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LongIslandZagFan
11-17-2018, 08:26 AM
First Maui Game. What are your hopes for this game? What are you expecting to see? Predictions?


I'll leave you with this:

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Have at it boys and girls!

Zagceo
11-17-2018, 08:27 AM
89-69 Zags win
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Martin Centre Mad Man
11-17-2018, 08:32 AM
What does Francis say?

amaronizag
11-17-2018, 09:06 AM
Zags 92-68. Slight improvement in play but jet lag and neutral court slightly temper the scoring.

CdAZagFan
11-17-2018, 09:32 AM
Think this one is a little tougher...

GU 84
Illinois 74

White lightning
11-17-2018, 09:45 AM
Zags have a tendency to start slow in tournaments but should get it going in the 2nd half winning by 12. 80- 68

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Skimhvn
11-17-2018, 09:46 AM
Illinois lost to GTown, and GTown lost to LMU.....we should win

ZagzKrak
11-17-2018, 09:49 AM
Zags 92-76

DixieZag
11-17-2018, 09:52 AM
Zags 83
Illinois 69

I want Josh to start looking for his shot more now that we'll be seeing stiffer competition, I want the defensive intensity held over, and I want to see a team mentally tougher than the BiG opponent. Like last year versus Ohio State.

Zagceo
11-17-2018, 10:22 AM
The Illini board is funny. Some really fear he'll be on our game.... one guy attempts to move on


Bill Walton is not pretending to be something he's not. He's offering Bill Walton Schtick on whatever game he's covering, no more, no less.

We look like hayseeds who aren't in on the joke by still grinding this axe 17(!) years later.

https://www.illinoisloyalty.com/Forum/threads/illinois-vs-gonzaga-monday-november-19th-10-30pm-ct-espn2.24685/page-6


No excuses for losing to Georgetown, but Loyola Marymount seems to be a pretty good team so far. They are 4-0 and have beaten every team by 10+ points, including @UNLV. They returned seven players from last year, four of which were starters. And the WCC is not some slouch conference and often produces some good teams yearly, like our next opponent Gonzaga. But still, no excuses for losing to Georgetown at home.

Mr Vulture
11-17-2018, 10:25 AM
I think we handle this first game. Illinois has a couple guys that can score but limited size and depth.

Gonzaga - 91
Illinois - 72


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MickMick
11-17-2018, 10:26 AM
Would like to see the same level of play as I saw against Texas A&M except for the team field goal percentage and shot selection to be a little better in the first half. If that is the case, I think it is a romp with a bench clearing end.


Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.

I think Crandall really arrives in Maui and we will be giddy when the tournament is over. Even if it potentially ends with a moral victory against Duke (ie. Team plays very well in a close loss) and we come away believing that this team can really compete against anyone.

If the Zags get the opportunity to play Duke (We all really want to see that!), I sincerely believe that the play between Clarke and Zion will be epic. Epic enough that Clarke will be thrust into the national discussion as one of the best players in college basketball. Clarke's experience will be a factor. He isn't a freshman :)


This tournament experience will make the team better in post season. The short turn around between games, the travel logistics, the tough competition and great opposing coaches, etc.

bigblahla
11-17-2018, 10:39 AM
Zags 94-75

Go!! Zags!!!

RenoZag
11-17-2018, 10:42 AM
Gonzaga 79
Illinois 67

Mantua
11-17-2018, 11:04 AM
I watched Georgetown v LMU.

Zags 90
Illini 76

TheZagPhish
11-17-2018, 11:31 AM
12 blocks
Rui plays his game without fouls.
Norvell is a beast out of the gates.
Clarke shows the Illini his entire bag of tricks.
Perkins puts up points, connects on tricky passes and finishes with one TO.
Great team play overall and no injuries.

Gonzaga - 91
Illinois - 72

GonzagasaurusFlex
11-17-2018, 12:08 PM
Would like to see the same level of play as I saw against Texas A&M except for the team field goal percentage and shot selection to be a little better in the first half. If that is the case, I think it is a romp with a bench clearing end.


Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.

I think Crandall really arrives in Maui and we will be giddy when the tournament is over. Even if it potentially ends with a moral victory against Duke (ie. Team plays very well in a close loss) and we come away believing that this team can really compete against anyone.

If the Zags get the opportunity to play Duke (We all really want to see that!), I sincerely believe that the play between Clarke and Zion will be epic. Epic enough that Clarke will be thrust into the national discussion as one of the best players in college basketball. Clarke's experience will be a factor. He isn't a freshman :)


This tournament experience will make the team better in post season. The short turn around between games, the travel logistics, the tough competition and great opposing coaches, etc.

Illinois presses and likes to get up into you on D. Rui needs to punish them for trying to do that to him w a PF.

Hadn’t thought about it but you are right on re: Clarke vs Zion matchup. A great performance vs Zion would immediately put Clarke on NBA 1st rounder consideration.

Hard not to think ahead to possible championship game vs Duke

bartruff1
11-17-2018, 12:09 PM
Gonzaga 94-73

Sarenyon
11-17-2018, 12:14 PM
Zags 96
Illinois 73

DixieZag
11-17-2018, 12:50 PM
Reading the Illini board linked above was fun.

Apparently they play pressure defense the length of the court, which ought to be good to face now. Having three upperclassmen at the guard spots (Norvelle in technical year 3) is nice.

WenatcheeZag
11-17-2018, 01:17 PM
Zags. 91
Fighting Illini. 76

Zags11
11-17-2018, 02:36 PM
Zags 88
Illi 78

GonzagasaurusFlex
11-17-2018, 02:55 PM
Reading the Illini board linked above was fun.

Apparently they play pressure defense the length of the court, which ought to be good to face now. Having three upperclassmen at the guard spots (Norvelle in technical year 3) is nice.

Kispert’s handle is suspect. Illini could give Crandall a nice opportunity to shine as Zags may need his ballhandling and creativity to attack the press.

LongIslandZagFan
11-17-2018, 03:01 PM
Think this one gets a smidge tighter than the A&M game. Want to see the D continue to improve. As someone else said... better shot selection out of the gate instead of waiting until the second half.

Zags 87
Illini 68

ZenZag
11-17-2018, 03:45 PM
Zags bring their 3pt % up. Geno shines. Clarke swats 5.

Zags 93
illi 69

Radbooks
11-17-2018, 09:39 PM
Just looking forward to a fun game and a big win!

Zags 91
Ill. 69

Zagricultural
11-17-2018, 10:28 PM
87-79 Zags. I'm not a fan of Illinois, and am hoping for a serious beat-down but suspect it'll be relatively tight.

Stache
11-17-2018, 11:21 PM
Us 88
Them 72

GrizZAG
11-18-2018, 01:39 AM
Zags 86
Illi 78

Don't get in foul trouble early, they'll be playing for their life.

Zagger
11-18-2018, 05:15 AM
Zags - 100
Fighting I - 70

Rui, Rui, and more Rui .... I think he'll be HOT and feel right at home on an island in the Pacific.
I hope to see Zag experience and great team play just plainly fluster Illinois.
I also hope to see Zag 3s falling helping to create the 30 point spread I'm predicting (and continued good FT shooting). The Zags are not #3 in the nation for nothing and Zag play in Maui is going to be impressive.

thespywhozaggedme
11-18-2018, 06:14 AM
96-70 us

stevet75
11-18-2018, 06:29 AM
Zags 90 Illinois 71

Martin Centre Mad Man
11-18-2018, 06:32 AM
Snacks goes off against his hometown team.

84-62 Zags.

kitzbuel
11-18-2018, 06:44 AM
According to their forum, Trent Frazier, their starting PG, is going to be available after being out with a head knock. He missed the G'Town game. Don't see that being enough to overcome the Zag's firepower though.

Zags 89

Fighting Illinoisians 72

willandi
11-18-2018, 06:45 AM
101-84 Zags

zag67
11-18-2018, 07:04 AM
Gu 98-67

Hoopaholic
11-18-2018, 07:33 AM
Zags win. 88-70

Zaga
11-18-2018, 08:00 AM
91- 75 GU

Go Zags!

NotoriousZ
11-18-2018, 08:41 AM
98-74 Zags

Josh flirts with a triple double. Geno shines and has his best game yet (with us).

TexasZagFan
11-18-2018, 09:36 AM
Zags 88, Illini 72. Both teams suffer from jet lag, time zone change, distracted by Polynesian women. lol

GeorgiaZagFan
11-18-2018, 09:49 AM
87-79 Zags. I'm not a fan of Illinois, and am hoping for a serious beat-down but suspect it'll be relatively tight.

...I just hope it is in the championship game against Duke and not sooner...

Reborn
11-18-2018, 10:26 AM
Gonzaga 93
Illinois 69

I'm very happy about what I've been seeing; so just keep it up. I do believe I'd like to see them hit more 3's. Is this the game that the Zags begin to hit free throws?

Go Zags!!!

All Weather Fan
11-18-2018, 11:44 AM
Zags off to fast start in Maui................
Zags - 86
Illini - 73

BayAreaZagFan
11-18-2018, 11:46 AM
I wish Illinois was just a little better this year. I would love to see a 85-74 GU win to pay them back for the game in 2012 that was the only dark spot on that particular sports weekend for me that year. I've heard/read a little about the Illini press, so hopefully it's a good one and will give the Zags some experience for better ones to come. I think jet lag has a minimal affect on 18-21 y.o. athletes, so I think we'll see a fairly typical effort from them.

Zags - 95
UofI - 74

TravelinZag
11-18-2018, 02:16 PM
Frazier returns, but will be rusty and out of sync. Illini have little depth, so use subs often and run, run, run them into exhaustion. Also saves starters’ energy for three games in three days. A bit of pressure defense and offensive boards would also be refreshing. Not a serious challenge for the Zags.

Zags 90
Ills 69

Go Zags! Challenges coming soon.

ZagsGoZags
11-18-2018, 02:42 PM
even though I was born in Illinois, I am still pouting at the two times they beat us earlier in the decade. Some Illinois fans, acquaintances, rubbed it in with that "I told you so, zags crumble against real competition." my wish 125-68 drubbing.
My Prediction: GU 89, IL 75

GU69
11-18-2018, 03:45 PM
GU 90-75

23dpg
11-18-2018, 06:45 PM
Zags 93
Illinois 74

Zag_Dad
11-18-2018, 06:59 PM
Zags 91
Illini 73

ProVeeZag
11-18-2018, 07:05 PM
Zags 88
Illini 79

Closer than we'd like, but Clarke & Rui combo just too much for the Illini. Will be interested in watching Illini freshman guard 6'5" Ayo Dosunmu, averaging 21.5 pts in 1st 2 games.

Psychozag
11-19-2018, 09:28 AM
GU - 88
Illinois - 76

ZagMan in Philly
11-19-2018, 09:39 AM
Hope to see easy win, and game ends before 2 am Eastern...Yikes.

Zagceo
11-19-2018, 09:46 AM
Don't forget to set DVR for all 4 games....REMINDER

Bocco
11-19-2018, 10:48 AM
Zags 94
Illini 71

JPW314159
11-19-2018, 10:55 AM
Zags 90
Illinois 70
A nice even-numbered decimal score.

upan8th
11-19-2018, 11:55 AM
O/U total has expanded a remarkable 5 pts since opening. New total going to keep the final under. Looking ahead to Duke, Bulldogs lackluster first half means they don't cover, but manage a W: 87-74.

GonzagasaurusFlex
11-19-2018, 12:37 PM
Hope to see easy win, and game ends before 2 am Eastern...Yikes.

No kiddin. I may have to power nap from 10-11 tonight then get up and watch it...or take a sick day tomorrow

Zagregious
11-19-2018, 12:41 PM
Zags 95
Illinois 71

LongIslandZagFan
11-19-2018, 02:00 PM
No kiddin. I may have to power nap from 10-11 tonight then get up and watch it...or take a sick day tomorrow

I wish I could call in sick... way too much on my plate at work... need every minute at work to get stuff done. Guess will need to function in Zombie mode tomorrow.

dazags
11-19-2018, 02:48 PM
Zags 92
Illinois 72

spike_jr
11-19-2018, 05:00 PM
92-76 GU

Keep improving on both ends. Avoid silly fouls.

thespywhozaggedme
11-19-2018, 05:13 PM
Greg Heister posted on Illinoisloyalty and embarrassed himself big time:

Greg Heister
Ho ho, it's been a long time my Midwestern friends! Welcome to Maui, where the Zags came in locked and loaded! As a fan of both programs (Gonzaga and Duke that is) I'm really excited for tonight's matchup. Here is what you need to know about this year's Zags:

- Rui Hachimura is a big, strong physical forward who can speak really good English for a guy who only started speaking it 2 years ago and is going to lay down some misunderstood rap lyrics while he throws down tomahawk jams in transition

- Brandon Clarke is the other guy you gotta worry about dunking once he is past midcourt. He can FLY! hey-o! I'm not sure how he feels about Drake though

- Josh Perkins. You've seen him over the years, but not like this. One of the best assist/turnover ratios in the country! He has great hair like all GU guards as well. Not as good as my main man Dan Dickau, but then again who DOES!!!!????

- Zach Norvelle is a Chicago kid and we love him. His nickname is snacks. So hide your popcorn! He's going to rain some 3s! BANG!

- Cory Kispert is our resident swiss army kid - he does it all! Shoots threes, blocks shots, and can make a killer pastrami on rye sandwich

- Our bench has some other players but I don't recall their names nor can I pronounce them correctly

As for the game tonight, I'll say this: Gonzaga will win. Scouting other teams isn't my strength but I watched your game against Georgetown (fake bulldogs) and I love your athleticism and energy but it won't be enough tonight.

Heister OUT!

https://www.illinoisloyalty.com/Forum/threads/illinois-vs-gonzaga-monday-november-19th-10-30pm-ct-espn2.24685/page-8

Akzag
11-19-2018, 05:45 PM
90-65, Zags over Illini

rennis
11-19-2018, 08:08 PM
Zags 83
Illini 69


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ZagMan in Philly
11-19-2018, 08:19 PM
at this rate, I may not go to bed tonight.

JPW314159
11-19-2018, 08:32 PM
Ditto. And I had a root canal today. It was like watching 2006 Gonzaga vs. UCLA, but a lot less painful. Eastern Time Zone sucks. I may have to start reverse snowbirding. Anyone want to trade houses Duluth, Georgia, for
Spokane until the tourney begins?

tummydoc
11-20-2018, 12:02 AM
Jeremy for GUnit of the game.