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Tue., Feb. 26, 2013, 10:09 a.m.

No. 2 GU passing chemistry test

Fans see Gonzaga’s unity on the court in Elias Harris, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Dranginis, but the team is close outside basketball as well. (Colin Mulvany)
Fans see Gonzaga’s unity on the court in Elias Harris, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Dranginis, but the team is close outside basketball as well. (Colin Mulvany)

A bit of a rough start to senior week for two GU seniors who will play in their final home game Saturday against Portland. Elias Harris took a shot to the nose and Guy Landry Edi a blow to the chin about 10 minutes apart in Monday's practice. Harris needed a handful of stitches to close a cut on his nose and didn't return to practice. Edi was checked out by training staff and returned later to practice.

Two topics for my notebook that ran in today's S-R. Gonzaga, as the college basketball world knows by now, is No. 2 in the AP poll, the highest ranking in program history. The Zags are the first non-power 6 conference team to be ranked in the AP top two since Memphis in 2007-08. Gonzaga has already set a school record with 27 regular-season wins. The Zags are closing in on the program's first 30-win seasons. GU won 29 games in 2002 and 2006.

We also explored Gonzaga's team chemistry, one of those intangibles that is easier to see than define. We took a shot at explaining it in this article.

Gonzaga remains a No. 1 seed, playing in Salt Lake City, in Lunardi's latest Bracketology (like that No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Saint Mary's matchup).




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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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