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    https://www.theplayerstribune.com/fr...na-basketball/

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    Wow! That's really cool. Quite the production - the floor and the Web feature about it. I'd want to be reading this if I were playing on that floor. Thanks ESPN for making this story!
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    A good one, with video clips, on the results of the Zags recruiting ....
    http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-...-its-best-team

    The Vegas connection ....
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/ma...-fueled-by-tw/

    A 99 year old fan ....
    http://komonews.com/news/local/99-ye...for-final-four

    Olynyk's recruiting impact ....
    http://nesn.com/2017/03/how-celtics-...er-final-four/

    Collins and the NBA, or not ....
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...a-ready-or-not

    Western mettle ....
    http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawild...c02f64bfb.html

    Dang! So much news and so little time to read it all. I've learned a few things this week about these Zags that I didn't know though - worth the time spent. One more day until GU and O get to show their stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshzagit View Post
    Hint?
    He wanted to remain anonymous in the linked article. I respect his wishes. It's up to him to spill the beans. Or not.


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    Zagger, thanks for those links. They went well with the first cup of coffee,

    The B/R article on Collins was my favorite. Fresh quotes, so to speak. Sounds like he's really focused on the present. That bodes well for the Zags on Saturday.


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    Dakich picked GU to beat SC on Sportscenter this morning. . .bandwagon is getting pretty full.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DixieZag View Post
    It was inevitable that some kind of burger came out of this - and that Carno, I mean "Karno" looks pretty meaty. D-Lish doesn't mess around.

    Now, if one of the taco places could step up, we'd really be cookin' with gas.
    I thought Karno's favorite protein was chicken. These guys aren't happy about it:


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    East Central-ex’s hoop transformation has him Final Four bound ( Nice feature write up on Jeremy Jones )

    http://www.expressnews.com/sports/co...witter-premium
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    Final Four: Experienced teams make up the field in Phoenix


    http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-..._tw_sf66895660

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    Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, ‘a 7-foot mountain,’ a big reason for Bulldogs’ success

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...t-mountain-a-/

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    To know Gonzaga's Mark Few is to know 'Fewy'

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...four/99832088/

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    Mornin', Zagdawg

    From the Spokesman-Review: A feature w/ Ken Pomeroy and why he likes the Zags:

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...del-likes-gon/

    “They’re a tough team to rate,” Pomeroy noted. “Any team that kind of dominates a lower-level league is difficult to rate because what we know is that they’re much better than those teams in the league, but how they compare to top level teams is more difficult to ascertain.”

    The schedule structure of college basketball also makes high-performing midmajors like GU difficult for statistical models to profile. GU began the year ranked No. 22 in Pomeroy’s rankings, based on its returning players, what his models knew about transfers like Nigel Williams-Goss and Johnathan Williams’ past performances, and the expectations for recruits like Zach Collins.

    “I don’t go in and tweak the system at all,” Pomeroy said. “It’s based on what similar situations have happened previously. It assesses the value of a transfer based on where they played before, and recruits based on the impact they had coming in. All those evaluations are based on history.”

    Despite a 23-point win in the opener, the Zags actually fell to No. 28 in Pomeroy’s model after their first game because the model expected a larger win against Utah Valley.

    The Zags quickly rose in Pomeroy’s model by beating highly regarded teams like Arizona, Florida and Saint Mary’s, attaining the top spot after pasting Santa Clara on Jan. 19.

    The trouble for Pomeroy’s is that those teams have improved – Arizona was without star player Allonzo Trier – but the level of GU’s competition waned significantly once the Zags rose to the top.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    To know Gonzaga's Mark Few is to know 'Fewy'

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...four/99832088/
    This account from Turiaf was heart-warming. Old news to our fans, but special nonetheless:

    The night before the procedure, Few arrived with his entire staff and took Turiaf and Turiaf’s mother to dinner. He said their relationship continued to develop after Turiaf's 10-year NBA career ended in 2015 and that they’ve stayed in regular contact as Gonzaga has made its run to the Final Four.

    “I realized the depth of the love he had for me when they came to see me the day prior to my surgery,’’ said Turiaf, a 6-10 center and French native. “That was a powerful moment when I saw all of the coaching staff.’’

    Suddenly, Turiaf said, he had an epiphany about Few and Gonzaga basketball. The coach had created a culture that embodied the one-for-all, all-for-one motto — one final Fewy good story.

    “That’s the secret sauce of what Gonzaga is all about,’’ he said. “That’s what makes us a special place.’’


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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    Dakich picked GU to beat SC on Sportscenter this morning. . .bandwagon is getting pretty full.
    That cheap suit balloon head. He had nothing good to say about us, nothing, and our easy path through "no power 5 conferences" (yes, he specifically referenced conferences) prior to the start of the tournament. Now, he has us up against a "power 5 conference" but says we'll win????

    Weak man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DixieZag View Post
    That cheap suit balloon head. He had nothing good to say about us, nothing, and our easy path through "no power 5 conferences" (yes, he specifically referenced conferences) prior to the start of the tournament. Now, he has us up against a "power 5 conference" but says we'll win????

    Weak man.
    I can only imagine the twitter jibes these East Coast/Power 5 "analysts" have received over the past couple of weeks. At least one gentleman on TBS was honest after the Xavier game, admitting he was wrong about the Zags.

    Especially Dakich, I wonder how he reacted when IU made Archie Miller their next coach, and not an "Indiana guy" like Steve Alford?

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    That is so cool Shem's dad is flying in for FF. Let's go to the live feed of father and son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    I can only imagine the twitter jibes these East Coast/Power 5 "analysts" have received over the past couple of weeks. At least one gentleman on TBS was honest after the Xavier game, admitting he was wrong about the Zags.

    Especially Dakich, I wonder how he reacted when IU made Archie Miller their next coach, and not an "Indiana guy" like Steve Alford?
    I know Jay Williams on ESPN did that.
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    Adam Morrison posted an essay on The Player's Tribune:

    https://www.theplayerstribune.com/ad...ll-final-four/

    Chunks of it are quotes from the Luke Winn SI article, but he expands quite a bit on some of his thoughts. Thought it was a good read


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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    Adam Morrison posted an essay on The Player's Tribune:

    https://www.theplayerstribune.com/ad...ll-final-four/

    Chunks of it are quotes from the Luke Winn SI article, but he expands quite a bit on some of his thoughts. Thought it was a good read
    Thanks Reno. I thought it was the best hoops article I've ever read. Love Ammo
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    Quote Originally Posted by GonzagasaurusFlex View Post
    Thanks Reno. I thought it was the best hoops article I've ever read. Love Ammo
    Nothing like ten years of living to add perspective. He was Gonzaga's first "rock star" and no one else has come close IMO, to that since.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    Nothing like ten years of living to add perspective. He was Gonzaga's first "rock star" and no one else has come close IMO, to that since.
    Simply awesome, Reno!

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    Finally, Sindarius Thornwell is known outside of South Carolina

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    Dakich picked GU to beat SC on Sportscenter this morning. . .bandwagon is getting pretty full.
    OH crap, how do we get teh Dakich stench off of us now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GonzagasaurusFlex View Post
    Thanks Reno. I thought it was the best hoops article I've ever read. Love Ammo
    Wow. Just Wow! And of course, Go Zags!
    Thanks Adam!
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