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Yes, the West Coast Conference is improved this year. It might even be the best it’s ever been. But second-ranked Gonzaga is still the king.
No matter what you think of Vitale, beneath all the “babys” and the “PTPers” is a knowledgeble basketball mind. You would expect nothing less from a former college and NBA coach. And when the game is close, Vitale has the sense to display it.
Every game between now and the end of the season – whenever that is in the NCAA Tournament – matters.
After all, Heister was already doing play-by-play while Morrison was wearing No. 3 at GU early in the century. Dickau had recently graduated, carrying an All-American plaque with him. And Fox? He was one of Morrison’s teammates. No announcing crew knows him better or could tell his story better.
The upsets kept coming Saturday, as the Nos. 1 (Baylor), 2 (Gonzaga) and 4 (San Diego State) teams all fell.
There are a few things you can count on when you sit down to watch a college basketball game on your big screen. There will be three officials. Each team will put five players on the court. Duke will get every close call. And the broadcast team will include one person doing the play-by-play.
All game long, ESPN’s Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams kept harping on something every Gonzaga fan knows as well as the names of their children.
As good as the Zags played, and they did, dominating on offense and defense in winning 90-60, the pair of Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham, was just as good.
When Gonzaga fans programmed the Zags’ Thursday night game into their DVR, they may have done it with a bit of trepidation.
You knew it would happen at some point. A poor shooting day. Foul trouble. A decently loud home crowd.
The music CBS plays headed to a break is the same it uses during March Madness, a name it has copyrighted.
Rarely does a college basketball team get through a season without making a change or two in the starting lineup.
Santa Clara entered Thursday night’s matchup with top-ranked Gonzaga sporting a 15-3 record and the West Coast Conference’s second-best league record.
The wipeout nature of the game – appropriate, in a sense, for surfer paradise San Diego – allowed the Spokane-based crew to examine some aspects of the Zags’ season that may belie their No. 1-ranking a bit.
When Gonzaga fans turn on ESPN2 to watch their Zags play, they expect to get a different perspective from the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader.
You had to wonder what those still-awake college basketball fans east of the Rockies thought when Thursday night’s Gonzaga halftime score flashed across their screen.
If you had contrasting styles as the most on-point cliché of the bowl season, you are a winner. Even if only half of the folks who watched Air Force’s 31-21 win over Washington State in Friday’s Cheez-It Bowl could have been satisfied.
Gonzaga came into Saturday afternoon’s neighborly showdown with Eastern Washington with a chance to ascend into the No. 1 spot in the national polls.
It may have been, as Dave Flemming said more than once, the most anticipated home game in Gonzaga’s history.
When the two best college basketball programs in the West battle on a Saturday night in December, you would expect ESPN to put its best next to the court – and our living rooms.