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Q&A: How good would Kevin McHale as an individual player without Bird and Parish sharing the frontcourt with him?

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Here is video evidence of Andrew Bogut’s passing prowess.  Now imagine this combined with David Lee’s passes and we’re looking at one of the best, if not the best, passing frontcourts.

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Q&A: How good would Kevin McHale as an individual player without Bird and Parish sharing the frontcourt with him?

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How good would Kevin McHale as an individual player without Bird and Parish sharing the frontcourt with him?

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Gonzaga finally exorcised the demons of a Sweet Sixteen past, and put on a brutal show in doing so.



One of the worst memories in Gonzaga’s star-crossed NCAA Tournament history involved blowing a double-digit lead to UCLA in a Sweet Sixteen. This bunch of Bulldogs had no interest in creating a new one: They bullied the Bruins, especially in a strong second half, for a 74-62 win.


Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds for Gonzaga, and also dished two gorgeous passes to fellow big man Domantas Sabonis (12 points, eight rebounds) in the second half. The frontcourt pairing combined to make 14 of their 20 shots, helping steady the South Regional’s No. 2 seed on a night in Houston when few shots fell.


After Gonzaga built a 13-10 lead early, both teams went without a field goal for the same six-minute stretch in the first half. The Zags managed a 3-0 run over that stretch thanks to free throws, and led by 11 in the first half before going to halftime with a seven-point lead.


But while UCLA came out of the locker room hot, slicing Gonzaga’s lead to a single point with a 6-0 run, Mark Few’s Bulldogs responded with a better counterpunch: A 12-0 run stretched the lead back to double digits. Gonzaga led by 16 at the eight-minute mark, then by no fewer than 11 points for the rest of the night, despite a late flurry of makes from UCLA.


The win gives Gonzaga its first Elite Eight berth since 1999, when the Bulldogs burst onto the national stage as one of the best “Cinderellas” of the ’90s before falling to UConn in a regional final. For UCLA, it was the second consecutive trip to the Sweet Sixteen to end in a loss under Steve Alford: The Bruins fell to No. 1 seed Florida last year, and haven’t made an Elite Eight since their third straight Final Four campaign under Ben Howland in 2008.


Here are three things we learned from Gonzaga’s win:


1. This Gonzaga team is burly and can be the bully


Gonzaga’s always had shooters under Few, especially in recent years, but its truly elite big men have been few and far between: A Ronny Turiaf here, a Kelly Olynyk there. Now, in Karnowski and Sabonis, the Bulldogs may have their two best bigs on the same team.


Karnowski’s a plodding, crafty scorer who uses his size (he’s listed, perhaps charitably, at 7’1” and 288 pounds) and skills to find a spot on the block and operate from there. Sabonis, son of Lithuanian legend Arvydas, has better athleticism, and can move around to create matchup issues and be a better pick-and-roll partner if necessary.


The pair linked up for a couple of fine buckets in the second half, with Karnowski showing off his vision and touch as a passer.


Gonzaga is likely to see Duke and Jahlil Okafor next, but it can feel more confident about its chances against the Blue Devils’ superb freshman than most.


2. It is hard to shoot in a dome, and that killed UCLA


Through the first 35 minutes of play in Houston’s NRG Stadium, UCLA had 21 field goals, and just two on jumpers outside the paint. The Bruins’ first three didn’t come until just 2:25 remained on the clock, and even though it was followed by triples on their next two possessions, the drought from deep left UCLA without a response to Gonzaga’s consistent scoring from its big men.


Tony Parker, who destroyed UAB with 28 points and 16 rebounds in the Round of 32, had 16 points and 12 rebounds on Friday night, but that wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with Karnowski and Sabonis. And UCLA’s three starters at guard — Norman Powell, Bryce Alford, and Isaac Hamilton — needed a staggering 43 shots to get their combined 35 points.


Gonzaga shot terribly from beyond the arc, too, making just three of 19 threes, but dumping the ball down produced more than enough offense for the Bulldogs to advance.


3. Gonzaga didn’t wilt when it could have


That 6-0 run by UCLA was the sort of blitz that could have swung a game had it continued. A similar run, combined with a dry spell, is what sank Gonzaga in the 2005 NCAA Tournament against UCLA, resulting in the indelible image of Adam Morrison sobbing while sitting on the floor.


This Gonzaga team simply shrugged and let Karnowski (who had six points in that 12-0 run) shoulder the load. He delivered. And now the Bulldogs are one step from college basketball’s biggest stage for the first time in 16 years.






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Gonzaga rides its frontcourt to first Elite Eight under Mark Few
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In Mark Few’s 16 seasons as head coach at Gonzaga, the Zags have won more than 400 games, captured 14 league championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament every year.

The one thing Few had not done is taken a team past the Sweet 16.

Gonzaga checked that milestone off Few’s list Friday night, riding a dominant performance by its frontcourt to a 74-62 victory over 11th-seeded UCLA. The second-seeded Zags will meet either Duke or Utah on Sunday in their first Elite Eight game since 1999 when Dan Monson was still their coach.  

The resounding victory over the Bruins surely was cathartic for longtime Gonzaga fans still scarred by the memory of their 2006 Sweet 16 collapse. A formidable Zags team led by national player of the year Adam Morrison led UCLA by 17 in the first half and by nine with three-plus minutes to go, but Gonzaga yielded the final 11 points of the game to fall in heartbreaking fashion.

Gonzaga avoided such a calamity this time by exploiting mismatches in the frontcourt.

Mammoth 7-footer Przemek Karnowski overpowered Tony Parker and Thomas Welsh with his back-to-the-basket game in the paint, scoring 18 points on only 11 shots and even dazzling the crowd at NRG Stadium in Houston with a gorgeous behind-the-back assist. Domantas Sabonis came off the bench to deliver 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting and Kyle Wiltjer had a couple nice hook shots in the paint too.

It was imperative for Gonzaga to find ways to score in the paint because neither team had any luck shooting in the domed football stadium. The Zags were an anemic 3-for-19 from behind the arc. UCLA was only slightly better at 3-for-13.

While NRG Stadium was also the site of the awful shooting display between Butler and UConn in the 2011 national title game, recent history doesn’t suggest the venue is any worse for outside shooters than other NCAA tournament sites. In the previous six NCAA tournament games prior to Friday night, teams shot a very respectable 36.7 percent from behind the arc at NRG Stadium.

Gonzaga will probably need to hit some jump shots in its next game to advance to its first Final Four, but its interior game was more than enough to beat UCLA in a game that reflects how far the program has come during Few’s tenure.

The last time Gonzaga made the Elite Eight in 1999, it was an obscure small-conference program known only for the upsets it sprung that March.

On Friday, the Zags won as No. 2 seeds and clear favorites over one of college basketball’s most storied programs.

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In Serge Ibaka's 6 game absence the Thunder's new frontcourt pairing of Enes Kanter and Steven Adams have combined to average 36 PTS and 25 REBS per game on 60% shooting from the field and 85% shooting from the line. via /r/nba


In Serge Ibaka’s 6 game absence the Thunder’s new frontcourt pairing of Enes Kanter and Steven Adams have combined to average 36 PTS and 25 REBS per game on 60% shooting from the field and 85% shooting from the line.

They have also averaged 11.2 offensive boards per game.

Kanter

5 games [missed one game with an ankle sprain] - 33.24 mpg, 22.5 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 61% from the field, 100% from the line.

Adams

6 games - 32.56 mpg, 13.5 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 59% from the field, 69% from the line.

  • Edit - this has been in the pairing’s 6 games as the starting frontcourt. Ibaka has been out for 7 games in total. McGary and Kanter started in Ibaka’s first missed game against the Timberwolves.


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Marcus Douthit, JP Erram shine against Meralco as Blackwater ends campaign on high note:

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The Blackwater Elite closed out their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a high note after defeating Meralco, 84-72, in a game that held no bearing for either team save for bragging rights on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Import Marcus Douthit had 27 points and 14 rebounds while fellow starter JP Erram posted impressive numbers as well with 21 points, eight boards and four blocks to lead the Elite.

The frontcourt pairing were very efficient as well with Erram shooting 10-for-13 from the field and Douthit going 8-for-16 from the field but a steady 11-for-14 from the free throw line.

Blackwater had already been eliminated from the playoff race but still showed plenty of spirit as it notched another win to finish the tournament with a 3-8 mark.

Meralco dropped to 6-5 although will remain locked into a best-of-three series against sister team NLEX in the quarterfinals.

Blackwater led by 10 points, 50-40, at the half with Douthit dominating for 17 first half points.

They then turned the game into a blowout in the third quarter after holding Meralco down to just six points in the period. With Douthit and Erram leading the way, Blackwater slowly built their lead up until it hit the 20-point mark, 66-46, after a 9-2 run to close the period.

The Bolts battled back in the fourth, coming to within 13 points on a dunk from Jared Dillinger.

But Erram scored five straight points to restore the lead to 18 points, 82-64, with just three and a half minutes remaining. http://j.mp/1HDEJDN


It just doesn’t seem very fun to go up for a shot and have the entire Kentucky frontcourt of Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles fall on your head like a stack of bricks:




This is the body language of a player who would like to give in and get beamed up to heaven right now, please. Anything but more basketball, please:







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In WNIT, Wolverines finally showing signs of growth

… of competition set by Big Ten teams, but the freshmen have shown signs of hope for the future of the Michigan frontcourt without Elmblad and Goree.