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Blanchette: How Good Are The Zags?

Good thing ESPN set aside 24 hours for its Tip-Off Marathon that started Monday night at Gonzaga’s rollicking Kennel. West Virginia needed nearly that long to make a shot. Does Spokane’s new single-stream recycling program take bent rims and cracked backboard glass? How would a club pro help a 3-point shooter with a slice? Is it possible that Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins actually went out and restocked his team with worse marksmen than he had a year ago? All good questions, but not nearly as intriguing as this: Just how far will the Zags take their peeps in 2013?/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (Jed Conklin AP photo: Zag Gary Bell vs. West Virginia)

Question: How good do you think the 2012-13 Gonzaga Bulldogs are?

Snake Handling Pastor Dies From Bite

A “serpent-handling” West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before. Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event. “I am looking for a great time this Sunday,” Wolford wrote May 22, according to the Washington Post. “It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers.” Robin Vanover, Wolford's sister, told the Washington Post that 30 minutes into the outdoor service, Wolford passed around a poisonous timber rattlesnake, which eventually bit him/ABC News. More here. (AP/Washington Post photo: In this Sept. 2, 2011 photo, Pastor Mack Wolford handles a rattlesnake in Jolo, W. Va.)

  • H/T: Dinosaur Man

Question: Do you have Pentecostal roots in your religious background?

Pangos, Zags Drop Mountaineers

Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga drives to the hoop and is fouled by Kevin Jones of West Virginia during their second round game of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh Thursday. Gonzaga won the game 77-54 to advance. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question: Have you changed your mind re: Gonzaga's chances in the NCAA Tournament as a result of the Zags' convincing victory over West Virginia?

Gonzaga 77, W. Va. 54

Gonzaga's Guy Landry Edi (10) dunks the ball in front of West Virginia's Jabarie Hinds (4) in the first half of an NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game tonight in Pittsburgh. Story here. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) 

DFO: I'll be following the game via linescore, AP photos, and updated headlines during the afternoon. Feel free to use this thread for you comments.

Gonzaga Vs West Virginia At 4:20 PM

Gonzaga University center Rob Sacre appears on a closed circuit monitor as he listens to a quetion from the media Wednesday in Pittsburgh as the Zags await their opening round game against West Virginia. The two teams tipoff at 4:20 p.m. today on Channel TNT (Channel 31 on Time-Warner). (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question (for bracketologists): Who did you pick for your Final Four?

AM: Dunno Much About Pittsburgh

“The only thing I know about Pittsburgh is the Steelers,” said 6-foot-9 senior forward Sam Dower during the press conference at The McCarthey Athletic Center on Sunday.The Gonzaga men's basketball team was seeded seventh in the East Region of the NCAA tournament and will face 10th-seeded West Virginia (19-13) on Thursday in Pittsburgh. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Gonzaga To Face West Virginia

Gonzaga drew a seventh seed in the NCAA tournament and will face 10th-seeded West Virginia on Thursday in Morganto…, err, Pittsburgh. “We’re wearing white jerseys but the home-court advantage will be with them,” junior forward Elias Harris said. “It’ll be like a road game, but the fans aren’t on the court. It’s us against them and it really shouldn’t bother us.” The Bulldogs (25-6) and Mountaineers (19-13) square off at 4:20 PDT at CONSOL Energy Center, roughly 2,250 miles from GU’s campus and 75 miles from West Virginia’s campus. The winner will meet the winner of No. 2-seeded Ohio State (185 miles from Pittsburgh) and No. 15 Loyola-Maryland (245 miles) on Saturday. Syracuse is the top seed in the East Region/Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo of Gonzaga coach Mark Few)

Question: Do you think the Bulldogs were properly seeded at No. 7?

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