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  • #31
    Withers: Zag logistics this week

    http://en.bloguru.com/GloryHounds/29...labor-a-lot-of
    But we don't play nobody.

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    • #32
      Mathews Brothers Keeping Tabs on Each Other: Spokesman-Review

      http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...ping-tabs-on-/

      When Gonzaga’s Jordan Mathews looked behind him last week, he saw one familiar face he doesn’t ever see in the stands – his younger brother, Jonah. It’s not often that Jonah gets to watch Jordan play in a Zags uniform. Last week, however, Jonah was able to get to San Jose from his home in Los Angeles for his brother’s historical run through the NCAA Tournament, almost two weeks after Jonah’s first run in the tournament ended.

      Jonah followed his brother’s footsteps this year to college basketball and is now a guard for USC’s basketball team. The Trojans earned an at-large bid to the tournament this season and fell to Baylor in the round of 32.

      “It’s been kind of crazy, making the tournament your freshman year and winning two games,” Jonah said on Thursday. “It’s been kind of hectic, but it was so fun. I want to go back the next year.”
      The GUB Resource Library: Links to: Stats, Blogs, Brackets, & More. . .

      “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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      • #33
        Jim Meehan feature on SC's Thornwell: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...d-south-carol/

        “I convinced him to wrap his heart with two names, the state he comes from and his family name to help us build something special. (Former South Carolina football standouts) Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney, I told him you can be what they were to our basketball program.”

        After a few lean seasons, that’s essentially what has happened, though there was bitter disappointment last year when South Carolina’s 25-win team didn’t land an NCAA tournament berth.

        Thornwell has been the cornerstone of the Gamecocks’ turnaround. The senior guard averaged in double figures in his first three seasons before elevating his points to 21.6 and rebounds to 7.2 to earn SEC player of the year, a program first.

        Thornwell has been even better in the tournament at 25.7 points and 7.5 boards. He’s also a two-time SEC All-Defensive team selection.

        “He’s going to be a really hard guard,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, whose Zags face the Gamecocks in a national semifinal Saturday.
        The GUB Resource Library: Links to: Stats, Blogs, Brackets, & More. . .

        “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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        • #34
          WSJ: The Angriest Team in College Basketball

          https://www.wsj.com/articles/south-c...all-1490738205

          South Carolina head coach Frank Martin has earned a reputation as one of the angriest coaches in college basketball with a repertoire of gesticulations and outbursts that can turn his cheeks the color of his garnet jackets.

          Now he has taken his No. 7 seed Gamecocks on a furious run to the Final Four—the first in school history. And this surprising run happened because Martin somehow found players who are even angrier than he is.

          “If you’re not matching his intensity, you’re not going to be on the floor,” said freshman guard Tommy Corchiani. Adds sophomore guard Hassani Gravett: “That anger, that aggressiveness, that passion, that’s how we bring it.”
          South Carolina’s unbridled ferocity is most obvious when the other team has the ball. The Gamecocks play physically and push the limits of how much contact referees will let them get away with before calling a foul.

          This style has produced one of the most impenetrable defenses in the country, a unit that ranks second nationally, according to KenPom.com and a vast improvement over a year ago. The only team that ranks better happens to be their opponent on Saturday: No. 1 Gonzaga.
          There are moments where the team’s intensity simply isn’t enough or can backfire—the Gamecocks, after all, lost 10 games this season. Because of their aggression, they also frequently send opponents to the foul line. No team that made the NCAA tournament yielded a higher percentage of its points on free throws. But the players say that’s a trade off they’re comfortable with because that same physicality is why their defense is so stingy the rest of the time.
          The GUB Resource Library: Links to: Stats, Blogs, Brackets, & More. . .

          “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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          • #35
            I hope nobody's buying into all this. Reality bites. We've won nothing yet even though this FF is our first. It's a big deal but my superstitious self thinks all this adulation ( Love Bud's piece) doesn't mean much come Saturday/Monday. It's asking for trouble.

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            • #36
              Win or lose, at least the Zags are most likable by far: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/this-li...185546221.html

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              • #37
                Originally posted by MDABE80 View Post
                I hope nobody's buying into all this. Reality bites. We've won nothing yet even though this FF is our first. It's a big deal but my superstitious self thinks all this adulation ( Love Bud's piece) doesn't mean much come Saturday/Monday. It's asking for trouble.
                Our guys on the court will be ready. No way do they underestimate or look past S. Carolina.
                "The best players will play. That's the way it will always be." Larry Bird

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by ZagLawGrad View Post
                  Our guys on the court will be ready. No way do they underestimate or look past S. Carolina.

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                  • #39
                    All Access Zags Interview w/ Matt Santangelo

                    Matt comes on at the 4:47 mark talking all things Zags and even looking ahead to a potential Championship matchup!

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                    • #40
                      Great interview. Thanks for posting.

                      Santangelo mentioned a lot of his fellow former Zag players are going to Phoenix. Hope we see some pics and who's who list of former Zags there.
                      Even though I care a lot about my basketball opinions, they are like comparing a bicycle to a championship motorcycle who is our coach. . ZagsGoZags

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                      • #41
                        This from Boling in the News Tribune. Credits Few plus adds some known history:

                        http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports...141113913.html
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                        "thnk god for few" jazzdelmar(12/12/11 12:50pm)
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                        "When most of us couldn't buy a basket. Where do we get off anyway?!" siliconzag (11/17/06 5:45:41 pm)
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                        I am monitoring the price of a donut
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                        • #42
                          Sports Illustrated: Sindarius Thornwell & The Gamecocks' Toughness

                          http://www.si.com/college-basketball...nce-final-four

                          Frank Martin, who left Kansas State in 2012 to coach a program that had not reached the NCAA tournament since 2004 and had not won a game in it since 1973, embraced his mother, whom he later called the strongest woman he’d ever met. On the other end of the floor his wife, Anya, told reporters about how even she had questioned Martin’s move to South Carolina but that she had never known him to steer clear of a challenge. The country singer Darius Rucker, an alumnus, meandered the court with moist eyes and recounted his comments to a friend in the stands during the game. “We’re in the Garden watching the Gamecocks play to go to the Final Four,” Rucker said. “If you’d have told me that 10 years ago, I’d have told you that you were on crack.”
                          The GUB Resource Library: Links to: Stats, Blogs, Brackets, & More. . .

                          “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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                          • #43
                            http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-uns...152315953.html ( Nigel-Williams Goss' Recruitment )

                            http://www.wccsports.com/news/no-1-g...but-03-28-2017 (WCC Press Release )

                            http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...erica-collect/ ( NWG 2nd Team AA Selection )

                            http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.c...ur-storylines/ ( 7 Final Four Storylines )

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                            • #44
                              USA Today Sports: Oregon's Courtship of Few, Hiring of Altman

                              http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...four/99740336/

                              Kilkenny finally met with Altman and realized he was in important ways a lot like Few. Altman had also built a powerhouse program at a small Jesuit school, this one in Omaha. Unlike Few, though, after 16 years Altman was ready to leave for the right opportunity. (Three years earlier, he’d taken the Arkansas job, only to back out a day later.)

                              When Kilkenny asked Altman why he would leave Omaha — noting both the Arkansas reversal and how similar Altman’s situation was to Few’s — Altman responded with an anecdote. Over a couple of years, Creighton’s coaches had built a very good relationship with a player in Florida. He was a perfect fit for Creighton. And then a Power Five school jumped in late and signed him.

                              “He said, ‘How do we compete?’ ” Kilkenny said, adding that Altman said Oregon provided a platform to compete at the highest levels. It was a very different message than he’d heard from so many others — including a close friend the year before.

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                              The GUB Resource Library: Links to: Stats, Blogs, Brackets, & More. . .

                              “They go to school. They do their homework. They shake hands. They say please and thank you. But once you throw that ball up, they will rip your heart out and watch you bleed.” -- Jay Bilas

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                              • #45
                                Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Murray... And now Darius Rucker. Let's send em all home sad!

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