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Ronny Turiaf: Coming from the heart

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Good article about Turiaf's heart surgery and his connection to the T-Wolves.

Gael's NCAA issues

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Not much has been said since news broke SMC was under investigation for Auzzie recruiting violations. The below blurb surfaced on ESPN this morning. Looks like a decision is coming soon. I'm kinda split on this. Part of me want them to suffer, but the other side of me doesn't want a black eye on the WCC. Saint Mary's should hear soon the results of the Gaels' NCAA committee on infractions hearing, which occurred in mid-December, according to a source with knowledge of the COI. The Gaels had two consecutive Saturdays off -- Dec. 8 and 15 -- and were on the schedule for the regular COI hearing. The two-year investigation dealt with recruiting and extra benefit issues for the Australian players that have flooded the Gaels' program. NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn refused to add any more information, saying the NCAA won't comment on current, pending or potential cases. Osburn said the reason the NCAA commented on the Miami case, which is still pending, is because it dealt with NCAA/enforcement staff actions. The outcome of the Gaels' case will be interesting for head coach Randy Bennett, who could be a candidate for the vacant USC job. Bennett and Saint Mary's athletic director Mark Orr did not return inquiries for response throughout the summer and fall on this case.

USA Today - Bracket Briefing: Gonzaga

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Also includes stats, videos and headlines from the past week. Good read.

Best backcourts according to NBC Sports

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GU lands at #13, but it'll be interesting to see how this improves with Draino 13. Gonzaga Players: Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell Jr., David Stockton, Michael Hart, Guy Landri Edi, Drew Barham Pangos, who was the WCC Freshman of the Year, led Gonzaga in both points and assists last season and finished with an offensive rating of 120 (per statsheet.com). He’ll be joined in the starting lineup by Bell Jr., who was another of Gonzaga’s double figure scorers in 2011-12 (they had four total). David Stockton rarely makes mistakes when running the point, which affords Pangos the opportunity to work off the ball on occasion. And keep an eye on Landri Edi in his second season in the program.

Goodson at Baylor

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A quick Q&A on ESPN about Goodson's move from basketball to football. His move was the best for both parties, but I'll always remember his game-winning runner vs. WKU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeyPAeaR7es). Good luck this seasson, Demetri!

Pre-SeasonTournament

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Nike-sponsored schools have agreed to play in a tournament to celebrate Phil Knight's 80th bday. Teams involved: Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio State, Connecticut, Georgetown, Texas, Oklahoma, Stanford, Oregon, Xavier, Butler, Gonzaga and Portland. The bad news? We have to wait until 2017.

Ammo explodes in summer league

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I love that Morrison is playing well. Sure seems like he has a good shot at making a team. Morrison, the former Gonzaga star and poster child for the futility of the Charlotte Bobcats under Michael Jordan, poured in an electric 26 points, including four three pointers. His incredible display of offense was met by wild applause from the folks in attendance at the Thomas and Mack Center.

GU kicks off NCAA marathon vs. WV

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Zags faired well last year vs Wazzu. This year GU welcomes WV to the Kennel at 9am PT on Nov. 12. Other key match ups include Michigan State vs. Kansas and Duke vs. Kentucky The marathon of games -- featuring 16 conferences, four time zones and 12 teams that reached the 2012 NCAA tourney -- opens at midnight ET with West Virginia at Gonzaga in a rematch of last year's NCAA tournament second-round game, won by Gonzaga. It continues at 2 a.m. ET with Davidson at New Mexico, while Houston Baptist meets Hawaii at 4 a.m. ET.

NCAA palyers from Canada

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Pretty good article on ESPN about Canadian players in the NCAA. Of course there are several mentions of GU.

Dower on ESPN

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Dower makes ESPN's 10 potential breakout players for 2012-13. I'm looking forward to watching what he can do with more minutes. Sam Dower, Gonzaga: On New Year's Eve 2011, I was in Cincinnati for Gonzaga's big-time road win at Xavier, and while much of the conversation focused on X's ongoing post-brawl struggles, it was impossible not to be impressed by Dower's line: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 7-of-11 from the field. Dower was like a mini-Chris Bosh -- a smooth-shooting left-handed forward at his best in spot-up 15-foot situations. The only problem? Because center Robert Sacre and power forward Elias Harris dominated the Zags' interior, Dower struggled to find minutes as a sophomore. Sacre graduated this spring, which means Dower will get much more time. If I'm a Gonzaga fan, that prospect excites me greatly.

Big Rob on NBA.com

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This is a few days old, but worth a read if you missed it. Rob recieved his fair share of criticism, but I loved his effort and personality. Even more, he seems like a stand up guy. He'll make a team this year and I think, with some work, will be able to contribute.

Battle in Seattle - K State

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Looks like the Zags will play K State in the Battle of Seattle. Bruce Weber said when he took the Kansas State job he had to finish the schedule. The Wildcats already had a return game against Florida in Kansas City and are in the NIT Season Tip-Off as one of the four hosts (Pitt, Virginia and Michigan are the other three). Weber finished the marquee portion of the schedule by signing up to play in the Battle of Seattle against Gonzaga. Weber had enjoyed his series with the Zags at Illinois and wanted to continue to challenge the Wildcats. "It’s a fine line,’’ Weber said. "You want to win games early but with a good team you want to make sure you challenge yourself.’’

good Turiaf read

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I've always like Turiaf's attitude and style - on and off the court.

Sacre, Harris, Pangos, Bell honored by WCC

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I'm sure most people have seen the news, but I thought I'd throw it up to start a discussion. I think the list is pretty accurate, although I'm a bit surprised Bell didn't make the honorable mention team. Player of the Year Matthew Dellavedova, Jr., G, Saint Mary's Defensive Player of the Year Rob Sacre, Sr., C, Gonzaga Newcomer of the Year Kevin Pangos, Fr., G, Gonzaga Coach of the Year Max Good, Loyola Marymount ALL-WCC TEAM Angelo Caloiaro Sr. F San Francisco Brandon Davies Jr. F BYU Matthew Dellavedova Jr. G Saint Mary's Elias Harris Jr. F Gonzaga Noah Hartsock Sr. F BYU Anthony Ireland So. G Loyola Marymount Rob Jones Sr. F Saint Mary's Kevin Pangos Fr. G Gonzaga Rob Sacre Sr. C Gonzaga Drew Viney Sr. F Loyola Marymount ALL-WCC FRESHMAN TEAM Gary Bell, Jr. G Gonzaga Matt Carlino G BYU Johnny Dee G San Diego Kevin Pangos G Gonzaga Brad Waldow F Saint Mary's

Mike Hart in the Seattle Times

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There's been a lot of debate of Hart's role on this site so I thought people would be interested in this. I had no idea he was a true walk-on. "The ultimate irony? One by one, all the scholarship players of 2008 — Poling, Gibbs and Goodson — left the program, while it was Hart who forged his own niche." And yes, I know the above is going to get some people ranting about all our transfers.

Great article on Big Rob

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Rob seems like a really good guy with a lot of drive.

Zags preview in News Tribune

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This is a pretty high-level article but a decent read. Like many of us have thought, it also say "it appears likely" that Olynyk will redshirt.

Freshmen Backcourt in Spokesman Review

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This is a pretty good read about our inexperienced guards. I have confidence once they have a few games under their belt, GBJ and Pangos will be a very good tandem.

CBS's Top 100 players in college basketball

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Harris lands at #20 - higher than any PAC-12 player and second highest mid-major behind Holloway (#4) - and Sacre is #79. Guess this means we have a pretty good front court. Fish mouth also made the list (#65). And so did Brandon Davies (#78).

Morrison gets ejected from Serbia game

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AMMO was ejected from a game earlier this week after a shoving match. Was he really crying? I doubt it but it kinda looks like it.

Good little nugget from ESPN on Pangos

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From the Hoopsbag on ESPN Ross in Youngsville, N.Y. writes: I am a huge Gonzaga Bulldogs fan, and I have heard a ton of good things about incoming freshman Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos. I think the last really good floor general the Bulldogs had was Derek Raivio in the sense that he knew how to run the offense and was also a threat offensively. I loved Jeremy Pargo, but he dominated the ball at times. Meech Goodson was good, but he never took any great leaps while he was with the program. Could either of these guys be the answer at point, and what can we reasonably expect from them this year? Eamonn Brennan (ESPN): I've heard the most promising news about Kevin Pangos. When Gonzaga landed Pangos in fall 2010, the Canadian prospect was essentially unscouted and unrecruited. But he put up big numbers at the 2010 FIBA U-17 World Championships and was a member of the all-tournament team alongside top recruits like UNC's James Michael McAdoo and Florida's Bradley Beal. Since then, our recruiting analysts have deemed him a four-star prospect and ranked him No. 19 at his position in the 2011 class. It's always hard to hand over a veteran-led offense to a freshman point guard, but it appears Pangos has the chops to handle the job.

Demarquise Johnson's visit to UW - "I liked it a lot"

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A quick read about his recent U Dub visit. Sounds like the open gym with current NBAers really had an affect on him. On a scale of 1 to 10, Johnson said the visit was an "8.″ Any word on how his trip to GU went?

Sarbaugh named Seattle Times' player of the year

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Sounds like a floor general to me... "The whole season, everyone was jawing at me," Sarbaugh said. " 'You're going to GU (Gonzaga), you should be scoring more points.' I just felt like, during the season, if everyone was involved, we'd stick together more, be more unified." "The word I use is competitive greatness," Bullpups coach Matty McIntyre said. "He did everything the coaching staff asked him to do. I feel blessed to be his coach. He didn't have to put up huge numbers to be a well-respected athlete. He would do whatever the team and coaches asked him to do. I just have a great deal of respect for a player like that."

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