30 second game guide
Bring’em Out: California State University Bakersfield 7-21 (Independent) vs. No. 18/14 (AP/Coaches polls) Gonzaga 24-5 (12-2 WCC) at the McCarthey Athletic Center at 6 p.m.
Watch for: Three seniors to say goodbye to the Kennel with a win. Matt Bouldin, Will Foster and Chris Pontarolo-Maag play their final game in a Gonzaga uniform at the McCarthey Athletic Center tonight. Look for Foster and P-Maag to see significant minutes as the Bulldogs run it up on the Roadrunners. Bouldin tweaked his ankle a bit in the second half of the USF game, so his playing time could/should be limited. If the Zags are fortunate enough to snag a Spokane-seed for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, I’m sure many of tonight’s faithful in the crowd will make the .7-mile trek over to Veterans Memorial Arena to watch this crew in action again come two-and-a-half weeks.
Fear: The only thing to fear in a game like this; an injury to any Gonzaga player. When this contest was scheduled in the off-season, the idea was to bring in a cupcake for the Bulldogs to devour in order to give coach Few free reign to substitute whoever he wants early in the game. This one’s not about the win (because it will happen) as much as it is for showcasing the seniors and guys who’ve worked so hard all season, giving them their due minutes.
Respect: What this class has done for the Gonzaga men’s basketball program. It may be obvious to see Matt Bouldin’s contribution (just look at the numbers) but not so much for Foster and P-Maag. Coach Few was quick to praise all three departing seniors, saying how much Foster’s improved and what a valuable service he's been able to provide inside. Few talked about what a leader Chris Pontarolo-Maag’s been since coming to GU as a freshman. He’s helped with the acclimation of all the new guys this year and given them the knowledge of what to expect as the season progresses. The fan-favorite will be looking to score his first points of the season tonight.
Random Stuff: It will be P-Maag’s first career start at Gonzaga. The Zags have a two-round bye heading into the WCC Tournament and wait to face San Francisco, LMU or Pepperdine Sunday night. Selection Sunday is March 14th.