Busy day ahead so we'll get to our day-after Oklahoma post here, then put together a short preview of GU-Davidson in Sunday's Old Spice Classic championship game and a feature on the ups and downs of former Zags Austin Daye and Jeremy Pargo in the NBA. I'll post those articles later.
—Another dominating performance by Gonzaga last night. Other than a sluggish first half when GU trailed Clemson by one Thursday, the Zags have outscored foes by at least seven points in the other nine halves of basketball this season. Their average margin of victory is 28.6, with three wins over teams picked in the middle-to-lower half of power conferences.
—When David Stockton enters a game, there’s going to be an impact one way or another. He attempts passes few others will dare to attempt, resulting in spectacular connections or head-scratching turnovers. He takes risks on defense, sagging off his player to pester bigs. He’ll station his slender 5-foot-11 frame in the path of foes 60 pounds heavier than him, trying to take a charge.
“He’s going to make something happen when he’s in there,” coach Mark Few said.
—After going scoreless in nine minutes Thursday night, Przemek Karnowski chipped in eight points and six rebounds in 14 minutes.
The 7-foot-1 center made 3 of 6 field goals, 2 of 5 free throws. It was his last field goal that probably caught the eye of future opponents. The left-hander scored with a post move to his left. Much like lefty forward Sam Dower, PK prefers taking a jump-hook over his right shoulder.
The minutes have been squeezed for the bigs with the return of Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk started Thursday, but came off the bench Friday as Dower returned to the starting lineup.
Thursday’s minutes: Harris 32, Olynyk 24, Dower 20, KP 9. Friday’s minutes: Harris 23, Dower 23, Olynyk 17, PK 14.
STATS OF NOTE
—Mike Hart has played 59 minutes this season and hasn’t committed a turnover.
—GU’s balance in the scoring column is almost matched by its balance in the rebounding column. Six Zags are averaging double figures, led by Harris 14 ppg. Guy Landry Edi is at 9.2.
Harris leads the way in rebounding (9.0) with seven others between 3.0 and 5.6.
—Olynyk’s two-game stats: 10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg.
—GU is plus-14 in rebounding per game (44-30).
—One of the loudest ovations of the night came when walk-on Rem Bakamus entered late and promptly buried a 3-pointer, reminiscent of the Kennel Club’s reaction to his trey in the season opener against
—Another indifferent performance at the FT line for GU (12 of 19, 63.2 percent). GU is at 56.5 percent this season, which figures to be a factor in close games.
—GU has 24 assists and 24 turnovers in two Old Spice games.
—Gonzaga has blocked only seven shots to opponents’ 23.
Pangos, on the offense: “The coaches told us be aggressive but take good shots, work the ball and not fall into their pressure.”
Few, on guards rebounding: “I thought all our guards did a good job. We talked about our bigs having their hands full checking those (OU forwards) out and it was up to the guards to get in there and dig some of those rebounds because our bigs locked into blocking out their athletic guys. David did a nice job, Kyle did a nice job of that.”
OU coach Lon Kruger, on Steven Pledger’s struggles: “It was maybe the same thing (as the team in general) where they sped him up a little bit. Anyone that plays us gives him a little more attention. He had some looks early that didn’t go. It never looked like he shot it with good rhythm.”