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ZagsGoZags
04-01-2017, 09:56 PM
Mods please merge if and where needed.

From ESPN:

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/19056499/where-did-gonzaga-bulldogs-team-come-reach-ncaa-tournament-final-well-everywhere

“And yet he has finally realized the promised land of not just a Final Four, but now a shot at a national championship because of a group of transient transfers and world travelers, a veritable basketball Tower of Babel that found a very simple common denominator: winning basketball games.”

ZagsGoZags
04-01-2017, 10:01 PM
http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/news/final-four-scores-live-updates-south-carolina-gonzaga-ncaa-tournament-march-madness-news/17cl47q5eqimh1ry9qkrfzh99z

The Gamecocks had the opportunity to tie the game, but couldn't get a 3-point shot up before they were intentionally fouled and forced to the free throw line. An intentionally missed shot on the second try wasn't rebounded which spelled doom for South Carolina.


From CBS Sports
http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/final-four-2017-gonzaga-holds-on-to-beat-south-carolina-advances-to-title-game/

"Karnowski saw an eye specialist during halftime, He was cleared to return"

From Spokesman-Review
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/apr/01/gonzaga-beats-south-carolina-will-play-for-a-natio/
“To get there, Gonzaga needed to withstand a South Carolina comeback that turned GU’s 65-51 lead into a 67-65 deficit with just over seven minutes remaining.”
Once on this page see other articles in right column

Zags_Fanatic
04-01-2017, 10:36 PM
Love this Ringer article about Collins and Karno: https://theringer.com/gonzaga-south-carolina-final-four-323e09874a63

Idahozag10
04-01-2017, 11:00 PM
great article from barstool sports

Gonzaga Advances to National Title Game Thanks to Its Offense http://www.barstoolsports.com/barstoolu/gonzaga-advances-to-national-title-game-thanks-to-its-offense/


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ZagNative
04-01-2017, 11:26 PM
Jeff Goodman, "North Carolina vs. Gonzaga is the game we all wanted to see" (http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/19057215/north-carolina-gonzaga-title-game-college-basketball-needed)

CdAZagFan
04-02-2017, 08:38 AM
Jeff Goodman, "North Carolina vs. Gonzaga is the game we all wanted to see" (http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/19057215/north-carolina-gonzaga-title-game-college-basketball-needed)

Watching the video that accompanies this article, I'm disappointed in Bilas for two reasons: 1. Picking against the Zags, and 2. I was hoping his Karnowski beard would be fully in by now...

DixieZag
04-02-2017, 08:48 AM
Watching the video that accompanies this article, I'm disappointed in Bilas for two reasons: 1. Picking against the Zags, and 2. I was hoping his Karnowski beard would be fully in by now...

I think all of them picked against the Zags? Or all but one?

Just watched "The Sports Reporters" and 3 out of the 4 picked the Zags. They aren't that impressed with UNC.

You know Barkley will have us winning. :)

Zags11
04-02-2017, 08:51 AM
I think all of them picked against the Zags? Or all but one?

Just watched "The Sports Reporters" and 3 out of the 4 picked the Zags. They aren't that impressed with UNC.

You know Barkley will have us winning. :)

The zags have made couple of my non zag and non hoop buddies pulling for gonzaga. Texts from them yesterday, and their excitement is awesome.

Radbooks
04-02-2017, 08:58 AM
This is a link to Vince Grippi's daily column (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/apr/02/grip-sports-gonzagas-national-title-dream-no-longe/)on the Spokesman and there are tons of links to stories around the country. Plus he has this really cool intro:


A GRIP ON SPORTS • It wasn’t an April Fools’ joke, though it certainly had the sound of one. “Hey mom, did you hear. Gonzaga won. The Zags are in the national championship game Monday night.” “That’s nice hun. Now get the garbage out.” Read on.

••••••••••

• Forty years ago. A fantasy. Thirty years ago. A dream. Twenty years ago. A hope. Ten years ago. A remote possibility. Today. Reality. That’s the progression of Gonzaga basketball and the NCAA title.

Why did we start with forty years? That takes us to 1977, when a small Jesuit university in Milwaukee, chided for its lack of pedigree and coached by a veteran lifer, won a national title.

That would be Marquette and Al McGuire if you don’t want to use Google.

The Warriors – that was the nickname back then and it was OK for most of America – weren’t derided because of their conference affiliation. They weren’t in a conference. Like Notre Dame, the nation’s most famous Catholic school, they were an independent. But their schedule was considered soft, compared to the rest of the powerhouse schools.

There were some similarities besides the coach. They had a big old dude in the middle (Mr. Jerome Whitehead, the Mr. because you didn’t want to get on his bad side). They had a dominating guard (Butch Lee, pictured with McGuire). There was an athletic power forward (Bo Ellis) and a true leader at the point guard spot (Jim Boylan). And they had to overcome the naysayers. The Warriors lost seven times in 1977, including three consecutive home games in February. And they lost their last regular season game.

(Want another similarity? Marquette defeated North Carolina in the NCAA title game. The Tar Heels got to the Final Four by holding off Kentucky. And they held off an athletic, get up-and-down Western team (UNLV) by a single point in the semifinals. Talk about eerie coincidences.)

Marquette wasn’t the first Jesuit school to win a national title. That was USF in 1955. And Marquette isn’t the last Jesuit school to win a national title. That honor goes to Georgetown in 1984. But it is the one I remember most, mainly because of McGuire, Whitehead, Lee and the fact no one thought Marquette could win.

Sitting here on April 2, 2017, I sub in Mark Few, Prezmek Karnowski, Nigel Williams-Goss and the memory of 100 stories wondering when GU will flame out in the tournament and I’m 20 again.

MontanaCoyote
04-02-2017, 09:29 AM
Jeff Goodman, "North Carolina vs. Gonzaga is the game we all wanted to see" (http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/19057215/north-carolina-gonzaga-title-game-college-basketball-needed)

After reading about NC's loss to Villanova last year and realizing just how great a motivator that is, I'm hoping that our
Zag's can dig down and find an equalizer.

Robzagnut
04-02-2017, 02:23 PM
After reading about NC's loss to Villanova last year and realizing just how great a motivator that is, I'm hoping that our
Zag's can dig down and find an equalizer.

GU has 19 years of motivation.

MontanaCoyote
04-02-2017, 03:03 PM
GU has 19 years of motivation.

Internalize it and we'll get it done!

Section 116
04-02-2017, 03:33 PM
"Truck stop conference" Walton praises Zags! There is certainly no figuring this guy but he has high praise for the Zags and their program here:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/apr/02/analyst-bill-walton-not-at-a-loss-for-words-praisi/

DixieZag
04-02-2017, 04:14 PM
"Truck stop conference" Walton praises Zags! There is certainly no figuring this guy but he has high praise for the Zags and their program here:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/apr/02/analyst-bill-walton-not-at-a-loss-for-words-praisi/

Some interesting stuff from Walton. He's insightful, I give him that. Vitale has never bothered me, Walton .....


New one on Zags adjusting to the raised court http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/apr/02/zag-players-coaches-adjust-to-raised-court-at-univ/

DixieZag
04-02-2017, 04:28 PM
From the Charlotte Observer on the Heels chance for "redemption."

Be ready for a thick sense of entitlement. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/luke-decock/article142298684.html

MontanaCoyote
04-02-2017, 04:45 PM
GU has 19 years of motivation.

Right, but NC has players who will play tomorrow that watched a Villanova 3 pointer finish them off as time ran out in the championship game last year.

Interested in hearing from some posters that played serious ball about motivation. Will the fact that NC lost, especially in the way they did 1. Motivate them and, 2., if so, does that actually increase the likelihood they they will play harder/better?

adoptedzag
04-02-2017, 05:03 PM
NSFW Language, but for real:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSVDZYVXIvo&feature=youtu.be&t=561

Martin Centre Mad Man
04-02-2017, 05:27 PM
From the Charlotte Observer on the Heels chance for "redemption."

Be ready for a thick sense of entitlement. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/luke-decock/article142298684.html


What North Carolina has, and Gonzaga does not, is the awareness of just how fine those margins are, and how long and excruciating the pain can be when not only victory but an opportunity to respond is denied.

Ask Josh Perkins and Silas Melson about the ending of last year's Syracuse game, a season that ended on a missed opportunity in the final fifteen seconds.

How did Karnowski feel in the closing minutes of the Elite Eight loss to Duke?

How helpless did NWG, JWIII, and Karnowski feel while watching their team fall during the Sweet Sixteen game they watched in street clothes?

How do Williams and Williams-Goss feel about this opportunity after waiting four years of college ball just to make this tournament?

Yes, the Tar Heels are the only ones who understand the gravity of this moment.

willandi
04-02-2017, 05:37 PM
From the Charlotte Observer on the Heels chance for "redemption."

Be ready for a thick sense of entitlement. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/luke-decock/article142298684.html

I don't have a problem with the players having a sense of entitlement...but the refs, that'a a different story!

Zagricultural
04-02-2017, 07:19 PM
I don't have a problem with the players having a sense of entitlement...but the refs, that'a a different story!

That is exactly my concern!

Zagceo
04-02-2017, 11:47 PM
Sounds like a real jerk to me


Then, before the opening tip, Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski approached Thornwell, one senior to another, and extended his hand. Thornwell, the Gamecocks’ leading scorer, brushed past him, leaving Karnowski to stare quizzically at Thornwell’s back and shrug.
“Maybe that’s how he is,” Karnowski said after the game. “I don’t really know him personally.”

Thought SC players tried intimidating us with cheap hits all game long ....I'd like to see a player get slammed for a dirty hit...being above it only encouges it IMO.


. As Few and a handful of his players made their way up the steps to the interview-room dais, the moderator announced, “Gonzaga has arrived.”It just took longer than perhaps Few would have expected.
“To be playing the last game of the year is crazy cool,” he said.

Zagger
04-03-2017, 02:47 AM
I'm liking Sports Illustrated more all of the time :)

https://www.si.com/college-basketball/2017/04/02/gonzaga-unc-national-championship-picks-predictions
Four reasons Gonzaga will beat North Carolina in the national championship
I can think of 8 myself :)