NWSB insider and resident hoops blogger Steve Lee is back once again to give us his personal touch on the 2013 NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament. He says the PAC12 had a relatively lackluster regular season, but the conference tournament was one of the best in recent memory. Homegrown talent either matched preseason expectations or came out of nowhere to surprise everyone. He says watch Kelly Olynyk, Peyton Siva, Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and more this week.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee brings us another addition to the Northwest Player Profile section of the NWSB. This time he tells us all about BC’s very own Kelly Olynyk, a 7 footer playing ball at Gonzaga.
During his first couple of years playing behind Robert Sacre, Olynyk didn’t see too many minutes, but now that he is the go to guy in the middle, he has stepped up his game.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee talks about Washington’s prospects heading into the Pac-12 Conference Schedule. The Huskies have already amassed half of their loss total from a year ago, and now are looking at a tough league schedule with only USC sitting behind them in the standings heading into conference play. There are some winnable games early, but tough matchups against Colorado, Oregon, and Arizona will be a hurdle for this young team.
NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us his analysis on the Gonzaga Bulldogs newest addition to the NBA, and more specific, the Los Angeles Lakers family. British Columbia, and Gonzaga product Robert Sacre was taken with the 60th pick by the Lakers, in a move that could be more benefitial to the Lakers depending on what happens with Pau Gasol. Sacre follows fellow Zags members Rony Turiaf, and Adam Morrison as members of the Lakers.
Bulldogs bloggers Blair Thomas takes a deep look at who may be in the starting lineup for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the 2012-13 season. The Zags will be looking to return to greatness in next year’s March Madness but who will be the key contributors? Mark Few says Kevin Pangos and Elias Harris will undoubtedly be the two focal points on offense.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee has been following Washington State Men’s Basketball recruiting for the 2012-2013 recruiting class. Coach Ken Bone found some future stars in Demarquise Johnson, Brett Boese, Richard Longrus and big man Richard Peters. With the addition of these four recruits, the Cougars will be able to fill in the gaps from the 2012 departures.
NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us his love em hate em list from the Gonzaga Bulldogs third round loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2012 NCAA tournament. He loved that the bulldogs Sophomore guard David Stockton’s defensive stretch on Ohio State guard Aaron Craft late in the second half was spot on. He thought Sam Dower crashed the glass early which was key.
NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us his love em hate em list from the Gonzaga Bulldogs first round win over the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He loved that the bulldogs shut down Kevin Jones and Darryl Bryant and that the group of Robert Sacre, Elias Harris, Gary Bell Jr and Kevin Pangos formed a balanced attack.
The Washington Huskies mens basketball team might be on the outside looking in from the NIT as will Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross, but Steve Lee tells us there’s still a bevy of northwest basketball talent to watch during March Madness. These five will have a huge impact as to their team’s success. Nik Cochran, Rob Sacre, Terrence Jones, Kyle Wiltjer, and Peyton Siva.
NWSB Insider and Gonzaga Bulldogs blogger Blair Thomas tells us if Gonzaga gets by West Virginia, they will desperately need center Robert Sacre to be engaged at both ends of the floor to combat Ohio State center Jared Sullinger. Sacre is a significant asset, as he averaged 11.7 points per game this year. Junior forward Elias Harris has been playing his best basketball of the season.
Another North West Coach in the spotlight today. Current Gonzaga Bulldogs mens basketball head coach Mark Few. Jason Green one of our northwest hoops bloggers points you cannot deny Few’s coaching record. He’s led Gonzaga to the Big Dance every season he has been the head coach, has won the WCC championship from 2001 to 2011 and has won the WCC Tournament championship eight times.
Gonzaga Bulldogs fan and NWSB blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Bulldogs vs St. Mary’s Gaels game on Monday night. West Coast Conference Basketball tournament action from the Orleans Arena March 3, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzaga lost the WCC final 78-74. Gonzaga will learn their fate when the tournament bracket is released March 11th.