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    Default March Madness Media Thread (please post links here)

    I thought it a good idea for board members to post Media links to Zag stories that others can read in the hype leading up to Selection Sunday.

    Posted this morning on USA Today: Why Gonzaga's namesake saint is a perfect fit in 2021 men's basketball season, https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ss/6917421002/


    Aloysius Gonzaga is the patron saint of youth. This makes him a suitable saint for March Madness every year, though never more so than the one now upon us.

    Top-ranked Gonzaga University is likely to be the top overall seed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament if, as expected, it wins the West Coast Conference tournament that began Thursday. What’s more, the 24-0 Zags have a chance to be the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1976.

    All that would be enough by itself, of course, but Aloysius Gonzaga is also patron saint of the victims of plagues. He died of one himself, 430 years ago. He was just 23 — thus his twin associations with youth and with pandemics.
    GO ZAGS!!!

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    Default Ken Pomeroy: Zag's potential for being a generational team

    S-R writer reached out to analytics guru Ken Pomeroy for a feature in today's newspaper; said Pomeroy:

    “It’s also easy to have a good rating to this point of the season. Others have had a good rating and it invariably falls when they play in their conference tournament and NCAA Tournament.

    “It’s significant (GU’s adjusted efficiency margin), they’re obviously a very good team, probably better than a top team in a given season. If their rating is at that level a month from now, then we can firm up the case for them being a generational team. They have that potential, but it’s easier to rack up that rating over a shorter time frame than a longer one.”
    Meehan also talked with Baylor doctoral candidate Evan Miyakawa, whose basketball analytics website, evanmiya.com, launched last year:

    Miyakawa’s site evanmiya.com offers teammate chemistry rankings. The Kispert-Suggs combo leads Gonzaga, followed by Kispert-Ayayi, Suggs-Nembhard and Kispert-Timme.

    In Miyakawa’s 20 bracket simulations, Gonzaga reaches the Final Four 13 times and wins the title nine times.

    Pomeroy cautioned that it can be challenging to rank Gonzaga because it has dominated the WCC through the years.

    “It’s hard to rate a team like them or Houston this year, he said. “They’re just way better than the competition in the conference, but Gonzaga played a difficult nonconference schedule and that helps. It gives me more confidence that their rating is more correct.”
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...t-more-data-n/

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    From yesterday's S-R: Leading man: Gonzaga senior Corey Kispert has become the heart and soul of the Bulldogs. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...ert-has-becom/

    I really liked this statement from J Suggs about Corey's Leadership:
    “He’s someone I can go to and he’s going to keep my mind right, keep me motivated and bring me back to being calm,” freshman point guard Jalen Suggs said. “Obviously, he’s super talented, shoots the hell out of the ball, sneaky athletic and a great leader. He’s always a steady mind. It’s something that holds a lot of us together.”
    GO ZAGS!!!

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    https://nypost.com/2021/03/14/march-...y-tale-ending/

    The pandemic prevented a 31-2 juggernaut from ever knowing whether it would have captured Gonzaga’s first national title. But the country’s best team got better, bringing back potential lottery pick Corey Kispert, plus future NBA draftees Joel Ayayi and Drew Timme. It welcomed Suggs — the highest-rated recruit (No. 6 in the nation) in Gonzaga history — Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard and top-100 recruits Dominick Harris and Julian Strawther.

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    https://www.inquirer.com/college-spo...outputType=amp

    They’re 26-0, and when CBS holds its selection show Sunday night to announce the field of 68, they’ll hear their name called as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. They lead the country in scoring (92.1 points per game) and field-goal percentage (.551). They beat four top-20 teams within their first seven games. According to the comprehensive and indispensable database KenPom.com, their adjusted efficiency rating — the measurement of how much better or worse they are compared to an average Division I team — is +37.92, which is the highest figure since KenPom introduced the metric in 2002. They’re not a good team. They’re a great team, with a shot to be the first Division I squad to complete an unbeaten season since Indiana in 1975-76. And … crickets.

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    Nate Silver's interactive 2021 March Madness Predictor:

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...s-predictions/

    Zags' odds looking pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caduceus View Post
    Nate Silver's interactive 2021 March Madness Predictor:

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com...s-predictions/

    Zags' odds looking pretty good.
    Wow,Nate loves Wisconsin and doesn’t like Ok State.

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    Great article! Retelling of Gonzaga’s rise but some tidbits that were news to me. For example, when university’s comptroller suggested moving to D-3 to save $ yet Roth convinced them not to because “..if we do something big in D3 it barely makes the local news, but...”
    He can move 15 ft to the left or right about as fast as my eyes can see it, his name could just as well be Hunter Hustle -ZagsGoZags 11/17/21

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    https://slate.com/culture/2021/03/go...team-ever.html



    It’s not fair that the American sports zeitgeist immediately exiles teams that don’t win championships. But that’s the reality, and it’s precisely what the Gonzaga Bulldogs are facing if they don’t cap an undefeated regular season with the school’s first national title. The Zags, clearly the best team of the 2020–21 season, are about to become one of two things: yet another example of a so-called midmajor failing to prove itself on the biggest stage, or the greatest men’s college basketball team that’s ever played. Acknowledging our tendency to tell oversimplified stories about sports teams, it’s possible there has never been a team with a wider range of storytelling arcs, this late in a season, than Gonzaga.
    A national championship would see the Zags finish 32–0, unless the tournament is somehow shortened because of the pandemic. That’d be the same record as the last team to run the gauntlet in Division I, Bob Knight’s 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Each of John Wooden’s four undefeated champs at UCLA, in the ’60s and ’70s, won exactly 30 games. 1957 North Carolina was another 32–0 team, and 1956 San Francisco went 29–0. So, it’s highly unlikely any undefeated champ will have won more games than a 32–0 Gonzaga outfit. On top of that, those teams played in eras when the tournament had between 22 and 32 teams, and most had byes to start the event. The postseason grind they faced was nothing like what Gonzaga is facing now.

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    I hope Jalen sent that picture to Chet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    I hope Jalen sent that picture to Chet.
    I'm sure Chet has seen many pictures of Jalen and the Zags.
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    Algebracket is back! Automate your bracket based on what stats you find most important:

    https://algebracket.com/?w=B000000000000000000000000

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    Thanks for the link Reno. Nice read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caduceus View Post
    Algebracket is back! Automate your bracket based on what stats you find most important:

    https://algebracket.com/?w=B000000000000000000000000
    Go Abilene

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    Jeff Goodman
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    @stadium
    . They went to dinner after hotel rooms not ready.

    https://watchstadium.com/six-ncaa-to...ls-03-15-2021/

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    Pepperdine is in the CBI. Based on the field, I'll be disappointed if they don't win the thing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_C...l_Invitational

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagdawg View Post
    Jeff Goodman
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    BREAKING: 6 top referees - including Ted Valentine, John Higgins and Roger Ayers - have been sent home from Indy due to one positive test and contact tracing, sources told
    @stadium
    . They went to dinner after hotel rooms not ready.

    https://watchstadium.com/six-ncaa-to...ls-03-15-2021/
    not sorry to see three of the more pompous ref's departing see ya sorry you could not comply with basic guidelines and rules...................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopaholic View Post
    not sorry to see three of the more pompous ref's departing see ya sorry you could not comply with basic guidelines and rules...................
    Yeah, seriously. After these 18-22 year old college students spend the past 6+ months refraining from being college kids for the sake of having a season and a chance to play in this tournament these refs can’t follow the same basic protocols within a few hours of arriving so they could eat together? That’s piss poor. Hope the NCAA gets the message across to all the refs to not become the reason this whole thing could still be derailed. All it takes is some refs testing positive after games are underway. Infuriating
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    Quote Originally Posted by GonzagasaurusFlex View Post
    Yeah, seriously. After these 18-22 year old college students spend the past 6+ months refraining from being college kids for the sake of having a season and a chance to play in this tournament these refs can’t follow the same basic protocols within a few hours of arriving so they could eat together? That’s piss poor. Hope the NCAA gets the message across to all the refs to not become the reason this whole thing could still be derailed. All it takes is some refs testing positive after games are underway. Infuriating
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    Hoping they are all ok--it mentions they have less Refs available than normal -- seems like they would have extra on hand (just in case).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonstu View Post
    Pepperdine is in the CBI. Based on the field, I'll be disappointed if they don't win the thing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_C...l_Invitational
    Pepperdine deserved an NIT invite over the Gaels imo. Much better team.
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    Getting to Indy: What Gonzaga, Eastern Washington fans should know about traveling to the Big Dance

    https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...and-eastern-w/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopaholic View Post
    not sorry to see three of the more pompous ref's departing see ya sorry you could not comply with basic guidelines and rules...................
    They didn't get Covid that quickly. Someone got it long before going to dinner. From all reports, the incubation period is a minimum of two days after exposure.
    Someone brought it to Indianapolis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unbiased View Post
    They didn't get Covid that quickly. Someone got it long before going to dinner. From all reports, the incubation period is a minimum of two days after exposure.
    Someone brought it to Indianapolis.
    Just a friendly reminder: The rules on the board here, tell us NOT to use the "C" word. Things go bad after that. Just a heads up.


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