DENVER – Over the course of 40 minutes in Denver’s high altitude, Drew Timme was the Gonzaga player consistently making the hustle plays, spilling his sweat in the post and expending the energy that was needed to match the physicality and athleticism of TCU.
Michigan State, Xavier, Kent State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, BYU twice. Add TCU to the list. Gonzaga trailed in the second half of those games, often in the closing minutes or even seconds, before finding a way to get to the finish line first.
A long weekend of college hoops ended Sunday night with Gonzaga’s second-round matchup with the Big 12’s Texas Christian University. And it couldn’t have ended much better for those watching TBS in Spokane, as the Zags defeated the Horned Frogs 84-81 in Denver.
DENVER – Drew Timme occasionally trains with Mike Miles Jr. in the offseason. Rasir Bolton had two encounters with the TCU guard during his 2020-21 season at Iowa State. Coach Mark Few saw Miles in action two summers ago when he teamed up with Chet Holmgren on Team USA’s U-19 FIBA World Cup team.
DENVER – When you’ve been in the coaching business for as long as Gonzaga’s Mark Few and TCU’s Jamie Dixon, your paths are bound to cross a few times. In Long Beach, California, for example. And Okinawa, Japan. And Sunday night in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 when the Zags face the Horned Frogs at Ball Arena.