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krozman
03-23-2017, 06:35 PM
please move when over. thanks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yR-Gqib0JE

RenoZag
03-23-2017, 06:47 PM
ESPN's Eamonn Brennan's gamer:

http://www.espn.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/118870/gonzaga-turns-press-virginia-on-its-head-and-survives


Then, with about three minutes left to play, Nigel Williams-Goss raced down the floor, the beneficiary of a West Virginia turnover, and when Tarik Phillip recovered and blocked his shot, Gonzaga guard Silas Melson beat every Mountaineers player to it, scooped it up, and gave the Bulldogs a 54-52 lead.

Huggins erupted. He flew off the bench, raced down the sideline, grabbed Teyvon Myers and the towel Myers had on his back, and practically flung him to the scorer's table, just before screaming at his players: "GO GET THE BALL!"

The ire was understandable: It was perhaps the first time all night -- and one of the few times all season -- that somebody had beaten West Virginia to a loose ball. Other teams don't out-Press Virginia Press Virginia. Gonzaga, in its 61-58 Sweet 16 win, did.

Zagger
03-23-2017, 06:51 PM
Silas is part Mike Hart!

krozman
03-23-2017, 06:57 PM
love how mark few in the end had to ask his own question to JW3 to get him to talk. Funny moment.

RenoZag
03-23-2017, 06:59 PM
Like Winn posted a great photo via twitter of Perkins describing Mathews "courage"

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7prvDbUwAERdYJ.jpg

Zag4Hire
03-23-2017, 07:01 PM
Like Winn posted a great photo via twitter of Perkins describing Mathews "courage"

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7prvDbUwAERdYJ.jpg

The salute to Major Onions. This team, folks.

MDABE80
03-23-2017, 07:03 PM
From the photo, it must be asked of Josh: How big are your nutz right now?

Section 116
03-23-2017, 07:03 PM
From the Slipper Still Fits: http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2017/3/23/15045524/2017-ncaa-tournament-west-virginias-gonzaga-defense-is-actually-really-good

Zag4Hire
03-23-2017, 07:07 PM
From the Twitterverse:

Jay Bilas


Gonzaga bailed out officials on lame "inadvertent whistle" call. If inadvertent, official knows right away. Replay is not allowed. Period.

Jemele Hill


Did West Virginia not understand they didn't need a 3 right away? Gonzaga deserves a ton of credit for defending the possession that long.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7oY7Y_X0AMJ9n0.jpg

23dpg
03-23-2017, 07:08 PM
Classic last question by Few for JW3

RenoZag
03-23-2017, 07:09 PM
A.P. Wire Story: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/top-seeded-gonzaga-survives-61-58-win-over-021918474--ncaab.html


On a night that featured 51 fouls and only 34 made baskets, Mathews delivered the big shot that sent the Bulldogs (35-1) to their third Elite Eight in school history.

It didn't come easily. West Virginia (29-8) had three shots to tie the game but Tarik Phillip missed a shot from the lane and Jevon Carter missed two 3-pointers after Silas Melson made one foul shot. The Mountaineers rebound both misses but couldn't get another shot off before the buzzer.

Despite shooting 26.7 percent for the game, West Virginia stayed close and took a 58-55 lead on a 3-pointer by Carter with 1:47 to play. Nigel Williams-Goss answered with two free throws.

After Daxter Miles Jr. missed two fouls shots and Nathan Adrian was blocked by Josh Perkins on the putback, Williams-Goss found Mathews in the corner for the open 3-pointer that proved the game-winner.

Section 116
03-23-2017, 07:11 PM
WVU with one of the worst final possessions in the history of the NCAA tournament: http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/watch-west-virginia-with-one-of-the-worst-final-possessions-in-tournament-history/

RenoZag
03-23-2017, 07:56 PM
Link to the Zags' Post Game Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shc3zSlom0k

ZagNative
03-23-2017, 08:36 PM
Spokesman-Review Photo Album (http://www.spokesman.com/galleries/2017/mar/23/ncaa-tournament-gonzaga-vs-west-virginia-march-23/)

I liked this one:

http://media.spokesman.com/photos/2017/03/23/SRX_GU_VS_WEST_VIRGINIA_4_t1140.jpg?abf36d44fcda22 a1f7041162086f31df6a374511

Gonzaga guard Silas Melson (0) helps forward Johnathan Williams (3) celebrate a basket by Williams against West Virginia in the first half of their NCAA Sweet Sixteen game, March 23, 2017, in San Jose, California. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shem defends!

http://media.spokesman.com/photos/2017/03/23/SRX_GU_VS_WEST_VIRGINIA_17_t1140.jpg?abf36d44fcda2 2a1f7041162086f31df6a374511

Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski puts a stop on West Virginia guard Jevon Carter in the second half of their NCAA Sweet Sixteen game, March 23, 2017, in San Jose. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

sittingon50
03-23-2017, 08:38 PM
That was about as poorly of run post game as I've seen.

raise the zag
03-23-2017, 08:39 PM
That was about as poorly of run post game as I've seen.

most of the pressers have been this way this year.

Akzag
03-23-2017, 09:01 PM
WVU with one of the worst final possessions in the history of the NCAA tournament: http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/watch-west-virginia-with-one-of-the-worst-final-possessions-in-tournament-history/

there's already a youtube clip of the last possession sped up set to Benny Hill music. But it deserves to not be posted here.

Section 116
03-23-2017, 09:04 PM
Gonzaga makes a believer out of everyone: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/18989161/gonzaga-bulldogs-prove-go-distance-sweet-16-win

JPtheBeasta
03-23-2017, 09:19 PM
Pretty heartless and bush league by the media to not ask JW3 a single question. He was tied for leading scorer, had an efficient game, helped break the press, and helped his team to a very good defensive effort. As mentioned above, it was cool for Coach (and Shem) to get him involved.

ZagMan in Philly
03-23-2017, 09:22 PM
Coach Few is always looking out for his players..nice touch coach!

rennis
03-23-2017, 09:24 PM
Gonzaga makes a believer out of everyone: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/18989161/gonzaga-bulldogs-prove-go-distance-sweet-16-win

Sweet, sweet victory. So good!!


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sweezag
03-23-2017, 09:36 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/sports/ncaabasketball/ncaa-march-madness-gonzaga-west-virginia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

Akzag
03-23-2017, 11:41 PM
A tough ... but fair piece entitled, " How Gonzaga Became America's Most Polarizing College Basketball Program" http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2017/3/15/14934404/gonzaga-basketball-ncaa-tournament-2017-march-madness-overrated-final-four?yptr=yahoo

Zag4Hire
03-24-2017, 02:03 AM
From the Twitterverse:

Sam Vecenie


One thing for sure: Mark Few is way less worried about Mark Few's legacy than everyone else is worried about Mark Few’s legacy.


One thing I’m already worried about happening: If Gonzaga makes the Final Four, people saying “OH, they only had to beat a 16, 8, 4, and 11"

Stewart Mandel


Xavier vs. Gonzaga. Two great basketball programs, two undefeated football programs.

FantasyPros


Chris Webber is reacting to this ref timeout in the WVU/Gonzaga game as if he has an aversion to late-game timeouts.

T-bonedazag
03-24-2017, 03:39 AM
From Larry Stone, Seattle Times: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/impressive-zags-put-themselves-one-win-from-that-elusive-final-four-ticket/

The quotes from Nigel are great

Zagger
03-24-2017, 03:49 AM
“We had a shoot-around (Thursday) and made every shot,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “We just didn’t make them. Their size bothers everybody around the rim. When you’re driving at the goal and you run into a 7-1, 300-and-whatever-he-is (Przemek Karnowski), it’s hard to score.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/sports/ncaabasketball/ncaa-march-madness-gonzaga-west-virginia.html

Zag D!

Zagger
03-24-2017, 04:10 AM
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/23/gonzaga-west-virginia-3-keys-to-the-bulldogs-61-58/


The Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 61-58 on Thursday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Here are the three keys to the Zags’ win:
1) Moment, 2) Offensive player, 3) Defensive player ..... not to hard to guess these if you watched the game :)
Go Zags!

Birddog
03-24-2017, 05:19 AM
most of the pressers have been this way this year.

I agree, and they are practically unwatchable for me because even with the computer volume and the link volume control maxed, I can barely hear them. Am I missing something re volume control?

TexasZagFan
03-24-2017, 05:37 AM
I agree, and they are practically unwatchable for me because even with the computer volume and the link volume control maxed, I can barely hear them. Am I missing something re volume control?

Trust me, it isn't much better with closed captioning. The clip on ESPN with Few's answer to the "monkey off the back" question is priceless...Shem and J3 were snickering, and Jordan had a "WTF?" look on his face.

I haven't looked at the box score, but it's clear the veterans on the team won it for us last night. Everyone rose to the challenge and contributed at key moments, I'm so proud of this team, the young men who represent our alma mater.

ETA: seems like every game, a different player steps up to make key plays. No exception to the first 3 games in the Dance. I'm expecting a breakout game tomorrow.

RenoZag
03-24-2017, 06:53 AM
John Blanchette: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/23/john-blanchette-gonzaga-powers-past-west-virginia-/



When the gauze bandages come off and the welts heal, the Bulldogs’ 61-58 victory over West Virginia in Saturday’s NCAA Sweet 16 slugfest will be regarded as the rough-hewn art it was – like chainsaw sculpture.

But it was pretty to the Zags – a bruise in the shape of the Mona Lisa.

And not just because it put them 40 minutes from history.

“It would be phenomenal to get these guys, this team that I love deeply, the experience to go to a Final Four,” said coach Mark Few.

RenoZag
03-24-2017, 06:55 AM
S-R's Whitney Ogden on Rui: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/23/gonzaga-calls-upon-seldom-used-rui-hachimura-for-d/


Few had freshman Rui Hachimura check in for Jordan Mathews halfway through the first half when the Zags had a three-point lead over the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-8 forward, who has barely seen time in Gonzaga’s close-scoring games this season, provided some needed size on the inside along big man Przemek Karnowski in his 4 total minutes on the floor.

Hachimura picked up a defensive board for the Zags but drew a foul after awkwardly running into a Musketeer while defending in the key. Few pulled the freshman out and brought Mathews back in with 6 minutes left until halftime.

RenoZag
03-24-2017, 06:58 AM
S-R's Jacob Thorpe on JWIII's role in the the Zags' win: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/23/gonzaga-forward-johnathan-williams-played-importan/


That the 6-foot-9 Williams was able to relieve pressure on Nigel Williams-Goss by receiving inbounds passes – often over a WVU defender – and passing the ball up the floor or dribbling it up himself, was arguably his most important contribution in a game in which he scored 11 points in the first half while attempting just four shots.

“It was pretty hard,” Williams told his coach. “But I worked on it during the whole week, and the coaches gave me the game plan, and I tried to do the best I can to not turn the ball over, that’s all.”

Williams had just one turnover in 25 minutes.

RenoZag
03-24-2017, 07:03 AM
Game coverage from the Morgantown newspaper: http://www.dominionpost.com/Gonzaga-sours-WVU%E2%80%99s-Sweet-16


“If I had to re-do it, I would have just gone to the basket,” said Carter, who finished with 21 points and was the only WVU player who scored in double figures. “Everybody was outside on the perimeter. It was congested. I was stuck on shooting a 3. I should have just taken it to the basket.”

In a Sweet 16 match-up that will be remembered for too many fouls and missed shots and opportunities — WVU shot just 26.7 percent from the field (16 of 60) — the fourth-seeded Mountaineers let a three-point lead with 1:44 remaining slip away as the top-seeded Bulldogs (35-1) moved on the Elite Eight.

“I just let it go,” said Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews, who hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining that gave the Bulldogs a 60-58 lead. “I didn’t see it go in. I heard it.”

It was just one of many last-minute plays that will forever feel like daggers shoved into the hearts of the Mountaineers (28-9), who fell to 0-4 all-time against Gonzaga and 0-2 in the NCAA tournament.

RenoZag
03-24-2017, 07:07 AM
Zags's Survive 'Rock Fight' - From the Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/03/23/gonzaga-survives-west-virginia-in-a-rock-fight-advances-in-ncaa-tournament/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.9dee47384e73


When college basketball teams see West Virginia pop up on their schedule — be it during the regular season or in the crucible of the NCAA tournament — they know they aren’t in for a game. Going up against West Virginia is a war of attrition, a battle with a relentless full-court press over the course of 40 excruciating minutes.

But on Friday night, in the final moments of a West Region semifinal, it was the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs — and not the fourth-seeded Mountaineers — that made the defensive plays necessary to get the win.

Thanks to an epic blocked shot by Josh Perkins and two stout defensive stands on their final three possessions, the Bulldogs managed to escape from SAP Center with a heart-stopping 61-58 victory to advance to a second Elite Eight in three years.

“That was just an absolute war, rock fight, whatever you want to call it,” Gonzaga Coach Mark Few said, perfectly summing up the preceding 40 minutes.

77Zag
03-24-2017, 07:12 AM
Mark Few is a class act -- this team is very special.

Go Zags - Beat the Musketeers!

RenoZag
03-24-2017, 07:17 AM
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=128644




Q. Like you said earlier, 40 minutes away from a Final Four. What would it mean for you to finally get that monkey off your back ?

COACH FEW: First of all, I don't know that I have a monkey on my back. I certainly don't wake up with one or walk around with one. So I don't think these guys think I have one. I don't think my wife thinks I have one or anybody in my family, close friends. Fishing buddies never talk about it. So those are the only people that really matter to me.

So it would be phenomenal to get these guys, this team that I love deeply, the experience to go to a Final Four. It would be phenomenal to give that satisfaction to all the players that I've been so lucky to coach, and to give it to a university that has treated me so incredibly well, and to Spokane who has just been an unbelievable community for us to have our program. But it's not about me and my monkeys and my dogs and my cats; it's about them.

mtzaga
03-24-2017, 07:18 AM
Pretty heartless and bush league by the media to not ask JW3 a single question. He was tied for leading scorer, had an efficient game, helped break the press, and helped his team to a very good defensive effort. As mentioned above, it was cool for Coach (and Shem) to get him involved.

They were clueless. The woman from theW.tv was an idiot.

TheGonzagaFactor
03-24-2017, 07:20 AM
From the photo, it must be asked of Josh: How big are your nutz right now?

Considering he saved our season with that block, I'd say large.

TexasZagFan
03-24-2017, 07:24 AM
Considering he saved our season with that block, I'd say large.

Josh had 1 TO in 29 minutes. I'm not going to make a big deal about the 5 TO's recorded for Nigel. Two were offensive fouls that were suspect, given the way WVU was grabbing and tugging the entire game. The refs certainly swallowed their whistles on hand-checking.

Birddog
03-24-2017, 07:24 AM
They were clueless. The woman from theW.tv was an idiot.

Was it the Comish?

RenoZag
03-24-2017, 07:26 AM
Was it the Comish?

:clap:

gu03alum
03-24-2017, 07:32 AM
The ringer - Jevon Carter’s hero ball didn’t work against Gonzaga (https://theringer.com/west-virginia-final-possession-ncaa-tournament-sweet-16-17699bd0606f#.f2rrtz1x0)


West Virginia might have run a play on Thursday night. But just any play isn’t going to beat a team that’s as defensively sound as Gonzaga. You need to try something special, or else it could look like you tried nothing at all.

Zagquette
03-24-2017, 07:43 AM
This end game video is as great as "the runner":
Gonzaga's D shuts down West Virginia http://es.pn/2obPExG
via @ESPN App http://es.pn/app

Ezag
03-24-2017, 07:45 AM
[QUOTE=Zagger;1306527]https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/sports/ncaabasketball/ncaa-march-madness-gonzaga-west-virginia.html


Good article but it didn't say anything about the Zags stellar D. That had something to do with it

MontanaCoyote
03-24-2017, 08:06 AM
Sorry can't post the link, but The Washington Post has a good story on the game and the comments are interesting coming from both Gonzaga and WVU supporters........especially on fouls and refs.

washingtonpost.com Scroll down for story.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/03/23/gonzaga-survives-west-virginia-in-a-rock-fight-advances-in-ncaa-tournament/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.f0110e5577e5#comments

sittingon50
03-24-2017, 09:16 AM
From the Twitterverse:

Jay Bilas



Jemele Hill



https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7oY7Y_X0AMJ9n0.jpg

Absolutely love this!

TexasZagFan
03-24-2017, 09:22 AM
Absolutely love this!

Thanks 50! It looks great on my desktop at work.

former1dog
03-24-2017, 09:28 AM
From the Twitterverse:

Jay Bilas



Jemele Hill



https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7oY7Y_X0AMJ9n0.jpg

Wait a second, I'm in this photo!!! :)

stretch
03-24-2017, 09:51 AM
FiveThirtyEight's take on the GU WVU match up:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/wvu-had-gonzaga-right-where-they-wanted-em-and-the-zags-won-anyway/

538 predicted the game would be the best Sweet 16 match up and according to their data analysis the Zags have the best chance of the teams remaining to win it all. From Neil Paine:


The way Thursday night’s Sweet 16 contest between West region No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 4 West Virginia played out, it’s no wonder the Mountaineers were in it to the end. It was the type of game whose box score suggested West Virginia should have won. Bob Huggins’ team imposed its own style of game on the mighty Zags, yet the Bulldogs still survived, passing their first real test of the NCAA tournament with a display of grit (if not flying colors).


That’s most decidedly not the type of game where Gonzaga thrives. It’s a great offensive team that likes to push the ball2 and strike quickly, and it’s usually quite good at avoiding turnovers. But against the Mountaineers, Gonzaga had to adapt and find a way to survive the toughest opponent they’d faced since beating Florida in late November.

Specifically, the Bulldogs did it with defense — reinforcing the bona fides of a team that ranks first nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency according to Pomeroy. In Thursday’s game, they held West Virginia to a ridiculously low 31 percent effective field goal percentage, the Mountaineers’ least-efficient shooting night of the entire season, and yielded just 86 points per 100 possessions to a team that usually averages 112.

sittingon50
03-24-2017, 09:52 AM
Wait a second, I'm in this photo!!! :)

Yeah, you've got "Wilson" stamped on your head!:roll:

bballbeachbum
03-24-2017, 10:29 AM
Pretty heartless and bush league by the media to not ask JW3 a single question. He was tied for leading scorer, had an efficient game, helped break the press, and helped his team to a very good defensive effort. As mentioned above, it was cool for Coach (and Shem) to get him involved.

and he's the one at the end who snuffed out Carter!

ZagNative
03-24-2017, 12:33 PM
This Spokesman-Review game story now contains links for post-game interviews with coach and players. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/mar/23/gonzaga-surives-a-nail-biter-to-beat-west-virgina-/

Zagger
03-24-2017, 01:08 PM
From Larry Stone, Seattle Times: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/impressive-zags-put-themselves-one-win-from-that-elusive-final-four-ticket/

The quotes from Nigel are great


For transfers like Williams-Goss, Mathews and Jonathan Williams, it’s been only one year of hearing incessantly about the elusive Final Four berth. For Karnowski, it’s been four years. But for Few, it has been nearly two decades, the only blemish on the truly wondrous rise of Gonzaga basketball.

I sure don't look at not getting to the F4 as a "blemish". I look at the whole enchilada as a success each year the team is better than 50/50 Win/Loss. It's a great program and it's bound to have years in the future where St Mary's, Portland, ..... someone else in whatever league GU is in that will have a better season. A "blemish" would be some sort of scandal or the like. For fans, team, coaches, Spokane, etc. it's just plain darn fun that the Zags are still playing. It's kinda, sorta loosely like if HBO announced that Game of Thrones was going to have 5 more seasons. It's a bonus that the Zags get to play another day. If they win tomorrow - another bonus.