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    Default Next man up: Filip Petrusev

    It is your time to shine, Mr. Petrusev.

    You have prepared, played key minutes, and practiced hard all season for this opportunity. Time to rise to the occasion, as this team needs you to make a run.

    Have fun, go hard, and make a splash young man!

    ps. - Filip isn't the passer or defender Tillie is, nor the mis-match all around the floor, yet I believe Petrusev is just as good, if not better in the paint. He can play 10-15 mins and be a very efficient/effective presence for this team off the bench. I believe in him going forward.

    Tillie was a fantastic defender, and a significant reason we jumped 40 spots in Ken Pom. His fouls were cheap and often silly, yet his switching, awareness, and ability to guard were terrific. His floor spacing was unique, defenses took notice, and his ability to make the timely pass, be a great teammate, and absorb fouls were paramount as well. The team just feels more comfortable with him backing them up than Filip, but we all heard Filip is having a terrific 2019 in practice. We witnessed what he is capable of doing when called upon. He can put points on the board. He is going to fill in admirably, and be a reason we win an extra game or two in NCAA Tourney.
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    The Sky's the limit for this Gonzaga squad. And Filip (and Jeremy) will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoZags View Post
    The Sky's the limit for this Gonzaga squad. And Filip (and Jeremy) will help.
    +1. Good point, more opportunity/time for Jeremy as well. The team earned #1 ranking in the the Nation sans Tillie and can end #1 without him as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshzagit View Post
    +1. Good point, more opportunity/time for Jeremy as well. The team earned #1 ranking in the the Nation sans Tillie and can end #1 without him as well.
    Assuming the info posted on the Tillie foot thread is true, that he’s out for the season, than yeah for sure time for Filip to step up for this team. He and Jones can get Clarke and Rui backup minutes w Jones also getting minutes backing up Kispert. Curious, what is Zags best defensive lineup now? I say:

    Perkins, Crandall, Jones, Rui, Clarke
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    Perkins, Crandall, Norvell, Jones, Clarke
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshzagit View Post
    It is your time to shine, Mr. Petrusev.

    You have prepared, played key minutes, and practiced hard all season for this opportunity. Time to rise to the occasion, as this team needs you to make a run.

    Have fun, go hard, and make a splash young man!

    ps. - Filip isn't the passer or defender Tillie is, nor the mis-match all around the floor, yet I believe Petrusev is just as good, if not better in the paint. He can play 10-15 mins and be a very efficient/effective presence for this team off the bench. I believe in him going forward.

    Tillie was a fantastic defender, and a significant reason we jumped 40 spots in Ken Pom. His fouls were cheap and often silly, yet his switching, awareness, and ability to guard were terrific. His floor spacing was unique, defenses took notice, and his ability to make the timely pass, be a great teammate, and absorb fouls were paramount as well. The team just feels more comfortable with him backing them up than Filip, but we all heard Filip is having a terrific 2019 in practice. We witnessed what he is capable of doing when called upon. He can put points on the board. He is going to fill in admirably, and be a reason we win an extra game or two in NCAA Tourney.
    Have made this pitch on Petrol for some time now. Even more important given Till’s injury. I WAS thinking that if Petrol shines with Tillie playing, our shot at winning a Sweet 16 or Elite 8 game improves exponentially. NOW I’m thinking that without Tillie playing, our shot at getting to the Sweet 16 or Elite 8 game actually depends on Petrol playing well.

    Can’t replace Tillie. All you can do is cover for him. Here’s hoping Petro can do just that and, OK, a bit more, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaCoyote View Post
    Have made this pitch on Petrol for some time now. Even more important given Till’s injury. I WAS thinking that if Petrol shines with Tillie playing, our shot at winning a Sweet 16 or Elite 8 game improves exponentially. NOW I’m thinking that without Tillie playing, our shot at getting to the Sweet 16 or Elite 8 game actually depends on Petrol playing well.

    Can’t replace Tillie. All you can do is cover for him. Here’s hoping Petro can do just that and, OK, a bit more, too!
    Great post.

    Foul trouble was literally a thing of the past with Tillie's return, because even if he had fouls we could spot play Petrusev.

    Now, back to the tense moments of Rui or Clarke potentially getting their 3rd or 4th foul called, and only one person to back them up. Or required to play small ball with Jones at the (4).

    I loved how aggressive Rui and Clarke could play with Tillie's return, not to mention more confident, taking risks, and any fatigue chance was over.

    I am bummed, yet realistically, Tillie has averaged an injury (even minor ankle sprains) about every 8-10 games since he arrived t Gonzaga. It was 50-50 all along he'd remain healthy the rest of the year. I feel terrible for him and his family, followed by his teammates, and all Zag fans. Really unfortunate news and limits Gonzaga no matter how you look at it. Yes, Petrusev is a very solid back-up big man who can score points, yet we are still one 6'10" highly experienced and versatile big man down from the rotation, on both sides of the court. Tillie had a few games with 7 rebs in limited mins, a 6 assist game, 14 pts in 18 mins, etc. Those are areas Petrusev has yet to excel at, and his defense is nearly non existent.

    That said, there is hope, and we are still a very good team....just not a deep one. Foul trouble and fatigue are obstacles once again, we'll just have to Coach around them, trust more, and everyone else pick up the slack of a having a man down.

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    Don't count out Jeremy Jones. He was the X factor early in the year, especially against Duke. We still have a rotation of 8 that is as good as any team in the country.

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    Fwiw, and not sure it means much or not, yet the OFFICIAL injury report for tonight's game lists Tillie as "questionable".

    If he was ruled out for the season, one might presume he would be listed as "doubtful".

    Still hoping. . .

    If he actually has a torn fascia, that is technically plantar fasciatitus as that is a type microtearing.

    Depends on severity, whether graded or rupture, partial, etc

    Did our source jump the gun after hearing the word "tear"? They have been a consistently reliable and legit source for many years, very close to the team, so my hope is the prognosis is better than initially feared.

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    There are scant legit sources here and so far they’ve said nada.

    Quote Originally Posted by raise the zag View Post
    Fwiw, and not sure it means much or not, yet the OFFICIAL injury report for tonight's game lists Tillie as "questionable".

    If he was ruled out for the season, one might presume he would be listed as "doubtful".

    Still hoping. . .

    If he actually has a torn fascia, that is technically plantar fasciatitus as that is a type microtearing.

    Depends on severity, whether graded or rupture, partial, etc

    Did our source jump the gun after hearing the word "tear"? They have been a consistently reliable and legit source for many years, very close to the team, so my hope is the prognosis is better than initially feared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booster View Post
    Don't count out Jeremy Jones. He was the X factor early in the year, especially against Duke. We still have a rotation of 8 that is as good as any team in the country.
    I agree. Tillie is/was a great Zag, but he needed more work to get to where he was. For me, getting Crandall back was equally important.
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    His time is literally now.

    Will Coach Few trust our freshman big in March? We will need him BIG time.

    Or should we expect Rui and Clarke to play tight or limit defensive aggression to avoid fouls or fatigue? Or play 40 mins?

    A collective gasp and sigh after the 2nd foul call in 1st half, or a 3rd in 2nd half?

    Coach Few will need to loosen up on Petrusev's leash the rest of the season.

    Get him 20+ mins per game from here on out. If it costs us a few points, say a 20 point win instead of 35, who cares. Get him comfortable, confident, & ready to contribute at the highest level!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raise the zag View Post
    His time is literally now.

    Will Coach Few trust our freshman big in March? We will need him BIG time.

    Or should we expect Rui and Clarke to play tight or limit defensive aggression to avoid fouls or fatigue? Or play 40 mins?

    A collective gasp and sigh after the 2nd foul call in 1st half, or s 3rd in 2nd half?

    Coach Few will need to loosen up on Petrusev's leash the rest of the season.
    I'm hopeful that Killian will get some minutes in Las Vegas .... and with the extended break between the WCC tourney and the NCAA tourney he "may" be in position to help with 8-12 mpg for 6 games in the big dance.

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    DNA gene pool...tough on bigs

    Coach Few heartbroken for Killian because he's such a good guy

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    Luckily, Filip is still sharp. This is why I have been pleading for Few to keep playing Filip. That and the possibility of major foul trouble in a NCAA game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    Luckily, Filip is still sharp. This is why I have been pleading for Few to keep playing Filip. That and the possibility of major foul trouble in a NCAA game.
    Yes, you did.

    Not to mention Tillie's injury history, inability to remain healthy, and preparing for this very moment.

    While this is incredibly discouraging, unfortunate news, sadly, it isn't very surprising.

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    He delivered in this game. Keep it up.
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    And the next man up he was. Great job Filip!!!!!!

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    Filip played 21 mins tonight and clearly demonstrated the benefits of working against Brandon and Rui in practice.
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    Watched every minute of tonight's game (yes I was hammered, but whatever), and Petrov shined like the shining sun. Tillie's injury is the golden chance for Pet to show what he can do. And Pet will deliver in March, I just know it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SorenTodd45 View Post
    .... And Pet will deliver in March, I just know it.
    And I believe Killian will help win a big game in March ... or perhaps April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoZags View Post
    And I believe Killian will help win a big game in March ... or perhaps April.
    Keep up the positivity! Killian deserves some good luck for a change.

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    The thing about Killian's injury that worries me the most? The possibility of having to face Duke again in the final four. He didn't play in that Maui game. So having him in the rotation and thriving is something new that Coach K and his team would have to prepare for. It would introduce a new wrinkle into a game where there is already familiarity. The other thing is that Killian's ability to shoot it from deep as a 6-10 guy might further exploit one of the major problems Duke had in that game, which was putting a 5 man out there that could defensively deal with GU's 5 man. They ate Bolden alive, and no one off the pine could do anything either. Tillie is a good guy to have in a game vs. Duke. I realize Petrusev can shoot it from deep too, but again, they didn't have to face Tillie, who has more athleticism and experience than Filip.

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    I didn't notice any big mistakes on D by Petrusev, either. And on a couple occasions he looked good on that end, walling up in the post and sticking with guards on PNR switches. Encouraging sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoZags View Post
    And I believe Killian will help win a big game in March ... or perhaps April.
    I sure hope so....he is a uniquely talented player..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    Luckily, Filip is still sharp. This is why I have been pleading for Few to keep playing Filip. That and the possibility of major foul trouble in a NCAA game.
    luckily??????? he practices every day against two very different and very dynamic big men that is where players are made

    he responded well yesterday and will be important to maintain that similar approach
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