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When you witness a game as entertaining as Gonzaga-Butler on Saturday, it's natural to wonder if the series will continue at some point. The teams have met the last two years and Saturday's game in Indianapolis was an instant classic.
For now, it looks like the series will take a break. You can see Mark Few's thoughts on the series and a closer look at Gary Bell Jr.'s recent struggles in my GU notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R.
Planes to catch, an inbound play to scrutinize from several perspectives.
Read on for my day-after Butler post.
Not much to write about after that one.
Holy moly, I could have penned a couple of chapters on the final 2 minutes alone with all the plot changes. As it is, this was maybe the longest game story I've ever put together — but a game that good probably is deserving of some extra words.
Butler's Roosevelt Jones picked off an inbound pass, drove down the floor and made an off-balance 12-footer just before the buzzer to give the home-standing Bulldogs a 64-63 win over Gonzaga.
Read on below for Jones' explanation of his steal, David Stockton experiencing a bad case of deja vu and the rest of the details from a memorable game.
You know you're in Indianapolis when the first store you see at the airport is Hoosiers' marketplace and down the concourse is a race car.
But we're here for basketball, the Gonzaga-Butler showdown on Saturday night at Butler's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Here's my preview that will run in Saturday's S-R.
Ah, the things you learn at Gonzaga media day. Classes for spring semester started Tuesday and Kevin Pangos offered a glimpse at his courses.
“I've got yoga, again,” Pangos said. “I'm a phys ed major so I've got some tough ones — anatomy, physiology.”
Beyond that, we concentrated on Gonzaga's rare break in the conference season, going a week between games and enjoying a game-free weekend. That ends quickly with another road trip, at Portland on Thursday and Butler on Saturday.
Here's my notebook that ran in today's S-R. I'm working on a Kelly Olynyk feature that will run in Thursday's S-R.
Much more below.
Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 71-55 victory over visiting Butler tonight. Check back in the a.m. for a day-after post.
Gonzaga's arduous non-conference slate continues Tuesday night when Butler, which has played and lost in the last two NCAA title games, visits the MAC.
Butler is an enjoyable team to watch — I recall the Bulldogs drilling seemingly 10 3s a night while winning the Great Alaska Shootout several years ago. A fitting description of Butler's team dynamic and successful system can be found on page 4 of the school's release. There you can find the Horizon League preseason poll and first- and second-team selections. Detroit has three first-team selections, including player of the year Ray McCallum. Butler has no first teamers and Andrew Smith on the second team, yet the Bulldogs are picked to win the Horizon title.
Here's a link to my game preview.
Gonzaga and Butler have talked about playing each other for at least a couple of years. The coaches, Gonzaga's Mark Few and Butler's Brad Stevens, are friends who frequently visited by phone last season.
So it seems to make sense that the two schools from non-power conferences who embrace taking on college basketball's elite will tangle in a two-game series. The Indianapolis Star reported that Butler will visit Spokane this December, followed by GU visiting Hinkle Fieldhouse the following season.
Gonzaga hasn't released its schedule for the upcoming season and typically doesn't until it has dates/TV contracts firmed up.
Washington State ended the nonconference portion of its schedule on a down note, struggling in the second half on both ends of the court and falling to Butler, 84-68 in the finals of the Diamond Head Classic. We have our game story on the link.
A back-and-forth first half ends with Sheldon Mack driving and scoring his 15th point, giving Butler a 40-38 lead. The Cougars got hot late, after starting off with some struggles, but a 4-minute stretch without a miss keyed a nearly 50 percent (15 of 32 shooting) half. The last miss was from Klay Thompson, who was 5 of 9, but took a 3-pointer on an out-of-bounds play with 18 seconds left and WSU having a chance for the final shot. Thompson, who has 15 points, is 4 of 4 from the free throw line, 4 of 4 inside the 3-point line and just 1 of 4 outside. … Butler was having little trouble getting good shots against WSU's 2-3 zone midway through the half, but had to work a bit harder at the beginning and end against the Cougars' man. The Cougars will probably have to rely on their man in the second half or stretch the zone a little bit. … Matt Howard, who has 9 points, is indispensable on the offensive end, setting screens, getting rebounds and hitting shots. He also is good at drawing fouls, including one on Brock Motum when Motum put an arm-bar in his chest and Howard acted like he was shot. … Though Thompson is WSU's top offensive option, all but Abe Lodwick, who played just 4 minutes due to two fouls, has scored among the eight who have played. … We'll be back after the game with our story.
One more nonconference game awaits the Washington State Cougars tonight. One more chance to make a mark. One more chance to fine-tune their game before the Pac-10 wars begin on Wednesday night. But that's for tomorrow. For tonight, let's look at Butler and what the Bulldogs offer in the way of an opponent. Read on.