judgment call on that.

Jstock12
03-18-2016, 07:52 AM
Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm 9 hours ago
Sabonis: "It was a very physical game. Their bigs were physical with me. I kind of like that and it played to my advantage."

Ha Ha!

Coach Crazy
03-18-2016, 08:11 AM
Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm 9 hours ago
Sabonis: "It was a very physical game. Their bigs were physical with me. I kind of like that and it played to my advantage."

Ha Ha!

It's amazing to see what happens when you get refs of a higher caliber than that of the WCC. Sabonis. Gets. More. Calls.

gozagswoohoo
03-18-2016, 08:44 AM
2Pac and Biggy started the East coast vs West coast thing.



And the zags just ended it. BOOM.

bballbeachbum
03-18-2016, 09:01 AM
it's always been like this. the east coasters are in bed when the west coast plays, don't watch the WCC of course, but want to sound knowledgeable so spew whatever because no one out there in the east can really call them on it, since most of them don't watch our games! but they still like to sound like they know it all, and there is some homerism too
my opinion

TexasZagFan
03-18-2016, 09:19 AM
The obvious answer to the question? "When we win it all."

LongIslandZagFan
03-18-2016, 09:41 AM
The obvious answer to the question? "When we win it all."

I suspect even then... the very next season... those fans would be saying... "They aren't going to be able to handle Team X's physicality."

23dpg
03-18-2016, 09:45 AM
I suspect even then... the very next season... those fans would be saying... "They aren't going to be able to handle Team X's physicality."

Correct. The answer is never.

TexasZagFan
03-18-2016, 10:22 AM
I suspect even then... the very next season... those fans would be saying... "They aren't going to be able to handle Team X's physicality."

Over the next 2-3 years, such a suggestion will be laughed at openly. We may have 5 studs at the 4/5 next year, if DS & Karno return: JWIII, Edwards, Zach...maybe more.

You're probably right, though, as the WCC isn't known as a "physical conference".