Posted: 3/12/2012 9:47:51 PM
Originally Posted by johncapper750
would really like to hear your thoughts on these 2 games.
Generally not a big fan of WVU basketball; they're a team that is way too reliant on Jones/Bryant, full of poor decision makers, and unable to close out a game (7 of 10 losses against BE teams by 7 or less points). They're not very deep, they can't shoot threes or free throws, and I don't think Huggy Bear likes this crew very much.
After you get past that though...they're a very physical team with guys who have been here before and they know to manufacture points in a variety of ways. This is essentially a home game for them, and awful draw for Gonzaga; WVU fans travel extremely well, and this will be played about 90 minutes from the university. I guess they don't even need fans to come from anywhere other than the school, since there are 20,000+ undegrads alone who will likely be getting shuttled to this game and going buck wild.
Gonzaga is a small, private, christian school in Spokane, Washington; their only trips to the east coast all season came @ Xavier after the brawl and @ Illinois (I guess that's east coast? was a loss anyway). The WCC is a cute conference and all, but there's no way it matches up with the BE and this is going to be a very hostile environment for them. Their best player is a freshman this year...their #1 and #4 scorers are both freshman, and their #5 scorer is a sophomore. They only have 1 senior on the entire roster who sees minutes, and they get little contribution from their bench.
WVU's been disappointing for a full 40 minutes, but they have the best offensive rebounder in the country and they are gritty and tough. Again, going to be an extremely hostile environment for Gonzaga, I don't like them in this spot.