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    Default GU 1st WA Div 1 team to reach Final Four since Elgin Baylor Seattle U team in 58

    Gonzaga is the first Division I men's team from state of Washington to reach the Final Four since Elgin Baylor led Seattle University to the 1958 national championship game.

    More good stuff here: http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-bas...68ztx42gjcv1tf

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    Take that huskies
    21 Straight Big Dances

    11 Straight Round of 32s

    10 Sweet Sixteens (5 Straight)

    4 Elite Eights

    2017 FINAL FOUR

    2 Winningest Players in college basketball history (Karnowski 137, Perkins 134)

    The Best Point Guard to ever play the game: John Stockton, most assists, most steals.

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    Default Zags vs. Xavier: Post Game Media Thread

    Sporting News: http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-bas...812i4vwl37fybg

    Gonzaga is an overlooked powerhouse in a forgotten conference, but they've made their way, though just barely over West Virginia, to the Elite Eight. This win should quiet the long-time low-conference bashers.


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    ESPN: Top Seeded Gonzaga. . .Routs Xavier ( Includes AP Wire Story + Video )

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...meId=400948652

    Gonzaga (36-1) has been dogged by criticism through the years despite winning consistently, in part for playing in a weak conference but also for never making the Final Four.

    On the cusp of history, the Zags took it head on with a superb all-around game to give coach Mark Few the one missing piece of his resume.

    Gonzaga found the range from the perimeter after struggling the first three NCAA games, making 12 of 24 from 3-point range. The defense, a soft spot in the past, shut down the underdog and 11th-seeded Musketeers (24-14) to win the West Region.

    The Zags will face the winner between South Carolina and Florida in next week's Final Four in Arizona.


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    Do we want a rematch with Florida?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    Do we want a rematch with Florida?
    I want no part of S Car and coach Martin.
    Birddog

    Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birddog View Post
    I want no part of S Car and coach Martin.
    Bring em on......no inside game to match ours
    Basketball...The Toy Department of Life

    Don't mess wth happy...Coach Few

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    Default ESPN's Eamonn Brennan

    http://www.espn.com/blog/collegebask...ver-final-four

    With 20 minutes of season-defining basketball still to come, his team was already drowning in Gonzaga's relentless offensive flood.

    The flood never stopped.

    Gonzaga is headed to its first Final Four after an 83-59 victory Saturday in the West Regional, and whereas the Zags reached the precipice of that accomplishment with Thursday's grounded, defensive holdout against West Virginia, the final breakthrough came in a fiery supernova of buckets.

    Against a tricky, shifting Musketeers defense that dominated Florida State and held Arizona scoreless for the final three minutes of Xavier's Sweet 16 win, Gonzaga scored 83 points in 71 possessions. The team shot 12-of-24 from 3.

    The Musketeers executed their own plan on the offensive end in the first half, hammering the ball at the rim at every opportunity, and got 39 points in 35 possessions against the nation's stingiest per-possession defense. But they made just one 3 in the first 20 minutes -- Macura's miracle heave would have been the second -- and went to the locker room down 10. Gonzaga had already made eight 3s.
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    There's a lot of good stuff here, but scroll down to Sean Farnham as he describes how the community is all in on the Zags:

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/

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    A link to Bud Withers' newest column:

    http://en.bloguru.com/GloryHounds/29...few-make-magic
    “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radbooks View Post
    A link to Bud Withers' newest column:

    http://en.bloguru.com/GloryHounds/29...few-make-magic
    It would have been possible for Gonzaga to freeze in the moment, and indeed, when Perkins threw a lazy bounce pass on GU’s first possession, hijacked and dunked by Xavier, it was briefly ominous. But shortly, Perkins threw in a couple of threes, and his teammates joined him, and Gonzaga seemed to be playing free and easy and mostly enjoying the whole afternoon.

    They didn’t defend much in the first half, getting beat off the bounce, which caused their big men to get in foul trouble. So Few and Co. dusted off a zone defense, which the Zags had employed rarely this year (but had also trotted out against West Virginia). And it seemed to work.

    Along the way, Gonzaga limited one of the tournament’s sensations, Trevon Bluiett, to a mere 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

    In the end, the Zags made 12 of 24 threes, when they were just 16 of 56 in the tournament’s first three games. They looked a lot like the team that was the rage of January and most of February.

    It was a credit to a lot of people, none more than Mark Few. After all the brickbats, he's due a few bouquets.
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    Andy Katz:

    So cool to see Gonzaga make the Final Four after being there for the beginning of this run in 1999 in Seattle and Phoenix. Mark Few hasn't changed from when he was an assistant to now. What a win for the Zag players from Santangelo to Karnowski and everyone in between.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 116 View Post
    There's a lot of good stuff here, but scroll down to Sean Farnham as he describes how the community is all in on the Zags:

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/
    Really good stuff from Farnham...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopaholic View Post
    Bring em on......no inside game to match ours
    Agree on this. We are a very balance team with Great D!!

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    JWIII named most outstanding player of the Region.

    Jordan and Nigel made the All-Regional team

    per Jim Meehan's twitter feed

    Congratulations !

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...t-in-the-west/


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    Jacob Thorpe

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...appily-oblige/

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – Xavier had a defensive game plan against Gonzaga: Let the Bulldogs shoot 3-pointers.

    The Zags were happy to go along with the dare, making 8-of-13 from behind the arc in the first half and shooting 50-percent from out there for the game.

    To be fair, Musketeers coach Chris Mack had reasons to think the Zags would not connect at such a blistering pace. The Bulldogs made just 16-of-56 3-point attempts during their first three NCAA Tournament games. Zags not named Jordan Mathews made just 7-of-31.

    “A couple of their guys shot a lot better percentage from 3 than they’re accustomed to,” Mack said. He also said, “A team that’s 290th in the country relying on 3-point shots goes 12-for-24, 50 percent from the 3-point line.”

    Xavier guard Malcom Bernard admitted, “Part of the game plan was to keep the floor tight. We wanted them to take those shots.”


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    Vince Grippi's TV Take Column: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...onkey-gets-in/

    No matter. Nothing was going to get in Gonzaga’s way this night.

    Not Xavier’s leading scorer Trevon Bluiett, who finished eight points under his 18-point average on 3-of-14 shooting as Williams also was the point man in that regard.

    Not Gonzaga’s bigs, Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins, battling foul trouble all night.

    And certainly not the young lady who found herself on national TV when Josh Perkins stole a pass with about 4 minutes left and thought he had an uncontested layup.

    Except the member of the court cleanup crew was wiping down the key. And had to retreat faster than Xavier’s transition game.

    Watching Perkins’ facial expression on replay, Webber thought Perkins must have been thinking, “wait, you’re playing defense?”

    And Webber correctly pointed out “she’s going to be on the Internet all night.”

    So will the Zags, at least if Clark Kellogg has the pulse of the nation correct.

    “There are lot of people in the world of college basketball that are celebrating with this program,” he said in the postgame, “because they’ve seen them knock on the door (so often) and not quite get there.”


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    Default A Neat Keepsake. . .

    A hardcover commemorative of the season will be available, according to the S-R:

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-to-publish-h/

    From the preseaon practices to a long run as the nation’s top-ranked team to the Bulldogs’ first-ever appearance in the Final Four, The Spokesman-Review has been with Gonzaga for the entire history-making journey.

    With the largest group of reporters and photographers to ever cover the Zags, Spokane’s hometown newspaper is now partnering with book publisher Pediment to produce a 144-page, hardcover book. The season’s most amazing photos, game stories and columns, as well as profiles on key players, will make up this high-quality collector’s edition.

    Pediment has published similar sports books with newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Oregonian, New Jersey Star-Ledger, Arizona Republic, Charlotte Observer and Orlando Sentinel.

    The pre-order cost for The Spokesman-Review’s in-depth look at Gonzaga’s breakthrough season is $24.95. When the book is released in May, it will then cost $34.95.


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    The Seattle Times had a column from Larry Stone:

    And now they’re legitimately great, no longer having to apologize for the conference they play in or the myth that they can’t win the big one. Xavier coach Chris Mack paid tribute to Gonzaga, lauding a defense that held one of the hottest teams in the tournament to 35.5 percent shooting, and an offense that can beat you from the outside if, as the Musketeers did, you try to take away the inside muscle of Karnowski and fellow 7-footer Zach Collins.

    “Sometimes,’’ Mack said, “you just lose to a better team.”
    “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

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    Cincy Enquirer: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/spor...ense/99637528/

    SAN JOSE, California – It took two minutes, 26 seconds for Gonzaga to stretch a 10-point halftime lead to 17. And though there was another 17:07 to play in the second half, that opening salvo by the top-seeded Zags essentially put the game out of reach.

    The totality of Gonzaga’s 83-59 victory over No. 11 Xavier on Saturday at the SAP Center in the NCAA tournament's west regional final could be distilled down into that 2:26.

    Post touch by 7-footer Przemek Karnowski, who buried a baby hook.

    Post touch by Karnowski, who kicked it out to Nigel Williams-Goss on a hard double-team by Xavier. Williams-Goss then hit a 3 that circled around the rim several times before falling in.

    Jordan Mathews hit a 3 off an offensive rebound by Josh Perkins.

    Post touch by Karnowski, who missed, but Johnathan Williams came down the baseline for a tip-slam.


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    Jay Bilas posted this video in January, he called it.

    http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18517949

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    Reno posted one but there are some other articles at this link from the Cincinnati Enquirer: http://www.cincinnati.com/sports/xavier/

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    [QUOTE=RenoZag;1308142]A hardcover commemorative of the season will be available, according to the S-R:

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-to-publish-h/[/QUOTE
    I just order mine. It will be a really cool momento.

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