Bob: OK, here’s my prediction. Now, I’m sure if I’m wrong all the gloating Zaganatics will drag it out and wave it at me because nobody ever drags out my predictions when they are chillingingly and stunningly correct (see: Nov 06 elections, see The End of Neoconservatism) but that’s cool cuz I only roll one way. And that way is Nostradamus. When the obituary is written for the death of the dream of the Zags as perennial NCAA tournament challengers, the pundits and wags will point to this game, this stomping by the other Bulldogs as the point when the wreckage of the Zags season commenced. You will know the 06/07 Zags by their trail of tears and chokes. These losers are done. Stick a meat thermometer in and call Granny to the table. Turkey’s on!
Raymond Pert: Maybe. We’ll see. It could go the other way. Gonzaga has played (and is playing) a very demanding pre-season schedule…this preseason seasoning might help them in NCAA tournament (if they win their conference/conference tournament). This morning on ESPN radio, Steve Lavin called the Zags’ schedule the toughest in the land. I’ll tell you all, I look at the Zags’ schedule next to Oregon Ducks and for every Bethune-Cookman and Idaho State the Ducks have played, Gonzaga has played North Carolina, Washington, and will play Duke this week. I’ll be very interested to see if this road schedule has the toughening effect on Gonzaga that I imagine Mark Few is hoping it will have so that come tourney time, after playing at Georgia, at MSG, at WSU, at Virginia, this team will be more fully tested. I’m eager to see how it works out. If you hit the nail on the head, Bob, I will be very very impressed. If you missed the nail’s head, nothing ventured, nothing gained … right?