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Day after Colorado, Day of Wisconsin

We’ll combine a brief look back with a glance ahead. Read on.


First, the links:

In case you missed it, here’s my game story and notebook; and the Boulder Daily Camera gamer and sidebar 

Here are articles on Wisconsin’s win over Arizona in the Wisconsin State-Journal here, here and here, and the Arizona paper.

I covered most of what I was going to put in my day-after post in Monday’s notebook (link above), but there’s a few more things to get to.

—GU is carving out a reputation for interior toughness with Elias Harris and Rob Sacre, but there was about a 2-3 minute stretch in the second half when the five on the floor were Harris, G.J. Vilarino, Matt Bouldin, Steven Gray and Manny Arop – 6-8, three 6-5s and 6-0. It was probably to counter Colorado’s four-guard alignment and try to defend as CU basically tried to go 1-on-1 (usually with talented Cory Higgins on dribble penetration).

The unit stayed even with CU at 57, 59 and 61 before Sacre checked in.

—GU made an interesting substitution at the end of the game. After burning a timeout when they were unable to get an inbound pass in, Grant Gibbs replaced Matt Bouldin as the inbounder. Gibbs lobbed a pass to Bouldin, who was fouled with 4 seconds left. Bouldin made both to seal the victory.

The move was likely for a couple of reasons. First, it made Bouldin the primary inbound option. With CU fouling, Bouldin was who GU wanted on the foul line. Steven Gray made 11 of 14 free throws, but was 2 of 4 in the final 20 seconds. Also, Gibbs is considered a quality passer.

—Mark Few credited Colorado for its schemes in defending Sacre and Harris inside. The two combined for 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting.

“They were doing some different doubling schemes, a lot of stuff we hadn’t seen yet,” Few said. “This will be a great one to go back and watch and show guys what we need to do, and our perimeters missed our bigs a lot. One of the things we’re still struggling with on offense is trying to find those bigs. They didn’t get a whole lot of touches. When they did, I thought they were OK.”

 

 

—Onward. Gonzaga goes from facing CU’s Princeton-style offense to Wisconsin’s ‘Swing’ offense. The offense was in display in Spokane several years ago when the Badgers played in the first round of the NCAAs.

Wisconsin is patient and adept at getting isolated post-ups, usually with forwards/centers, but they’re not afraid to post up guards. The Badgers will try to control the pace, keep the score in the 60s and keep GU from making it and up-and-down game.

The Badgers are a physical crew and they use a rotation of stout bigs. That will pose an interesting matchup with GU’s Sacre and Harris. Wisconsin guard Trevon Hughes scored 24 points in the win over Arizona. He made only 7 of 19 shots, but he found his way to the foul line 14 times, making eight.

GU, of course, will try to run and hopes to push the score into the 70s, if not higher.

 

 

Check back later for my game story.


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