Friday, March 21, 2008

Zags Flounder, WSU Rolls, Vikes Bite the Big One

A decade ago, Gonzaga was everybody's cute, brainy upset pick. The Little 12th-seed That Could. The NCAA tournament felt more like a gift to Gonzaga than an expectation.
Since he took over the roll that Dan Monson began, Few has raised expectations. He has remade Gonzaga in March into must-see TV. Gonzaga, which opens the tournament today against Davidson, isn't cute any more. The Zags aren't little.

Gonzaga goes one and none and exits the tournament in the first round losing to little Davidson 82-76. So much for the pre tournament hype as the Zag's lost their last two games of the season.

With 3:36 remaining, Winthrop had scored five second-half points. The feeble record is 10, which Kent State had tied earlier in the day. More history beckoned for the Cougs.
And that's when coach Tony Bennett started pulling his starters. He only knew that his team led by 31 points, and it was time to be classy. In the nonchalance of garbage time, the record drifted away. So Washington State settled for allowing four measly field goals and 11 dinky points in one of the most riveting defensive stands you'll ever see. Yet after a 71-40 victory, the Cougars shrugged.

WSU has the talent and philosophy to go deep in the tournament.

The best basketball season in Portland State history came to an abrupt end on Thursday afternoon in the midwest. The 16th-seeded Vikings didn't have an answer for the talented number-one seed Kansas, losing 85-61 in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional at Qwest Center.

Portland State goes down to Kansas and Ken Bone is likely headed to OSU of the Beaver AD has any sense.

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