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    Default GU vs. UNC: Pre-Game Media Thread

    From Justin Reed at the S-R: UNC's a Hot Ticket

    LINK: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...t-dont-count-/

    Other options are secondary markets including SeatGeek, TicketMaster and StubHub. Out of all three – among others – there were none available on any of those sites.

    But that is also by design as well. Not many tickets ever can be found on those websites in general as the GU athletic department monitors those markets to make sure ticket holders don’t profit, which is a policy GU holds.

    “We monitor and then we reach out and educate whenever we identify somebody and issue essentially a cease and desist at that point and say ‘hey, here’s a policy or a reminder of the policy, so make sure that you don’t get caught breaking the policy,’” Chris Standiford, the deputy director of athletics said.
    Mr. Reed also has a sidebar on how the GU Athletic Dept is dealing with the overflow crowd of media and scouts:

    LINK: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...e-drawing-a-f/

    The issue for the athletic department is fitting more than 80 people into the approximately 22 available seats.

    For GU, it is one of – if not probably the most – requested games in the history of the Zags’ home games.

    And because of the overcrowding, the pressure is on men’s basketball sports information director Barrett Henderson.

    “We’re doing a few different creative options this game to where we’re going to fit 21 scouts, 64 media requests,” he said
    Peter Woodburn at TSSF talks tickets in this story: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/201...rolina-tickets

    So consider me semi-shocked, but not really shocked, when a quick glance at StubHub revealed that there is not a single ticket on the reselling market for Wednesday’s contest against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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    UNC has owned the series since 2006

    After the Zags pulled off a signature victory in 2006 at Madison Square Garden, the Tar Heels have reeled off three straight wins, including 2017’s National Championship matchup. On Wednesday, No. 2-ranked GU looks to break its three-game losing streak to UNC when the Tar Heels visit McCarthey Athletic Center for a 6 p.m. tip.
    Story includes Jim Meehan's recaps of previous games

    LINK: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...owned-series-/

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    Default AP Game Preview

    LINK: https://apnews.com/d869a6ff3458418ca6eff6d130781396

    DID YOU KNOW: The Gonzaga offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.7 percent of its possessions, which is the 12th-best rate in the country. The North Carolina defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 15.8 percent of all possessions (ranked 339th among Division I teams).


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    UNC Guard K. J. Smith on "being ready." ( Video at link )


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    From the Raleigh News & Observer: Already struggling to score, Cole Anthony’s knee injury comes at a tough time for UNC ( Includes video of Coach Williams after the Wofford game )

    LINK: https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/...238405568.html

    The Tar Heels shot 36.5 percent from the floor for the game and 31.6 percent from 3. It was the 10th game this season, that the Tar Heels have not shot above 50 percent.

    And for the third consecutive game, they went through a serious cold stretch in the second half, that allowed their opponents to take a commanding lead.

    UNC led Wofford by three points in the second half, before allowing the Terriers to go on 16-0 run during a five-minute stretch in the second half. The Terriers grabbed a 13-point lead, and the Tar Heels never got closer than four points.

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    Steven Karr, of TSSF, offers up his game preview: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/201...source=twitter

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    So how does North Carolina stay in this game? The same way they’ve dominated for a decade: offensive rebounding. They are ninth in the nation in OREB percentage. Armando Bacot is 15th in country in grabbing offensive rebounds. After watching Zeke Nnaji tear Gonzaga apart for a half, that may give you pause. However, Gonzaga is 12th in country in defensive rebounding and shored up the Nnaji problem in the second half.

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    Thanks, Reno! I am heading out of town for the holidays and didn't get to this!!
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    Default Aaron Torres Podcast -Shout Out to Coach Few & GU Program

    Found this link to Fox Sports Radio host Torres' latest podcast excerpt -- via twitter-- wherein he discusses this year's edition, Coach Few not getting his due, and more. It's a 13 minute listen and while it doesn't address the UNC game, I found it a nice boost.

    You can listen to the excerpt at the You Tube link embedded in the tweet:

    https://twitter.com/Aaron_Torres/sta...28536611532800

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    Found this link to Fox Sports Radio host Torres' latest podcast excerpt -- via twitter-- wherein he discusses this year's edition, Coach Few not getting his due, and more. It's a 13 minute listen and while it doesn't address the UNC game, I found it a nice boost.

    You can listen to the excerpt at the You Tube link embedded in the tweet:

    https://twitter.com/Aaron_Torres/sta...28536611532800
    He had some very flattering things to say about Mark Few and it's worth a listen.

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    Dave Flemming and Jay Bilas will be calling tomorrow's game for ESPN2.

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    Cole Anthony expected to miss 4 -6 weeks following arthroscopic procedure

    https://twitter.com/UNCMBBStats/stat...17276110708736

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    Hope he heals up quickly and comes back to win a bunch of ACC conference games.

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    ESPN writers & CBB Voices Weighed in on the Anthony news here:

    https://www.espn.com/mens-college-ba...e-cole-anthony

    Part of the 'roundtable' was what adjustments UNC has to make w/o Anthony, possibly a preview of what GU will see on Weds:

    We saw a glimpse of how Carolina is going to deal with Anthony's absence in its loss to Wofford over the weekend.

    The Tar Heels had K.J. Smith start in the backcourt alongside Christian Keeling and Brandon Robinson, with freshmen Jeremiah Francis and Anthony Harris coming off the bench. Smith is a former walk-on, while Francis and Harris have been dealing with long-term injuries and missed the first eight games of the season. Harris was an ESPN 100 recruit coming out of high school, and should be an impact player if he's 100% healthy. Francis is another playmaker who was a top-100 player before his injury.

    They could also use William & Mary grad transfer Justin Pierce more as a facilitator -- he's seen his minutes drop since the start of the season, but he was a capable distributor and playmaker last season. None of the available perimeter players is Cole Anthony, but Roy Williams should still be able to put out a competitive guard group.

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    Zags are currently favored by 10 points . O/U 146

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    Jim Meehan's "Key Match-Up" feature

    Gonzaga’s frontcourt options could be limited. Killian Tillie sprained his ankle against Arizona, but plans on playing. It’s seems unlikely Anton Watson will be available. He didn’t play in the second half Saturday after his left shoulder popped out of place a couple of times, roughly one month after he suffered a left shoulder subluxation against Texas A&M.
    LINK:https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...r-heels-front/

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    Appreciate Roy Williams for scheduling home-and-home. Very few coaches of comparable programs would consider it. Would prefer a win with BOTH teams at full strength, but will take any win against an elite program. Wish I could be there.

    Go Zags! Beat UNC!

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    Default Gonzaga students gear up for home game against North Carolina - KREM

    https://www.krem.com/article/sports/...2-b0cd6e99ec50


    "It's going to be like nothing that we've had during a break game before," said Kennel Club president Matt Cranston. "Mark Few says that when The Kennel is in full force, we're worth seven points a game on defense. I think that having that is going to up the players' confidence and it's going to make it an easy game for us to do our job."

    Christmas break for Gonzaga students started when finals ended last Friday, so that means students will stay an extra five days in Spokane before going home.
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    https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...more-proof-go/

    A more recent encounter created Gonzaga’s opportunity to face the Tar Heels for arguably the most anticipated home game in GU history. Both teams participated in the 2017 PK80 in Portland, a 16-team birthday bash for Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

    At a social event prior to the tournament, Williams and Few were chatting when Williams suggested a home-and-home series. Few was on board immediately.

    “The next day Mark told me, ‘Hey, I just talked to Roy last night and he wants to go home and home,’ ” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. “I said, ‘Done, let’s make it happen.’ ”
    “North Carolina coming to the little town of Spokane, I won’t believe it until I see it,” Frenchman Joel Ayayi said. “That’s the type of name you hear all over the world. Great school, great history, lot of great players.

    “It’s going to be an awesome opportunity for all the people in Spokane and the people who have built this program. North Carolina coming to Spokane, nobody would have even thought about it 20 years ago. We’re the lucky ones that are going to be able to play.”

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    John Blanchette's Column from today's S-R:

    The Zags haven’t won a national championship. Been to just the one Final Four. Had but four consensus All-Americans.

    Because amassing those things takes time. And the school didn’t even start investing in the sport until the calendar struck 2000.

    They are, in fact, new money, not old. But we all know Bezos and Gates money spends every bit as well as Rockefeller or du Pont money.

    And yet the whole proposition of North Carolina being in town to play in Gonzaga’s snug 6,000-seat Kennel suggests a level of regard that may outstrip the notion of blue-bloodedness.

    “It’s defined by everyone else anyway,” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. “You can’t declare yourself a blue blood. Your peers decide that, and everybody has their own criteria.

    “For me, it’s a team that’s there year in and year out. A team everybody wants to play and everybody wants to beat. That’s one of the things we heard these past two weeks: how important those games were to Washington and to Arizona.”
    https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...dogs-whatever/


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    From S-R scribe Justin Reed:

    Athletic director Mike Roth and deputy director of athletics Chris Standiford stood on the court as the building was under construction and took a tape measure to direct how close they wanted the bleachers to the court.

    The architects got within two inches of the request, much to the joy of Roth and Standiford.

    “We just got back from Tucson where they’ve got a beautiful building, it’s 14,000 seats and it’s awesome, but now they only sell one or two games out a year,” Standiford said. “There are a lot of places that have to essentially downsize their buildings to try and create a better atmosphere. It isn’t really indisputable; we’ve got one of the best environments for college basketball in the country.”

    And that environment they sought has translated into both success and money for the university.
    https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...-to-town-what/

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    Default That Time Williams and Few Hit the Craps Table. . .

    LINK: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...403-story.html

    This story, from the Washington Post's Rick Maese, made the rounds in 2017 during the Final Four

    Finally, around 3 o'clock in the morning, the Gonzaga and North Carolina coaching staffs pile back into their cars to return to Memphis. On the road, Williams saw flashing lights and was pulled over. He admits now to speeding - "but it was like two or three miles." The officer noticed the NCAA logo on the side of the car, "and he said, 'I wondered if somebody had stolen a car' or something like that," Williams recalled.

    Williams escaped without a ticket and was warned to keep an eye on the speedometer.

    "I said, 'I appreciate it. Are you going to stay on this area of the street or the road?' " Williams recalled last week. "I said, 'Well, Mark Few from Gonzaga is about 10 minutes behind me. I want you to pull his rear end over, too, scare him to death like you did me.'"

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    Default Press Packets

    Some light reading to pass the time before tonight's tip. . .

    GU Notes Media Packet (pdf): https://gozags.com/documents/2019/12/16//MBB13.pdf 18 Pages

    1. The Zags are 14 - 10 all-time against current ACC teams, including 13 - 10 under Mark Few
    2. The Zags are the only team in the country that has six players averaging double-digit scoring, with a seventh at 9.8 ppg
    3. GU's 28 consecutive wins at home is the longest active streak in the country, and fifth longest in program history



    UNC Notes Media Packet(pdf): https://gozags.com/documents/2019/12...aga_Dec_18.pdf . 43 Pages

    • The Tar Heels are 1 - 3 in Washington. All four previous games were in the NCAA Tournament.
    • Carolina is unranked this week. That snaps a 106-week stretch in which the Tar Heels were ranked in the AP poll. The last time UNC was unranked was week 16 in 2013-2014.
    • It's the first time UNC will play three Top-10 teams in December since 2009-10.


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    Former Coach Kerry Keating will be doing a live chat via the Hot Mic Social app ( for Iphone, iPad, Android ) for tonight's game. You can find out more via his twitter feed.

    A few seasons ago, I listened to Keating on a Free Ira Brown podcast. He was funny, insightful, and irreverent.

    So, I'm going to give it a whirl. . .have done game threads here, at SSF, and on twitter. Have no idea if I'll like it or not.

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    There's a great article on CBS basketball site about this season. I am traveling and can't link it but look for it!
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