Back with a notebook from today's media day at Gonzaga. It contains the WCC's impressive start, GU's improving zone defense, the players' Thanksgiving Day in Maui and a short note on Bol Kong.
Read on for the unedited version.
The West Coast Conference, often lightly regarded in national circles, has made an early season splash in the college basketball world.
That’s commonplace for Gonzaga, which returned to the national rankings at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll after winning the Maui Invitational last week. In the title game, Gonzaga edged
“I think we shouldn’t worry about the ranking too much,” freshman forward Elias Harris said. “We need to play ball like we did before. The ranking is just a number.”
“It is good to be on the national radar,”
The WCC is 9-6 against schools from BCS conferences. Saint Mary’s is receiving votes in the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today polls.
“If you want to be looked upon favorably at the end of the year, you have to play a tough schedule,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “If all you do is play home games or patsies, you can’t be asking for favors at the end of the year.
“It’s really neat for Eric and Portland to be able to get into a tournament like Anaheim and make some noise and show everybody what a good team they have. I thought they were a very good team last year. They were one of the main reasons why we weren’t very good against
Gonzaga entertains WSU, which received votes in both polls, on Wednesday.
An A for D
The Bulldogs have played primarily man-to-man defense, but their zone has been effective, particularly against
“It was better,” Few said. “We spent a good practice day on it in
Sand, sun and water
The Zags spent Thanksgiving Day in
“That last day we went as hard as you can go in a day in
Steven Gray didn’t go surfing, his pre-tournament goal, because “I was far too tired. But I did go into the water a little bit, spent some time on the beach walking around and checking out the sights.”
Sophomore forward Bol Kong played in the final two games of the tournament. He made his biggest impact against
“It’s so hard getting minutes behind those two wings (Bouldin and Gray),” Few said. “He kind of gives us an entity maybe that we had with Austin (Daye), a guy that can space the floor and shoot it.”