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    Default GU vs Texas A&M game predictions and what you would like to see

    Gonzaga 83
    Texas A&M 76

    Our experience in the posts is too much for A&M also. Our 3 bigs are just incredible and play a great game. We see progress in our guard. Once again Gonzaga's defense is sturdy and tough. Good rebounding too. Melson has a much better game. Wiltjer gets 27 Sabonis 22

    I want to see our bigs continue to dominate in the paint. Wiltjer breaks out finally from beyond the arc. I want to see him have a great game. I believe it will be tougher inside and our guards answer the bell. Our guards hit 5 three's and Wiltjer 3.

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    Both Greenberg and Williams are picking A&M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    Both Greenberg and Williams are picking A&M.
    All is lost!

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    KenPom = Zags by 4.
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    So far we've been a pretty decent defensive team. A&M can't stop us inside. So it's the same analysis so far this season: can our guards score and not turn it over, and can we defend a scoring wing. My bet is yes. We have a great coach and plenty of versatile players at the 2-3 position to put it in GU's favor.

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    I haven't seen A&M play, so don't know much about them. I don't understand how the prognosticators could pick them to beat the Zags unless they believe the rankings to be bad.
    I see the inside game to be too much for A&M to defend. If they sag, the outside game WILL beat them.

    Zags 85 A&M 70

    worked for the Huskies, missed by 1 point each way, I'll let it ride!

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    Anybody know what time the game is tomorrow?

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    10 a.m. PT

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    I think the guards will play better.
    I think that Gonzaga will win by 5. Let's say 79-74.
    I think I'll eat a lot of turkey afterwards.

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    Close game - guards play better, but competition is also better... GU 81 A&M 79

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    13 and 6 for Perkins, Zags by 9.

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    Zags by 18.

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    I simply predict that I'll be able to watch this game live instead of being stuck at work :-)

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    a&m scares me...they are basically the opposite of the zags...talented but inexperienced in the post with good senior guards. i tend to favor teams with the more experienced backcourt. and unlike uw, they have the size to compete with the zags inside. they also have two very good very big athletic wings that zags have struggled with in the past...dranginis is gonna have his hands full.

    aggies also appear to be a better outside shooting team than the zags...wiltjer really needs to get his shooting stroke back.

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    Zags ranked 10-ish, TA&M 25-30-ish should be a good game. Still, Zags can put up points and I believe they learned a Few things yesterday. Zag D is pretty good. TA&M, don't really know squat about them. Will stick my neck out, as I'm accustomed to do, and say Zags 88, TA&M 66. I feel we'll see much better ball control by the Zags this time with our D and hustle giving the opposition fits - steals by all guards - most noticeably Melson. Bigs will do great and wise play by Zag guards make for a 22 pt spread - via much fewer TOs. Alberts with at least 3 3s
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    Beating UW in first big game experience of the season gives our younger guards confidence and momentum. Zags don't score so easily in the post today, but Perkins Melson and Alberts pick up the scoring and Zags win by 7.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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    Aggies 168
    Zag 40
    "And Morrison? He did what All-Americans do. He shot daggers in the daylight and stole a win." - Steve Kelley (Seattle Times)

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    Im laughing here at people predicting 20+ pt victories for GU. Texas a & m is a very good team. If we will by 10 i would be ecstatic. i see us winning by 6.

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    When I think of potential "Zag Killers" this season, I think:

    -- Slashing, mobile PF's

    -- Long, athletic Wings

    -- Experienced, solid shooting, disciplined backcourt

    -- Comparable size/depth in front court

    Interestingly enough, Texas A&M is one of very FEW teams that feature every 'Zag Killer' I can think of this season.

    I can count on one hand the teams that feature all four issues Zags have had trouble with. A&M is able to draw fouls in the interior unlike any team we've faced, a complete opposite of UW.

    Not even higher ranked UConn does -- A&M is a feared match-up.

    I think this will be a good game, potentially great one.

    I believe we trail most of it. Along the lines of the Pitt game. A&M and Pitt are VERY similar, except A&M features bigger bodies up front, and a 4-year, high scoring, proven PG.

    The Zags will make a come-back to win this game. Trailing by 10-12 pts with 10 mins to go.

    I think Witljer and Karno step up to score key buckets down the stretch. Tie the game with about 90 seconds to go.

    Wiltjer or Domas hit a clutch shot to pull ahead and our guard do just enough to pull it out in the end.

    I'm thinking a very close, clutch Zag win.

    Zaggies - 74
    aggies sans Z - 72

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    Interestingly, Texas A&M is third nationally in effective field goal percentage (63.2%) on KenPom, and the Zags are second nationally in eFG defense (32.5). So something has to give. Not sure those stats mean a ton at this point in the season, but interesting nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnyZag View Post
    Interestingly, Texas A&M is third nationally in effective field goal percentage (63.2%) on KenPom, and the Zags are second nationally in eFG defense (32.5). So something has to give. Not sure those stats mean a ton at this point in the season, but interesting nonetheless.
    Good point.

    Solid 3pt shooting team too.

    If they are hitting shots, we'll be in trouble…

    Something has to give.

    Have a feeling their game plan will be to draw fouls on our bigs. Our one advantage is that their bigs are BIG too, but young.

    Their guards are better than our guards.

    A&M has an advantage in the backcourt and they have really tall, slashing wings.

    Our advantage, once again, is in the front court.

    Texas A&M's leading scorer is their 6'7" athletic combo guard, Danuel House, who can shoot from deep, draw fouls, and slash to the hoop. Who defends him??? Maybe more Bryan Alberts this game?

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    Zags didn't go to the Bahamas to lose to a Texas football school. Look for a much better game from our guards.

    Zags win by 7.
    "The best players will play. That's the way it will always be." Larry Bird

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagsfanforlife View Post
    Im laughing here at people predicting 20+ pt victories for GU. Texas a & m is a very good team. If we will by 10 i would be ecstatic. i see us winning by 6.
    Meh. There were also people worried about the Washington game (which I don't understand). Zags have the ability to roll this team and stay up with a big lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Crazy View Post
    Meh. There were also people worried about the Washington game (which I don't understand). Zags have the ability to roll this team and stay up with a big lead.
    Posted this in the official game thread, yet here are A&M's stats this season.

    After 5 games:

    - Ranked 8th nationally in points per game.

    - Ranked 3rd nationally in effective field goal %.

    - Ranked 10th nationally in 3P% (45%).

    - Ranked 3rd nationally in assists per game.

    - Ranked 40th nationally in assists to turnover ratio.

    I don't care if they played NAIA teams all season, the #'s are still telling…they can shoot, pass, take care of the ball, and 3pt snipers. Gulp.

    Interestingly, A&M features more ESPN Top-100 recruits on their team than UW! I was floored by that alone, not to mention their leading scorer is a 6'7" WING, and their 2nd leading scorer is a 6'10", 270 lb Tim Duncan looking CENTER!

    They are capable of drawing fouls, playing big on the inside, using their size advantage on perimeter, and hit 3pt shots.

    I'd rather be playing Arizona than A&M, to be honest.

    A&M is predicted to finish 1st or 2nd in SEC depending on who you ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    Both Greenberg and Williams are picking A&M.
    Their guards are awfully quick and House is going to be a handful...we are going to have to play awfully good to have a positive outcome. If our guards don't shoot well, then A&M will sag and take the post opportunities away from us...

    I think we have the better team but that doesn't always translates into winning...

    I like our chances because of our coaching staff and senior experience...

    I also think we won't have as many fouls called on us...just have to make sure our screens are set...

    A&M will have foul issues today...

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