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ZagNative
12-19-2007, 04:28 PM
Hope no one else has posted this (updated at 10:14 am today).
Seattlepi.com (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_bkc_t25_gonzaga_notebook.html)


Zags to play Sooners on Thursday

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SPOKANE, Wash. -- There will be some new combinations on the floor when No. 18 Gonzaga plays Oklahoma on Thursday in the O'Reilly's All-College Challenge.

Nagging injuries are forcing coach Mark Few to shuffle his lineup.

With leading scorer Matt Bouldin still slowed by an ankle injury, guard Larry Gurganious is set to start against the Sooners (8-3). Freshmen Steven Gray and Austin Daye also are likely to see lots of minutes for the Zags (9-2), as is Robert Sacre and 7-foot-4 Will Foster.

Abdullahi Kuso, Jeremy Pargo and Daye are also battling nagging injuries, Few said. It is not clear if Bouldin, averaging 13 points per game, will play, Few said. Bouldin sat out the win over Northern Colorado on Monday.

"Get better, heal," Few said, when asked about the situation.
...

Heytvelt is close to returning to action, but it is not clear when, Few said.

"Josh is running and jumping on a hard surface," Few said.

But he cautioned that Heytvelt has yet to practice, and his conditioning and timing are likely to be off.
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Gonzaga scored one of its most memorable victories in this tournament in 2004, downing then-No. 3 Oklahoma State 78-75.

"That's the greatest win in the history of the program," Few said. "That's an incredibly hostile environment."

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COME FLY WITH THE ZAGS: Thursday's road trip marks the first time the men's team will use a charter plane funded by a group of boosters, rather than flying commercial. The women's basketball team used the plane to fly to its game at No. 1 Tennessee last weekend. Boosters are paying the costs of a 30-passenger jet for the rest of the season. Women's coach Kelly Graves said players miss fewer classes as they fly directly to and back from games. "There is no airport security or anything," Graves said. "You drive onto the tarmac and boom, off you go."

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SAME START: Gonzaga is 9-2 for the fourth straight season. Last year, the Zags lost four straight after the start. Their next four opponents this year are Oklahoma, No. 12 Tennessee, Utah and Georgia.

NEW DAYE: With 24 blocked shots, freshman Daye is on track to break the school record of 59 blocks in a season set by Ronny Turiaf, now with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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PASSING DENNY: Few now has 220 wins in his ninth season as a head coach, third best in history. He was tied with Denny Crum of Louisville at 219. Tops is Roy Williams of Kansas with 247, followed by Everett Case of North Carolina State at 241.

jim77
12-19-2007, 04:41 PM
It was also jp's coming out party....Zags 78 OKST 75....great game!

ZagNative
12-19-2007, 05:03 PM
Gonzaga scored one of its most memorable victories in this tournament in 2004, downing then-No. 3 Oklahoma State 78-75.

"That's the greatest win in the history of the program," Few said. "That's an incredibly hostile environment."

A trip down memory lane, afforded by the Spokesman-Review's photo album (http://www.spokesmanreview.com/library/zags/slideshows/122904/photo1.asp) of that game:

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Pendo/2004-12-28PendohugsJPonvictoryoverO.jpg
"Gonzaga's David Pendergraft, right, hugs J.P. Batista at the close of the game
against Oklahoma State in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Tuesday,
Dec. 28, 2004. Gonzaga defeated Oklahoma State 78-75."

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/NBA/Batista/2004-12-28JPshotblokOKstateJoeGraha.jpg
"Gonzaga's J. P. Batista blocks a shot by
Oklahoma State's Joe Graham in the first half
of the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City,
Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004. Gonzaga defeated
Oklahoma State 78-75."

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/NBA/Morrison/2004-12-28-AdamatOkState.jpg
"Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison celebrates Tuesday, Dec. 28,
2004, after No. 12 Gonzaga defated No. 3 Oklahoma State 78-75
in the Touchstone Energy All-College Classic in Oklahoma City."

CDC84
12-19-2007, 07:02 PM
With leading scorer Matt Bouldin still slowed by an ankle injury, guard Larry Gurganious is set to start against the Sooners (8-3).

Very much like Bouldin playing against UConn, LG will be going up against a program that he's a bit familiar with. Oklahoma was one of the main teams that Gonzaga had to fight off to land LG. Of course this was when Sampson was at OU.

TheZagPhish
12-20-2007, 12:29 AM
How good are they? (http://www.normantranscript.com/sports/local_story_353235907.html?keyword=topstory)


The Sooners quartet of Austin Johnson, Omar Leary, David Godbold and Tony Crocker must be able to match Gonzaga’s output.

Getting the ball inside is always going to be a priority. Longar and Griffin have proven they’re good enough on the block to carry OU offensively. Getting them the ball is always going to be the priority.