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Gonzaga-Pitt pregame

I think I see sun in Seattle, a first since Friday, but before I go for a walk, here are some links to prepare you for Gonzaga’s game with Pitt tonight in the NCAA women’s tournament.

There is the advance story and notebook from our paper; a feature on hometown player Vivian Frieson and prediction from The Seattle Times (which was 2-2 on Saturday); The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette advance; and the Pittsburg Tribune-Post advance.

By the way, if you don’t think women’s basketball is hot in Tennessee, he’s the story from Knoxville - which had 181 comments on it.

By the way, no one is real surprised Gonzaga picked up a first round win as ESPN predicted but I haven’t discovered anything for tonight’s game.

Graham Hays’ upset watch


GonzagaNo. 5 Xavier vs. No. 12 Gonzaga (ESPN2/, 10 p.m. ET Saturday): This one is in Seattle, a few hours and a mountain range removed from Gonzaga’s base in Spokane, Wash., but still a heck of a lot closer for it than for the team from Cincinnati. The logic for the seeds holding is pretty simple: Gonzaga is a good offensive team but not a great offensive team; it needs some volume to get its points, and Xavier is one of the toughest teams in the nation to get quality scoring chances against. That said, the Musketeers have not been at their defensive best in recent weeks — allowing 60 or more points in four of their past seven games. And a team prone to turnovers could be in trouble against a Bulldogs defense that forces more than 20 a game. Pick: Gonzaga


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