Gonzaga faces tests on and off the court


by KREM.com


Posted on December 16, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 16 at 7:35 PM

SPOKANE -- The Gonzaga men's basketball team only plays one game this week, but that doesn't mean they have it easy.

Up until Wednesday, the Bulldogs had only worked out once so the players could focus on finals.

"It's really is hard," said Gonzaga center Robert Sacre. "You have to balance both school and basketball, but you have to make it work." 

Many of the players are done with exams already, so they can put all of their focus on basketball now. And looking ahead at the schedule, they'll need all the focus they can get.

No. 15 Gonzaga (8-2) plays No. 7 Duke (8-1) on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"It's a huge game," said Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. "They are one of the top college basketball programs of the last 20 or 30 years.

"There aren't many programs who have the chance to play in this game with Duke, so we welcome that and know we have to play great."

Tip-off is scheduled for 1pm (PT) on Saturday. The game can only be seen on KREM 2.

We were at practice on Wednesday. To hear uncut interviews with Robert Sacre, Mark Few, and Grant Gibbs click here.