Congrats to the Zags

Updated on April 4, 2017 in NCAA Tourney
22 on March 26, 2017

WCC represent!

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1 on March 26, 2017

Well done gonzaga. Let’s hope this rises the tide.

on March 26, 2017

exactly, the rest of the WCC needs to capitalize and become respectable.

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0 on March 26, 2017

The last 20 years of men’s basketball looks awful. Miserable won-loss record. Sad the Admin let a major revenue generating sport deteriorate so much.

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0 on March 26, 2017

How about SCU representing for a change. When was the last time SCU made the NCAA tournament? Over 20 years ago?

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0 on March 26, 2017

That’s what we are all hoping for…

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2 on March 26, 2017

First off, welcome pgdgerard. Its been 20+ years since SCU was in the NCAA tourney, thats why there is a new AD, new coach, and (hopefully) new institutional support for athletics. 

on March 28, 2017

20 years too late. But better late than never.
It seems like the institutional support went to soccer. SCU just to be really competitive in baseball and basketball. Something changed over the years.

Class of 1974

on March 29, 2017

You and Bucking I believe are old classmates

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0 on March 26, 2017

Gonzaga gets South Carolina. Not saying it will be easy, but man they could have had to face duke/nova in this game. You’re not going to get a better chance if you’re the zags.

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1 on March 27, 2017

I’m wondering if there has ever been an easier path to the finals, at least in terms of seeds. 16, 8, 4, 11, 7 for an average of over 9. Can’t imagine that has ever happened before. I’m a huge Zags junkie and they really deserve it. They’ve had some bad luck, like running into UConn that one year on the way to a UConn national championship, so this just feels like it’s evening out. Don’t want to look past South Carolina, but this has been a really lucky draw.

Also, love how the profile of WCC coaches is on the rise. Few had a lot of haters, which was never justified. Bennett apparently just turned down Cal (although publicly it will probably be said an offer wasn’t made), which has that board up in arms and talking a lot about the success of St. Mary’s. Herb is a huge step up, Rose is legit, and it’s looking like Kyle Smith was a good hire. Then there’s a bigger payout due to the NCAA tourney success. All in, the league is looking much better than this same point last year.

on March 27, 2017

The InterWeb is a great place when you can find stats like this. From 2016:

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/03/2016-ncaa-tournament-north-carolina-tar-heels-easy-bracket-history-highest-seeds

A total of 46 seed pts puts the Zags near the top of all-time easiest paths without even the championship game in the calculation.

1990 UNLV had the easiest (54).  I knew there was something else I didn’t like about them. 

 

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0 on March 27, 2017

Bennett’s too smart to take the Cal job (that would be a step down from SMC in my book).  Also he’s had better offers and turned them all down in the past.  Didn’t you go to grad school at Cal, Pickman?

Agreed that Zag’s have had some good fortune in this tourney… didn’t have to face AZ, Duke or Villanova.  Then again, they did run into their fair share of buzzsaws in past tourneys.  Here’s to them coming away with a title this season.

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0 on March 27, 2017

Gonzaga can’t choose its opponents in the big dance — they can only play (and beat) the teams they face. It will be a shame if their success gets downplayed because they had an “easy” path.

As much as I despise Gonzaga, I want to see them win it all to (1) put pressure on the other WCC members’ administrations to improve their respective hoops programs; (2) to stop hearing about how non-power conferences can’t win it all (Butler almost proved this point two years in a row, only to stumble in the Finals); and (3) to shut BYU up once and for all about stepping up to a “better” conference.

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0 on April 2, 2017

Downs South Carolina. One more game to go. I think they beat Oregon and lose to unc.

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0 on April 2, 2017

I think they beat UNC… will find out shortly.

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0 on April 2, 2017

Gonzaga has been in the national spotlight for what, just shy of 20 years now? And no body still knows what a Santa Clara Bronco or Portland Pilot is. I dont think the Zags winning the whole thing does much for the respect of the league, after all, Gonzaga has been wiping the floor with everyone. If anything, I think there’s gonna be an increase of recruiting talent on their part, making the floor wiping even worse for the rest of us. If making the tourney was tough for us before, its now gonna be extremely tough going forward.

 

That said, congrats Gonzaga. I hate yall, but you deserve this. Go get em.

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3 on April 3, 2017

Rev- good point.

But at the very least it’s got to send a hard message to administrations across the conference that it IS possible to build a program. And “why can’t it be us” mentalities.

on April 3, 2017

True but one factor that places SCU on a different playing field. The academic requirements are equivalent to Ivy League in most majors and impacted programs. Last time I checked two quarters of calculus was a prerequisite for entry into business and a minimum GPA of above 3.2. With very tough classes and no easy paths academically, it posts the question of what is the reputation of what we represent. To Keating’s credit he did bring in high character student athletes and by the background of some of the Final Four programs there are some muddy waters. Certainly can’t think of a player in the last 10 years who comes close to any off court incidents or trouble with the law as some of the situations that have presented themselves at other programs even in this years Final Four.

on April 3, 2017

I love my alma mater, but I think you’re a bit off comparing SCU to an Ivy academically.  It’s a good school, no doubt, (and I do believe college/education is much more about the individual than the institution), and even though academic standards have steadily risen for SCU over the past 20 years, the acceptance rate at SCU is currently about 50%… for Harvard about 5%.

As for a player in the last 10 years with a big incident, Descanse White was brought up on murder charges (all be it the year after he left SCU, but still that’s kind of a big one).  Other than that, Foster and his DUI along with his fellow teammates who were cited for underage drinking come to mind.

on April 4, 2017

Something happened over the past 20 plus years regarding sports at SCU. I think when football was dropped and soccer came to San Jose, SCU pivoted to soccer. Especially when a SCU woman alum hit that winning goal in the World Cup. Not to take anything away, but soccer became the focus in my mind.

SCU had a rich history in baseball and basketball. And I recall the Bronco Bench was very active with those 2 sports.

I always thought the problem lay in allowing the basketball ball coaches stay around for decades like they had tenure. I lay the blame at the previous Athletic Director and the lack of institutional will.

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0 on April 3, 2017

Does SCU want to be competitive in a revenue sport such as men’s basketball? If so there are needs to be a higher priority on recruiting. If not then the school should drop to a Division II Program

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0 on April 4, 2017

One last congrats to Gonzaga. Now I can return to hating them. 

Not the prettiest championship game, but entertaining because of the closeness. 

Would love to have those officials next time we travel up to Spokane and have the Zags draped all over us   😉

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