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    Quote Originally Posted by amaronizag View Post
    This team is looking better than the 2017 team. I loved the pace last night. We're not deep, but the talent is scary good. Amazing back court, amazing front court. I'm dreaming about April, and starting to believe, and the team is starting to play like they believe it too. This season is going to be thrilling all the way to the end.
    If Petrol and Tils can stay healthy, then I also believe we will be one of the four teams in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Anything after that is pure gravy, I don't want to count any unhatched chickens.
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    Default 10 Observations - TSSF

    LINK: https://www.slipperstillfits.com/202...s-win-over-byu

    Gonzaga opted to show hard while defending BYU’s pick-n-roll to take away dribble penetration and the three-point line, which occasionally left them exposed on slips and backdoor cuts. That’s a tradeoff that proved to be worthwhile as BYU struggled to establish any rhythm from long distance while the Zags made enough adjustments to take away some of those passing lanes after getting burned a few times early in the game.
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    AP Write Up

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    "We played great all weekend," coach Mark Few said. "To hold (BYU) to 69 points is a great statement by our defense."

    Gonzaga closed out its sixth consecutive win against BYU without leading scorer Filip Petrusev, who went down hard early in the second half and was helped off the floor. Few said it appears to be an ankle sprain.

    It was unclear how long Petrusev might be out.

    "It's part of the game," Few said. "We've got to keep playing."

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    Default S-R: Dan Thompson

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    The Cougars surely could have used their leading scorer, but risking March for mid-January is foolish when a BYU victory in Spokane is not the decent bet it was a few years ago.

    BYU didn’t need a win tonight; it needed a healthy Childs come the West Coast Conference Tournament.

    In any case, the decoy didn’t work.

    “I knew it was a fake,” Gonzaga senior forward Killian Tillie said after the game. “I did that before.”
    Surely, though, it’s not going to be hard for teams to identify a way to exploit Gonzaga’s short bench: Attack the basket.

    You can bet, too, the Zags will be ready for it and will be judicious with their fouls.

    “You gotta be smart on the risks you take, especially on defense, because we just can’t afford to lose another guy to foul trouble or injury,” Kispert said.

    Watson’s 14.8 minutes per game can be divvied up. The Zags want him on the court, but as their eighth man, they don’t need him on it the way, say, BYU needs its first man, Childs.

    But with Petrusev – Gonzaga’s first man, at least in scoring – now down for an unknown length of time, replacing his and Watson’s combined scoring output of 21 points per game is a task more fraught.

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    Default S-R: Jim Meehan -- "Another Painful Victory"

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    The Zags reached the 20-win mark for the 23rd straight season and they’re the first to 20 nationally this season. They also extended the longest active home-court winning streak to 34.

    Gonzaga posted its sixth straight win over BYU (14-6, 3-2) in surprisingly easy fashion after Petrusev’s exit. The 6-foot-11 Serbian native leads Gonzaga in scoring, rebounding and blocks.
    “For us to hold that team, in a high-paced game, to 69 points is a very good statement by our defense,” Few said. “That’s an excellent offensive team that runs a variety of stuff at you. It’s always something different, and if you guard it one way they’re adjusting, and they can really make you look silly.

    “Another excellent effort on the offensive end. BYU’s defense has been pretty stout this year. To get 92 (points) and shoot 56 (percent) is really good.”

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    Default Deseret News Sports Coverage

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    “Hey, we got punched in the mouth tonight,” said guard TJ Haws, who scored a team-high 17 points to go along with six assists. “They’re a great team. They made shots, they got stops. That’s what they do. They run in transition. And if you let them get going, they’re very capable of making big runs like that.”
    BYU Coach Mark Pope:

    “They ate offensive rebounds in the first half. They made all their shots in the second half so there wasn’t many offensive rebounds to be had,” he said. “We just have to guard. Twenty-three percent of their possessions were in transition. We did a great job in the first half and then we fell to pieces in the second half. That’s on me. I’ve got to fix that and we will. They picked up the pace in the second half in how they were running their offense. And we didn’t respond. We let them get downhill and it just unraveled.”

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    Default Salt Lake Tribune

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    “There were moments of stretches in the game where we just trusted each other and trusted the offense to actually help us to get something good,” Pope said. “And those moments were good, and the moments where we didn’t trust and just said, ‘We’re going to try and do this ourselves,’ we were terrible. So, I guess you take that as a positive, right? We’ve got to just shift the percentages and we’ve got to believe and that’s all stuff we can do. I know we can do it.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Centre Mad Man View Post
    Yup. I think we’ve seen that look before.


    Who rocked it better?
    I'll go with the Zag every time, and especially the All-American co-Player of the Year

    (Admittedly, I like the BYU guys's hair better)

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    WCC notes the 33 game conference win streak, via twitter:

    https://twitter.com/WCChoops/status/1218765128201465856

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshzagit View Post
    I share the optimism yet watch ball screen coverage in 2017 games then this year.

    Watch the # of wide open 3's this year...teams in March WON'T miss those

    Watch the pick n roll defense in 2017 then this year too.
    I do agree with this... Numerous times you watch the Zags miscommunication on the defensive switches leaving one guy wide open (although be it briefly). That being said, it does seem to be getting better as the season progresses, IMO. That is part of the fun of this team - watching them grow and improve in these areas. Hopefully by March they have that D tighter than a drum...

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    I thought the Zag Defense was really really good. AND I think Mark Few did too. BYU is the 4th best 3 point shooting team in the country and we held the to 30% shooting, 6-20. They are also the 14th best offensive team in the country, even without Childs. They are good offensively and we did a good job defending them, imo. Hawes, who is their best shooter and scorer was held to 1-3 from the 3 point line, and that one make was while racing upcourt with the dribble and stopping and throwing one up and it went off the backboard and in. He was even laughing about the shot. Gonzaga guarded him really really well, and that includes all of the time that Tillie was guarding him on switches. The Zags on the other hand were 9-21 for 43%. We were at home though.

    I tried to watch our defense the second time I watched the game over on You Tube, and I have to say our defense looked pretty good. It was a 25 min replay that cut out everything that wasn't needed, but still I assume it cut some plays out, maybe like missed wide opened shots. But in the footage that I watched the Zags were playing really good D, and the 3's that BYU did make were defended pretty well. I only remember 2 shots that they missed when the D by GU was kind of not good. Overall, GU smothered Hawes for most of the game. He only scored 17 points, made one three which was a lucky shot while dribbling up court full speed and pulling up for that 3. He banked it in, and was laughing while running back on defense. hahaha

    The D is improving and that's good.

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    Go Zags!!! The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

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    I came across this gem thanks to zagaholic.

    https://twitter.com/hutchfan87/statu...135355394?s=21
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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    WCC notes the 33 game conference win streak, via twitter:

    https://twitter.com/WCChoops/status/1218765128201465856
    Nice, but they used a picture of last year's team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaglaw View Post
    Nice, but they used a picture of last year's team.
    Didn't last year's team make a large contribution to that streak?

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    Zags D efficiency ranking moved up again... now ranked 38th. Each successive WCC game seems to give the Zags a bit of a boost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongIslandZagFan View Post
    Zags D efficiency ranking moved up again... now ranked 38th. Each successive WCC game seems to give the Zags a bit of a boost.
    I know what you mean, LIZF. I would like to add that also think that Gonzaga's defense is so complex that it has taken this much time for the players to learn how to do right. The more the play, I believe the defense will get better and better and keep improving all the way to the last game of the year.
    Go Zags!!! The Best Is Yet To Come!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StatZag19 View Post
    Didn't last year's team make a large contribution to that streak?
    Yes, I see your point, but wouldn't it make more sense to have a picture of the team that actually got the record?

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    I like this one!!

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1218750331393175552

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitzbuel View Post
    I came across this gem thanks to zagaholic.

    https://twitter.com/hutchfan87/statu...135355394?s=21
    Now that’s a “Slobber knocker”


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