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Thread: Sweet Sixteen Pre-Game Media: Gonzaga vs. West Virginia

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    Default Sweet Sixteen Pre-Game Media: Gonzaga vs. West Virginia

    Not too much as of yet...

    LA Times: Road to Final Four and NCAA title got a little smoother thanks to upsets


    Sporting News: March Madness 2017 - Gonzaga meets West Virginia in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament

    I would say WVU has the advantage here, but it's close.
    GU famous non-athlete alum: Bing Crosby, singer
    WVU famous non-athlete alum: Don Knotts, actor

    CBS: NCAA Tournament 2017 - 16 things to know about Sweet 16, including Final Four picks
    10. The West Regional is similar

    Bob Huggins has made two Final Fours -- one at Cincinnati, one at West Virginia. But the other three coaches still alive in San Jose -- Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Arizona’s Sean Miller and Xavier’s Chris Mack -- are chasing their first Final Four. So either one of them will get it or Huggins will advance to the final weekend for the third time in what should be a Hall of Fame career.
    11. The West Regional winner will be ...

    Gonzaga, I think. I’ll take the Zags over Arizona in the Elite Eight.
    15. The title game will be ...

    Gonzaga vs. UCLA, I think. West Coast stand up!

    CBS: NCAA Tournament 2017 - Ranking all eight games in the Sweet 16

    2. No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 West Virginia (West). WHAT. A. GAME. Millions will tune in to see if Gonzaga can make the third Elite Eight in program history. The Bulldogs are a 3.5-point favorite, which tells you how much Las Vegas respects the Bulldogs after the way they got pushed by Northwestern. West Virginia, which ranks sixth in KenPom, is the title contender no one is taking seriously yet. Taking down Gonzaga would change that. I love the matchup of Gonzaga’s size against West Virginia’s aggressiveness. This stands to be a mighty fine game. Can’t wait to see what Mark Few does, what lineup he throws out there.
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    Let's goooo
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    Reading this definitely gets the blood pumping!!


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    Appreciate you putting those links together, SWZag!

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    I find it funny how people say that Gonzaga got pushed by NW and survived NW, and yet UNC gets away with 7 pt. win over Arkansas in their own backyard and it's a regular, solid win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    I find it funny how people say that Gonzaga got pushed by NW and survived NW, and yet UNC gets away with 7 pt. win over Arkansas in their own backyard and it's a regular, solid win.
    Doesn't that kind of get under your skin? It's amazing how much headlines effect people's opinions. Most people may not even know how the actual game went, but when the headline says "survived" or other similar words, people actually think about the team that way. Same with the first round against SDSU and the difference in headlines for the Villanova game headlines, which was almost an identical game.
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    O/T (didn't deserve its own thread), but it's been awfully quiet in the office the past two days. My Dukie coworker was teleworking yesterday, and hasn't said anything to me today. Had Duke won, I have little doubt the non-goaltending call would be a prime topic of discussion.

    Haven't heard from my daughter about her workplace, she also Duke and Syracuse fans in a much larger office. Since the 2015 tournament, she has followed Zag basketball closely, and she's nearly as quick as her old man in responding to slights of the Zags.

    It runs in the family, and she's Big D's mom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    O/T (didn't deserve its own thread), but it's been awfully quiet in the office the past two days. My Dukie coworker was teleworking yesterday, and hasn't said anything to me today. Had Duke won, I have little doubt the non-goaltending call would be a prime topic of discussion.

    Haven't heard from my daughter about her workplace, she also Duke and Syracuse fans in a much larger office. Since the 2015 tournament, she has followed Zag basketball closely, and she's nearly as quick as her old man in responding to slights of the Zags.

    It runs in the family, and she's Big D's mom.

    We should receive the shirts she ordered last week in time for Thursday's game:

    Oooo those are nice - where did you order them from?

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    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...ament-sweet-16



    4. Gonzaga will make the Final Four and silence the doubters


    Gonzaga's depth is what separates this Bulldogs team from past versions that failed to make the Final Four. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
    It's fair to discuss the what-ifs after a horrendous non-call on a goaltending violation during Northwestern's loss to Gonzaga in the second round. But the Bulldogs still managed to demonstrate why they're perhaps Mark Few's greatest team, with depth few teams in the country can match.

    The Bulldogs will enter the Sweet 16 as the hunted in the West Region. After they beat an oppressive West Virginia squad and then knock off Arizona at full strength in the rematch -- Allonzo Trier didn't play in Gonzaga's win over the Wildcats earlier this season -- the Zags will secure the program's first trip to the Final Four and arrive in Glendale as a feared team capable of winning a ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWZag View Post
    Doesn't that kind of get under your skin? It's amazing how much headlines effect people's opinions. Most people may not even know how the actual game went, but when the headline says "survived" or other similar words, people actually think about the team that way. Same with the first round against SDSU and the difference in headlines for the Villanova game headlines, which was almost an identical game.
    SW, I must admit I've shown far more impatience with Zag denigrators over the past few weeks. These yay-hoos are taking away from my enjoyment of the journey we're on. One victory away from our 2nd Elite Eight in three years...yet, too many are in the mode this season's a bust if we don't make it to our first Final Four.

    A picture is worth 1000 words (not directed at you, of course):


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    24/7 Sports: Sweet 16 Preview - No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 West Virginia

    Spokesman-Review: More to Mountaineers than just pressure defense

    West Virginia is the first team in five seasons to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the same season. The Mountaineers thumped No. 1 Baylor by 21. They handled Kansas by 16 and would have swept the season series but they blew a 14-point lead with less than three minutes remaining in Lawrence, Kansas.

    West Virginia Metro News: Gonzaga brings ‘maybe the best starting five in America’

    From his film evaluation, Martin said the Bulldogs boast “maybe the best starting five in America”

    USA Today: Next up for West Virginia's press: Gonzaga

    West Virginia runs on its full-court pressure defense. The Mountaineers have the best turnover margin in major college basketball. They’ve forced 724 turnovers, while committing 442, for a ratio of 7.8 — and nobody else in the country has a ratio better than 4.9.

    Plus, pressure from other teams doesn’t seem to bother West Virginia.

    “It shouldn’t,” senior forward Nathan Adrian said. “We go against pressure every day (in practice). So I think we’d be pretty good at it.”

    Bleacher Report: NCAA Tournament 2017 - Biggest X-Factors in Every Sweet 16 Game

    Gonzaga player: Zach Collins

    Although Collins, a freshman, does not start, he is probably the Bulldogs' best pro prospect, sitting at No. 25 in the Draft Express' rankings of the top 100 NBA prospects, ahead of Johnathan Motley of Baylor and T.J. Leaf of UCLA, among others. Collins averages 10.3 points on 65.2 percent shooting and 5.7 rebounds in just 17.3 minutes per game.

    He averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in the first two tournament games, but his biggest postseason contributions may have been his seven blocks, one of which was the controversial block against Northwestern that the Wildcats thought was goaltending.

    In the one game Gonzaga lost, Collins was in foul trouble and scored just six points.


    West Virginia player: Esa Ahmad

    The Mountaineers' identity is their pressure defense that forces so many turnovers. But a key component of their halfcourt offense is the 6'8" Ahmad, the team's second-leading scorer and No. 3 rebounder. When he is productive in scoring and rebounding, the Mountaineers win. When he isn't, bad things tend to happen to West Virginia.

    He has averaged 13.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the Mountaineers' two tournament wins and needs to match or exceed that against Gonzaga.

    Subpar games by Ahmad played a role in each of West Virginia's last five losses. In the back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Kansas State, Ahmad had just nine points and four rebounds in the two games combined. In the home loss to Oklahoma State, Ahmad had zero points and zero rebounds in 14 minutes. He did not play in the nine-point loss at Baylor, and collected just two rebounds along with 10 points in the defeat to Iowa State in the conference tournament.

    Ahmad's two best games came in West Virginia's two impressive performances against Kansas. He had 27 points in the Mountaineers' 16-point home win over the Jayhawks, and he had 20 points and seven boards at Allen Fieldhouse, when West Virginia somehow blew a 14-point lead with less than three minutes left in an overtime loss.


    The issue: point-guard battle

    Yes, West Virginia point guard Jevon Carter and his Gonzaga counterpart, Nigel Williams-Goss, are their teams' stars and leading scorers, but how they do in terms of controlling the pace of the game will be critical.

    Carter, who averages 2.53 steals per game (seventh-best in the country), will try to force turnovers in West Virginia's press. The Mountaineers force an average 20.11 turnovers per game from their opponents, by far the most in the nation.

    Williams-Goss must be the point man in managing West Virginia's press. Gonzaga has shown it can be rattled. It cost the Bulldogs their one loss as they let a 12-point lead with less than 14 minutes left get away in a home loss to BYU. The Bulldogs then nearly lost a 20-point lead with less than 13 minutes left in the second-round game against Northwestern, which got within five with more than four minutes remaining.
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    Default Sports Illustrated article on Nigel has me confident he'll lead us to the Final Four!

    This is the week we've all been waiting for.

    The tension is running high on GU Boards. The media is asking if this is the year Gonzaga makes the Final Four. And all the while, the actual Zags are preparing to play the biggest games of their lives.

    I find it very interesting that the main debate in here seems to be about whether to choose to be positive or point out the negative. I tend to be negative - none of my sports teams ever seem to win the big games - but after reading the Sports Illustrated issue that arrived in my mailbox yesterday, I'm choosing to be positive this year.

    Two things stuck out to me. In addition to the article about Gonzaga's efficient post-play offense (which I've seen posted in here), there was also a great article focusing on Nigel Williams-Goss. It was probably posted somewhere in here too but I never saw it. So for those of you that also missed it, here is the must read:

    http://www.si.com/college-basketball...-williams-goss

    The other thing that stuck out was an article about the Cubs, which had a picture of Joe Maddon's lineup card from game 7 of the World Series. What I found interesting was that he used a lot of the space on the lineup card to write inspirational acronyms instead of baseball related stats or thoughts. There were some good ones on there, like "B Present, Not Perfect (Know we are not perfect, but can be present)" and "Process! (Stick to the process, don't worry about results)" but my favorite was:

    DnPtPtEtP

    Do not permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure.

    I really hope the players and coaches live by this mantra the next few days, but I also think we as fans would benefit from adopting this mindset. The opportunity we have this week is fantastic. Hurdling over a road block we haven't before is scary, but I truly believe Nigel and the rest of this team is uniquely prepared to do just that.

    If we do, I will be in Phoenix, 100% satisfied and fulfilled as a fan, 100% positive in congratulating them on their achievement and cheering for them to have fun and try and win a National Championship. I would forever have my mindset changed from fear of failure to optimism of success. The pressure would never exceed the pleasure of being a Gonzaga fan ever again.

    I choose to adopt that mindset starting now instead of waiting for us to win on Saturday. I believe that if we all believe, we will achieve. Have fun and be loose, team. And fans, let's try and do the same.

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    My guess is that there's more than one Zag on board to kick WV's butt and ready the E8, repeat the butt kicking and make the F4. Coaches too for that matter. Bet the team is hunkered down, focused AND having some fun to loosen themselves up for Thursday. The Zags could get beat Thursday but it'll take a spectacular game by WV to do it. A great season regardless

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    Shrek and Donkey, that was pretty funny.

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    Great read!!!

    But I wonder where Longview High School is that Rem went to. There hasn't been a Longview High School in Longview, WA since about 1957, when Mark Morris High School was built, which Rem went to. Longview High School was renamed to Robert A (R.A.) Long High School.

    ETA: Comment is in regards to Rem article.
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    this is fantastic
    Your children have been placed in the custody of...Carl's Jr.

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    I like the possible title matchups for our Zags..Epic.

    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...title-matchups

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagMan in Philly View Post
    I like the possible title matchups for our Zags..Epic.

    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article...title-matchups
    4 outta the top 5 include Zags....come on ...am I dreaming.

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    The Ringer's Six Under the Radar NBA Prospects:
    https://theringer.com/six-under-the-...04f#.fsxh5c8dw

    If there’s a difference between this year’s Gonzaga team and the previous versions that fell short of the Final Four, it’s the play of Williams-Goss, a McDonald’s All American who transferred from Washington and is now a redshirt junior....

    More at the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by strikenowhere View Post
    Oooo those are nice - where did you order them from?
    IIRC, my daughter found those shirts on Fans Edge.

    ETA: do a search on "United We Zag", multiple companies are selling these shirts.

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    Nice read.
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    Default Gonzaga Has Its Very Own Version of The Mountain — and He Passes Like Pistol Pete

    What Is As Big As The Mountain, Runs Like a Freight Train, and Passes Like Pistol Pete?
    It’s Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski

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    https://theringer.com/2017-ncaa-tour...a7e#.jeaxclfcc
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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyzag View Post
    What Is As Big As The Mountain, Runs Like a Freight Train, and Passes Like Pistol Pete?
    It’s Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski

    The Ringer with a fantastic article on Big Shem. I'm gonna miss him like crazy when he's gone.

    https://theringer.com/2017-ncaa-tour...a7e#.jeaxclfcc
    Nice find.

    Karnowski isn’t Gonzaga’s best player, and he never has been. This year, that distinction goes to Nigel Williams-Goss, the Washington transfer who leads the team in points and assists. (There are three other transfers on the team from power league schools.) Karnowski might not even be its best center, in terms of NBA potential; 7-foot backup Zach Collins is the first actual McDonald’s All American to commit to the Zags out of high school.
    However, the Hulking Pole represents Gonzaga better than anyone. Like Karnowski, Gonzaga is a giant that doesn’t necessarily behave like one, a foreigner among college basketball’s elite.


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