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Zags have more than revenge at stake


There is revenge. And there is just a must-win game. Sometimes they coincide, like today for Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs need a win over Saint Mary’s tonight (5; KHQ-6; 1510-AM) just to keep their NCAA resume strong – and to keep atop the West Coast Conference standings. That’s more important than the chance to avenge their first defeat of the WCC season.

Steve Bergum looks at the games tonight and Monday, when league-leading Santa Clara – tied with GU – comes to town, in his advance and on his blog.

• We’ll be at the Zags’ game this evening, and we’ll post a link to the game story as soon as it’s over, along with a commentary you can comment about.

• Tonight’s game marks the first visit to the Kennel of Gaels’ redshirt freshman center Omar Samhan, who not only had a impressive game against the Zags in the first contest (20 points, five rebounds), but also was caught on TV yelling an obscene comment to the Gonzaga bench.

Samhan is expecting the Gonzaga fans to be unmerciful, according to a Contra Costa Times story. In the piece, the freshman admits to yelling at the Gonzaga bench, but says he had a reason – go ahead, read his rationalization. Is there ever a reason to act like a spoiled brat and yell obscenities toward another team or coaching staff? I don’t think so.

• The Denver Post had an article on the play of Matt Bouldin, who is a graduate of ThunderRidge High near Denver.

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