If the Cougars are looking for a game to make a statement, they have one
Thursday night. Do they have the heart and the horses to stay in the race. Can
Coach Rose get his players to put one great game together? We will see Thursday
"so your telling me there's a chance" Hilarious!Zags
could end up #1
Gonzaga #2/#2 in both polls; Saint Mary's #23 in the Coaches poll this
week.BYU just doesn't seem to have the horses to keep up with
those two this season - close to Saint Mary's, but dominated by Gonzaga.The Cougars have only razor-thin chance against the Zags on Thursday,
probably better than Lloyd Christmas, but not much.
Don't see this BYU team beating Gonzaga this year on any floor. So far they
are 0-fer against ranked or even good teams.
As expected, Gonzaga is ranked #2 in the latest AP poll. Expect the same when
the Coaches poll is announced. Indiana is the overwhelming choice for #1, with
64 of 65 first-place votes. Gonzaga received the other.It'll be
fun hosting the 2nd-ranked team in the country at the Marriott Center on
Thursday.Saint Mary's is ranked #30, behind #11 Arizona and #24
Oregon, and ahead of #35 California, Utah's Thursday night opponent.
Gonzaga is a good team but BYU has enough to beat them at the MC. Gonzaga
better win because with the Lone Peak boys on their way, BYU will sweep this
series for years to come.
Rockwell"UCLA played Weber State in the 1972 NCAA West Regional
in the first year the Marriott Center opened."I attended that
game. It's too bad Kresimir Cosic and his very talented team was upset by
Long Beach State in the sub-regional in Pocatello that year (a game I also
attended), or the Marriott Center would have been rockin' with a matchup of
two Top 5 teams.Gonzaga is going to be tough, but it should be a fun
game to watch regardless of the outcome.
Lived in Spokane for 7 years and this easilly the best Zags team that I have
seen. They are talented and deep. If BYU plays great and catches Gonzaga on an
off night, they can certainly pull the upset. I don't see it happening, but
you never know. That's why they play the game.
JumpymanWhen the new rankings are released today, Gonzaga will be
#2, tied with BYU for the highest ranked team ever to play in the Marriott
Center, and obviously the highest ranked opponent BYU has ever played in the
Marriott Center. Jerry Palm only gives BYU a 22% chance of beating the Zags on
Thursday.BYU will have to play their best game of the season just to
have a chance against Gonzaga, and even that may not be enough unless the Zags
have an off night.-----On a side note:UCLA
played Weber State in the 1972 NCAA West Regional in the first year the Marriott
Center opened. Destroyed the Wildcats by about 32 points. Not sure what that
team of Bill Walton, Henry Bibby and Jamal Wilkes was ranked at the time, but
the Bruins did go on to win another of John Wooden's ten titles in twelve
years in 1972. That was probably the best team ever to play in the Marriott
Actually the highest ranked team to ever play in the Marriott center was BYU,
ranked #2 just two years ago.
The Y will have to play "crazy good" to down the Zags. If I could pick
wins and when they happen, I would much rather have the Y down them in the
tourney after dropping St. Mary's. Not likely that the Y will win
this week against the Zags, but you here's to hoping.
It sure would be great to pull off a miracle win and be the spoiler this week
but then again playing the spoiler in next week's tournament would be even
better.Looking forward to the guys bringing their 'A' game
this week.Go Cougars!
Hope springs eternal! The kool thing about basketball is the heavy underdog can
win, just look at all the upsets in college basketball every year! BYU
hasn't had a single game this year where they've played 'crazy
good' even though they have the talent. Here's hoping that
'playing out-of-their minds' game comes this Thursday!
Coach Rose, talk to former coaches about what you might devise to defense the
Zags, put a plan together after viewing what they do,surely there is a weakness
that can be exploited, a way of holding off their big center, for example, make
D. Stockton or another player beat you while you shut down the scorers, deny
them the ball, frustrate their offensive flow...there's gotta be a way to
get a win here. Remember the words of the Coach of the Miracle Olympic Hockey
team, and apply, to wit, "If we play Gonzaga 10 games, they will win nine of
them, but this game, this week, this game is ours, go out there and shut them
down!" Something like that, come on guys, put it all together on
Thursday...I'll be watching.