Gonzaga

Updated on January 21, 2017 in Game Preview/Recap
89 on January 16, 2017

How do we slay the multi headed dragon called Gonzaga.  Definitely their best team in years with the depth to back up players who might have an off day. Karno is huge and owns the paint with Collins backing him up with pure athleticism rarely seen on a 7’1″ frame. The new “Transfer U” has plenty of top notch guards to throw in the mix as well.   Should be a packed house as always and we will need all the help we can get. JB looks to one of his last chances to kill this beast so who knows.  SCU 71 Zags 72

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0 on January 17, 2017

$200 to anyone with correct score… Gonna need JB, Feagin, Hauser to combine for 60 and somehow slow Zags on D.  Who knows, maybe Zags think they can mail it and find themselves in a dog fight after beating LMU by 40 and SMC by 20 last week.   I don’t really want to guess because I just don’t see this coming out golden for SCU (hope to God it somehow does).  My heart wants Broncos winning in a last second thriller, but my mind thinks Zags 87  SCU 71

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1 on January 17, 2017

83-64 GU
Will be interesting to see how Sendek game plans this one. Zone; double the post and force them to shot 3’s and hope they have an off shooting night??? Who knows. Ugly it up, have Ndumanya, Jadersten and Lewis use all their fouls and hope GU has a poor FT shooting night???
To put it in perspective….BYU’s posts abused us…GU’s posts are better than BYU’s…big, skilled, athletic (except Karnowski but he’s 7-1, 300+ lbs so doesn’ need to be).
Going to have to play a great game to keep it close, let alone win. Shot 50%+ from 3, play clean and win the TO margin by 5+, shoot FT’s well, get every loose ball, don’t allow many GU offensive rebounds.

on January 17, 2017

I’m right with you 92.  I’d pack in the zone, let Zags fire from 3, and pray that they miss and SCU gets the rebounds.  Still, Zags can shoot, and could make the game a run away with draining 3’s, but if you let them get inside there’s absolutely no chance.  I did like the 1-2-2 that Sendek utilized early in the year.  Yes, the SCU bigs need to scrap and if they all foul out so be it. 

On offense slow down the game, drain clock (even though I absolutely hate stall ball) and try to make it a 3 point competition…. obviously these are drastic measures and not the manner in which SCU has been playing this season, but when you’re outmatched in so many facets it’s gonna take drastic measures to win the game.

 

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0 on January 17, 2017

Zags are stacked. Guessing we continue to play well and only lose by 15. 79-64 Zags.

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Need to frustrate them. They didn’t play in an opponent’s gym in their entire non-conference schedule. Make things hard for them, get the crowd involved and who knows what might happen. They haven’t been in that position yet. Quinnipiac stayed with them for about 2/3 of a game, so I watched back a good part of that game and tried to understand how Q did it.

It starts with ball pressure. Most of what Gonzaga does is designed to get a low post look or something with a guard and a big (screen roll, pick and pop depending on the big). Quinnipiac had some success with a 1-3-1 zone but stayed with it too long IMO. If it was me I wouldn’t run the same defense more than one TV timeout at a time. Their rebounding could eventually kill a zone if they don’t do it with initial offense. Gonzaga runs a lot of stuff that is maybe a set play or maybe not, but it’s a pattern expected to yield a relatively small number of initial options. Defending well enough to surprise them with those options not being there can rattle them and force some turnovers.

I would suspect that Santa Clara will concede offensive rebounds in order to get back on defense and prevent Gonzaga running out, which they do better this than most years. Even on a make, Williams-Goss will simply take the ball to the low post and play 1 on 1 if you don’t stop him. A lot of times their pattern offense is window dressing to get him with the ball and a 5 posting up either on low block or middle of the lane. On a miss they’ll run a more traditional break with the 2 or 3 man leaking out. Have to have floor balance especially when Feagin or Hauser takes it to the basket. Karnowski will set up at about 12-15 feet facing the basket sometimes if the ball is in the low block, but IMO you’d rather him take that shot than give up a 3 or low block look. The other big challenge is rotation after double team on Karnowski in the post. He passes quite well for such a big guy. Still, I’m not sure they have a real lights-out shooter – several good ones that will make shots if you give them open looks and they make a high percentage but they don’t take a ton of them. IMO if Karnowski is outside about 6 feet, you probably don’t need to double. If he’s inside 3 feet it doesn’t matter if you double. Perhaps surprisingly, they haven’t been a great rebounding team. Good, not great, especially on offensive boards.

When SCU has the ball, IMO it’s not too complicated. Gonzaga played some zone against Q but I doubt that happens much against SCU. So two things are important IMO — keeping their bigs busy away from the basket, and attacking them with the 1 and 2 guards. This could be attacking for shots at the rim, but doesn’t have to be. Just forcing help to come frees up Brownridge and Kratch, and hopefully Jadersten. Gonzaga defends the 3 point line really well and they don’t foul a lot. Loosening them up with the bounce will be important. Some guard to guard screening could work, as well as drawing Karnowski out with Jadersten or Kratch. Once you get them out of position, strike quickly!

IMO this is not an unbeatable team and it won’t be an undefeated team. Gonzaga has several guys in their first year in WCC and it may seem all too easy for them so far and they could be primed for a letdown. 

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0 on January 17, 2017

What the hell. My volunteer status prevents me from taking outside income anyways.

71-69 SCU

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0 on January 17, 2017

Sadly, even Evil Kenieval can’t cross the chasm between the Zags and our beloved Broncos.  I was tempted to put in a 32-point blowout. However, we are at home, so I’ll pare it to 24.

85-61 Zags.  

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0 on January 17, 2017

It’s going to be tough….  Although we played them well last year with IMO was a far worse team than this year.  Unsure if it was scheme or players, but this team seems to be a bit better…  Again, just MO…..

That being said…..  Zags are huge…  Which presents a problem for us because we are not…  At all.  It will take tough solid defense and great shooting.  We have to hit shots…..  And we may have to slow it down at times just to give our guys a breather…..

Going out on a limb and hoping our guys have the game of their lives…..  SCU 74 – 71 in a nail-biter…..

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0 on January 17, 2017

Zags 88 SCU 69

 

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2 on January 17, 2017

83-68, hope to see you all there at a packed Leavey!

on January 18, 2017

that’s great, but who is the 83 and who is the 68?

 

on January 18, 2017

unfortunately this is all gonzaga

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0 on January 18, 2017

73-71 SCU

No way I’m right, but a guy can dream.

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0 on January 18, 2017

91-88 Broncos…although I could be thirty points off the other way, I’ll stick with this.

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3 on January 18, 2017

All of the above good points.  Bronconoob gives a good summary.  Read the high level game plan I got from the coaches at The Bucking Bronco.

www.thebuckingbronco.blogspot.com

Go Broncos!

on January 19, 2017

Thanks. I’ve got about 15 screenshots from the Q game, just don’t know what to do with them haha.

on January 19, 2017

Don’t hang them on your walls as that’s pretty much female repellent… Then again, if you do put them on display and a woman doesn’t bolt at the sight, you know she truly loves you.

 

on January 19, 2017

Don’t hang them on your walls as that’s pretty much female repellent… Then again, if you do put them on display and a woman doesn’t bolt at the sight, you know she truly loves you.

 

From bettererbroncos

 Hahahah. Spot on advice.

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3 on January 19, 2017

82-58 Zags … I’ll be grabbing a beer @ Taplands on Homestead before if anyone is interested.

on January 19, 2017

Is taplands new? I’m taking the train in so options are limited (rip the hut), so maybe I’ll try this over wicked chicken.

on January 19, 2017

Taplands is substantially nicer than wicked chicken or anything else nearby. Way more refined and less collegiate. 

It’s near the post office. Only caveat I would say is that it is a small space… 

on January 20, 2017

@midwestbronco14 – taplands has been around for a little over a year I believe. A beer bar for the most part. 24 handles of really unique and usually limited release type stuff. Cool rustic, laid back vibe inside. It was pretty crowded last night there before the game. I imagine they’ve picked up some biz that The Hut left around.

I do many a pregames there so let me know if you ever want to meetup!

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0 on January 19, 2017

Will be interested to see the environment. 

 

Zags 85-69. Hope we can hang in there as long as possible.

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0 on January 19, 2017

Zags are favored by anywhere from 13.5 to 15.5. Would love to see an upset, but everything would have to go our way…

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0 on January 19, 2017

Might as well dream, Broncos 83 Zags 81. Hot from 3 point land and the students and home crowd go crazy….or am I crazy?

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0 on January 19, 2017

With Gonzaga’s group of skilled bigs, I could see Ndumanya, Kratch, and Jadersten all dealing with foul trouble. They’re probably going to need Lewis’ 5 fouls as well. As others have said, hopefully the refs let some physical stuff go inside.

My guess is the Broncos hang with them for a while before the Zags pull away in the second half. Final: Gonzaga 84 – Santa Clara 72.

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0 on January 19, 2017

*Double Post*

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1 on January 19, 2017

SCU plays Gonzaga well at home usually, but this year’s Gonzaga team is probably one of the best. 

Gonzaga 86, Santa Clara 67

Amazing how it’s 2016 and I still attended SCU’s last win over GU… 85-74 in 2011 when Foster went off for something like 36 points. Rushed the court that night too. 

on January 19, 2017

what’s really scary is that its 2017!! 

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0 on January 20, 2017

Doesn’t look like this is going to start on time.

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