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    Default For the critics who say Gonzaga is going to play NO ONE the next 2 months

    Gonzaga 16-1

    Santa Clara 14-2

    Saint Mary's 14-3

    Pacific 14-4

    BYU 14-4

    USF 11-6

    Portland 9-8

    The only WCC teams with losing records are San Diego (7-10), LMU (7-9) and Pepperdine (7-9). As was documented by the ESPN guys on Saturday, Pepperdine's season has been ruined up until now by injuries. They would without question be the 8th team with a winning record had they remained somewhat healthy. They almost knocked off Arizona. That team has some players. The job Sendek has been doing at SCU is not being recognized enough.

    People have got to understand that Gonzaga is still a very young basketball team. Gilder and Woolridge, although seniors, were not even here last season. Kispert is being forced to take on a way bigger role. Tillie and Watson continue to be hampered by injuries. Watson and Timme are freshmen still learning the ropes. Some people were speculating that Joel A. might transfer out of the program after last season until he experienced this massive growth in his abilities. Everyone is taking on roles they never have before.

    This is obviously a very good basketball team, but there are an awful lot of players who do not understand the WCC and how it works. Playing GU is the Super Bowl for most of these teams. Every game is a storm the floor game. The situation is even worse (not that I am complaining) because GU is #1 and for the first time ever entered league play as the nation's #1 team. These WCC teams are going to want to beat Gonzaga so badly it's insane.

    While I was obviously not pleased with the 1st half effort at Portland, and was a bit concerned at how close the Pepperdine game was (especially when you consider it was at home), I just do not expect this team to sweep the league. I also don't expect them to win by 25 per game or something like GU's great teams were able to who had way more experience than this bunch. Those teams understood that just because LMU is 7-9, it doesn't mean they are like a 7-9 team from the Big West. These are league teams know your weaknesses and strengths inside and out, and their coaches know what to expect from Coach Few and his staff. Also, it just means so much more for WCC teams to beat Gonzaga than some team like Detroit Mercy.

    Don't be shocked to see several more games like the Pepperdine game on Saturday night. Squeaker games. It might get a bit better - at least for home games - once the students get back on campus. Doesn't mean GU won't win the regular season and postseason crowns. But I just don't expect total domination this season. Gonzaga has got to be ready to cowboy up every night. Even next weekend when they travel to So Cal to play the league's two worst teams......at least record wise.

    And that defense still needs improvement. #59 in defensive efficiency is not cutting it.

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    Where does KenPom rank them if he does ??? Where does he rank the Conference if he does.....?

    Like Henny Youngman answered when he was asked " How is your wife ?"...…….." Compared to who ?"
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    It's worth noting that BYU lost to undefeated San Diego State by only five. They lost to Boise State by four. Had Childs been able to play, and had their stud sophomore big Baxter not had a season-ending injury, the Cougars might have only one loss, to Kansas. (Little worried about SMC now that their starting center, Tass, is out with a season-ending injury.)

    Were Pepperdine and BYU at full strength, yikes.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bartruff1 View Post
    Where does KenPom rank them if he does ??? Where does he rand the Conference if he does.....?

    Like Henny Youngman answered when he was asked " How is your wife ?"...…….." Compared to who ?"
    Henny also quipped: "I take my wife everywhere .... but she always find her way back."

    Needless to say, Henny's brand of humor would not be as widely popular in today's society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProVeeZag View Post
    Henny also quipped: "I take my wife everywhere .... but she always find her way back."

    Needless to say, Henny's brand of humor would not be as widely popular in today's society.
    It's not just Henny, it's Mel Brooks, Don Rickles, Sam Kinison, and a host of others whose brand of comedy doesn't fit into today's world. I dare say Animal House and Blazing Saddles could not be produced today. BTW, Richard Pryor was one of the screenwriters on Blazing Saddles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    It's not just Henny, it's Mel Brooks, Don Rickles, Sam Kinison, and a host of others whose brand of comedy doesn't fit into today's world. I dare say Animal House and Blazing Saddles could not be produced today. BTW, Richard Pryor was one of the screenwriters on Blazing Saddles.
    On topic: BYU will be a "tough out" both here and there. St. Mary's coming back down to earth, esp with recent injury to Tass.

    Continuing Off topic: Sam Kinison (shakin' my head). Did you know he was born in Yakima WA? Won't post the link, but you might google "Sam Kinnison's Big Break-1984" when the kiddies are out of the room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    BTW, Richard Pryor was one of the screenwriters on Blazing Saddles.
    Wow, good trivia! Makes you wonder why he didn't play the sheriff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    It's not just Henny, it's Mel Brooks, Don Rickles, Sam Kinison, and a host of others whose brand of comedy doesn't fit into today's world. I dare say Animal House and Blazing Saddles could not be produced today. BTW, Richard Pryor was one of the screenwriters on Blazing Saddles.
    Wasn’t he supposed to star in it until he was a little too drugged our to deal with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrooner View Post
    Wow, good trivia! Makes you wonder why he didn't play the sheriff.
    Then, they called Richard Pryor to act as their consulate and representative and also to star as Sheriff Bart. Then they had to find someone else to play Bart, because WB saw Pryor’s drug arrests as an insurance liability, and so they wound up deciding on (Cleavon) Little at the end of a 60-person casting call. Pryor apparently remarked that while he could be mistaken for Cuban, with his lighter skin tone and his mustache, Little couldn’t be mistaken for anything other than black, and that he’d "scare the ####" out of the good people of Rock Ridge, making him the best choice for the part. (Incidentally, this lends Bart’s parting line to Lili Von Shtupp—"Baby, please! I am not from Havana!"—the added depth of an inside joke.)
    from https://www.pastemagazine.com/articl...g-saddles.html
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    You gotta dig a little deeper than just W-L record. I mean SCU is 2nd at 14-2, but the 2 top 100 teams they played this year beat them by a combined 49 points, Stanford and Nevada, not exactly juggernauts, and there best win was against Washington St, currently 136 on KenPom. Here's a list of current KenPom rankings for teams SCU has beaten:
    136
    188
    189
    192
    274
    293
    304
    315
    324
    332
    337
    353 (dead last)
    D2 team
    D3 team

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProVeeZag View Post
    Henny also quipped: "I take my wife everywhere .... but she always find her way back."

    Needless to say, Henny's brand of humor would not be as widely popular in today's society.
    http://guboards.spokesmanreview.com/...61#post1492661

    Sorry. Blew my entire Henny repetoire a couple weeks ago.

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