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RenoZag
03-19-2017, 11:00 AM
Jim Meehan's Game Story: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/18/freshmen-zach-collins-killian-tillie-help-gonzaga-/


“I guess you’re supposed to be (nervous) but I had no choice,” said Collins, who scored GU’s last six points in a 73-71 win over Iowa State in the AdvoCare Invitational title game in Orlando. “When the game is so tight like that, me and Tillie couldn’t be nervous.”

Few calls Tillie a “problem solver.” Everyone calls Collins “Z-bo”, but finisher seemed more appropriate on this afternoon. Both came through in crunch time as the second-ranked Zags edged Northwestern 79-73.

John Blanchette: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/18/dont-blame-gonzaga-for-cashing-in-when-good-fortun/


Not long after the Bulldogs survived 79-73 to move into the Sweet 16 for a third straight year, ESPN’s answer to Miss Manners, Jay Williams, tweeted out a video of their locker room celebration and snarked, “Did Gonzaga just win the championship or a 2nd rd game vs an 8 seed?”

To which Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski answered, “So now we can’t celebrate the win? We will be criticized for enjoying ourselves? Smh.”

Give Shem another rejection in the stats.

Possibly all of this has reeled completely out of hand. The Zags are good, no matter where their tournament trail ends and no matter if their successes are flawed. The Wildcats were as tough and inspiring and lovable as hyped and will be back. The refs – Chris Rastatter, Jeff Clark and Brent Hampton – blew it (their NCAA bosses said so) and were bad besides. The principals should get to rejoice and rant to their satisfaction. Jay Williams should – and did – apologize, like the Guardian before him.

And, yes, the Zags need some poise practice.

“We have some work to do,” said guard Jordan Mathews.

RenoZag
03-19-2017, 11:04 AM
From the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-northwestern-falls-to-gonzaga-ncaa-spt-0319-20170318-story.html


This was NU's basketball Rose Bowl, a heavenly four-day stretch in a city surrounded by snow-capped mountains and temperatures in the 70s that felt more like Pasadena than Utah. Fans in purple fist-bumped each other on the street.

At the pep rally, NU football coach Pat Fitzgerald told the hundreds of jubilant fans the meaning of his team's Wildcat Way: "Go as hard as you can for as long as you can … It's our job to stand up!"

The eighth-seeded Wildcats gave them little cheer about in the first half. In fact, it was brutal. They didn't hit a 3-pointer until the final minute, missing their first 10.

But they played a tremendous second half in a "house money" game, hitting 18 of 36 from the field.


From the same newspaper: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-northwestern-ncaa-loss-hurts-haugh-spt-0319-20170318-column.html


At the postgame news conference, a moderator read an NCAA statement that declared it a bad call as Collins sat nodding and making facial expressions of disapproval upon hearing the explanation.

"I appreciate the apology,'' Collins said, his words dripping with sarcasm. "It makes me feel great.''

Collins' technical didn't help, but his "T" didn't blow the game for Northwestern either. On one hand, not even a coach as emotional as Collins can afford to cost his team two points in a close game by receiving an unacceptable technical. But, on the other, how do three officials on the court miss what was so obviously goaltending in an NCAA tournament game? That was just as inexcusable as Collins charging the floor, bad followed by worse. But to say that sequence altered the outcome diminishes the way Gonzaga regained its composure.

jazzdelmar
03-19-2017, 11:09 AM
Where's Mumbles Wheels Williams' apology?

RenoZag
03-19-2017, 11:12 AM
Where's Mumbles Wheels Williams' apology?

You have a better chance of seeing a unicorn at the Bronx Zoo

Zagceo
03-19-2017, 11:13 AM
"We played desperate,'' McIntosh said.

During a mini-run early in the second half, Lindsey exhorted Northwestern fans to stand up and shouted, "It isn't over!" After a Lumpkin steal and dunk cut the lead to 15 with 16:01 left, the Wildcats bumped chests and believed a comeback was possible.

Alas, Gonzaga sharpshooter Nigel Williams-Goss temporarily killed that idea, drilling a 3-pointer after Northwestern closed the gap to 44-32 and putting his finger to his lips to shush the crowd. But Northwestern wasn't done making noise.
"When we cut it to five, I thought we were going to win,'' Lumpkin said.

Suddenly, the impossible seemed within reach. Then the technical happened.

Then the Zags remembered who they were. Gonzaga responded like a team that has trailed only three times in the second half all season, like a group potentially headed to the Final Four. Meanwhile, Northwestern resembled a team that belonged in the tournament and will benefit from the experience.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...18-column.html (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-northwestern-ncaa-loss-hurts-haugh-spt-0319-20170318-column.html)

jazzdelmar
03-19-2017, 11:14 AM
You have a better chance of seeing a unicorn at the Bronx Zoo

The article said he did.

Radbooks
03-19-2017, 11:25 AM
He did, Jazz. I saw it last night on twitter. He wasn't aware it was Mark's 500th win so he apologized. It lacked sincerity from my point of view but whatever.

RenoZag
03-19-2017, 11:44 AM
He did, Jazz. I saw it last night on twitter. He wasn't aware it was Mark's 500th win so he apologized. It lacked sincerity from my point of view but whatever.

https://twitter.com/RealJayWilliams/status/843294863382790144

jazzdelmar
03-19-2017, 11:50 AM
He's still a jackarse imo. Shouldn't even be on the air, though he has improved from his wince worthy first couple of years. Hill, Davis, Bile, Mumbles, where's Battier. It goes on and on.

DixieZag
03-19-2017, 12:24 PM
I think we win that game even without the technical. Our guys finally bore down at just the right time anyway. Collins, Tillie and Nigel would've dragged our worm-ridden body over the finish line.

RenoZag
03-19-2017, 12:43 PM
http://www.espn.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/118601/second-half-slump-almost-dooms-one-seed-gonzaga-in-second-round


Gonzaga allowed Northwestern to hang around for too long -- a feeling that looked familiar to anyone who watched No. 1 seed Villanova lose to 8-seed Wisconsin early on Saturday in the East Region. The Bulldogs ultimately began to look like themselves from the free throw line, where they sank 7 of 10 free throws in the final 40 seconds. Those might not have been the most important free throws for Gonzaga, though.

Birddog
03-19-2017, 01:04 PM
Jay Williams, tweeted out a video of their locker room celebration and snarked, “Did Gonzaga just win the championship or a 2nd rd game vs an 8 seed?”

And with that, Jay Williams just cinched this years "Massengale/Summers Eve" award!

ZagNative
03-19-2017, 01:10 PM
Haven't seen this, from the Salt Lake Tribune: (http://www.sltrib.com/home/5074070-155/ncaa-tournament-live-blog-gonzaga-vs) "NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga beats valiant Northwestern 79-73, advances to Sweet 16"

On Saturday, Gonzaga looked every bit deserving of its No. 1 seed for the first 20 minutes, as the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Wildcats with size and athleticism. With Gonzaga's 7-footers, the hulking Przemek Karnowski and the towering Zach Collins, patrolling the paint, the Wildcats settled for many of their looks from the perimeter. The Cats could never make the Bulldogs pay: Northwestern was a dismal 1 for 11 from beyond the arc in the first half Saturday.

When Williams-Goss picked the pocket of Northwestern's Sanjay Lumpkin with about 3 minutes before halftime, the Gonzaga guard strolled the three-quarters of the court alone for a two-handed slam that put his team on top 34-14.

It felt as if a blowout were in the works. Still, in the locker room during intermission, Gonzaga coach Mark Few warned his club about the Wildcats, who were making Northwestern's first trip to the tournament in its 78-year history.

"They just had kind of a spirit of a winner," Few said.

Story includes a great photo album. (http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/Pages/gallery.csp?cid=5074070&pid=4161324) I liked this one:

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ZagNative
03-19-2017, 01:22 PM
Another piece from the Salt Lake Tribune: "Technical, missed goaltending call stain Northwestern loss to Gonzaga" (http://www.sltrib.com/home/5074073-155/technical-missed-goaltending-call-stain-northwestern)

"It would have been a three-point game. We had all the momentum, a guy puts his hand through the rim, it's a very easy call in my opinion," Collins said. "But it's an honest mistake. Referees are human beings, they're here for a reason because they're outstanding officials and they made the calls. We have to live with them."

The missed goaltend was only part of the problem, however.

The Wildcats struggled to get around Gonzaga's length defensively in the first half, missing their first 10 shots from behind the arc before guard Vic Law made a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining until halftime — Northwestern shot 30 percent overall in the first half and trailed 38-20 at halftime.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said the second half non-call was a part of several "big plays" in the second half and he "wouldn't put it all on the technical."

"There's a lot of emotion that goes into these things," Few said. "If you lose, your season's over. If you win — in Northwestern's case, it's probably the best thing they've ever done in the history of the school. So there's a lot of emotion, and you react spontaneously and stuff happens."

Northwestern's shooting improved to 50 percent in the second half, a jump leading Wildcats scorer Bryant McIntosh said came from "playing desperate."

"We just were playing for our lives there," McIntosh said.

But the technical froze Northwestern's momentum and the Bulldogs stayed ahead by at least five points and as much as 10 the rest of the way.

Collins was measured after the game when addressing the missed call, but was clearly frustrated with the finality of a loss in what was a historic season for Northwestern.

"We're all emotional, we were coming back from 20 down. They made the calls, it is what it is. They issued a statement, I appreciate the apology. It makes me feel great," Collins said.

ZagNative
03-19-2017, 01:37 PM
Newsday has the AP story (http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/college-basketball/march-madness-2017-gonzaga-vs-northwestern-pictures-1.13279249) and includes some great photos, including this one:

http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.13285720.1489879441!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/display_960/image.jpg

Anyone tell where Shem's foot is?

ZagNative
03-19-2017, 02:06 PM
KREM 2 video review of the game (http://www.krem.com/sports/gonzaga/gonzaga-heads-to-the-sweet-16-beating-northwestern-79-73/423673557)

Thanks to KREM 2 for their outstanding Zag coverage this year!

TexasZagFan
03-19-2017, 02:23 PM
Newsday has the AP story (http://www.newsday.com/sports/college/college-basketball/march-madness-2017-gonzaga-vs-northwestern-pictures-1.13279249) and includes some great photos, including this one:

http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.13285720.1489879441!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/display_960/image.jpg

Anyone tell where Shem's foot is?

His right foot is about 3 inches off the floor, and his left foot is doing the hokey pokey on 34's left thigh. The left shin is an entirely different story.

Zagceo
03-19-2017, 07:48 PM
. Collins put up 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

Tillie added eight points, five boards, one block and one steal.“We don’t win that game without Tillie,” said Collins.

Or Collins.

“Zach was phenomenal,” guard Nigel Williams-Goss said. “He had everything working.”

“Those two played great,” Karnowski said. “They delivered when we needed them to. They’re good. They can do that on a daily basis.”

They certainly picked the right day Saturday.



http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/18/freshmen-zach-collins-killian-tillie-help-gonzaga-/