Wednesday Night Hoopla: Gonzaga Final Four Bound?

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2008

Statement of the Night

(4) Gonzaga 74, Washington State 52

With each passing day, it's becoming more obvious that this is Mark Few's best team during his tenure in Spokane.

After sneaking through the first half with only a three-point lead, the Zags went off to open the second half to blow the Cougars out of the gym. Gonzaga outscored WAZZAU 36-9 in the first 14 minutes of the half.

The Zags have been stellar on both ends of the floor. GU ranks fourth in the country entering the day in defensive efficiency and surrendering only 52 points Wednesday should only help Gonzaga move up.

Gonzaga's incredible length with 6'8'' guard Micah Downs and 6'10'' wing Austin Daye  forces teams into awkward matchups that Mark Few exploits on both ends of the floor. 

Down Goes Dayton...Down Goes Dayton!

Creighton 77, Dayton 59

The Flyers impressive eight-game winning streak to open the 2008 season ended with quite the thud. Dayton couldn't stop a balanced Creighton attack as four Blue Jays scored in double-figures. The four players make up one of the best quartets of names in the country.

Booker Woodfox dropped 21 for Creighton while Cavel Witter and P'Allen Stinnet added 14 and 13 while the third of four Korver brothers (oldest is Kyle who's in the NBA), Kaleb, scored 12.

Creighton is starting to pick up some quality wins that it may need in March if it can't win the Missouri Valley Conference. This game represented the Blue Jays last chance to pick up a quality win before the conference schedule.

Mid-Major Mayhem

New Mexico 57, San Diego 54

The Lobos were hoping to make some noise in the Mountain West this year and finally challenge BYU and UNLV atop the conference, but things haven't quite worked out yet. They did pick up a win over a team that had legitimate NCAA Tournament hopes this year.

San Diego projected to finished third in the West Coast Conference, but an abysmal 4-6 start has all but dashed any at-large hopes the Toreros may have had.

New Mexico boasts six players who average at least nine points per game; one of which is Phillip McDonald, the MWC's top freshman. McDonald enters New Mexico as a top-100 recruit who turned down numerous major conference programs to become a Lobo.

BYU 94, Boise State 56

It's pretty simple: the Cougars don't lose at home. Wednesday's win makes 52 in a row for BYU on its home court; the streak is the longest in America. The Cougars also showed off why they are the MWC's best team by thrashing the WAC's best team.

BYU slowed down the Broncos on both ends of the court, something the Cougars have been doing all season. BYU ranks in the top 25 in the country in both offensive and defensive efficiency. BYU is one just five teams across the nation to rank in the top 25 in both.

The Night's One-Liners

UMass 73, Holy Cross 59

The Minutemen trailed for awhile, but finally got their arses in gear to put the Crusaders away. Maybe, just maybe, UMass finally got the spark it needed to turn things around after a horrid 2-6 start.

Penn State 60, Army 45

The Nittany Lions needed almost the full 40 minutes to put one of the Patriot League's worst teams away. 'Nuff said.

Charlotte 70, Mississippi State 64

A sexy pick for A-10 dark horse, the 49ers never panned out and sit in the same boat as UMass. Charlotte's 3-6 and in need of a major turnaround.

Loyola (MD) 73, Coppin State70

After starting 4-19 and making the NCAA Tournament last year, a 1-5 start for Fang Mitchell's Coppin State team doesn't sound too devastating.

St. Peter's 51, NJIT 38

The winless streak continues for the Highlanders. What's sad is it's so long (42 games) that NJIT cannot even score as many points in a game as they've had consecutive losses.

(5) Oklahoma 78, Maine 52

Blake Griffin > the entire state of Maine. A total of 22 points and 10 boards for Griffin in just 26 minutes.

Indiana 66, TCU 56

A nice win over an average Mountain West team for the Hoosiers. Maybe they aren't as bad as everyone thought, oh wait, they almost lost to Chaminade...never mind.

Morgan State 79, DePaul 75

The Big East keeps taking some awful, awful losses. This one comes at the hands of a 4-6 MEAC team.

Minnesota 74, South Dakota State 60

Tubby's team keeps rolling at 9-0, but its a deceiving 9-0, the Golden Gophers' toughest game is against, well take your pick, the best Ivy League team, Cornell or one of the worst ACC team's, Virginia.





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