“Let’s show Gonzaga that their ‘Kennel Club’ has nothing on the Mountaineer Maniacs and lets (sic) send them home with a loss in front of a national audience !”
So there are about 3,500 student tickets accounted for this evening and a WVU spokesperson told me before the game the Mountaineers were hoping to draw around 9,000 for tonight’s game at the Coliseum, where the home team is either a 21/2- or a 3-point underdog against No. 20 Gonzaga, depending on where you get your intel.
Home court variable? If nothing else, the dead week dreary students are properly armed with some decent jabs they can throw at the Bulldogs. My favorite, I think, is from the Kyle Dranginis bio: “From the great basketball state of Idaho, has scored 30 in a game but can’t start.” Special honorable mention for the tip that Sam Dower, Jr., still has a MySpace page.
Well played. But is it well blogged?
I’m short on time, so forgive my tactlessness, but this is essentially put up or shut up time for this team. Stop whining about officiating and trying to get calls and win a game you were good enough to lead by 10 points.
What Henderson did is a foul, but it’s virtually the same as happened to Harris a few trips earlier to get a jump ball.
Stunning performance by Karnowski. He’s in a zone.
Sooner or later, Karnowski’s Super Mario Bros. invincibility star runs out, right?
Virtually impossible with the rules for Harris to have what just happened to him happen without a foul being called.
I’m at a loss for how Karnowski has done the same thing all game that Williams just did to get a foul.
Adrian loses his man, Williams smartly steps pout to contest Dranginis, but Williams leaves Dower alone under thehoop and Adrian can’t contend.
Yikes, just looked at my sheet. Karnowski has zero fouls.
These teams are an awful lot alike, aren’t they. WVU doesn’t have the anchor in the middle, but they play similar on offense and defense and right now you’re seeing Gonzaga attack WVU’s guards.
Gonzaga loitering, but I have to think if Dibo makes that 3, my head is down and I’m writing. It’s now 53-49 instead.
Fouls are starting to add up here. Stockton has three now and he takes a lot of pressure of Pangos when he’s playing point, especially against a players like Staten.
And we’re back as a pair of Henderson baskets and a Harris hoop have WVU up 45-37, but Noreen just sat with his fourth foul at 17:23. Dower make two free throws and the Zags are within six.
So Harris was nothing to worry about: 6-10/4-6/2-2 for 18 points. His teammates are 6-22/2-11/7-10 for 21 points. Add it up and it’s a 39-35 half. WVU scrapped some things together, meaning it didn’t play quite well, but is still up 39-35 at the half.
Hey, this is fun. Good game, good crowd, good use of Jump Around.
Peculiar jump ball there…
And WVU is in peril is Karnowski continues to be unsolvable. Inside-outside is poisonous.
Gonzaga is not a great defensive team, but they have players who go after the ball wherever it goes. Passes, dribbles, shots, whatever.
That Karnowski moving screen call is going to get a standing ovation.
Either Gonzaga is super clever with its sets and thus gets Pangos against 6-9 guys at will or WVU is getting lost in transition.
Zone and Adrian hits a 3. He worked from one sideline to the other to get open there. Nice effort and a good contribution after a blocked shot.
I said Karnowski doesn’t move. I lied. He moves whilst screening. Huggins will get that call soon.
Lots of shooters in this game, but you get the feeling the winner will make the move at the foul line.
A clever inverted set from WVU and a low-post spot for Browne, who draws two free throws and makes both. We’re tied 22-22.
Odd lineup for WVU: Staten, Browne, Harris, Henderson and Noreen.
No turnovers for WVU at the 9:03 mark, just two for the Zags and one was on the opening possession.
Karnowski is a lefty, by the way…and he just missed a lefty hook in the post.
And a rebuttal from Harris. Few takes a timeout as Harris has 12 of WVU’s 18. Bulldogs lead 19-18 having weathered a 1-for-7 stretch that ended with the Pangos 3.
This might go on and on here tonight.
Spin me, Karnowski!
If Adrian’s going to play, he has to make these shots he’s taking and missing. Not very complex, but we can’t deny the obvious because he isn’t bringing much else.
Want Dibo to rebound? He’s not swift enough to do it cleanly all the time. His second foul sits him down with 13:25 left in the half. Meanwhile, Gonzaga is cold and Devin Williams is having success with Dower. Dower has two fouls now and, honestly, should have three. He sits with 13:03 to go.
Staten already with two drives to the rim. He needed to play about 30 minutes of the last game before he did that.
And color me alarmed at the number of times Dibo has ended up on Pangos.
And we can dismiss worries about Harris. He looks fine on both ends.
(Caught up in an earlier edit, the info we were given was wrong, but WVU did get Henderson and Dibo in early here. This might not be Adrian’s kind of game.)
Out of a timeout, Dibo gets the ball up high, the defense obviously reacts because Dibo just scored there, and Harris wheels around and takes a bounce pass for a layup. Useful.
Defensive rotations are lacking as most of Gonzaga’s baskets are open and on asssist (5 FG, 3 A).
Interesting subs so far for WVU as Henderson and Dibo get in early and both miss really good looks at 3s. It’s 9-5 Gonzaga and I have to think WVU is OK with the way things are going. Dower is on the bench and Karnowski is still on Noreen.
Zaga playing man early. They usually play zone and you can see Karnowski forgetting from time to time and standing in the middle.
And Karnowski is going to take Noreen. WVU has to like that. He’s at least a threat to shoot and Williams can stay near the rim on offense.
Among the giant heads in the crowd: Huggins, Kilicli, Logo, tongue-out Gary Browne, Holgorsen and Oprah.
On the WVU side, I’m especially curious to watch Harris in the opening eight or so minutes. A lot is to be written there.
And I’d keep an eye on Coleman coming off the bench. WVU is usually the one with the better bench scoring this season. Gonzaga has three scorers, but Coleman does not shoot. He goes to the hoop and he’s crafty to get his 11 a game. Sort of a Syracuse Josh Pace, for the older crowd.
Both teams rolling with their typical starting five. I’m curious to see what happens with Karnowski. Gonzaga would love to have him matter because he can rebound and he can score inside and WVU does not have an answer. WVU would love to give him a seat on the bench if it can pull him away from the basket.
… totally meant to double-caps DO on that last entry, by the way.
Palpable buzz about ugly sweater press row Saturday night, though. DO pester @GFCoyle, @DOBIEST, @bhertzel, @dphickman1, @chuckmcgill, @inspectahjackbo, etc.
Gale Catlett is among the attendees tonight. To my knowledge — and remember, that’s very vast — his is the first game he’s been to and just the second event he’s attended in this building sine he retired. The only other appearance I can remember is when the road outside the building was dedicated to him.
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