Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bulldogs Loom for Weary Cavaliers

So first you lose on a last second bucket to Fordham.
Then your coach tears into you.
Then you have exams.
What's your reward for all this suffering? Oh yeah, the 6-2 Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga has already proven to be one of the best teams in America, and to have one of the best players with Adam Morrison. Virginia has already proven it is a work in progress. The 3-3 Cavaliers go on the road this weekend and hope to find some positives in a one and a half week stretch of sorrows. The last time Virginia played Gonzaga was noteworthy, because it was also the last time the Cavaliers made the NCAA tournament. PG Roger Mason was unable to make a last second bucket and Pete Gillen's 5th seeded Cavaliers lost to the 12th (horribly underseeded) Bulldogs. Gonzaga went on to beat the number one seed Michigan State and really show their emergence as an elite basketball program. The close loss really seemed to send both teams in two very different directions. Revenge would be wonderful, but highly doubtful. Gonzaga appears to be a complete team, and already battle tested with games against UConn, Michigan State and Oklahoma State.

The lone ray of hope may be that the break could give Sean Singletary time to recover from a hip injury which kept him out of the Fordham game. Singletary's offense was sorely missed, his energy seems to keep his team focused and with him out there is no question that the entire team suffered. This time off could be what Sean and the entire team need to recharge and try and put forth a solid effort against the Zags.

It will not be an easy task, head coach Mark Few has another great team that will once again reach the NCAA tournament and be a factor to deal with. F Adam Morrison is the second leading scorer in the nation and will be a tough match up for a depleted front line. Gonzaga too will be dealing with a layoff from exams, hopefully some lethargy can prevent this from being a blowout...

but the Cavaliers aren't counting on it.


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