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ZagNative
01-31-2017, 10:17 AM
Seems to be a fair amount of good stuff out there, so if you see something of interest between now and Thursday's game at BYU, feel free to post it here!

KSL News Radio: (https://www.ksl.com/?sid=43033505&nid=272&title=gonzaga-ranked-no-1-in-nation-ahead-of-wcc-clash-at-byu)

Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in nation ahead of WCC clash at BYU
By Sean Walker

PROVO — It was hardly a surprise by Monday morning.

When the Associated Press released the latest college basketball top 25 rankings, a West Coast Conference team was No. 1.

And Gonzaga’s first stop as the nation’s top-ranked squad? The Marriott Center on Thursday night for a 9 p.m. MT showdown with BYU (16-7, 7-3 WCC) on ESPN2 and KSL Newsradio.

“We’re really excited for this team,” BYU wing TJ Haws said after the Cougars’ 85-77 win over Loyola Marymount. “They’re very talented, they play hard, and we’re going to come out and have a great effort if anything is going to happen on our end.”
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Gonzaga guard Johnathan Williams, left, blocks a shot by Pepperdine guard Elijah Lee during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Malibu, Calif.. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

BYU coach Dave Rose, who tends to eschew comments and prognostications based on rankings, said there is no team more deserving than his conference rival. His teams are 12-1 at home this season, but Rose knows the Cougars will have their hands full defending players like Nigel Williams-Goss and Przemek Karnowski.

“The fact that you can get this far into the season without a loss, you probably deserve to be No. 1,” Rose said, while also adding, “They’re really good, and I think our guys are really excited to play them. I think it’s probably as deep and complete of a team as (Gonzaga coach Mark Few) has had for a while.”

For BYU, the Zags’ road trip to Provo will be the first time in school history the Cougars have hosted the top-ranked team in the country. The Zags were also the last top-five team to visit the Marriott Center, beating BYU 70-65 in 2013.

BYU center Eric Mika said the Cougars will give the nation’s finest their best shot. He said he expects some noise from the local fans. BYU drew a season-high 17,415 fans for its 89-59 win over Santa Clara in the WCC opener Dec. 29.

“We have an awesome crowd here in the Marriott Center, and it gets loud,” Mika said. “I think we’re all excited for that. It’s going to be full. They’re a heck of a team, and I think we’re playing a lot better than we have. If we bring it, it will be a real good game.”

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 10:29 AM
Deseret News: (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865672227/BYU-basketball-10-things-to-know-about-top-ranked-Gonzaga.html) "BYU basketball: 10 things to know about top-ranked Gonzaga"

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PROVO — The Cougars will host the nation's No. 1 team for the first time when BYU takes on Gonzaga in West Coast Conference play Thursday night.

The Zags will bring an impressive team to the Marriott Center in Provo when the two teams meet for the first time in league play this season.

Here's a look at 10 things about Gonzaga.

A list of interesting and intimidating things about the Zags follows, followed by some fun reader comments, including this one:

The Zags might score 157 points against BYU's matador defense.

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 10:41 AM
Wow! This is a fun, well-written piece from the Salt Lake Tribune by Gordon Monson (http://www.sltrib.com/home/4884339-155/monson-try-to-ask-it-with):


Try to ask it with a straight face: Can BYU beat the country’s top team?

The question sounds stupid.

It sounds outrageous.

Even worse, it sounds hilarious. Like it was written into a cartoon. Like you get the squirt of a seltzer bottle up your nose or thumped over your head with a rubber chicken at its end. Like the kind of question Moe would slap Curly across the mug for so unwittingly daring to ask.

It's a question that kind of answers itself, punctuated with a … duh. It seems more the punch line to a bad joke than any kind of sensible inquiry. Like something Woody Woodpecker would answer with 10 pecks and a cackle before flying away to more serious matters.

You can't even get it out without busting up laughing along the way.

Let's try.

Can BYU … ha-ha-ha-HA-ha … beat … ppfffwww … the No. 1-ranked … hehehehe … team … bwahahaha … in … yukyukyuk … the … no, no, no, please, stop … country?

You're killing us.

We're talking basketball here, not volleyball, not cross-country, not drill-team dancing.

Can Dave Rose's squad, which has been sort of all right on some nights, really put a big ol' L on a team currently thought to be the best in the land? Better than Kansas, better than Villanova, better than Louisville, better than Kentucky, better than Carolina.

Can a team that lost on its home floor to Utah Valley by 13 points, a team that got beat by San Diego, a team that fell to Santa Clara, find enough within itself to suddenly rise up and defeat the 22-0 Gonzaga Bulldogs?

Sniff. Chortle. Guffaw.

There are some things BYU has going for it … and as soon as we think of any of them we'll let you know.

Hold on …

Still waiting …

There's this: The Cougars are playing the freshly elevated Zags on Thursday night in the friendly confines of the Marriott Center, where, despite the loss to UVU this season and the loss to Pacific last season, they usually play much more aggressively and confidently.

There's also, however, a lingering thought that a not-as-good Gonzaga team last season came to Provo and defeated BYU.

zagdontzig
01-31-2017, 10:50 AM
Just some local knowledge, the desnews is a church-and-school friendly, while the Salt Lake Tribune usually hammers BYU and the Church pretty good, for what it's worth when you're parsing the coverage.

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 10:53 AM
From the Colorado Springs Gazette's Paul Klee (http://gazette.com/klee-blog-colorados-josh-perkins-helps-gonzaga-to-no.-1-ranking/article/1595508), a kind of skimpy piece about Colorado's own Josh Perkins, "Klee blog: Colorado's Josh Perkins helps Gonzaga to No. 1 ranking"

This won't be the last time I write about Colorado's own, Josh Perkins.

But it's a good time to write about Colorado's own, Josh Perkins.

Gonzaga is the new No. 1 in college basketball — for the first time on my Top 25 ballot, which is below — and Perkins is one of the lead guards at Gonzaga. He's also from Regis Jesuit in Aurora and played with the Colorado Miners club squad. He's also developed into one of the better three-point shooting point guards in the country.

But my favorite thing about Perkins is how he's handled trying times. He sustained a broken jaw as a freshman — and returned the next season to help lead Gonzaga to another Sweet 16, with blowout wins of Seton Hall and Utah at Pepsi Center. Then the Zags brought in another stud point guard, Williams-Goss, and Perkins didn't pout. He went to work.

We don't get many Perkins types 'round these hills — Colorado guys who reach the No. 1 ranking in college basketball — and the Gonzaga coaching staff believes Perkins still has another level he can reach.

Despite all the losses in and out of the Top 25, this was a pretty easy poll to put together. I initially leaned toward Kansas at No. 1 (winning at Kentucky is no joke) or Villanova at No. 1 (still believe the champs will be the toughest out in March) but the tiebreaker went to Gonzaga due to its No. 1 spot in Ken Pomeroy's ratings. When in doubt, KenPom it.

TheZagPhish
01-31-2017, 10:57 AM
Wow! This is a fun, well-written piece from the Salt Lake Tribune by Gordon Monson (http://www.sltrib.com/home/4884339-155/monson-try-to-ask-it-with):

That last line...


If it were the Jayhawks or the Wildcats or the Cardinals or the Blue Devils coming in, it might freak out a young BYU team a bit more.

Good point.

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 11:11 AM
This is a sweet story from The Daily Universe, BYU's student newspaper, (http://universe.byu.edu/2017/01/31/byu-gonzaga-basketball-game-bringing-family-together1/http://) about the reunion of Nigel and his cousin Alexis Williams, a BYU student.

Note: Edited to add - That story may have been moved, so if the link doesn't work, try this: http://universe.byu.edu/2017/01/31/byu-gonzaga-basketball-game-bringing-family-together1/


BYU-Gonzaga basketball game bringing family together

Family reunions are a common event in Utah, but rarely do they occur at the Marriott Center during a West Coast Conference basketball game.

However, that’s exactly what will happen on Feb. 2 as the BYU men’s basketball team hosts No. 1 Gonzaga. Senior Cougarette Alexis Williams will perform during the game, while her cousin Nigel Williams-Goss will start for the Bulldogs.

“We’ve never been able to do something where we’ve been together,” Williams said. “It’s always been one or the other, so I’m excited.”
“He’s done fabulous,” Williams said. “He works harder and is more dedicated than anyone I know. He knows what he wants, and he’s willing to put in the work to get it and he deserves it. All of his hard work is paying off now, and it’s well deserved.”
Outside of the game and seeing her cousin, a special part of the week for Williams will be spending time with her grandmother, who is making the trip from Portland to Provo. She has been diagnosed with cancer and the BYU-Gonzaga game is an opportunity for her to see both grandchildren perform live.

“We didn’t expect her to make it this long, so I’m really excited for her to come in,” Williams said. “She hasn’t been to Utah in a really long time because of her sickness.”

Valerie and Virgil Williams-Goss, Nigel’s parents, are also making the trip to Provo.

“We’re excited,” they said. “We have watched BYU for years, so it should be fun. Plus, knowing Alexis dances there, it’s even more special.”

Family aside, Williams didn’t mince words when asked who she’ll be rooting for in the game.

“I think my family will probably be cheering for Gonzaga,” Williams said. “But I’m cheering for my Cougs.”

Still, she keeps her cousin in mind.

“But I hope Nigel has a really good game,” Williams said.

Mantua
01-31-2017, 11:15 AM
Deseret News: (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865672227/BYU-basketball-10-things-to-know-about-top-ranked-Gonzaga.html) "BYU basketball: 10 things to know about top-ranked Gonzaga"


A list of interesting and intimidating things about the Zags follows, followed by some fun reader comments, including this one:

More from the comments:



"The Zags are accustomed to long winning streaks under head coach Mark Few, and they will have their chance to set a program record with 23 straight victories if they beat BYU on Thursday. "

That is a big IF my friends. I guess the author has not heard of the Lone Peak 3!

Zagger
01-31-2017, 11:26 AM
This is a sweet story from The Daily Universe, BYU's student newspaper, (http://universe.byu.edu/2017/01/31/byu-gonzaga-basketball-game-bringing-family-together1/) about the reunion of Nigel and his cousin Alexis Williams, a BYU student.

That's way cool. Good for the family that they can have some fun in Provo. It's going to be a spiffy game!

TexasZagFan
01-31-2017, 11:34 AM
More from the comments:

Who are the "Lone Peak 3"?

meadgrad02
01-31-2017, 11:39 AM
Mika, Haws, and Emery all went to Lone Peak High School.

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 11:39 AM
Who are the "Lone Peak 3"?
Lone Peak High School. I see four Lone Peak kids on the roster. http://byucougars.com/roster/m-basketball

Don't know which one is the odd man out.

Mantua
01-31-2017, 11:46 AM
Wow! This is a fun, well-written piece from the Salt Lake Tribune by Gordon Monson (http://www.sltrib.com/home/4884339-155/monson-try-to-ask-it-with):

The Zags are referred to as "the zoobs" in the comment section for this article.

Squash BYU!

zagdontzig
01-31-2017, 12:16 PM
The Zags are referred to as "the zoobs" in the comment section for this article.

Squash BYU!

"Zoob" or "Zoobie" is a derogatory term for a Utah County Mormon, used predominantly by Utah and Utah State fans. Definitely not referring to the Zags

Martin Centre Mad Man
01-31-2017, 12:17 PM
This is a sweet story from The Daily Universe, BYU's student newspaper, (http://universe.byu.edu/2017/01/31/byu-gonzaga-basketball-game-bringing-family-together1/http://) about the reunion of Nigel and his cousin Alexis Williams, a BYU student.

That's a story worthy of national attention. Thanks for sharing.

TexasZagFan
01-31-2017, 12:19 PM
Mika, Haws, and Emery all went to Lone Peak High School.

IOW, the Zags don't venture to that school for recruiting, seems like a stronghold for the Cougs.

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 12:26 PM
Here's a collaborative effort from BYU's Vanquish the Foe and Slipper Still Fits (http://www.vanquishthefoe.com/2017/1/31/14454168/byu-vs-gonzaga-interview-basketball-mika-utah), "BYU vs. Gonzaga Q&A: What exactly makes them so good, who has the best hair and more."

Very sad that Rem Bakamus gets no mention for best hair ...

Martin Centre Mad Man
01-31-2017, 12:40 PM
Who are the "Lone Peak 3"?

This is the Lonely Peeking 3.

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TexasZagFan
01-31-2017, 12:49 PM
This is the Lonely Peeking 3.

http://www.flickeringmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/porkys-peephole.png

I'm not sure Moroni would approve.

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 12:56 PM
This is the Lonely Peeking 3.

http://www.flickeringmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/porkys-peephole.pngThat is a scream! I'm trying to imagine your google wording that would have led you to that image ...

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 01:14 PM
This pre-game report for BYU from GoZags.com (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/013017aal.html) took my breath away, with the amazing superiority of this year's team in every stat category. Good grief!

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-baskbl/auto_widestory/12399668.jpeg

DixieZag
01-31-2017, 01:14 PM
re: Media

On the Cougar board, a fan was complaining about the 9:00 p.m. (mountain) starting time, saying he's surprised b/c it's such a big game.

Another commenter said: "It's a big game here. Everywhere else it's the number one team against a team struggling to make the NIT

DixieZag
01-31-2017, 01:17 PM
They lost to Santa Clara? Dios, mi

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 01:22 PM
KenPom's game record for BYU:

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DixieZag
01-31-2017, 01:28 PM
Man, they are barely, and I mean barely an above average WCC team.

Sucks that it's still tough to go in and play in front of 22,000. Although, Utah Valley notched a win as they blasted out for 114 points. May not have been 22,000 there that day.

zagdontzig
01-31-2017, 01:37 PM
Man, they are barely, and I mean barely an above average WCC team.

Sucks that it's still tough to go in and play in front of 22,000. Although, Utah Valley notched a win as they blasted out for 114 points. May not have been 22,000 there that day.

Therein lies the problem.

jazzdelmar
01-31-2017, 01:50 PM
Byu is a really good mediocre team. Red flags, foul trouble for gu bigs and furious three point shooting by the Deliverance twins.

ZagNative
01-31-2017, 01:52 PM
Here's another excellent offering from the Salt Lake Tribune: (http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4885547-155/byu-basketball-former-ute-assistant-daniels?fullpage=1) " BYU basketball: Former Ute assistant Daniels a key part of No. 1 Zags’ success
By JAY DREW

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Provo • Donny Daniels had one goal in mind when he arrived at Gonzaga in 2010 to help coach Mark Few after 11 years as a Utah assistant coach, three years as Cal State Fullerton's coach and seven years as a UCLA assistant.

"I just didn't want to screw it up," he said.

Suffice to say, he hasn't.

Gonzaga brings its new No. 1 ranking, perfect 22-0 record and a winning streak that is tied for longest in program history to BYU on Thursday (9 p.m., ESPN2) at the sold-out Marriott Center, a spacious venue that is very familiar to Daniels. The Zags are 3-2 at BYU and have won the last two meetings at the Marriott Center, 71-68 last year and 87-80 in 2015.

"I know the place well," Daniels said with a laugh via telephone Monday. "They come out and support their team. We have had success down there, and we have lost down there. I think for the most part you just try to be tough mentally and try to execute the game plan at hand and try to stay in the moment and not let those outside factors come into play."

Utah won seven games and lost four in Provo with Daniels on the sidelines under coach Rick Majerus, making him 10-6 at the 19,000-seat Marriott Center, which seats fewer folks after its renovations in 2012 and 2016.

"It's a tough place to play," Daniels said. "BYU for the most part has 10,000 more people [than most places] shouting at you, or maybe 12,000 more people in some cases."

All five BYU-Gonzaga games at the Marriott Center have been settled by 10 points or fewer, and last year's went down to the wire. BYU had an inbounds pass under its own basket knocked trailing by two points with 3.5 seconds on the clock away and Gonzaga escaped.

Star guard Kyle Collinsworth contended that GU freshman Josh Perkins held him on the play, which replay confirmed.

"The atmosphere is unreal," Perkins told The Spokesman-Review. "They really support BYU and they have a lot of great guys on that team. It is one of the toughest atmospheres I've played in. It will be a big test for us, but I think we're ready for it."

As for the 62-year-old Daniels, who was with the Utes when they made it to the 1998 national championship game, the big-picture goal now that he's managed to not mess up things is to help get the Zags to the Final Four.

"Hopefully we can get this program to that level," he said. "It is very difficult to do it. You have to keep striving for it. I don't know if it will come this year or next year. Who knows? Hopefully I can contribute. It has been a blessing here. I have been very blessed in this profession. I feel very fortunate."

Martin Centre Mad Man
01-31-2017, 02:11 PM
That is a scream! I'm trying to imagine your google wording that would have led you to that image ...

To be honest...I was researching classic political theory for my next doctoral dissertation. I started to Google Plato's The Republic and my darned autocorrect filled in "Porky's peephole scene."

I hate it when that happens.

RenoZag
01-31-2017, 03:13 PM
To be honest...I was researching classic political theory for my next doctoral dissertation. I started to Google Plato's The Republic and my darned autocorrect filled in "Porky's peephole scene."

I hate it when that happens.

:clap:

Zags_Fanatic
01-31-2017, 04:03 PM
Who are the "Lone Peak 3"?

Also, those 3 took Lone Peak to a #1 national high school ranking so expectations for them at BYU are sky high.

Zags_Fanatic
01-31-2017, 04:04 PM
Man, they are barely, and I mean barely an above average WCC team.

Sucks that it's still tough to go in and play in front of 22,000. Although, Utah Valley notched a win as they blasted out for 114 points. May not have been 22,000 there that day.

They actually cut capacity to around 19,000 before this season. UVU is in Orem, just down the road so they filled it up pretty well, around 16k according to ESPN.

DixieZag
01-31-2017, 04:43 PM
They actually cut capacity to around 19,000 before this season. UVU is in Orem, just down the road so they filled it up pretty well, around 16k according to ESPN.

That's impressive. Wonderful effort by them, especially since we played them and they didn't seem to be great shakes. Maybe we're so good that we didn't notice that they're not a bad little BB team at Utah Valley.

Coach Crazy
01-31-2017, 04:52 PM
That's impressive. Wonderful effort by them, especially since we played them and they didn't seem to be great shakes. Maybe we're so good that we didn't notice that they're not a bad little BB team at Utah Valley.

They're better than they were with Dick Hunsaker, and Matthew Holland is taking the university in the right direction...but they'll need more time. I don't know that you meet a lot of kids in Utah that dream of playing basketball at UV, and they've got less national viability than BYU.


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ZagNative
02-01-2017, 05:39 AM
Darnay Tripp at KREM 2 provides consistently good coverage of thee Zags, as shown in this video (http://www.krem.com/sports/one-unique-characteristic-could-separate-these-zags/395201824) about what makes this squad so good.

ZagNative
02-01-2017, 05:56 AM
Herosports.com ranks the top 100 college basketball players (http://herosports.com/news/top-100-players-college-basketball-2017), and three Zags make the list. Check out #22, #26, and #59.

Zags_Fanatic
02-01-2017, 06:04 AM
Herosports.com ranks the top 100 college basketball players (http://herosports.com/news/top-100-players-college-basketball-2017), and three Zags make the list. Check out #22, #26, and #59.

NWG is way too low in my opinion, should be top 10. I like where Karno and Collins are at, though.

raise the zag
02-01-2017, 06:08 AM
they are just young and inexperienced.

Just think, next yr BYU returns their top 5 guys, including "Lone Peak 3":

TJ Haws (14 ppg 4*)
Nick Emery (14 ppg 4*)
Eric Mika (21 & 10, Top 25 recruit 4*)
Yoeli Childs (Top 50 4* recruit and averaging a near dbl dbl)
Elijah Bryant (just became eligible and 15 ppg scorer)

**They add the biggest, baddest 4* Center in 2017 class. 6'9" 270lb wrecking machine (Kolby Lee).

**Add 6'5" SG who is athletic and recruited/offered by Oklahoma, Memphis, USC, SDSU, & SMU.

That is a formidable lineup, 5 players who were ranked 4* or higher by ESPN & 247. A year to gel in off-season.

A "Zag" type lineup.

BYU is building and returning a few talented freshman, mixed with top recruits, and adding to a really good rebounding team, and savvy guards. They just don't play well together yet, and make very questionable decisions. When Nick Emery is your leader, that's their problem. He's temperamental and inconsistent player, much like his team.

I think Mika and TJ Haws take over next season.

BYU has a Top-20 lineup in 2017-2018…and that's just on paper.

They get bigger in the front court, and better, more experienced in the backcourt.

Their two freshman this season, Childs & Haws have been fantastic relative to the team. Adding a couple 4* guys will round out this squad.

BYU will be good next season, and downright dominant in 2 seasons as their entire Top-7 or 8 returns for next 2 years.


Here is the rundown of the 6'9" 270 kid pairing up with Mika next season via ESPN:


Lee is a big-bodied 5-man with long arms, magnetic hands, and excellent feet. He does a great job carving out space and he showed the ability to score over length. His foot work (plays wide and on balance) and fundamentals (keeps ball high) are quite good for someone of his youth. He can toss in jump hooks or step out and hit the elbow jump shot--not too mention he is an excellent passer. He rebounds well in his area and is motor is always running high. He runs pretty well in transition and he can finish with a dunk as well.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cw7vO5oUkAAEs3O.jpg

ZagNative
02-01-2017, 06:09 AM
From Foxsports.com - "College Basketball Power 10: Seven of Top 10 Went Down Last Week." (http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/college-basketball-power-10-seven-of-top-10-went-down-last-week-013117)


http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/uploads/usat-images/2016/04/9841033-ncaa-basketball-san-diego-at-gonzaga.jpeg

1. Gonzaga (22-0)

Gonzaga beat San Diego by 36 and Pepperdine by 47 to improve to 22-0 this year. Until the NCAA Tournament, traveling to Saint Mary’s in the middle of February is Gonzaga’s only test left in the regular season.

In 10 conference games this season, Gonzaga has only failed to win by fewer than 20 points twice — 15 points at San Francisco and 19 points at Portland. Their ability to demolish bad teams every game without losing focus is impressive.

If last week taught us anything, it’s that even great teams have a tendency to overlook opponents and have it cost them.

A bad game by Gonzaga still might not be enough for a team like San Diego or Pepperdine to beat them, but the Bulldogs have shown their focus by not even letting a team in their conference hang around.

Gonzaga is as well-rounded as any team in the nation, too. They can score inside or on the perimeter, and they have three of the best post defenders in the nation in Zach Collins, Przemek Karnowski and Killian Tillie.

Gonzaga’s historic start has led to them being ranked no. 1 by the Associated Press for just the second time in school history and first time in the regular season.

Gonzaga’s quest for regular season perfection continues this week at BYU and at home against Santa Clara.

bartruff1
02-01-2017, 06:12 AM
Bryant is Carlino lite...

ZagNative
02-01-2017, 06:30 AM
From the Spokesman-Review's Rob Curley, "Zags’ secret to success? They like each other" (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jan/30/zags-secret-to-success-they-like-each-other/)

http://media.spokesman.com/photos/2017/01/30/GU_VS_ARI_1.JPG_t2500.jpg

The Gonzaga bench celebrates after the Zags score against Arizona in the second half of the game in the Staples Center in Los Angles back in December. Uncommon team chemistry is one of the keys to success for the undefeated and No. 1-ranked Bulldogs. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

....Earlier in the season, after another easy win at the Kennel, Gonzaga Athletic Director Mike Roth explained the magic that was unfolding in front of us.

Well, he did it in his “Andy Griffith of major college basketball” kinda way. And for him, the numbers show more than just the new No. 1 team in the nation – they show character.

“Look at how they always throw one more pass, or are always looking to see if their teammate has a better shot,” he says, looking at, ironically, that night’s box score. “Look at all of the assists that these guys are getting.”

Roth pauses for a second, trying to find the right words, trying to explain what the numbers tell him.

“This is such a special group and you can see it just by the way they play together. When they’re together, you can see the chemistry and camaraderie.”

What does chemistry look like in a basketball box score?

Through 22 games, seven different players have been Gonzaga’s leading scorer.

Yes, you see the gentle giant who might also be the best seven-foot point guard in the world. There’s a junior transfer guard who waited patiently for more than a year to get to wear this team’s jersey. And a freshman who’s taller than the Golden Arches.

And all of those assists that Roth marvels at?

This team is averaging close to 17 a game, which – as you might have guessed – is more than most Gonzaga teams. Seven times this season, the Bulldogs have had 20 or more.

Virginia Zags Fan
02-01-2017, 06:36 AM
BYU will be tough. No doubt. On a good night, they can be good now.


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rennis
02-01-2017, 06:48 AM
**They add the biggest, baddest 4* Center in 2017 class. 6'9" 270lb wrecking machine (Kolby Lee).


How did BYU find a 36 year old high school player?

Zags11
02-01-2017, 06:52 AM
This is so much fun!!!

TexasZagFan
02-01-2017, 06:55 AM
BYU will be tough. No doubt. On a good night, they can be good now.


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They'll be tough at their arena...they'll be even tougher if they play defense.

ZagNative
02-01-2017, 07:03 AM
Here' a discussion of the game on BYU's fan board, cougarboard.com. (http://www.cougarboard.com/board/message.html?id=17312654)

Byu vs Gonzaga Preview and some news coming in
So, it's about time for Thursday's big game. First things first, it appears that freshman forward Killian Tillie will be probable to play Thursday night at Byu. He's not 100% but Mark Few stated that he should be ready to go. With Gonzaga back to an eight man rotation, the odds of winning are even more in our favor. But I've seen way too many upsets, especially on the road to think this one's in the bag. Here's some of the most important storylines to follow for the game on Thursday.

The first question is the obvious one of Byu's defensive scheme. The 1-3-1 clearly has its issues but this defense might be covering up two major problems; Mikas foul troubles and man to man defense troubles. Mika has been much better this season with fouling but one things clear... Mika off the court in any way spells doom. The other problem seems to be a lack of confidence in their ability to guard perimeter players one on one. Playing the Zags certainly won't make things easier. In addition to man defense, it would be close of an impossible task of Mika to not only be the main offensive threat, but guard both Karnowski and Collins will wear him out, even with the extra adrenaline. A 2-3 zone might be most effective for this roster, but changing the defense could affect the true freshmen Haws and Childs in a negative way.

To solve the Mika rest problem could be to play Kafusi against Karnowski, since he couldn't guard Collins. He certainly has the size but this would actually play into Gonzagas hands defensively. One of Byu's achilles heels this season is the lack of scorers this team has, with only four players that can score double digits on a given night. Kafusi is a giant self check that will allow the Zags to focus solely on the guards for Byu, and that predictability will stymie an offense. Considering that he hasn't played much lately it would be somewhat surprising for him to play many minutes in this big game.

Gonzaga and Byu both only play four guards for three spots. Gonzaga has truly only been in foul trouble from the guard line only once this year but does have players capable of playing the three spot if needed. Byu has been playing the walk on guards throughout the season in hopes establishing some kind of rotation. Will be interesting if Rose trust those guys enough to come off the bench besides Bryant in a big spot.

A fascinating number in this game will be the number of possessions/pace of this game. As talented a point guard Haws is, he's still a freshman and it shows by the way he allows the opposing team to dictate the pace of the game. Teams slow it down and a half court game doesn't fit Byu. Even though the numbers say different Rose and his players by heart are fast paced. That should be good news because Gonzaga loves to play fast paced games. It might seem confusing because of Karnowski but he actually prefers it fast. He runs down the court to set up position against his defender and gets his work done early to get the ball deep in the post. And the bonus comes to with Karnowski only playing five minutes at a time before Collins comes in to give a breather throughout the game. It might actually behoove Byu to play slower given that Gonzaga is the better team and giving them more possessions might not be the best thing to do.

Gonzaga stills has a giant issue themselves to deal with and Byu is actually the kind of team that can exploit this weakness. Gonzaga is a top five defense and gets plenty of stops but struggles to finish it off by getting defensive rebounds. We've had games of teams getting 18, 20, 24, and against Washington gave up 28 offensive rebounds. Now some of it has to do with the great defense being played, but other times poor position and boxing out. Karnowski is limited in his rebounding abilities, the freshmen make freshmen decisions, and Johnatan Williams Goss for the blocks and contests, opening him up to give up rebounds. Byu is a leader in rebounds and does have the athleticism up front to expose this weakness, if Gonzaga hasn't fixed this problem.

It's going to be a fun and probably closer game than people expect, and regardless a close game is what the Zags need to get ready for the tournament. Good luck on Thursday!

TexasZagFan
02-01-2017, 07:22 AM
Here' a discussion of the game on BYU's fan board, cougarboard.com. (http://www.cougarboard.com/board/message.html?id=17312654)

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Johnatan Williams Goss

First time I've seen that this year.

Birddog
02-01-2017, 07:28 AM
That garbled mess reminded me of this old standby.


All your base are belong to us
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_your_base_are_belong_to_us

ZagNative
02-01-2017, 07:49 AM
Okay, this is fun! The twitter account of the BYU student section! https://twitter.com/byuROC?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctw gr%5Eauthor

They have a camp out set up! I thought the Zags were the only ones who did that. Some offerings from their twitter stream:


The Roar Of Cougars @byuROC

OFFICIAL ROC LINE RULES

Line Cards will be handed out Monday afternoon. Camping begins tonight at midnight.

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zagdontzig
02-01-2017, 08:17 AM
they are just young and inexperienced.

Just think, next yr BYU returns their top 5 guys, including "Lone Peak 3":

TJ Haws (14 ppg 4*)
Nick Emery (14 ppg 4*)
Eric Mika (21 & 10, Top 25 recruit 4*)
Yoeli Childs (Top 50 4* recruit and averaging a near dbl dbl)
Elijah Bryant (just became eligible and 15 ppg scorer)

**They add the biggest, baddest 4* Center in 2017 class. 6'9" 270lb wrecking machine (Kolby Lee).

**Add 6'5" SG who is athletic and recruited/offered by Oklahoma, Memphis, USC, SDSU, & SMU.

That is a formidable lineup, 5 players who were ranked 4* or higher by ESPN & 247. A year to gel in off-season.

A "Zag" type lineup.

BYU is building and returning a few talented freshman, mixed with top recruits, and adding to a really good rebounding team, and savvy guards. They just don't play well together yet, and make very questionable decisions. When Nick Emery is your leader, that's their problem. He's temperamental and inconsistent player, much like his team.

I think Mika and TJ Haws take over next season.

BYU has a Top-20 lineup in 2017-2018…and that's just on paper.

They get bigger in the front court, and better, more experienced in the backcourt.

Their two freshman this season, Childs & Haws have been fantastic relative to the team. Adding a couple 4* guys will round out this squad.

BYU will be good next season, and downright dominant in 2 seasons as their entire Top-7 or 8 returns for next 2 years.


Here is the rundown of the 6'9" 270 kid pairing up with Mika next season via ESPN:



https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cw7vO5oUkAAEs3O.jpg

The talk is strong, but based on the schools recruiting, it appears this class is par for BYU. Lee elected to serve a mission before his freshman year as well, so he won't play until 2019.

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4570101-155/byu-basketball-cougars-sign-mission-bound-kolby

Goshzagit
02-01-2017, 08:29 AM
How did BYU find a 36 year old high school player?

coming off his 5th mission after High School...an incredible story. Stay tuned...

*kidding*

Goshzagit
02-01-2017, 08:33 AM
The talk is strong, but based on the schools recruiting, it appears this class is par for BYU. Lee elected to serve a mission before his freshman year as well, so he won't play until 2019.

http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4570101-155/byu-basketball-cougars-sign-mission-bound-kolby

whew.

Must admit, combining him [Lee is a terrific prospect and strong like bull] with Mika would be a DOMINANT frontcourt, for any school.

BYU will already be strong enough by returning their Top-5 scorers and players next season.

Their 2 young frosh have been playing really well, esp Childs of late.

Goshzagit
02-01-2017, 08:38 AM
and unless BYU goes off from 3, 50+% or better, they cannot beat us. Not this defense. Not this team. Their guards won't be able to contain, nor our bigs, esp with Davis out for the season.

They protect Mika from fouls too.

Won't work vs us. Even if Mika goes for 25 & 17. Won't be enough...

Haws & Emery & Rose are capable, but they will need career nights to accomplish the upset.

Its possible, of course, but all 5 will have to fire on all cylinders, which has yet to happen all season.

Actually, playing Tillie at less than healthy could be an advantage...for them. I sincerely hope we decide to continue to rest him -- ankles are shaky post sprain. Chance of reinjury in first few weeks is considered at almost 500%, compared to a few wks later. Much like shoulder subluxations/dislocations. Rest and re-strengthening are key.

maynard g krebs
02-01-2017, 11:33 AM
Who are the "Lone Peak 3"?

Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Tom Hayden.

sittingon50
02-01-2017, 11:39 AM
Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Tom Hayden.

Shirley they've used up their eligibility by now (& yes, I did call you Shirley).

maynard g krebs
02-01-2017, 11:41 AM
Shirley they've used up their eligibility by now (& yes, I did call you Shirley).

Unless they all went "underground" on those multiple Mormon missions.....

TexasZagFan
02-01-2017, 11:45 AM
Shirley they've used up their eligibility by now (& yes, I did call you Shirley).

I'll say...

http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/56/565fbf25a311fa3d4fec0b9263f424f00cab23a443523f563a 106fde31f8c842.jpg

Zagger
02-01-2017, 01:02 PM
https://www.ksl.com/?sid=43049742&nid=294


Gap between Gonzaga and BYU is growing .....

PROVO — Six years into West Coast Conference affiliation, the BYU basketball program seems further away than ever from supplanting Gonzaga as the top team.

ZagNative
02-01-2017, 05:42 PM
https://www.ksl.com/?sid=43049742&nid=294Thanks, Zagger! Good stuff!

RenoZag
02-01-2017, 06:30 PM
From the Deseret News Sports Section: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865672384/BYU-facing-unique-opportunity-at-home-against-No-1-undefeated-Gonzaga.html

BYU facing 'unique opportunity' at home against No. 1, undefeated Gonzaga


What could make things even tougher for BYU against the Zags is that Cougar guard Nick Emery has been sick and didn’t practice Wednesday.

“Nick’s come down with something,” Rose said. “He’s got body aches and chills. We sent him home and hopefully it doesn’t spread to the team. Hopefully he’s feeling better tomorrow.”

Emery played last weekend despite suffering a knee contusion the previous week at Pacific.

Mika gives props to Karno:


One of the challenges for Mika will be going against 7-foot-1, 300-pound senior center Przemek Karnowski, who averages 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

“He’s really big,” Mika said, who played against Karnowski three years ago, before his LDS Church mission. “He looks big and everyone says he’s big but you don’t know how big he is until you have to try to keep him out of the lane or when he ducks in or seals you, that’s when you realize how big he is. He’s big and strong and physical.”

RenoZag
02-01-2017, 07:27 PM
GU Athletic Department Press Release Packet:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170130aaa.pdf

RenoZag
02-01-2017, 07:31 PM
BYU Athletic Dept Press Pres Packet:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gonz/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2016-17/release/release_20170131aaa_byu.pdf

RenoZag
02-01-2017, 08:05 PM
Jim Meehan's pre-game story, posted at 7:45 tonight: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/01/pace-picks-up-for-no-1-ranked-gonzaga-men-against-/


Time for Gonzaga to switch gears.

Not in its mental approach to games or its level of play, but its pace. The Zags embrace open-court basketball, but it usually takes two to tango and several recent opponents preferred to drain the shot clock.

That shouldn’t be an issue with BYU, which runs at every opportunity and routinely scores in the 80s and 90s.

“They play with great tempo and we just got done playing some slow-down, grind-it-out, really low possession games when you look at Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara and San Diego,” said GU coach Mark Few, whose team beat those three by an average of 30 points.

“Those three play with anybody as far as slow pace of play,” Few added. “These guys don’t.”

Add in 19,000 noisy fans inside the Marriott Center, where BYU is 12-1 this season and fourth nationally with a 90.5-percent winning percentage since the 2005-06 season, and the Zags (22-0, 10-0 WCC) face a major challenge in their first outing as the nation’s No. 1 team.

TheZagPhish
02-01-2017, 08:46 PM
At first glance I didn't see this posted. Sorry if duped.

Meehan: Gonzaga and Baylor share program ties (http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2017-02-01/college-basketball-gonzaga-and-baylor-share-program-ties)

Embedded in the article was this sweet pic that I hadn't seen before, from the NCAA March Madness Twitter:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3b4QSAUYAABwgq.jpg

Zagger
02-02-2017, 01:48 AM
This short piece came on the S-R late last night: Battle of the bigs as Eric Mika, Przemek Karnowski square off in Provo (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/01/battle-of-the-bigs-as-eric-mika-przemek-karnowski-/)

ZagNative
02-02-2017, 04:59 PM
From Twitter:

BYU Basketball@BYUbasketball

SOLD OUT to the public!!

Students it's up to you to fill the @byuroc & bring the NOISE!! Seats available w/ a ROC pass.

#BYUhoops

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3sgy6nUMAA5Lwi.jpg

ZagNative
02-02-2017, 06:01 PM
More from twitter:
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DixieZag
02-02-2017, 06:15 PM
Cool picture. One of the reasons that place is such a hard place to play, I think that photo is taken halfway up, top of the lower bowl. Looks big.

But, best student section in the nation? Please...

Zagger
02-02-2017, 06:50 PM
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/
Headlining the Zags right now .... (at least on my smart phone)

Is this Gonzaga's best team ever? Not yet
Gonzaga has risen to No. 1, but how far can the Bulldogs go? ESPN's Basketball Power Index compared this team to previous years and assessed its chances of reaching the Final Four.

RenoZag
02-02-2017, 07:02 PM
Thanks to all for the round-up of pre-game media. I really enjoy these threads and find they help pass the time between games.

Beat the Cougars !