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Get excited, Seattle fans!

Posted by Jeff Nusser on May 23, 2008

The AP is reporting the Cougs’ opponent in the Hardwood Classic at KeyArena is …

(Drumroll please …)

Montana State.

Commence collective yawn … now.

For those keeping track, here have been WSU’s opponents in Seattle:

  • 2008: Montana State
  • 2007: The Citadel
  • 2006: San Diego State
  • 2005: Utah

If you’re a Seattleite and this is your one and only shot to see the team live, I guess the sixth-place Big Sky team is better than the 324th rated team in the Pomeroy Ratings. But I have to wonder how much longer this game is going to continue if we can’t do any better than the junk teams we’ve lured so far. The reason Gonzaga has been so successful with this format is because they’ve gotten some quality opponents over the years. For whatever reason, we haven’t been able to do that.

Perhaps, teams would rather play that game on ESPN rather than that piece of crap, three-letter regional network?

Hat tip to Vince Grippi over at SportsLink.

(UPDATE: Great take on the situation over at Stadium Way.)

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3 Responses to “Get excited, Seattle fans!”

  1. NyCOUG said

    This is seriously disappointing. Honestly, are we not interested in playing top-flight opponents or is this truly down to scheduling? I can understand not wanting to go to Pullman, but this one’s in Seattle and the best we could get was Montana St?? That makes no sense. And the promoter’s excuse that “no team wants to play WSU” because they’re scared is absolutely ludicrous and, pardon me, retarded.

    Check out who Gonzaga has on their schedule next year already: UConn (in Seattle), Memphis & Tennessee, plus possibly Indiana and participation in a late-Nov tourney in Orlando with G’Town, Tenn., Maryland & Mich. St. What ‘big name’ out-of-conference competition has WSU managed so far? LSU. Lame.

    I realize that Gonzaga has to go on the road for those games, but we should be willing to do the same. I also understand that the Zags need to pad their pre-season schedule because they play in the WCC, but it would be nice to have at least 2 or 3 marquee games on the docket or at least participation in one of the tourneys (Maui, Alaska, etc.). But at the very least, we should’ve managed to at least draw someone of quality to the Seattle game, even a respectable mid-major if not a BCS opponent.

    Promoter = Fail.

  2. Nuss said

    Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. But remember, Gonzaga wasn’t getting these games in 1995. They weren’t even really getting these games in 1997. This is 10+ years they’ve been on the map as a perennial Top 25/NCAA Tournament team. I know we should have more cache simply because of our Pac 10 affiliation, but it doesn’t always work that way.

    I think some of it has to do with our style, too. Coaches look at it as a root canal. Nobody likes going to a root canal.

  3. Michelle said

    Thanks for the shout out to Vince, I know that wsufb blog hates him, but he really has been pretty good at bringing us news up to date…

    From what I hear (no reliable sources, just talking…) It has more to do with dates than anything….we have a limited time frame to play in over there and we can’t get a good opponent in the time we are able But I think that excuse is a cop out to the fact that nobody really wants to play us like you said above.

    But at the cougar celeb golf tourney in Coeur D’alene Coach Bennett did announce a tentative tournament we will be playing in with Texas Tech, Miss. State and Pitt. Sounds like a good non-conference schedule to me. So now you can all quote me as your “source close to the athletic department” or whatever people claim to get their info from.

    Have a safe weekend everyone!

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