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ZagsGoZags
03-07-2017, 07:47 PM
St Mary's pulled within 5, but Zags stayed tough.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/

"The real challenge begins now for Gonzaga after topping Saint Mary's for the West Coast Conference title. The Zags should have a No. 1 seed locked up. Now it seems like anything short of its first Final Four appearance will be a disappointment."


http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2017/3/7/14850904/2017-wcc-champions-ncaa-tournament-berth-gonzaga

“Despite a disappointing home loss to BYU in its regular season finale, Gonzaga will carry a sparkling 32-1 record into the NCAA Tournament. Whether that mark — which also includes impressive non-conference victories over Arizona, Florida, and Iowa State — is enough to earn the Zags a second No. 1 seed in the last five years is now in the hands of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.”

MontanaCoyote
03-07-2017, 07:59 PM
With the win tonight, Karno is just 1 win away from tying the NCAA record of most wins in a collegiate career. Two and he's got it. Man, here's hoping!

ZagsGoZags
03-07-2017, 08:05 PM
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/07/gonzaga-handles-saint-marys-again-claims-wcc-tourn/

“And there’s no question about this: There’s a sizable gap between WCC top seed Gonzaga and second-seeded St. Mary’s. The Zags completed a three-game sweep of Saint Mary’s by a combined 51 points.”

ZagMan in Philly
03-07-2017, 08:07 PM
With the win tonight, Karno is just 1 win away from tying the NCAA record of most wins in a collegiate career. Two and he's got it. Man, here's hoping!

He is going to shatter this record.

sittingon50
03-07-2017, 08:09 PM
Looks like you "blew-by" an r there, ZGZ!

ZagsGoZags
03-07-2017, 08:18 PM
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/sports/college-sports/

College basketball fans are getting used to seeing underling Saint Mary’s try to chop down powerhouse Gonzaga.



from sports illustrated “Gonzaga (32-1), the regular-season WCC champion, was not particularly sharp in the WCC semifinals, beating Santa Clara by nine to reach the title game for the 20th straight season.
The Zags got their mojo back in a dazzling first half against Saint Mary's, then had to hold on after a shaky start to the second.”

http://www.si.com/college-basketball/game/1732516




all the WCC website has so far is some video of the game, but no article yet
http://www.wccsports.com/sport/m-baskbl

Section 116
03-07-2017, 08:28 PM
Game coverage from the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-college-basketball-roundup-spt-20170307-story.html

Zagceo
03-07-2017, 08:41 PM
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/07/saint-marys-no-match-for-no-4-gonzaga-in-wcc-tournament-final/

http://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/649393836.jpg?w=810

http://www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/wcc-saint-marys-gonzaga-ba1.jpg?w=810

CDC84
03-07-2017, 08:47 PM
Despite the media being on GU's side, I am still mighty scared of the committee giving that number 1 to Oregon if they win the Pac 12 tourney.

Section 116
03-07-2017, 08:49 PM
Meehan early story and more on right side of link: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/07/gonzaga-handles-saint-marys-again-claims-wcc-tourn/

zagdontzig
03-07-2017, 09:53 PM
anyone have links to the teams' press conferences?

CDC84
03-07-2017, 10:55 PM
Lots of stupid comments beneath various tweets and articles. One guy says Zags are overrated because they have 5 top 25 RPI wins, and 3 of them against SMC. The RPI is garbage.

Fine go to kenpom.com then. Still #1 with the 8th ranked offense and the 3rd ranked defense.

ZagsGoZags
03-08-2017, 01:15 AM
from WCC website
http://www.wccsports.com/news/crumpacker-zags-best-gaels-in-wcchoops-title-tilt-03-07-2017

“Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett was in such a funk after the game that he declined to make an opening statement upon arriving for the press conference. He did warm to the moment a little later, however.” “We were so poor, I can’t even tell you,’’ he said. “In the first half, there wasn’t a phase we were good at. That’s about as bad a half as we’ve played all year.’’

“What a difference a day made for the Gaels, flying high on Monday and shot down on Tuesday. Playing a 32-1 team will do that to an opponent.

“We were crazy efficient in that first half as far as what we were doing with the ball,’’ Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We were aggressive. … We played outstanding in the first half, almost flawless with our defensive performance.’’

and


from CBS sports
“But sometimes, the best teams win. And that was the case in the WCC tournament, as No. 1 seed Gonzaga rolled through the league’s tournament to advance to 32-1, including a title-game victory against rival Saint Mary’s, which the Bulldogs dominated for the most part. The Zags appear set to enter the Big Dance as a No. 1 seed when the selection committee hands down its seeds Sunday.”

http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/march-madness-2017-wcc-tournament-gonzaga-wins-tourney-title/

and

From the Oregonian (except this journalist overlooks our recent Elite 8 in 2015)

"Gonzaga (32-1) will go to the NCAA tournament with the automatic berth. Their best finish was an Elite 8 appearance in 1999.
The Bulldogs looked like the No. 1 seed after steamrolling through first half when they took a 39-18 lead into the break."

http://www.oregonlive.com/march-madness/index.ssf/2017/03/west_coast_conference_tourname.html

SWZag
03-08-2017, 07:29 AM
Spokesman Review: Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski and Rem Bakamus part of five consecutive WCC champs (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/07/gonzagas-przemek-karnowski-and-rem-bakamus-part-of/)

And a post game interview with Shem on the left.

johno
03-08-2017, 07:31 AM
Here's the link to the WCC video page. It has excerpts from the post game press conference.

http://www.wccsports.com/thew.tv

This link has video of post game interviews:

http://www.krem.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/no-4-gonzaga-beats-no-19-saint-marys-74-56-in-wcc-final/420684562

CdAZagFan
03-08-2017, 08:00 AM
Good article from the SR's Blanchette:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/07/blanchette-seeding-dont-even-go-there-pal/

LongIslandZagFan
03-08-2017, 08:03 AM
Despite the media being on GU's side, I am still mighty scared of the committee giving that number 1 to Oregon if they win the Pac 12 tourney.

I'm not scared... I am expecting it. I'm thinking that GU ends up the top #2 unless someone other than Oregon, Arizona, or UCLA wins the P12 tourney.

RenoZag
03-08-2017, 08:25 AM
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/18850674/gonzaga-bulldogs-coach-mark-not-sweating-ncaa-tournament-seeding

Myron Medcalf coverage of WCC Championship at the link above


"We've been good from Nov. 10 to March 7 and haven't taken any nights off," Few said after Gonzaga's 74-56 victory over Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference tournament title game on Tuesday night at Orleans Arena. "[The NCAA tournament selection committee] can seed us fifth or whatever the hell they want to do. These guys are going to show up and they're going to fight."

Medcalf on Zags "D": http://www.espn.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/118116/gonzagas-overlooked-defense-key-to-final-four-dreams


The improvement starts with Williams.

His length and combination of defensive execution -- in space and at the rim -- limits the mismatches Gonzaga faces on that end of the floor. He's comfortable against big men or perimeter players.

And he's smart.

On Tuesday night, Few said Williams pushed Saint Mary's guards left after he noticed on film that they seemed more comfortable going right. Few said he'd trust Williams to guard any player on an opposing team with the game on the line.

"He's quite a weapon to have," he said.

CDC84
03-08-2017, 08:31 AM
http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/news/march-madness-2017-gonzaga-seeding-ncaa-tournament-hell-mark-few-no-4/kpermk7w4ot4136qxsm2e39o0

Zags11
03-08-2017, 09:05 AM
I'm not scared... I am expecting it. I'm thinking that GU ends up the top #2 unless someone other than Oregon, Arizona, or UCLA wins the P12 tourney.

Donut bet? I like maple bars.

TexasZagFan
03-08-2017, 09:07 AM
http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/news/march-madness-2017-gonzaga-seeding-ncaa-tournament-hell-mark-few-no-4/kpermk7w4ot4136qxsm2e39o0

Just my opinion, but the Zags cemented their #1 seed last night. They finished strong with those 3 tournament wins, the last one against a top-25 team on a "neutral" court.

RenoZag
03-08-2017, 09:13 AM
Some good video highlights and photos available at: http://www.wccsports.com/

Birddog
03-08-2017, 09:55 AM
Didn't see this elsewhere.
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/07/gonzaga-lands-trio-on-wcc-all-tournament-team/

Williams-Goss MVP, Karnowsky and Williams 1st team.

sittingon50
03-08-2017, 10:52 AM
http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/news/march-madness-2017-gonzaga-seeding-ncaa-tournament-hell-mark-few-no-4/kpermk7w4ot4136qxsm2e39o0

Great video in there by DeCourcey.

ZagNative
03-08-2017, 12:37 PM
Great video in there by DeCourcey.Boy, ain't that the truth! That video by DeCourcey was the best thing I've seen today in the press clippings: http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/news/march-madness-2017-gonzaga-seeding-ncaa-tournament-hell-mark-few-no-4/kpermk7w4ot4136qxsm2e39o0

Runner-up: Darnay Trip and KREM 2, always entertaining and thoughtful Zag coverage: http://www.krem.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/no-4-gonzaga-beats-no-19-saint-marys-74-56-in-wcc-final/420684562

MontanaCoyote
03-08-2017, 03:31 PM
Boy, ain't that the truth! That video by DeCourcey was the best thing I've seen today in the press clippings: http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/news/march-madness-2017-gonzaga-seeding-ncaa-tournament-hell-mark-few-no-4/kpermk7w4ot4136qxsm2e39o0

Runner-up: Darnay Trip and KREM 2, always entertaining and thoughtful Zag coverage: http://www.krem.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/no-4-gonzaga-beats-no-19-saint-marys-74-56-in-wcc-final/420684562

Thanks to both youse!

Birddog
03-08-2017, 04:15 PM
That is a good video but he was wrong about OK state not being in a final 4 since 99. They beat St Joes in 2004 to advance on John Lucas' shot with 6 secs left.

DixieZag
03-08-2017, 04:28 PM
Thank you all who posted media.

One thing I find funny. I suspect (don't know) that Coach Few - son of a preacher man - has a deal with local media. Every time he says "hell," it is changed to "heck" in print. The national news didn't get the memo. Of course it's not universal, still a guess, but fun to consider.

Rangerzag
03-08-2017, 05:43 PM
From Todd Milles of the News Tribune:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/college/west-coast-conference/gonzaga-bulldogs/article137104638.html