Gonzaga is a good basketball team. they’re ranked 15th in the nation and seemingly deserve every bit of that ranking. Either that or Colorado State is terrible.
Gonzaga is better at every aspect in basketball than Colorado State. Better at transition, better at defense, better big men, better perimeter players… Colorado State is in a rebuilding year, but hopefully for the Rams this represents the floor of their season.
Because there are teams that are arguably on the same level as Gonzaga — UNM and Boise State in the Mountain West. And a few teams not that far back.
Anyway, Gonzaga will likely win the West Coast Conference again, with only games against St. Mary’s being Must Watch TV (not sure how good BYU is, but they’ll be playing later in the marathon).
I’m flipping around other games on ESPN3, now on Rhode Island vs. SMU. I don’t think these teams are on the same level as even Colorado State, let alone Gonzaga.
Now I’m getting the first look at a Mountain West conference team that isn’t UNM. Colorado State looks just a bit different from last year — they’ve replaced all five starters.
They get a tough match up out of the gate, against perennially ranked Gonzaga. Gonzaga is like a hipster basketball team.
I mean that in the way that they were a really good, scrappy, underrated team for years. Every year THIS would be the year that the Zags would make a run in the tournament. Every year we’d hear all about Gonzaga’s team and every year… they wouldn’t win.
So then there was the backlash. Gonzaga is still a relatively small school and honestly has no rights being as good as they are when compared to teams like Arizona, UCLA or other teams in the region (though not conference) that have many times the student population as Gonzaga.
And yet people delight in their loss. People almost view them as Duke West. An annoying team that you know is good, but just want to lose. Not sure why. I like to see them do well.
And Colorado State? Well, they were part of the MWC last year that had a similar backlash. People took delight in the MWC’s humiliation in the NCAA tournament. I’m doubt the Colorado State will be able to compete with the Lobos or Boise State Broncos this year, but they could have a solid showing and be a bubble team.
This is a weird game. There have been just four lead changes in the game despite neither team leading by more than ten points. It is, obviously, close, but the game seemed devoid of drama. Maybe it is the absolutely empty stands.
Miami would look unstoppable for a couple of minutes and go on a quick run, go up by 6-10 points… then all of a sudden look like they forgot how to play basketball.
They would stop moving the ball, they would stop looking to do what got them there (dribble drive, get fouled, go to the line). And Georgia Southern really didn’t do much on offense. They just kind of… hung around.
It seemed like Miami was playing against themselves in many ways. The tie game after two halves is more of a function of Miami being schizophrenic than Georgia Southern doing much of anything.
I know that Miami lost all of their best players and are picked to finish at the bottom of the ACC… but they have looked absolutely terrible for periods of time against a team that isn’t picked to sniff the top of the Southern Conference — a conference that I didn’t know existed until this game started.
Anyway, I look forward to not watching another Miami game the rest of this year once this game ends.
Georgia Southern’s logo is clearly better than Miami’s. Miami has the tradition, in football, anyway and the better conference (ACC vs… wait, let me look it up… the Southern Conference).
But the logo? That’s all Georgia Southern. A regal looking eagle versus an uninspired U split into two colors. And even though the Eagles isn’t the most unique of choices, the fact that the Hurricanes are named after a natural disaster that kills people every year… I’ll go with eagle there too.
ESPN does this thing every year for the launch of the college basketball season. They show 24 hours straight of college basketball across their networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News and I’m sure more stations I don’t get).
I’ve decided to watch basketball the entire time. It started at 7:00 pm eastern and, since my roommate had the cable box tied up, I fired up WatchESPN on my laptop and saw Georgia southern is playing Miami.
I have no real allegiance to either team, but I expect this will be normal throughout the next 23 hours. I’m tweeting about my experience at @3_2count, my sports Twitter handle (not to be confused with @fbihop), my regular handle).
I’ll also be posting thoughts here on Tumblr throughout the night. This Georgia Southern-Miami game wasn’t too exciting in the first half — a lot of Miami driving the ball and getting fouled by a less athletically-talented Georgia Southern squad. Let’s hope the second half is better.