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SWZag
03-13-2017, 07:56 AM
Sioux Falls Argus Leader: SDSU seeded 16th, will play No. 1 Gonzaga (http://www.argusleader.com/story/sports/college/south-dakota-state-university/2017/03/12/ncaa-tournametn-south-dakota-state/99015698/)


Jacks coach T.J. Otzelberger coached Williams-Goss at Washington, and is familiar with much of the roster from having recruited in the area when he was a Huskies assistant. So he’s well aware of the task his team faces.

Spokesman Review: No. 1-seeded Gonzaga faces South Dakota State in first round (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/12/no-4-gonzaga-is-no-1-seed-in-ncaa-tournament-heads/)

Spokesman Review: Four reasons why Gonzaga can make Final Four (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/12/four-reasons-why-gonzaga-can-make-final-four/)

Seattle Times: On Selection Sunday, Gonzaga learns that it’s best in the West (http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/gonzaga-learns-on-selection-sunday-that-its-best-in-the-west/)

Brookings Register: No. 16 seed Jackrabbits to face No. 1 Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament (https://brookingsregister.com/article/no-16-seed-jackrabbits-to-face-no-1-gonzaga-in-ncaa-tournament)


“I coached their point guard Nigel Williams-Goss at Washington for two years and was fortunate to be around him every day,” Otzelberger said. “He’s an unbelievable player, a great guy. I’ve watched their team, because of that, quite a bit – more than you’d normally watch somebody else. I’ve seen them play a lot through the year and they’re an unbelievable team, great offense and defense in the half court.

ZagNative
03-13-2017, 10:03 AM
Good stuff, SWZag! Thanks!

SWZag
03-13-2017, 10:15 AM
Spokesman Review: Grip on Sports - As soon as you turned the TV on, you knew Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed – if you were observant (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/13/grip-sports-soon-you-turned-tv-you-knew-gonzaga-wa/). A lot of links to other articles.

Zag365
03-14-2017, 03:31 PM
Good comments from Coach Few on the BYU loss, Shem, dealing with national perceptions of Zags, etc. From today's Mike & Mike show on ESPN. http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=18905427

Coach Few has really gotten good with the national interviews - humor, insight, and thoughtful reflections.

Zag365
03-14-2017, 03:37 PM
Coach Few discusses BYU loss, Shem's contributions, and national reaction to Zags #1 seed on today's Mike & Mike Show on ESPN.

http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=18905427

He's really gotten good at doing these national interviews - witty, humorous, and insightful.

demian
03-14-2017, 04:40 PM
Good comments from Coach Few on the BYU loss, Shem, dealing with national perceptions of Zags, etc. From today's Mike & Mike show on ESPN. http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=18905427

Coach Few has really gotten good with the national interviews - humor, insight, and thoughtful reflections.

I heard that radio interview this morning also, it was great. Your right Coach is outstanding on those national interviews. He comes across as a really cool dude on those interviews. In my opinion!

MJ777
03-14-2017, 07:21 PM
Loved the Shrek and Donkey story.

Zagger
03-15-2017, 04:18 AM
Love what Few was saying about Mt K. Seemed as that's where the podcast got cut off though. It just sort of ends with Few comparing Shem to Arvydas Sabonis and his passing skills. Thanks for the link though .... great interview of Few.

RenoZag
03-15-2017, 06:25 AM
I heard that radio interview this morning also, it was great. Your right Coach is outstanding on those national interviews. He comes across as a really cool dude on those interviews. In my opinion!

His radio interviews seem to go better than the TV ones. Overall, it still appears the media stuff is an obligation he just wants to get out of the way. Nothing wrong with that. Not every coach will love every camera and microphone the way some do ( Calipari leaps to mind here )

There ought to be pre-game video interviews at the NCAA web site later today with Coach Few and a player or two.

SWZag
03-15-2017, 07:08 AM
NCAA Tournament 2017: Get to Know the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (http://www.midmajormadness.com/2017/3/15/14873546/ncaa-tournament-2017-get-to-know-the-south-dakota-state-jackrabbits-mike-daum-tj-otzelberger-jacks)


To put it simply, the Jackrabbits possess one of the most dynamic offensive forces in the nation. Mike Daum is a mismatch nightmare, and is just as comfortable with bombing threes on a defense as he is bullying them in the post. Daum was second in the country in scoring at 25.3 points per game, hit over 40% from behind the arc, and is among the best in the country at drawing and converting free throws at 87%. Every gameplan revolves around Daum, and rightly so.

ZagNative
03-15-2017, 11:34 AM
Press conference video. Gonzaga students start at about 45:30.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P60MOmV7VuU

Zagceo
03-15-2017, 11:48 AM
current temp Salt Lake City 74 and 77 on sat






current temp Sacramento 73

PeninsulaDog
03-15-2017, 11:55 AM
http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2017/3/15/14934404/gonzaga-basketball-ncaa-tournament-overrated-final-four

Zagceo
03-15-2017, 12:08 PM
http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2017/3/15/14934404/gonzaga-basketball-ncaa-tournament-overrated-final-four

ZagNative
03-15-2017, 12:56 PM
Good article about Shem, from The News Tribune (http://www.bellinghamherald.com/sports/article138563823.html):
After surgery, the pain subsided dramatically. He began feeling optimistic he would play basketball again, but did not know where his next stop would be — at Gonzaga or professionally in Europe?

In May, he announced he was going to return to the Zags as a redshirt senior.

“I still needed to see my doctors over here … (for) my rehab process and all that kind of stuff, so it was just better for me to kind of stick around here,” Karnowski said.

It is one thing to plan a return to basketball. It’s another thing to show Few and the staff that he could be an impact player again.

“Hey, I didn’t expect him to play,” Few said. “Probably in late July … once he started running and jumping, and he was able to do that, we were like, ‘Well, OK.’

“But he had to get hit and he had to figure out if guys could hit the back and he’d be OK.”

Few remembers the day he stopped worrying about Karnowski’s injury status for good.

It was a game in November against San Diego State. Karnowski dove on the floor for a loose ball, and two guys jumped on his back to join the scramble.

All went quiet in the McCarthey Athletic Center — until Karnowski got to his feet, smiled and signaled he was OK.

“There wasn’t any aftereffect or anything,” Few said. “He subsequently has had some falls since then, and he just pops right back up. It’s kind of an amazing deal.”

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/sports/article138563823.html#storylink=cpy

Zagricultural
03-15-2017, 01:01 PM
Thanks for those interviews. Did anyone notice that Shem has what sounds like it could be a pretty nasty cold. Hopefully it doesn't spread!

SDSU seems like really nice kids that are currently on a roll.

Goshzagit
03-15-2017, 01:21 PM
Thanks for those interviews. Did anyone notice that Shem has what sounds like it could be a pretty nasty cold. Hopefully it doesn't spread!

He started getting sick and congested in Vegas.

It settled in pretty good, and was out of practice following WCC.

I believe he's on the mend, but his conditioning and ability to breathe could be a small factor.

ZagNative
03-15-2017, 01:21 PM
Here's an absolutely wonderful piece from Sports Illustrated about Nigel! (http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2017/03/15/ncaa-tournament-gonzaga-nigel-williams-goss) What a brilliant piece of work!
Nigel Williams-Goss wanted a plan. Not the vague “we’ll make you better” promises that were part of coaches’ pitches to get him to transfer to their school, but a detailed road map for how he’d improve his game, pile up wins and reach a Final Four. “I’m an A + B = C person,” says the junior point guard, who after the 2015 season had been granted his release from Washington and was deciding where he should go next.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few had a plan for Williams-Goss that spring. But Williams-Goss wasn’t interested in hearing it at first, telling Few he’d developed better relationships with other coaches. Few pushed back. “You went through that process the first time, wanting the coach to be your best friend,” Few said. “I ain’t gonna be your best friend. I’m gonna coach you up, we’re gonna have a healthy dose of respect for each other and we’re gonna develop you.”

Few and assistant Brian Michelson then met with Williams-Goss at his home in Las Vegas and presented an exhaustive breakdown of everything the Zags would do for him, from what his redshirt year would focus on to how their conditioning program would change his body to how he’d assimilate academically with his double major in psychology and communications. The coaches also shared their scouting reports on other teams, pages of offensive and defensive tendencies and how to attack them. A basketball junkie known for taking detailed notes while watching film, Williams-Goss was downright giddy. “Kid on Christmas morning doesn’t describe it,” says his father, Virgil.

bartruff1
03-15-2017, 02:11 PM
Polling is a science ...anyone who makes a judgement on the basis of the "comments" section or Tweets or some other self selecting media is foolish.... that is not the method you use to determine public perceptions..

The President's approval rating are based upon scientific polling....

I would need to see a scientific poll to give any credibility to this author's assertion....and for what it is worth...that has not been my experience....I run into Gonzaga fans all over the world.....but of course they are the ones that would approach you....those with favorable comments...

DixieZag
03-15-2017, 02:42 PM
I don't believe for a second that we're more polarizing than Duke, UCLA, etc.

MDABE80
03-15-2017, 02:48 PM
No Dixie we're not. Years ago, we were tabbed as "undeserving" / It's BS but people still say the demeaning things. But we've got 18 years of evidence that we belong. Nothing better than the data.

bartruff1
03-15-2017, 02:49 PM
Dixie...I saw a non scientific polls years ago ...that based upon sports apparel sold at some national retailer like Dicks....that Gonzaga was in the top ten in popularity based on sales...

Some on line retailer called Fanatics (?) would occasionally publish a list of the most popular teams based on their sales...

ZagNative
03-15-2017, 02:52 PM
KREM 2 Report Video (http://www.krem.com/sports/gonzaga/gonzaga-returns-to-salt-lake-city-for-first-round-of-ncaa-tourney/422740513)

ZagNative
03-15-2017, 02:58 PM
Sioux Falls TV Station Preview (http://www.keloland.com/news/article/sports/mbk-sdsu-confident-as-gonzaga-looms)

ZagNative
03-15-2017, 03:13 PM
Today's story from the Argus Leader. (http://www.argusleader.com/story/sports/2017/03/15/mike-daum-south-dakota-state-ncaa-matt-zimmer-gonzaga/99221342/)

Daum really does sound like a great kid. Hope the Zags have a great defense planned to keep him in check.

http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/ad56530a008b2b1953c5947125ecd9bdd6fb360c/c=904-0-4280-2538&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2017/03/15/SiouxFalls/SiouxFalls/636251922794071826-IMG-0110.JPG


SALT LAKE CITY — South Dakota State’s Mike Daum is in the midst of what is probably the greatest individual season in South Dakota college basketball history.

A 6-foot-9 sophomore big man, the Kimball, Neb., native is the nation’s second leading scorer with 25.3 points per game, has scored a Jackrabbit single-season record 861 points, had the highest-scoring game in college basketball this year with a 51-point effort in a win at Fort Wayne, and most recently and impressively, led the Jacks to an unexpected victory in the Summit League tournament that has them back in the Big Dance.

The Jacks are a 16-seed and will take on No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Daum and the Jacks are trying to do the impossible – No. 16 seeds are 0-128 all-time in the tournament.

But it’s the presence of the Summit League player of the year that gives SDSU fans hope their team can make history. Few 16-seeds have ever gone into the tournament with an All-America candidate that ranked among the nation’s top scorers.

And Daum’s heroics have made waves outside of South Dakota and the Summit League. Clips from his best games have been featured regularly on highlight shows, and ESPN has interviewed Daum live on SportsCenter multiple times this season. Virtually every media outlet covering the NCAA tournament this week has identified the SDSU star as a player to watch in the tournament, or a reason to identify the Jackrabbits as a potential Cinderella.

All the while, Daum has remained impressively level-headed and humble. It’s obvious he enjoys the attention, but he doesn’t take it too seriously. Becoming a household name doesn’t appear to have given him any sense of entitlement or pretentiousness. He’s one of the friendliest, most accessible and genuinely funny people in SDSU athletics.

3zagda
03-15-2017, 03:29 PM
That was really nice.
Part of me hopes he reaches only the first goal this year so that he comes back to reach his second goal next year.

Zagricultural
03-15-2017, 04:20 PM
That was really nice.
Part of me hopes he reaches only the first goal this year so that he comes back to reach his second goal next year.

Not me. I want it all, and we will be fine next year with Wade, Norvell, and Kispert coming into the fold.

rennis
03-15-2017, 05:00 PM
great story!

GoZags84
03-15-2017, 05:59 PM
Tim starts talking about the Zags at the 11:40 Mark

https://youtu.be/VgFzGNG6QNM

Zagceo
03-15-2017, 06:47 PM
SDSU sophomore post Mike Daum is second nationally in scoring at 25.3 points per game, 13.4 more than second-leading scorer Reed Tellinghuisen. Daum leads the team with 77 3-pointers and his 41.6-percent accuracy is highest among the starters. He also leads the nation in free-throw attempts (287) and makes (250) and possesses a soft touch around the rim.
(http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/15/big-guys-take-center-stage-for-gonzaga-south-dakot/)



http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/15/big-guys-take-center-stage-for-gonzaga-south-dakot/

Zagceo
03-15-2017, 06:57 PM
Crazy traditions of throwing dead animals onto the court.......wow




Suddenly, Fiedler was struck by a large flying object that had been thrown from the stands and had sent her to the ground. It was a frozen coyote.Throwing dead animals – specifically frozen coyotes and jackrabbits – from the stands and onto the court became an annual tradition each time SDSU met South Dakota. The fans would hide the dead animals from building officials by keeping them under their clothes.
“They had these huge coats in the ’70s that they smuggled 50-pound coyotes under,” Fiedler said.
And then, at the opportune moment, a fan would pull the frozen animal out and throw it onto the floor.






http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/15/sisters-pulled-in-two-directions-over-zags-matchup/

3zagda
03-15-2017, 07:08 PM
Bando thinks our big men are not good enough. Really? Domas was great, but I will take this foursome over DS, KW, and Edwards. In a second.

DixieZag
03-15-2017, 07:10 PM
Crazy traditions of throwing dead animals onto the court.......wow


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/15/sisters-pulled-in-two-directions-over-zags-matchup/

That's awesome.

Kinda like:


The Legend of the Octopus is a sports tradition during Detroit Red Wings home playoff games involving dead octopuses thrown onto the ice rink. The origins of the activity go back to the 1952 playoffs, when a National Hockey League team played two best-of-seven series to capture the Stanley Cup.

RenoZag
03-15-2017, 07:45 PM
From KSL, Salt Lake City

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=294&sid=43508749


Now, four years later, Gonzaga finds itself once again a No. 1 seed and playing in Salt Lake City in true deja vu fashion. While many players on that team have long since moved on, head coach Mark Few knows that it means the roles are completely reversed compared to the first years the Zags had qualified for the tournament.

“The thing I told them is they need to be prepared for it’s probably going to be a road-type environment,” Few said, during the team’s pre-tournament press conference Wednesday. “It’s just the nature of sports, and everybody likes to root for underdogs. And if you’re No. 1, there’s not going to be a whole lot of people rooting for you except the Gonzaga people.”

RenoZag
03-15-2017, 07:55 PM
Anyone seen a link to pre-game Press conferences ?? nm

Found it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P60MOmV7VuU

SDSU goes first; Coach Few footage at the 1:42:00 mark

CDC84
03-15-2017, 08:43 PM
The sbnation article to wonderfully written. The comments below are some the stupidest I have ever seen after an article written on the Zags. One guy complains that "Gonzaga should schedule like Kentucky."

Well my gosh, I would love to schedule like Kentucky. I'd love to have the power of a blue blood.

There are now at least 3 preseason doubleheaders that involve nothing but blue blood programs. A team like Kentucky plays in one of those, plays in Maui, and then participates in the SEC/Big 12 challenge, and that's enough. They are only going to play buy games after that because they have the SEC to deal with. They have zero interest in playing Gonzaga unless it's in Maui or something. Coach K at Duke has publicly said that he hates playing in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge because it forces his team to play an unwanted road game every other year.

Gonzaga has had 4 non-league games taken away due to conference expansion. BCS leagues in the future are going to be expanding their league schedules (like the ACC). That means even less opportunity for GU to play quality BCS teams.

GU scheduled SDSU because they were a universal top 25 team. They turned into a stinker. GU got stuck playing Quinnipeac in the Orlando tournament. GU has no control over this stuff.

Another guy says that GU rigs kenpom.com. You can't rid kenpom.com, because in factors in strength of schedule. A team that goes 29-1 and plays nobody under 150 at kenpom.com isn't going to get a top 10 kenpom ranking. It's been shown.

The overhyping by the media and these other entities isn't Gonzaga's fault. If they want to hate, hate those media entities. But don't hate on a team that has one of the highest APR ratings of any men's basketball team. Don't hate on the quality of kids that the program has. Don't hate on a coach that has never cheated and who has raised millions of dollars raising money for cancer and who rarely complains about how Gonzaga is treated unless it is totally, 100% justified. Hate on those media entities and analysts.

And lastly, rarely has any Gonzaga fan claimed they were a blue blood team.

Zags11
03-15-2017, 11:19 PM
The sbnation article to wonderfully written. The comments below are some the stupidest I have ever seen after an article written on the Zags. One guy complains that "Gonzaga should schedule like Kentucky."

Well my gosh, I would love to schedule like Kentucky. I'd love to have the power of a blue blood.

There are now at least 3 preseason doubleheaders that involve nothing but blue blood programs. A team like Kentucky plays in one of those, plays in Maui, and then participates in the SEC/Big 12 challenge, and that's enough. They are only going to play buy games after that because they have the SEC to deal with. They have zero interest in playing Gonzaga unless it's in Maui or something. Coach K at Duke has publicly said that he hates playing in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge because it forces his team to play an unwanted road game every other year.

Gonzaga has had 4 non-league games taken away due to conference expansion. BCS leagues in the future are going to be expanding their league schedules (like the ACC). That means even less opportunity for GU to play quality BCS teams.

GU scheduled SDSU because they were a universal top 25 team. They turned into a stinker. GU got stuck playing Quinnipeac in the Orlando tournament. GU has no control over this stuff.

Another guy says that GU rigs kenpom.com. You can't rid kenpom.com, because in factors in strength of schedule. A team that goes 29-1 and plays nobody under 150 at kenpom.com isn't going to get a top 10 kenpom ranking. It's been shown.

The overhyping by the media and these other entities isn't Gonzaga's fault. If they want to hate, hate those media entities. But don't hate on a team that has one of the highest APR ratings of any men's basketball team. Don't hate on the quality of kids that the program has. Don't hate on a coach that has never cheated and who has raised millions of dollars raising money for cancer and who rarely complains about how Gonzaga is treated unless it is totally, 100% justified. Hate on those media entities and analysts.

And lastly, rarely has any Gonzaga fan claimed they were a blue blood team.

We aren't? I believe we make our first final 4!

TexasZagFan
03-16-2017, 05:24 AM
The sbnation article to wonderfully written. The comments below are some the stupidest I have ever seen after an article written on the Zags. One guy complains that "Gonzaga should schedule like Kentucky."

Well my gosh, I would love to schedule like Kentucky. I'd love to have the power of a blue blood.

There are now at least 3 preseason doubleheaders that involve nothing but blue blood programs. A team like Kentucky plays in one of those, plays in Maui, and then participates in the SEC/Big 12 challenge, and that's enough. They are only going to play buy games after that because they have the SEC to deal with. They have zero interest in playing Gonzaga unless it's in Maui or something. Coach K at Duke has publicly said that he hates playing in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge because it forces his team to play an unwanted road game every other year.

Gonzaga has had 4 non-league games taken away due to conference expansion. BCS leagues in the future are going to be expanding their league schedules (like the ACC). That means even less opportunity for GU to play quality BCS teams.

GU scheduled SDSU because they were a universal top 25 team. They turned into a stinker. GU got stuck playing Quinnipeac in the Orlando tournament. GU has no control over this stuff.

Another guy says that GU rigs kenpom.com. You can't rid kenpom.com, because in factors in strength of schedule. A team that goes 29-1 and plays nobody under 150 at kenpom.com isn't going to get a top 10 kenpom ranking. It's been shown.

The overhyping by the media and these other entities isn't Gonzaga's fault. If they want to hate, hate those media entities. But don't hate on a team that has one of the highest APR ratings of any men's basketball team. Don't hate on the quality of kids that the program has. Don't hate on a coach that has never cheated and who has raised millions of dollars raising money for cancer and who rarely complains about how Gonzaga is treated unless it is totally, 100% justified. Hate on those media entities and analysts.

And lastly, rarely has any Gonzaga fan claimed they were a blue blood team.

:000tens:

My Dukie coworker confirms what you posted. I suggested the Zags do a 2 for 1 with Duke, and he laughed it off. "Why should we make even one flight to Spokane?" Of course, we shouldn't have to beg Duke for a 2 for 1, anyway.

It's getting to the point where the non-power 5 conferences should take a stand, and simply give the cold shoulder to the power 5. You can have a good OOC schedule by playing schools like Butler, Wichita State, etc. Do a WCC/AAC challenge. Having said that, I don't think the AZ-GU series will die, both programs have a healthy respect for each other.