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Day after West Virginia

There was one constant throughout the many ups and downs Gonzaga experienced before rallying for an 80-76 road win over West Virginia: Przemek Karnowski.

With Sam Dower Jr. in foul trouble and the Bulldogs' offense sputtering, the 7-foot-1 center provided scoring, rebounding, a defensive presence and stability. He also didn't commit a foul until 2:07 left in the second half.

Here's the S-R game recap, another game story here and some pointed comments by WVU players in this article,

More below in my day-after post.

Zags rally past Mountaineers

Gonzaga trailed by 10 four minutes into the second half, by eight with 8:23 left and by five with 7 minutes left.

Less than five minutes later, the Bulldogs led by 8. A 13-0 run, which included three 3s by Kevin Pangos, brought Gonzaga back and the Bulldogs went on to claim an 80-76 road win over West Virginia on Tuesday night.

This is the only road game we won't be at this season. We put together a game story, with the help of quotes supplied by Gonzaga SID Oliver Pierce. Read on for more on GU's fifth straight win.

Bulldogs face road test

The season is just over a month old but Gonzaga is about to face its first true road game. The Bulldogs are in Morgantown to take on West Virginia, which will be out to avenge two lopsided losses to GU in the last 20 months. It'll be a tough test, made tougher by the likelihood that Kevin Pangos (toe) and Gary Bell Jr. (hip) probably won't be at full strength. Both are expected to play

Here's my game advance, and others from the Charleston Gazette, Daily Athenaeum, Dominion Post, Bluefield Daily Telegraph and  CBSsports.com. More from the Post here.


Day after West Virginia

Back with my day after West Virginia post. Gonzaga made quick work of the Mountaineers — just as it did eight months ago in the NCAA Tournament. It was the worst loss in coach Bob Huggins' six-year tenure at West Virginia. It was WVU's worst lost since an 84-46 setback to Villanova in Jan., 2005.

We linked to these late last night, but here's my game story, Jesse Tinsley's photos and John Blanchette's column. Here's a report from WVU sports information (with Huggins' blunt-as-always quotes), More from the Charleston Daily Mail.

More below.

Blanchette: How Good Are The Zags?

Good thing ESPN set aside 24 hours for its Tip-Off Marathon that started Monday night at Gonzaga’s rollicking Kennel. West Virginia needed nearly that long to make a shot. Does Spokane’s new single-stream recycling program take bent rims and cracked backboard glass? How would a club pro help a 3-point shooter with a slice? Is it possible that Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins actually went out and restocked his team with worse marksmen than he had a year ago? All good questions, but not nearly as intriguing as this: Just how far will the Zags take their peeps in 2013?/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (Jed Conklin AP photo: Zag Gary Bell vs. West Virginia)

Question: How good do you think the 2012-13 Gonzaga Bulldogs are?

GU handles West Virginia again

Good evening, err, morning. Gonzaga took apart West Virginia for the second time in eight months, the latest an 84-50 throttling late Monday night. It tipped off just after 9 p.m., was essentially over by 9:30 and finally ended at 11:22.

Here's my game story, Jesse Tinsley's photos and John Blanchette's column.

Check back tomorrow for my day-after post.

GU, WVU tangle at the MAC

Gonzaga's first big early season challenge comes tonight when West Virginia, led by coach Bob Huggins, visits the MAC at 9 (deadline special!). Here's my preview, and more on the game here, here (second half here) and here. And here and here. That's a lot of heres.

Also, the NCAA announced second- and third-round NCAA men's tournament games will be held at the Spokane Arena in March, 2014. Seattle and Portland are preliminary-round sites in 2015.

In-game updates tonight at twitter.com/SRjimm.

GU-West Virginia part of ESPN’s Marathon

For the fourth straight season, Gonzaga will be part of ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon.

The Bulldogs will entertain West Virginia on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center in the first of 11 straight games televised on ESPN. Gonzaga is coming off a 26-7 season, including a 77-54 blowout of the Mountaineers in a second-round NCAA Tournament game in Pittsburgh. West Virginia finished 19-14.

Gonzaga is 1-2 in previous Tip-Off Marathon appearances with a win over Washington State last season and losses to San Diego State two years ago and Michigan State three years ago.

More here and here

Snake Handling Pastor Dies From Bite

A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before. Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event. "I am looking for a great time this Sunday," Wolford wrote May 22, according to the Washington Post. "It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers." Robin Vanover, Wolford's sister, told the Washington Post that 30 minutes into the outdoor service, Wolford passed around a poisonous timber rattlesnake, which eventually bit him/ABC News. More here. (AP/Washington Post photo: In this Sept. 2, 2011 photo, Pastor Mack Wolford handles a rattlesnake in Jolo, W. Va.)

  • H/T: Dinosaur Man

Question: Do you have Pentecostal roots in your religious background?

Pangos, Zags Drop Mountaineers

Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga drives to the hoop and is fouled by Kevin Jones of West Virginia during their second round game of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh Thursday. Gonzaga won the game 77-54 to advance. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question: Have you changed your mind re: Gonzaga's chances in the NCAA Tournament as a result of the Zags' convincing victory over West Virginia?

Zags dismantle West Virginia, 77-54

Gonzaga made quick work of West Virginia, building a 17-point lead in the first 12 minutes and cruising to a 77-54 victory over the Mountaineers in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Here's some of our report from Pittsburgh. Here's my game story and our notebook. Here's John Blanchette's column and Chris Anderson's photos.

Here's a game story and column in the Charleston Daily Mail. Here's ESPN.com's recap of the games played in Pittsburgh.

Gonzaga 77, W. Va. 54

Gonzaga's Guy Landry Edi (10) dunks the ball in front of West Virginia's Jabarie Hinds (4) in the first half of an NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game tonight in Pittsburgh. Story here. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) 

DFO: I'll be following the game via linescore, AP photos, and updated headlines during the afternoon. Feel free to use this thread for you comments.

Gonzaga Vs West Virginia At 4:20 PM

Gonzaga University center Rob Sacre appears on a closed circuit monitor as he listens to a quetion from the media Wednesday in Pittsburgh as the Zags await their opening round game against West Virginia. The two teams tipoff at 4:20 p.m. today on Channel TNT (Channel 31 on Time-Warner). (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

Question (for bracketologists): Who did you pick for your Final Four?

From Sacre to Stanley: GU reading material

Good evening from warm Pittsburgh (temps in the 70s last couple days). I just sent the last of three stories for Thursday's S-R.

Here's the rundown. My game preview can be found here. John Blanchette checked in with Gonzaga's Robert Sacre, who has already made the Final Four in one sense, and a Bob Huggins' column that hasn't been posted yet. We'll link to it when it appears on the Website. Below, you can find my sidebar on pro golfer Kyle Stanley, who is planning on attending Thursday's game.

UPDATE: Here's Chris Anderson's photos and Blanchette's column.

I arrived in Pittsburgh and at Consol Energy Center just in time to see Southern Miss finish practice. The Golden Eagles' staff of Larry Eustachy, Leonard Perry and Steve Barnes all have ties to the University of Idaho. I covered Eustachy's UI teams in the early 1990s and Perry's Vandal teams in the early 2000s. I put together an article after a brief visit with the candid Eustachy. 

Read on for more.

Young Zags not as young as WVU

Good evening from …. not Pittsburgh. We made it roughly halfway, to Minneapolis, thanks to two hours of sitting on the tarmac at the Spokane Airport due to mechanical issues with the plane. I wrote once we got airborne — hey I had some time on my hands — and the topic was the birth certificates of Gonzaga and West Virginia.

It's young vs. younger.

Here's my article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.  There's a number of articles on GU and WVU out there, but one in particular worth your attention. Dave Boling, former S-R staffer, writes about Mark Few and basketball is barely mentioned.

We'll be back with more, hopefully, from Pittsburgh, tomorrow.

AM: Dunno Much About Pittsburgh

"The only thing I know about Pittsburgh is the Steelers," said 6-foot-9 senior forward Sam Dower during the press conference at The McCarthey Athletic Center on Sunday.The Gonzaga men's basketball team was seeded seventh in the East Region of the NCAA tournament and will face 10th-seeded West Virginia (19-13) on Thursday in Pittsburgh. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Gonzaga To Face West Virginia

Gonzaga drew a seventh seed in the NCAA tournament and will face 10th-seeded West Virginia on Thursday in Morganto…, err, Pittsburgh. “We’re wearing white jerseys but the home-court advantage will be with them,” junior forward Elias Harris said. “It’ll be like a road game, but the fans aren’t on the court. It’s us against them and it really shouldn’t bother us.” The Bulldogs (25-6) and Mountaineers (19-13) square off at 4:20 PDT at CONSOL Energy Center, roughly 2,250 miles from GU’s campus and 75 miles from West Virginia’s campus. The winner will meet the winner of No. 2-seeded Ohio State (185 miles from Pittsburgh) and No. 15 Loyola-Maryland (245 miles) on Saturday. Syracuse is the top seed in the East Region/Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo of Gonzaga coach Mark Few)

Question: Do you think the Bulldogs were properly seeded at No. 7?

Zags to face West Virginia in Pittsburgh

In the five seasons I've covered Gonzaga, here's the travel pattern when it comes to the NCAA tournament. 2008, Raleigh; 2009, Portland; 2010, Buffalo; 2011, Denver; 2012, Pittsburgh. Pretty much alternating far from home with close to home every other year, no?

Anyway, Gonzaga will trek east to face West Virginia in Pittsburgh, a little over an hour's drive from the Mountaineers' Morgantown campus. The seeding GU (7) and W.V. (10) is the same as it was when GU (7) took on Davidson (10) in Raleigh, about 2 1/2 hours from Davidson, N.C. in 2008.

You can see what the players and coaches think of the matchup in my article that will run in Monday's S-R. Here's John Blanchette's take on the tournament bracket and Gonzaga's draw. GU players certainly didn't seem too bothered by anything as Marquise Carter took a turn operating a TV camera, donning the headphones to look even more official.

There's more info on Gonzaga, West Virginia and the other half of the bracket (Ohio State and Loyola-Maryland) below. 

How Fukushima is the Deepwater Horizon of nuclear accidents

Last week I came across a well-written piece in Slog, The Stranger's blog, by Goldy about the Fukushima reactors. The writer admitted they succumbed in the early stages to peer pressure and a basic understanding of the science to reassure readers that Fukushima was not Chernobyl. I could relate. I spent time espousing that theory myself. Today, with our technology, it would be impossible to produce a similar explosion. (It certainly doesn't mean the environmental damage could be worse.)

"No, the better metaphor for Fukushima is turning out to be last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a disaster that dragged on for months, steadily spilling millions of gallons of toxic crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico," Goldy writes. "Like last year's Gulf spill, corporate and government incompetency/misinformation has made the severity of the Fukushima leak impossible for the public to measure. Likewise, Japanese government officials are now admitting that the release of radioactive materials may too continue for months."

Now comes the news of the evacuation area expanding.

GU-WVU game off

Looks like the proposed Gonzaga-West Virginia game won’t take place. More here.