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Baldwinzag
10-23-2007, 01:00 PM
Unsure if this article has been posted....



12. Gonzaga Bulldogs

Power Ratings:
Offense: 4/5
Defense: 3/5
Rebounding: 4/5
Playmaking: 3/5
Coaching: 5/5

Gonzaga Coach Mark Few brings his best recruiting class ever --a junior-college transfer and three freshman who were all ranked in the nation's top 100--to join a team that lost only two starters. And it looks as if the Bulldogs are now better positioned for a long run in the NCAA Tournament than last year. The two starters gone, F Sean Mallon and leading scorer G Derek Raivio, take 26 pts per game and more than 6,000 career minutes of playing time with them. But that will be made up easily by Josh Heytvelt, a 6-11 junior who averaged 15.5 pts and 7.7 rebounds last year before getting suspended following his arrest for possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms, and Matt Bouldin, a 6-5 sophomore who averaged 8.9 pts in 20 starts last season.

The other starter back, Jeremy Pargo, will be joined by 6-9 redshirt freshman Theo Davis and a group of returnees that include senior G David Pendergraft, redshirt sophomore F Larry Gurganious and 6-8 junior G Micah Downs. The newcomers (Steven Gray, Austin Daye, Robert Sacre and juco Ira Brown) will fight for time, with Gray the likeliest recipient given that the one thing the Zags don't have is guard depth.

Raivio, the team's best outside marksman and free-throw shooter, will be missed, especially in games that need icing. Neither Pargo (72.2%) nor Bouldin (74.2%) approach Raivio's 90.2 free throw percentage, but Bouldin could become a better shooter from beyond the arc. Mallon provided solid minutes and a reminder that there is always one Gonzaga player who seems like he's been on the roster for eight years. His replacement is profoundly redheaded Pendergraft.

If there is a worry, it is Heytvelt, who will have to continue proving that his spirit doesn't soar quite so free this year. He is positioned to be an NBA lottery pick if all goes well, which means that the mushroom problem (or anything like it) cannot be repeated. Heytvelt is the new undisputed go-to guy, but he has to be there for the other player to go to him. Breakout seasons work both ways, after all, and his absence will be noted just as keenly as his presence.

In all other ways, the Zags seem well positioned for another 26-win season (Few's eight-year average is 26-7), with perhaps enough steam and depth to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, which they failed to do last season by losing in the first round to Indiana. It was only the second one-and-out Gonzaga has endured since the renaissance began, and the Zags are expected to make a serious imprint on the tournament again this season. With health and Heytvelt, they will have no excuses if it doesn't happen just that way. Again.

ZagNative
10-23-2007, 01:05 PM
Gem:


Mallon provided solid minutes and a reminder that there is always one Gonzaga player who seems like he's been on the roster for eight years. His replacement is profoundly redheaded Pendergraft.

:lmao:

rennis
10-23-2007, 01:09 PM
Gem:



:lmao:

X2 LOL!

sittingon50
10-23-2007, 01:42 PM
Not sure where they got the # but DRav shot about 95% from the line.

rennis
10-23-2007, 02:29 PM
Also diggin that people are still mentioning DRav in these articles on the Zags. He was a great closer! Like icing on the cake. Gonna miss him!



I'm not sure the point is to give DRav props...but more to highlight we may have a weakness at the free-throw line this year. That is one weakness that can definitely kill you in a tournament setting. I'm hoping it's something the ball handlers have been working on. :thumbup:

EL MUSTACIO
10-23-2007, 02:32 PM
Didnt we lose to Wyoming in like 2000 in the first round?

former1dog
10-23-2007, 02:40 PM
Didnt we lose to Wyoming in like 2000 in the first round?

Aaaargh, you had to remind me!! :mad: :(


Anyhoo, the author has his facts straight.


It was only the second one-and-out Gonzaga has endured since the renaissance began, and the Zags are expected to make a serious imprint on the tournament again this season.

BobZag
10-23-2007, 03:14 PM
Didnt we lose to Wyoming in like 2000 in the first round?

2002.

That loss hurt more than the nightmare known as the UCLA loss. The Zags had three straight years of Sweet Sixteens and Beyond then, suddenly, wham!, beat in the 1st Round by a lesser team after having gone 29-3 up to that point. Yeek.

HOOTER
10-23-2007, 07:30 PM
2002.

That loss hurt more than the nightmare known as the UCLA loss. The Zags had three straight years of Sweet Sixteens and Beyond then, suddenly, wham!, beat in the 1st Round by a lesser team after having gone 29-3 up to that point. Yeek.

I remember the Zag's felt like they got screwed by the selection commitee because they were seeded sixth (and they were right). Everyone expected them to be a 3 or a 4 at worst. What a dissapointing end to an amazing season. I went into a deep depression after that one.

EL MUSTACIO
10-24-2007, 04:30 PM
Yeah, I didnt sleep for weeks