Friday, March 2, 2012

Big Sky Quarterfinal Notes

A couple notes on Saturday's games from Greg Crawford.

As for the game, it would be a major upset if Portland State lost. The Vikings are playing really well right now and are a tough team to beat at home. While most of the attention for the Vikings always falls on Chehales Tapscott and Charles Odum, almost certain all-league Big Sky first team choices, I think any key to a long postseason run might rest with Michael Harthun.
I communicated with Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford this week and one of my questions was why their Big Sky playoff home playoff game against Idaho State on Saturday was being played at 2:00 pm, rather than the usual night time. Hayford told me when he was at Whitworth in Spokane, the same city that Gonzaga resides in, he learned not to compete with the Zags on times, so he has carried that over to Eastern Washington. Gonzaga will be playing in the WCC tournament on Saturday night and for fans in the Spokane/Cheney area it gives them a chance to watch both games, live for EWU and on TV for the Bulldogs. Smart marketing thinking in my opinion.

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