Champ Week - Tuesday

Submitted by aiglick on March 12th, 2019 at 10:32 PM

Gonzaga is playing bubble team St. Mary’s right now and at the under 8 are down by 7. Few just called a timeout to settle his team down.

Definitely a long way to go but if you want to mosey on over to ESPN, this could be an interesting finish.

Comments

aiglick

March 12th, 2019 at 10:36 PM ^

So far St. Mary’s has had the answers but Gonzaga is definitely going to make a run. The interesting thing is that St. Mary’s has played them so as to limit transition opportunities. They’ve hit some threes but mainly it’s all been about the pacing and winning the turnover battle.

Should we face Gonzaga in the Tourney this game would definitely be a nice blueprint to beating them.

aiglick

March 12th, 2019 at 10:47 PM ^

The other thing is that Gonzaga killed this team in their two meetings this season.

Yes, Michigan State beat us twice but I have faith if we face them again there is a strong possibility for a different result.

Gonzaga beat this team by 40 some odd points in one of their meetings.

Have to play the game.

NittanyFan

March 12th, 2019 at 10:59 PM ^

Saint Mary's is #33 in KenPom.  An upset but not totally shocking.  Sort of like Duke losing at home to Syracuse (#39 in KenPom).

Still, Gonzaga now falls to 4-3 in Quad 1 games.  I don't think that's good enough for a #1 seed.  They should fall to a #2.

xtramelanin

March 12th, 2019 at 11:23 PM ^

feeling a little vindicated about my comments a few weeks back.  i was picking on nevada having no business ranked something like 5th back then, but also indirectly gonzaga as well.  apparently the two western teams, emperors if you will, did in fact have no clothes....

down went the wolfpack.  down go the zags.  if either played in the B10 they'd be penn state, game teams, but so far from the top.  

Monk

March 12th, 2019 at 11:54 PM ^

You feel vindicated after a loss in the conference tourney final to a pretty good team?  Anyway, Michigan had their chance for the 1 if they had won at MSU.  I still think Gonzaga is a 1, but this could help the winner of the SEC, maybe MSU if they win the big ten. 

xtramelanin

March 13th, 2019 at 4:53 AM ^

gonzaga's conference is extremely weak on the whole.  st. mary's might be a decent team, but after them, then who?   the zags did have a couple of nice out of conference wins, but when you only play a handful of tough games its a lot easier to only have 2 or 3 losses.  if they had to play a B10 schedule they would be a good, but not great, B10 team and record.  i revise my earlier comment about them being penn state, they'd be better than that, but they sure wouldn't be 16-4, 15-5, etc.  

DMill2782

March 13th, 2019 at 10:50 AM ^

How is St. Mary's a pretty good team? St. Mary's lost to Pepperdine who is absolutely terrible. Lost by almost 50 to Gonzaga in their 1st meeting. Got housed by Utah State. They had 5 losses in the Dog Shit Taco Conference. 

Name one good team they beat before the game last night. 

NittanyFan

March 13th, 2019 at 12:34 PM ^

Regarding St. Mary's: a 15-point win AT New Mexico State is pretty good - and 4 point neutral-court losses to each of Mississippi State and LSU indicate they are competitive with good Power 5 teams.

I know KenPom isn't gospel, but their algorithms are picking up on something as regards St. Mary's.  I don't think they are Rutgers.

swdude12

March 13th, 2019 at 8:17 AM ^

Perfect example why the Conference Tournament is more important than a Regular Season Championship.  You win it you get in the tourny.  Its all about the tourny, get in and how far you get.