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    • CommentAuthorelvafeng
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2018
    It doesn’t take a great leap of logic to find parallels between the Gonzaga men’s basketball program and Boise State football.

    There is sustained success — 20 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the Bulldogs and bowl https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/jeremy-jones-jersey-c-13.html appearances in 18 of the past 19 seasons for the Broncos.

    There is dominance in similar sized cities that only have minor league sports, and being the standard bearer for their respective sport’s “little guys.”

    And now, they could be in the same conference.
    Gonzaga has spoken with the Mountain West about potential membership, though Gonzaga coach Mark Few said it wasn’t the only league the school has talked with.

    “This was the one that I guess leaked out,” Few said Wednesday. “It’s not something we’re going to spend a lot of thought on this week ... but after the dust settles down, athletic director Mike Roth and I and President Thayne McCulloh will figure out what’s best for Gonzaga and go from there.”

    [Related Top players in Boise include projected NBA No. 1 pick]

    The Bulldogs 30 4 face UNC Greensboro 27 7 at 11 30 a.m. Thursday at Taco Bell Arena, the first of four first round NCAA Tournament games of the day.

    Like Boise State’s football team a decade ago, when it routinely crushed the Western Athletic Conference, so goes Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference. Since 1999, when Few took over as head coach, he’s won 82 percent of his games, and Boise State has won 83.4 percent.

    Boise State has moved conferences twice in that span https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/rem-bakamus-jersey-c-11.html, not including the aborted Big East move. Gonzaga has stayed put, but there is a sense the program is propping up the rest of the WCC. Few had a very Chris Petersen like response about how the program moves forward.

    “Stay in growth mode,” he said. “We’ve got to keep growing, not staying still or being content or happy with where we’re at.”

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    Prior to last year’s national championship loss to North Carolina, Few said of his program, “this is a national brand and national entity.” A move to the Mountain West could be seen as an avenue to grow that, but to some Jacob Larsen Jersey, that isn’t a necessity.

    “It would make complete sense if two or three teams made it every year from the Mountain West, but that hasn’t happened lately,” former Gonzaga guard and current radio analyst Adam Morrison said Wednesday.

    Historically, programs like New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State have been consistent in competing for NCAA berths, but the Mountain West has placed a total of four teams into the tournament the last three years, same as the WCC.

    Morrison believes the talks are legit, but also perhaps a signal to the WCC that it needs to shape up or the Zags will bolt. Among the school’s hopes are for a better share of the NCAA Tournament money, the return of the double bye in the WCC tournament requiring just two wins to claim the title , and two fewer conference games to allow more challenging nonconference matchups.

    “I think our conference is broken, but our brand isn’t,” Morrison said. “Better competition, and a shot in the arm https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/rui-hachimura-jersey-c-12.html, could come with the Mountain West. But both of those could take care of itself if the rest of the WCC took a step up.”

    [Previews Gonzaga vs. UNC Greensboro, Ohio State vs. South Dakota State, Kentucky vs. Davidson, Arizona vs. Buffalo]

    There also is the fact the WCC is comprised of mostly private, religious affiliated schools in a similar geographic footprint, so recruiting could be different. Gonzaga has established itself as one of college basketball’s best, though Morrison joked that a 20 11 season there would be like an 8 4 football season in Boise — good just about anywhere else, but cause for concern locally.

    Marcy and Christina’s father, Julian Laca, died in July after battling Alzheimer’s.

    “I wish my father in law was still alive, because he would have gotten the biggest kick out of hosting the Zags down here,” Few said.