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Memphis presents a heck of a test


With a weekend from hell behind them, the Zags now have a weekend with 40 minutes of hell ahead of them.

At least Saturday’s date with eighth-ranked Memphis (22-3 and winners of 14 consecutive games) in the Arena (3 p.m.; ESPN; 1510-KGA) is about basketball and not the other stuff.

According to Steve Bergum’s story, when this game was scheduled, it looked like a good way for both teams to get ready for the NCAA tournament. Now only one is probably assured a berth, and it isn’t Gonzaga.

If you want to know how well Memphis is playing, here’s a story from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal about the Tigers’ win over Tulsa last night.

Back to GU. As I wrote yesterday, the players were off limits to the media (you can read my thoughts here). But coach Mark Few talked with Steve about the atmosphere around the team right now.

There is also more on Steve’s blog.

Also, Steve had his West Coast Conference notebook today and a look at the week ahead (third school).

From the Puget Sound area, Bud Withers of the Times weighs in on the Josh Heytvelt suspension, saying Heytvelt needs to sit out the remainder of the season.

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