Posts tagged: Kansas State
Good evening from icy/snowy Wichita. The Bulldogs didn't enjoy their trip here, losing to Kansas State 72-62 and playing the final 24 minutes without forward Sam Dower Jr., who took a nasty fall late in the first half.
UPDATE: According to GU, X-rays on Dower were negative, it sounds like a deep bruise. Dower is heading home for the holiday with his family.
My unedited game story is below. Day-after post coming in the morning.
Gonzaga is back on the road for its fourth trip — Maui, West Virginia, Seattle and now Wichita to take on Kansas State on Saturday afternoon.
It won't be an easy task. The Wildcats have won five straight and rank among the nation's best defensively. Gonzaga, winners of six in a row, rate among the nation's top offenses. Something's gotta give, as they say. GU's Angel Nunez is now eligible and the first game he's available to play will come against a friend and fellow AAU New York Gauchos' product, K-State guard Shane Southwell.
My unedited game preview is below.
Gonzaga, fresh from facing Illinois' talented trio of guards, moves on to another talented trio against Kansas State on Saturday in Seattle. And later this month, it's Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart. And then it's on to the WCC and Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova, LMU's Anthony Ireland and Santa Clara's Kevin Foster.
It's a non-stop series of challenges for GU's starting backcourt of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. (pictured above) and the first item in this week's Gonzaga notebook. There are also updates on Sam Dower's health and Przemek Karnowski making adjustments to his free-throw shooting. Here's a link to my article that will run in Tuesday's S-R.
Programming note: Working on feature on Mike Hart that will run later this week.
About the time 7-foot Polish center Przemek Karnowski was committing to Gonzaga in early May came word that the Zags would be facing Kansas State in the 2012 Battle in Seattle. The matchup became official today with an announcement from Idol Sports and Entertainment.
The game will be played December 15th at KeyArena. Gonzaga is expected to play a return matchup against K-State in Wichita or Kansas City in 2013-14. More below.
The Bulldogs' non-conference slate also will include a visit to Oklahoma State on New Year's Eve.
I’ve never met a coach that wouldn’t take a win of any other kind over the dreaded moral victory. But I’ve also never met a coach who wouldn’t take a moral victory over a bad beatdown any day. Read on for the moral and more from Friday night’s 63-58 Washington State loss to fifth-ranked Kansas State.
OK, here’s my full game story from No. 22 Gonzaga’s 81-64 loss to No. 4 Kansas State. Check back in the morning for my day-after post. I didn’t have much time for post-game interviews because of deadline, but I was able to visit with Sacre, Gray and Harris.
A quick first-half recap:
The Wildcats beat GU’s defense down court several times, once after the Bulldogs made a free throw. Late in the half, Gray connected in the lane, but Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen drove the length of the court and fed Victor Ojeleye for an open 3-pointer.
The Wildcats shot 53.1 percent from the floor, 9 of 15 on 3-pointers, to move on top 49-38 at half. The margin would have been wider if not for
Robert Sacre and Steven Gray combined for 25 first-half points. Jacob Pullen and Will Spradling each had 11 for the Wildcats. Those two were 5 of 9 on 3-pointers.
Not a big fan of setting the alarm clock for 4-something a.m., but I’ve made it to Kansas City. Stopped in Denver where it was 50 degrees when we landed and 31 degrees with the fog rolling in when we took over about an hour later. K.C. weather? Roughly 65 degrees.
Enough about that. Putting together a short GU-Kansas State preview and I’ve learned Zags forward Elias Harris is expected to play on Monday. He left last Tuesday’s game with an Achilles’ injury. Not sure if Harris will start.
I’ll post a short preview in about an hour.
UPDATE: Preview posted below, along with a couple notes that I couldn’t fit into the article.
UPDATE II: K-State’s Curtis Kelly is expected to play against Gonzaga, Wildcats coach Frank Martin tells Foxsports.com’s Jeff Goodman.
I put together a feature on Kansas State coach Frank Martin, who has led the Wildcats to a No. 3 ranking. There’s more to Martin than just his piercing stare and his animated demeanor on the sideline.
Gonzaga takes on K-State on Monday in Kansas City in the CBE Classic.
More on Martin here.
One other item: San Diego State, which upended GU on Tuesday, fell behind 28-6 before roaring back to beat Green Bay.