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It's finally March.
Tonight Gonzaga takes on BYU in the WCC Championship at 6pm.
It's finally March!
Gonzaga’s will face BYU tonight at 6 p.m. PDT in the championship game of the West Coast Conference Basketball Championship at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The game will be televised on ESPN at 6 p.m. PDT and also air on the IMG Gonzaga Radio Network including the Puget Sound's AM 880, KIXI.
It’s the 17th straight appearance in the title game for the Zags who downed Saint Mary’s 70-54 Monday in the first semifinal.
It's the first title-game appearance for the Cougars in their three years of WCC membership. BYU downed San Francisco 79-77 in overtime in the late semifinal Monday. Gonzaga and BYU split the season series, the Bulldogs winning 84-69 in Spokane and losing at BYU two weeks ago 73-65.
After tonight, it's what we've all been waiting for, the NCAA Tournament. The Zags look like an 8 or 9 seed right now. It will finally test where we're at!
February 14, 2014
The roller coaster ride, that is a Gonzaga Basketball fan:
If you went to GU or if you've followed the program for the last decade you know all about managing expectations. Every game we're reminded how great Mark Few's winning percentage is, and yet, 7 of 10 GU fans are frustrated with the way we lose games, seemingly in the same manner every time.
These last few weeks have been tremendous for Gonzaga, ripping off win after win in the improved, but still not nationally appreciated WCC. Then came the big statement game with Memphis. The winner earns national respect, a higher NCAA seed, and least important (most important in our minds) the approval of a fan-base!
Gonzaga dominated the game. Memphis couldn't score, they couldn't stop GU in transition, and they couldn't contain Dower and Karnowski in the paint. The two big men were magnificent, scoring and defending. The Zags led by 12 points in the 2nd half and still held a 9 point lead with 5 minutes remaining... and lost.
The game slowed down, allowing Memphis to bully their way back into the game. Their crowd reemerged as a factor, and Gonzaga saw a win slip away.
So on Thursday night when GU went back to the WCC to take on Pepperdine they needed to collect themselves and show that they've learned from their mistakes. They defeated a sturdy Pepperdine team that wouldn't go away quietly. However, the question remains, how will Gonzaga do against an elite team, come tournament time? Will the Zags, Zag-it (leaving a team in the game until momentum shifts in favor of the opponent)? Will Gonzaga be a Cinderella again with less pressure as a top seed? Will Gonzaga grow??? We'll find out some of these things over the next couple weeks as GU goes on the road for the final 4 games of the season (after senior day on Feb 15). Then the WCC tournament... then March Madness!
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January 29, 2014
Gonzaga is finally at full strength! After playing a month and a half with basically 2.5 of the staring rotation available, Kevin Pangos is more like a .9 now (he was the .5 of the 2.5 before), Gary Bell Jr., and Sam Dower are back in the lineup and played great against BYU in a fantastic win.
When those guys were out, Kyle Dranginis and Drew Barham really stepped up. Now, with everyone back the coaching staff has the luxury of depth, especially on the perimeter. They also learned that the team can play small or go with a four guard set.
So now that the team is running on all cylinders, we start the 2nd half of the WCC regular season. It wont be easy, because Gonzaga has six road games and only three at home to finish the season. If there's anything we've learned about the WCC this year, it's that going on the road is not an easy task.
The first step to that road schedule is a trip to the Bay Area to meet Santa Clara and San Francisco this weekend. Santa Clara is tough, but could be without their best assist-man Evan Roquemore, and they've really been struggling since a couple of big wins earlier in the year at St. Mary's and home in overtime over LMU.
San Fran will be a tough way to end the weekend trip. They've been a wild card this year, but right now they sit in third place in the WCC at 6-3.
Don't forget to join us for two Wednesdays in a row, 1/29/14 and 2/5/14 as the mid-week games shift to Wednesday. There will be great Gonzaga prizes and a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas to see the WCC Tourney! Pregame show starts at 7:09pm!
January 9, 2014
If you're looking to see a Gonzaga Basketball game in person, this is the place for you! As Gonzaga hits their stride in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga Alumni can follow the action here at KIXI.com. You can also follow along with news, games, and pictures on http://www.Facebook.com/GUHoopsTipOffShow - Right now you can win a trip to Spokane AND 2 GU tickets in the Kennel, courtesy of Zag's Dealer - Ruddell Auto Mall.
Also join us on Thursday night at the Ballard Loft for GU vs Portland. It's the first round game in a while for Gonzaga, after going 4-0 at home to start conference play. As always, enjoy deals on food/drinks and earn raffle tickets for a trip to Vegas!
Enjoy Gonzaga Basketball AND win prizes!!! It's a tough job, but you've got to do it!
January 1, 2014
HUGE WEEK! Gonzaga hosts St. Marys on Thursday and we're back at it with the Gonzaga Hoops Tip-Off Show at the Ballard Loft. The pregame show starts at 5pm and the viewing party will be rockin'. But before all that... here's an update:
They say every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings... well, with all the bells around the holidays, I think Gonzaga got confused because it seems like every time a bell rings, another Zag gets injured!
So let's start with a quick injury report:
Sam Dower - Landed like a ton of bricks on his lower back against Kansas State. Despite the fact that he could barely walk afterwards, the X-rays came back negative (why is negative a good thing and positive a bad thing with X-rays...). Dower sat out the last two games but is reportedly close to a return.
Kevin Pangos - He's a Canadian, so you know he's tough. However, most people may not know that he has been battling a "Turf Toe" injury for about month now. Essentially it's a bad sprain that turns into tendonitis in your big toe... incredibly painful to stop your movement or change direction, and jumping isn't a lot of fun either. Unfortunately, it's not something that would get better with a couple weeks of rest; it may take an off-season.
Gary Bell Jr. - He was on fire to start the season, but he will now miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. He's seeing a specialist this week, so we'll know more soon, but he broke his hand against Santa Clara on December 28. He actually returned to the game, but it got worse and afterwards was diagnosed with X-rays.
Am I missing anyone???
Here's the good news; Gonzaga is deep, and that depth has really stepped up. Angel Nunez is cleared to play after some transfer rules were cleared and he has added great athleticism and length to the 4 and 3 positions. He can shoot too. We'll have a great 1on1 interview with him over the next two weeks of the Gonzaga Hoops Tip-Off Show, so don't miss it. Also, we'll air a Drew Barham interview next week. He's been shooting lights-out, which stretches the court for guys like Karnowski to do work. On defense, everyone has toughened up and showing that this team will scrap... so all is well in the 509.
December 23 -
Ok... who the heck thinks wearing black jerseys is still a good idea?!? I think Gonzaga is 2-139 all time when wearing black. I've been told by Jesuits that red is a bad-luck color within the church, so that's out, but how about blue, gray, white... ANYTHING BUT BLACK!
Ahem, ok, now that I've gotten that off my chest, I should probably mention that Gonzaga lost in a rowdy environment vs Kansas State over the weekend. The game was all defense until the later portions of the 2nd half. Kevin Pangos was completely scoreless in the 1st half, Bell had a tough time getting good looks, and Karnowski couldn't buy a free throw (after shooting lights-out against WVU)... all that said, Gonzaga was right in the game going into half. Drew Barham started really hot but cooled off from behind the arc. Despite his so-so shooting, he really brought leadership and played one of his best games as a Zag. I keep hearing from his coaches and teammates how amazing Barham is as a person, so it's no coincidence that when he plays well it lifts the emotions of this team.
Unfortunately, just when Gonzaga was starting to roll and looked like they would take control of a tight game, Sam Dower went to slam home a dunk. His "and-1" attempt fell short, and he fell hard... really hard. Dower had his legs knocked out from under him so when he released the rim, nothing was there to cushion the fall except for his back. He appeared to injure his tail bone or lower back. The initial prognosis is just a hard bruise, as X-rays were negative, but Dower could be out a few weeks. The 5th year senior could barely walk to the locker room. Gonzaga played the 2nd half without him, and missed his shooting and inside presence.
In the end, Gonzaga just couldn't mix scoring with stops. When they were locking down a long and athletic K-State, the Zags couldn't put the ball in the hoop. When scoring opened for GU, a few turnovers and 3's kept Kansas State on top. Final score: 72-62.
So it's a frustrating loss... but it's early. Remember the years where Gonzaga seemed to peak in January, only to sputter at the end of a long, grueling season. This year could be different. A little lighter schedule and national respect means GU can worry about improvement, rather than results. The name of the game: Keep getting better, and peak in March!
- DON'T FORGET - next Gonzaga Hoops Tip-Off Show at the Ballard Loft is January 2... come celebrate the new year with Gonzaga Alumni and enjoy great deals... also the chance to win big prizes!
December 11 - It's Battle in Seattle week!
Gonzaga rolls into Saturday's matchup against South Alabama with an 80-76 victory over West Virginia. The Zags had to really work for this one and should be proud of the win. West Virginia was athletic, aggressive, and shot out of their minds, but Gonzaga persevered through a poor shooting night to take a late lead and hold on.
With some of Gonzaga's shooters going cold in the first 30 minutes of the game, and Sam Dower in foul trouble, Gonzaga's Polish import came up huge (which is a good way to describe him). Przemek Karnowski scored 19 points and battled for 13 boards. Not to mention, he turned a weakness into a strength, shooting 7-8 from the free throw line and putting West Vriginia in serious foul trouble.
After Karnowski made West Virginia worry about the inside, Gonzaga's shooters were able to hit open looks and pull Gonzaga back from 10 points down (biggest deficit of the season) for the win. Pangos, Stockton, Bell, and Draginis all stepped up at key points to keep Gonzaga from falling too far behind. After the Zags got the lead, a massive put-back from Sam Dower was enough for the win.
Gonzaga has been impressive this non-conference. The West Virginia game was their first real road-game, having to travel and play on an opponents home court. They passed the test nicely. They've also shown that a weakness exploited by Dayton in Maui, rebounding, has been improved upon. They out-rebounded a really feisty WVU squad, 43-36.
Non-conference is all about building a resume, but none of that matters if you aren't improving towards you NCAA Tournament peak... the Zags just keep getting better!
Gonzaga comes to Seattle for a 7pm game at Key Arena on Saturday. If you can't get there, listen here, on KIXI 880AM.
November 22 -
The premier of the Gonzaga Hoops Tip-Off Show at the Ballard Loft was a great success! The show previewed the Zags vs Cougars including interviews with Gonzaga Head Assistant Coach, Tommy Llloyd. Updates on NBA Alumni, current numbers, WCC, and the basketball nation were all included.
Zags who packed the Ballard Loft were treated to great prizes from the raffle, as well as a resounding 90-74 win over Washington State. Kevin Pangos scored 20 points in the 1st half on the way to a 27 point night, while Drew Barham was lights-out from 3 point range for 17 points of his own. Gonzaga next heads to Hawaii to face Dayton in the 1st Round of the Maui Invitational. A win vs the Flyers will likely match GU against the Baylor Bears.
The next Gonzaga Hoops Tip-Off Show at the Ballard Loft / Viewing Party will take place on January 2nd, as conference play gets into action. Remember, Seattle's own Gonzaga Basketball pregame show is live at the Ballard Loft for every Thursday night GU game during the year (*and 2 Wednesday games 1/29, 2/5)
November 19 - With a 3-0 record to start the Gonzaga Basketball season, the Zags have moved up to #13 in the nation! The only thing better than GU's shooting so far is the drink special for the Gonzaga Hoops Tip-Off Show premiering this Thursday at the Ballard Loft. Come enjoy a $3 Redhook pint during the hour prior to the 6pm tip-off for Gonzaga vs Washington State.
Last Sunday, Gonzaga took on a very stout Oakland squad and put together a great offensive performance. The defense is still coming along, but without 3 of Oakland's top players, Gonzaga pulled out a nice lead and finished with a 82-67 win.
Now, before Gonzaga heads to Maui to face some of the top teams in America, they face a local rival, the Washington State Cougars. The Cougs are athletic. No player exemplifies that more than DeVonte Lacey who leads the team with 24.5 pts/gm. Lacey and company will try to fill the shoes of Brock Motum who graduated and is now playing professionally in Italy.
KEY: A big key for Gonzaga is their ability to rebound. Sam Dower had 17 rebounds against Bryant University but neither he, nor Karnowski are on the rebounding level of Calvary, Violette, Turiaf, Sacre, Harris, or Olynk from the recent past. Gonzaga's guards, Coleman, Pangos, Bell, Draganus, and even Stockton will be important for team rebounding against a long and athletic Washington State team.
Gonzaga Basketball is now on the air on the West Side of the mountains! You can listen from Everett to Tacoma, Bellevue to Bremerton... and everywhere in between! We also have our own Pre-Game Show, at a Gonzaga bar & restaurant, the Ballard Loft!
Gonzaga Basketball 2013/14 - Coming off a legendary season for the Zags that capapulted GU to the highest ranking in team history: #1, expectations are tempered. Replacing NBA talent in Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris, along with emotional leader, Mike Hart will be difficult. However, Gonzaga has shown through the years that losing leaders can be an opportunity for someone else to step up take the reigns. GU loses their two starting bigs, but the guards are back and reloaded for 2013/14. Look for a massive season from Kevin Pangos who's coaches and teammates rave about as a player and person. Also, Kent, Washington native, Gary Bell Jr. has the ability to be one of the best guards in the nation.
Key to 2013/14: For Gonzaga to thrive this year, they'll need their known guards to play like the stars they can be. However, the difference between good and great for the Zags will be the play of Przemek Karnowski and Sam Dower. These posts have show glimpses of their sky-high potentials in the past, but now they don't have NBA talent gobbling up their minutes. The mentality changes for them as they are now the go-to bigs inside. If they grow into those roles, Gonzaga will be fighting for another deep run in the NCAA tournament.
Gonzaga University, which ended last season No. 1 in the final Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll, opens this season at No. 15 in the preseason balloting of sportswriters. The Bulldogs received 538 points and were sandwiched between No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth University and No. 16 Wichita State University. Click here and hear more about the Top 25 and quotes from the Zags about this year's team:
Next Gonzaga Hoops Tip-Off Show at the Ballard Loft - November 21 (Show airs- 5:10-5:40pm) Gear up for the game, by joining Zags at the Ballard Loft for the 880AM KIXI pregame show. Listen to the show, win prizes, and enjoy fantastic drink and food discounts!
Ballard Loft - 5105 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107 [206-420-2737]
This week's video is the pregame highlight reel that was played before home games at the Kennel last season... Watch this video and expect to be pumped for this year to start!