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Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:23 pm
  • It needs a new thread.

    Zags open as #1 team.

    Also, there are people here in spokane who think that they need to win a title with few to validate few.
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Gonzaga Basketball 2020-2021
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:28 pm
  • Open the season as the number one team. Incredible where this program is at right now. I watched the scrimmage game and this team really does look loaded. Not as stacked in the frontcourt as years past but Drew Timme looks really smooth and has added a nice mid range shot. Ballo looked raw but also long and athletic. Had a couple blocks while he was in. We also have a 7 footer Pavel Zakharov that could come in and give minutes when needed.
    We are LOADED in the backcourt with long athletic guards. Ayayi, Suggs, Harris, can all can score and defend. Harris in particular looked to drive and score more than any Zag guard I can remember and he was good at it as well.
    We are loaded at forward with Kispert looking like the leader on this team. Aurlauskas and Anton Watson return from last years team as well. I expect a jump from Watson this year. As he was a true freshman and injured much of last year.

    This team is loaded from top to bottom. Most complete team I have seen talent wise. That's not to say it will be the best. Lots of unknowns as far as guard play. Will be fun to watch this team grow this year.
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Re: Gonzaga Basketball 2020-2021
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:50 pm
  • This may be the year ---- but with Covid and injuries who knows what will happen.
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Re: Gonzaga Basketball 2020-2021
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:25 am
  • Can a mod move my thread here or delete mine.

    I made mine 4 days before his but no point in mine being here.
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Re: Gonzaga Basketball 2020-2021
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Re: Gonzaga Basketball 2020-2021
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:47 pm
  • Shanegotyou11 wrote:Can a mod move my thread here or delete mine.

    I made mine 4 days before his but no point in mine being here.

    Oooops, sorry about that. I should have looked. First Game on Thanksgiving and its a good one!
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Re: Gonzaga Basketball 2020-2021
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:21 pm
  • Shanegotyou11 wrote:Can a mod move my thread here or delete mine.

    I made mine 4 days before his but no point in mine being here.


    I tried but must have done something wrong cause I see nothing happened. I'll get it fixed later. Not really any harm either way.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:18 pm
  • Big news for the Zags. Andrew Nembhard cleared to play this year. I didn't even realize he was able to apply for this as he transferred this year. Thats another really talented Guard available to this team.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:35 pm
  • I felt like they had a great shot last year with how mediocre college basketball was. We'll see this year but they're talented and deep for sure. Anything less then a final 4 would be dissapointing.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:25 am
  • Just tune in ready. GO ZAGS !
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:09 pm
  • Zags were really impressive against Kansas. Suggs is an elite level talent but this whole team is just loaded. I belive this team should win it all. Anything less than final four would be a dissapointment.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:23 pm
  • Natethegreat wrote:Zags were really impressive against Kansas. Suggs is an elite level talent but this whole team is just loaded. I belive this team should win it all. Anything less than final four would be a dissapointment.


    Pump the brakes a little bit. However, this Gonzaga team looks like they have more talent at all positions then ever before. I have always been able to find a weakness on Gonzaga's teams in the past but I don't see any this year.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:00 pm
  • That was as impressive as a opening day win ever. Top 10 win to start the year.

    Suggs is a stud.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:57 pm
  • I have been looking forward to seeing this game since it was announced...and I completely spaced it off. Arrrgh!

    Went about as I suspected it might. Both good teams but Zags with more experience in depth. I agree this could be the best shot at the title Zags have had. Coach Few has it going on!
    Also think KU will be a different team later in the year than they are now. Their problem record wise will be surviving an incredibly brutal schedule.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:09 pm
  • few years ago Zags got title stole from them by the refs, last season it was "covid" that stole it, and this year so far they just confirmed they are still the best team, they've already basically won the title for this season IMO because there was no tournament last year so basically this is just a continuation of last season and they just took down (another) national championship contender plus last year they beat duke on a neutral court thats nothing but championship basketball hands down case over done deal the best ran college basketball program in the country resides in spokane washington nuff said nobody can hide it anymore the media can want blue blood schools to win as much as they want we all know the truth
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:46 pm
  • Appyhawk wrote:I have been looking forward to seeing this game since it was announced...and I completely spaced it off. Arrrgh!

    Went about as I suspected it might. Both good teams but Zags with more experience in depth. I agree this could be the best shot at the title Zags have had. Coach Few has it going on!
    Also think KU will be a different team later in the year than they are now. Their problem record wise will be surviving an incredibly brutal schedule.

    Kansas is more experienced than GU this year (their starters are either seniors or juniors). GU on the other hand have a LOT of new faces and freshmen being integrated into the fold. I was impressed how well they played together on offense. Defense needs work but this team is really talented and really good already. By the end of the year it is GU that I think will be really starting to put things together.

    P.S.
    Suggs was incredible. May be the best Guard Few has ever had.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:23 pm
  • Here are a couple quotes from Bill Self after the game.
    “Not the happiest of Thanksgivings so far... Those are the best guards we’ll play all year long.”- Bill Self says of Gonzaga. ( via Brenna Greene twitter feed )

    "And they are really good though. Next to that KY team, uh, well, Kentucky's two teams in 12 and whenever the other one was, that made the undefeated run for so long -- I don't know if we have played against a team where the pieces fit better, or, and the talent matched the pieces fit better more so, than what we did today. They are really good."

    To put the game in context this was the first game the Jayhawks have allowed 100 or more points in 40 minutes of basketball in 30 years.
    According to KenPom, GU's 77.3% 2PT shooting was the worst allowed by a Kansas team in the Bill Self era.

    This team has legit talent everywhere.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:10 am
  • Suggs is a serious difference maker. Maybe this year's Dayton style superstar! And the Zags looked every bit the best team in the country to get things started off.

    I watched the replay on later last night. Zags were definitely more polished and sure running their sets, and had a significant advantage down low. Despite all that Kansas kept it close all the way to their bad stretch at about 8-9.5 min mark second half when they had chances to retake the lead but failed to get over the hump. Zags took advantage, thanks in no small part to Sugg's performance, and pushed it back out of reach, winning with space.

    I'll stick with my assessment of what happens later in the year. Zags historically good outa the gate while Kansas is notorious slower starting. Also think the experience factor includes what was lost in personnel from last year, starting with Azabuicke for Ks. He would definitely have changed the picture for what happened in the paint. McCormick just hasn't had enough PT as the primary big to handle the likes of what the Zags have. When you consider a 12 pt margin, that is only a few more makes from range + makes at the line over the course of the game. Their roster is more than capable of turning that around. I'm betting both these teams are contenders unless the Ks schedule proves too much for them.

    Suggs looks like star material! Loved watching him play.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:14 am
  • Zags destroy Auburn. Auburn is a really young team and may not even be a tournament team but maybe they will be by the end of the year. Timme is slicing up anyone that covers him down low but he needs to become a better passer when doubled. I'm dissapointed in what i see from Ballo. He was supposed to be a big time recruit with athleticism and length. I see length but he has a ways to go to compete in the NCAA.
    Pavel is not ready either. So if Timme gets in foul trouble I could see that being a weakness for this team. Other than that this team is very deep.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:42 pm
  • Yeah .... Timme is the key to the season. If he can stay healthy and play 35 minutes a night against the big opponents this team may be unstoppable.

    If he misses games, the front court is a wreck. Sounds like Few expected Petrusev to come back, not sure why.

    Jalen Suggs -- goodness.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:23 am
  • Timme is a star. Zags look so good. Covid stands in the way of a deep run.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:22 pm
  • Uh oh, Suggs injured in WV game. Zags looking ragged without him too. Hopefully they can pull it together in the second half.

    Edit: Zags did a good job fighting back and winning this game. WV has some good interior players and they play very physical basketball. Suggs came back in but was clearly not the same. Good to see him come back in but I wonder if he plays next game.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:28 pm
  • Really glad to see Suggs get back in the game later.
    Good test on the road for the Zags. Zags shoot too well for WVU. WVU is bigger than I remembered.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:50 am
  • Baylor game called off due to coronavirus positive test on one student-athlete and one non student-athlete. 2020 can't end soon enough.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:01 pm
  • bevellisthedevil wrote:Baylor game called off due to coronavirus positive test on one student-athlete and one non student-athlete. 2020 can't end soon enough.


    Good! May get a chance to scout Baylor as they are scheduled to play Texas on network tv this weekend. That can't hurt.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:32 pm
  • Interesting matchup vs. Iowa.... Zags haven't really practiced together for a while so I suspect Iowa has a big advantage.

    Good on them scheduling Virginia next week and give them another opportunity for a big out of conference matchup before they go into the dregs that is the WCC.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:42 pm
  • Hawkstorian wrote:Interesting matchup vs. Iowa.... Zags haven't really practiced together for a while so I suspect Iowa has a big advantage.


    Let's see... Nine... o'clock... A.M. There! Alarm set for the 9:00 a.m. tip-off.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:56 am
  • Big question in this game is how will our bigs handle Garza? If they need help Iowa will kill us from three. I've watched some of their games and they are a final four contender imo.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:54 am
  • Wow! Zags up 17 in first half. Hitting threes and they have been doubling Garza effectively so far. Impressive!!!

    Edit: up 14 at half. Impressive three point shooting this half. Zags are unbeatable when shooting at this clip from three.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:14 pm
  • Refs have massively inserted themselves in the second half. Fouling out Timme, Kispert, and almost everyone else with 4. Massive amount of free throws for Iowa. Must be trying to keep viewership going I guess. So many non existent foul calls.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:08 pm
  • Awesome win!!! Suggs and Ayayi
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:37 pm
  • Gonzaga has had plenty of guys leave early for the NBA, and even had 1 and done with Zach Collins -- but this is the first time they've ever had a frosh where nobody has any expectation from the beginning that he will be there more than 1 year.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:43 pm
  • I know its just 5 games but Suggs is the best guard to play at GU since John Stockton. Unfortunately, Like you said, he will only be here 1 year most likely.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:36 pm
  • Best way to look at Suggs is how fortunate Zags are to have him for a year!
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:39 pm
  • Zags roll UVA.


    What a complete team. This team must be Final 4 or title. Its too good of a squad.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 26, 2020 6:31 pm
  • Kispert and Timme were both unconscious. Biggest offensive performance on UVA in a decade.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:06 pm
  • I don't see anyone denying Zags sure enough looking the part of #1. I'm expecting a long run at the top spot. There are a number of tough teams out there, but they all figure to beat each other up in conference play. Looks to me like the Zags will cruise through and be relatively fresh come tourney time. Terrific squad, top shelf coach. Can't ask for more than that.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:28 pm
  • I'm amazed how easily they dispatched UVA. Kispert was incredible. Wish we had been able to see them play Baylor.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:04 am
  • I always like to place top teams after march. We shall see but looks like it.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:56 pm
  • Agreed, this team has a long ways to go to truly be talked about in these terms but I do see potential and so have the hall of fame coaches that have played the Zags.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:31 pm
  • Best Zags team I’ve seen and I’ve watched just about every season closely since 1999 and almost every game since 2008.

    Clearly the best team.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:45 pm
  • Only thing that worries me is front court depth. If god forbid Timme was out that could spell trouble. Ballo is coming along but I don't trust him to play more than 15 minutes or so.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:26 pm
  • Thursday's game "flexed" to BYU! Should be fun to watch.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:22 pm
  • Zags go up 20-2 early and never looked back. This team is a level of good I have never personally seen at the college level. The bench played a lot of the second half and there was a very noticeable difference. I do think this team has a chance to be undefeated.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:56 pm
  • Natethegreat wrote:Zags go up 20-2 early and never looked back. This team is a level of good I have never personally seen at the college level. The bench played a lot of the second half and there was a very noticeable difference. I do think this team has a chance to be undefeated.


    Haven’t seen a single team half as good in college.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:39 pm
  • No posts here in 2 weeks ... because nothing really to discuss until round of 16 when real competition returns.
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Re: Gonzaga BB 2020/21 season
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:15 pm
  • WCC has actually been better the last couple of years but this year the Zags are so good the league games are not a whole lot of fun to watch. SMC gave the zags trouble for a half but thats about it.

    There still remains some hope the Zags and Baylor could possibly play. I would love to see that.
    https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/ ... eschedule/
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