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azzagfan
10-22-2007, 11:47 AM
A little difficult as I've yet to see the 07-08 Zags play, and I have yet to see any of their opponents play. That being said, I predict a 90-95% success rate on the predictions:D

Emporia State - The Zags always host a few lower division games in the Kennel. Emporia State was 21-9 and return 2 of their 3 leading scorers from last year in PG DeAndre Townsend and SG Wes Book. The Zags better be prepared to defend the 3, but win going away. Gonzaga 96-57.

U. of Montana - The Griz bring back 3 starters from last year's 17-15 team. The Zags don't lose these types of games in the Kennel, but it stays close for a half. Micah Downs will have a breakout game in this one. Gonzaga 89-70.

U. of Idaho - The Vandals are coming off a dismal season (5-27) where the Zags beat them by 25 in the Kennel. Georger Pfeifer is the new coach at Idaho after assisting last year with the team. Not enough will change. One of the freshmen will have a great game (Daye, Sacre, Gray, or Theo Davis). Gonzaga 99-72.

UC Riverside - Coming off a 7-24 season (with one win over the already mentioned Vandals), UC Riverside returns 2 of 4 players who averaged in double figures. This will definitely not be enough. Jeremy Pargo goes nuts in this game. Gonzaga 85-55.

Great Alaska Shootout-Western Kentucky - The Zags got a tough first rounder at the GAS. Western Kentucky comes off a 22-11 season and returns a fantastic player in swingman Courtney Lee who averaged over 17 PPG last year. Ira Brown and Larry Gurganious may be called on to defend Lee during this one. Closer than many may think. Gonzaga 89-85.

Great Alaska Shootout-Texas Tech - Bobby Knight will bring his Red Raiders into the second round of the GAS after what should be a fairly easy opener against Alaska Anchorage. TT loses Jarius Jackson, but they return Senior Shooting Guard Martin Zeno who averaged over 16 PPG last season. Gonzaga finds their sea legs in this one and take it to the Red Raiders. Gonzaga 81-66.

Great Alaska Shootout-Michigan - This was a tough call, but I think John Beilein gets his guys pumped up for this tourney and shows the Michigan boosters why they hired him away from West Virginia. Michigan comes in ready, but the third game in 3 days wears them down. The Zags depth becomes critical in this game, and the 8th or 9th guy will have an impact. Gonzaga 91-83.

St. Joseph's - The Zags go on the road for the first time into an opponent's gym in Philly. There have been some classics between these two teams. St. Joe's brings back 4 starters from last season's 18-14 squad. Martelli has his boys prepped and the younger Zags get a bitter first taste of NCAA road games as they may be looking too far ahead to UConn. Zags are cold and get off to a bad start to a tough stretch. St. Joe's 79-76.

Connecticut - A neutral court game in Boston. UConn comes off a disappointing season last year, but as always bring a load of talent including 7'3" Hasheem Thabeet. Calhoun will want this one badly. They will have potentially played Memphis, Kentucky, or Oklahoma by this point. So, they'll have tested their mettle against some big name teams. This will be a great game, and a huge win for the Zags. Gonzaga 87-86.

Washington State - With Washington bailing out on the rivalry with the Zags, the Cougs and Tony Bennett definitely fill the role. Wazzu is coming off their best season in recent (and less recent) memory and a win against the Zags in Pullman. The Kennel will be rocking for this one as they'll have a lot of energy saved up since the UC Riverside game. Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver bring their best shot, but the Kennel Club gets a huge assist in this one. Jeremy Pargo solidifies his spot among the nation's best PGs as he outplays Low. Gonzaga 81-79.

former1dog
10-22-2007, 11:51 AM
Just the record for me. 8-2

LongIslandZagFan
10-22-2007, 11:54 AM
I'll take the BZ approach:

0-10 :p

HOOTER
10-22-2007, 12:05 PM
Interesting predictions. Montana is solid and could make it interesting. This game has the potential to be closer than expected, but the Zag's will no doubt win. 20-30 point margins very possible with Idaho and UC Riverside. I do agree this is Gonzaga's year to win the GAS, and it won't be easy. St. Joseph's is one of my favorite rivalries. I think the Zag's pull off a close one on the road in Philly. I can't wait for the UConn game. The Zag's will be the victor's this time. Maybe I'm being far too optimistic, but I think the Zag's could go 10-0 to begin the season.

HOOTER
10-22-2007, 12:07 PM
Just the record for me. 8-2

With losses to......?

former1dog
10-22-2007, 12:09 PM
With losses to......?

GAS final if its' Butler and either St. Johns/UConn or WSU.

Who knows, though, thats why they play the games and my predictions are all sight unseen.

wazZag
10-22-2007, 12:35 PM
w, w, w, w, w, w, w, w, w, w.

:)

JLGutrocks
10-22-2007, 12:45 PM
Do you seriously think any team in the world can beat our guys?

10-0 :D

rennis
10-22-2007, 12:48 PM
Just the record for me. 8-2

x2. With a fairly young squad, but lots of potential, you can't expect too much early on in the season. They'll make some mistakes. Both the St. Joes and UConn games are going to be a bear. The GAS is no gimme. I wouldn't be dissapointed if they started 7-3.

If they can go .600 against their big name opponents this year I'll be happy.

Butler Guy
10-22-2007, 12:51 PM
Great Alaska Shootout-Michigan

You are a quality guy, so I thought I might lend some with advice - please do not bet that game. Michigan is not only lacking in talent, the talent they do have are underclassmen. To top that off the Wolverines are in their infancy of adopting John Beilein's 1-3-1 zone defense. I will be shocked if Butler doesn't win that game by 20. Whatever the line is just murder it, Butler eats alive zone teams especially ones just learning to do it.

HOOTER
10-22-2007, 01:05 PM
GAS final if its' Butler and either St. Johns/UConn or WSU.

Who knows, though, thats why they play the games and my predictions are all sight unseen.

I'd love to see a Butler rematch. They lose the element of surprise this year. I agree all of those games could be real tough. That WSU game could go either way. The Zag's are going to take that match-up extremely seriously this year and an outcome similar to that of the U-dub game last year wouldn't be a huge surprise. It's fun to speculate, but at this point I'm just ready for the season to start.

azzagfan
10-22-2007, 01:09 PM
You are a quality guy, so I thought I might lend some with advice - please do not bet that game.

No betting here, I learned early on that the only people making money in that business are the casino owners. :)

BTW, I thought Butler guy might disagree with that pick.

Butler Guy
10-22-2007, 02:53 PM
BTW, I thought Butler guy might disagree with that pick.

Shoot, you can pick anything you'd like. I will make an equally as unlikely pick, the sun will rise is the west tomorrow. :D

roxdoc
10-22-2007, 02:58 PM
I too would be ok with 8-2. As rennis says many of these guys a young and inexperienced. I think there will be some speed bumps at the start. Saving major injuries, the Zags should be significantly better at the end than at the start of the season, which of course is just what we want.

spudzag
10-22-2007, 03:03 PM
AZ,

Hope you'r right, but lots of close games. Bound to loose 2 or 3 until the team gels. If they can get better an dlearn from mistakes I'll be happy. Would much prefer a sweet 16 or better than winning them all early. But both would be good too!

BobZag
10-22-2007, 03:13 PM
"Jeremy Pargo solidifies his spot among the nation's best PGs as he outplays Low."

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it happen, but doubtful... Low is a special player in WSU's system, ala Stepp and Dickau in GU's system. If Pargo can play Low to a draw, it'll be a great game by our guy.

ZagNut08
10-22-2007, 03:29 PM
I am intrigued by your 95% win rate...;)

jpwils
10-22-2007, 03:33 PM
9 wins-1 loss-UConn ...we lose by 5 after going cold in second half.

Other than that I agree with first poster.

MickMick
10-22-2007, 04:15 PM
The teams I worry about are the slow tempo teams...the two teams the Zags lost to last year. WSU and Butler. Can the Zags play an effective half court game?

The Zags may take the Cougs at K2 so that leaves a GAS loss to Butler. The game in Boston probably favors UConn as well although I'll pick the Zags and say 9-1.

kitzbuel
10-22-2007, 04:20 PM
GAS final if its' Butler and either St. Johns/UConn or WSU.

Who knows, though, thats why they play the games and my predictions are all sight unseen.

I am intrigued by your prediction that we will lose to St John's. I am willing to put a lot of money down that says we don't come close to losing to St John's this year.



:cool:

BTW - I would love to see a Butler-GU rematch. I take the Zags simply because they are itching for some revenge. Tough game, but the coaching staff shouldn't lose to the same team twice.

HOOTER
10-22-2007, 04:53 PM
I am intrigued by your prediction that we will lose to St John's. I am willing to put a lot of money down that says we don't come close to losing to St John's this year.



:cool:

:lmao: I want in on that bet!

That reminds me of the time I saw Ronny Turiaf at Wall Mart. The season was about to start in a couple weeks at Saint Joseph's and he was in a walking cast. I asked him if he was going to be ready to play in the season opener against St. Johns. He gave me a very puzzled look and I quickly corrected myself but it was too late. I really felt like a dope.

kitzbuel
10-22-2007, 05:06 PM
This may not be new news to those with their own copy, but apparently the Blue Ribbon book has SJU as #2 in the A-10 behind Xavier. It predicts the start of another series of post-season tourney runs, too.

http://xsorbit31.com/users5/hawkforum/index.php?topic=1040.0

ZagMan in Philly
10-22-2007, 05:20 PM
If we came out of the GAS without a loss, we will be tough to beat against Hawks and UConn. I would worry more about the Hawks, as that is a true road game (their true home floor). UConn will be tough but I think that is an easier game than playing at St.Joe's. With that said, I hope we will be 10-0 and ranked in the top 5 after 10 games :D

Go Zags!

zagster318
10-22-2007, 05:27 PM
I'll say 9-1, with a loss to Butler(in GAS final) or Wazzu.

LynetteG
10-22-2007, 05:58 PM
You are a quality guy, so I thought I might lend some with advice - please do not bet that game. Michigan is not only lacking in talent, the talent they do have are underclassmen. To top that off the Wolverines are in their infancy of adopting John Beilein's 1-3-1 zone defense. I will be shocked if Butler doesn't win that game by 20. Whatever the line is just murder it, Butler eats alive zone teams especially ones just learning to do it.

Butler Guy, I would LOVE nothing more than Butler to beat the snot out of Michigan! There are reasons behind cheering against my alma mater, chief being that they are recruiting a certain someone pretty hard.... I'll say no more. GO BUTLER!!!!!! Just say no to the Big 10 ;)