Numbers Can Lie

I had already written the blog entry when Gonzaga took a 20 point lead in the second half.

Seemingly, in a blink of an eye, Washington State cut the deficit to just three points and had many great shots to get into the ballgame. They just ran out of juice at the end of the game. Gonzaga wins 90-81.

Folks who like to break down games enjoy finding statistics to back up their claims of why a team won or lost.

Gonzaga nearly ran Washington State out of the gym this morning in Spokane, Washington; but it really wasn’t that simple.  Washington State made six more field goals and had a better shooting percentage against the No. 23 team in the country.

Gonzaga had Kevin Pangos on their side. The freshman who made his first career start made a lasting impression. The kid hit nine 3-pointers in a November basketball game. Seriously. Pangos felt super confident in his stroke against the Cougars on Tuesday morning.

Washington State just couldn’t contain any perimeter shooting and flat-out couldn’t stop Pangos.

Meanwhile, I’m two cans of Diet Coke into the marathon after two full games. I really shouldn’t keep up this pace. Living about a mile away from the local Dunkin’ Donuts, I envision a visit at halftime of the Northern Iowa – St. Mary’s game.

Until Belmont takes on Memphis at noon, I’ll keep the updates to a minimum and post after each game has gone final. Just refresh the blog every two hours or so.

After all, this is a marathon and not a sprint.

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