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Zags avoid upset, edge Southern 64-58

Not sure how it came across on television, but Gonzaga-Southern was interesting from the start and turned into a thriller when the gutsy Jaguars mounted their umpteenth comeback late in the second half.

Gonzaga hung on, riding key baskets by Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., for a 64-58 win over the Jaguars.

We'll give you a few links now, and probably a couple more later tonight. Here's my game story, Christian Caple's sidebar on the Jaguars and Dan Pelle's and Colin Mulvany's photo gallery.

UPDATE: And here's our Gonzaga notebook and John Blanchette's column.

Gonzaga opens NCAA Tournament against Southern

Good evening from Salt Lake City.

We have a variety of stories to post as the Zags await their matchup with Southern at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday afternoon.

We'll link to the available links and cut-and-paste more below.

Here's my GU-Southern game preview, my notebook with the first item on Przemek Karnowski's progress as a freshman, John Blanchette's column on David Stockton's Salt Lake City homecoming and here's Christian Caple's notebook on the Jaguars and talented sixth man Malcolm Miller.

No. 1-seeded Zags face Southern

One little click in the URL line and I'm back in the blogging world after 2-3 days on the sidelines. Onward.

Hmm, could have sworn I saw Gonzaga seeded No. 1 when the brackets came out, despite all the pro-con sparring of Jay Bilas and Jay Williams, and Doug Gottlieb and Seth Davis. Later, I looked at some of the predictions of the “experts” and GU might as well be a six seed. Seth Greenberg still has the Zags going to the Final Four, but he backtracked a bit by saying they're the most susceptible of the No. 1s. Several have GU falling to No. 5 Wisconsin, nearly everyone has No. 2 Ohio State making the Final Four out of the West Region. My non-expert opinion is that the West bracket looks pretty favorable to the Zags, so we'll see.

Here's a look back at Selection Sunday with my article, John Blanchette's column and the reaction of GU students. And here is the A-1 cover today (tip of the hat to Ralph Walter). More on next season's GU-Kansas State game in Wichita here.

Ex-Zag Dan Dickau will take part in a live chat at 11:30 on the S-R website. Go to for more details.

Zags overwhelm Jags, 117-72

Back with my game story from Gonzaga’s 117-72 rout over Southern tonight.

Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.

(FYI: Gonzaga doesn’t allow in-game blogging during home games, so go to my twitter account — — for in-game updates).

Final: GU 117, Southern 72

Check back for game story in about 90 minutes.

GU set for Southern

If you want to know more about Southern, here’s a preview. Find the S-R game preview here.

Elias Harris (shoulder) will play tonight and, according to a GU release, the starters are expected to be Goodson, Gray, Harris, Olynyk and Sacre.

Jags, Zags open regular season

Gonzaga opens the men’s basketball regular season against Southern on Friday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center – or, as Bulldogs center Robert Sacre says, “it’s the Jags vs. the Zags.”


Sacre is quite familiar with the Southern Jaguars. His father, Greg LaFleur, has been Southern’s athletic director since 2005. LaFleur played tight end in the NFL from 1981-86.


“My dad and my mom will be attending the game,” Sacre said. “It’ll be fun. I’m just happy to be playing our first game more than it being Southern.”


Southern (5-25 overall) placed ninth in the 10-team Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 3-15 record last season. The Jaguars, who visit Washington State on Saturday, were picked to finish ninth in the SWAC preseason coaches poll.

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