It’s a big game for the Bulldogs tonite, as Gonzaga travels to Moraga, CA to take on heated conference rivals Saint Mary’s in WCC action. The Gaels are off to another great start, posting a 15-2 mark with a 4-0 record in conference play. And while newcomers BYU should have a say in the conference standings, it’ll probably come down to Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s again this year, which makes this evening’s matchup one to watch–even with an 11 o’clock tip on the east coast, you know I’ll be tuning in!
For the occasion, I’m suiting up in my Gonzaga #23 jersey that I bought online five or six years ago. Suffice to say that they’ve changed styles a couple times since then, and nobody wears 23 on this year’s team–mind you, I can’t even remember who wore it back then. I figure it might be time to change my look; some of the stitching is coming apart, and everything… So when I buy a new jersey, I know whose number I’ll be wearing for at least the next four years…
“Starting at point guard, six-foot-one, from Newmarket, Ontario… Kevin Paaaaangoooos!”
The Canuck frosh has taken the NCAA by storm, leading his team with 14.2 points and 3.5 assists per game this season. That said, I was somewhat shocked not to see his number 4 amongst the options at the Gonzaga Bulldogs Shop. There are a handful of the new-style jerseys with “Go Zags” embedded on the back available in home white, road navy and even black, but taking a look at the numbers, I see:
- 00, Robert Sacre: A solid senior centre from Van City. The time to buy his jersey was two years ago, though–unless I wait till next year, when they go on sale.
- 20, Elias Harris: The team’s second-leading scorer, the junior, German-born swingman is also Gonzaga’s best pro prospect. I’d probably buy his jersey if it had his name on the back (the Zags don’t do it as per school tradition, however).
- 35, Sam Dower: The lefty sophomore centre from Minnesota earns a lotta minutes off the bench already, and will fill Sacre’s shoes in the starting lineup next season. I like Sam, just not that much.
- 11, David Stockton: Yuuup, he’s the son of the school’s most famous alum. The sophomore backup PG has great court vision, racking up assists and steals in limited minutes–and shoots an outstanding 48.4 per cent from three. Too bad he’s only 5’11″, 152. Do they even sell this one any bigger than a medium?
- 2, Marquise Carter: Though he came up big in the conference tournament last year, the senior 2-guard has struggled this season, and lost his starting job to freshman Gary Bell, Jr. Incidentally, you can’t buy Bell’s number 5, either…
- 41, former Zag Steven Gray: Last year’s senior leader went undrafted, and apparently he’s now playing in Latvia. That said, his jersey still sells for the same price as the others. Hmm.
- 1, NOOOBOOODY!: Ronny Turiaf famously wore this number in his college days–but then again, he graduated in ’05, before they switched to their current look. You can’t rock a Turiaf jersey if it’s not a throwback, son!
So there you have it, seven numbers to choose from, but their starting backcourt is left out in the cold–as is starting 3-man Mike Hart, but let’s face it, only his mom would wear his number 30. (Well okay, maybe his dad, too.) I suppose I’ll hafta wait till next season to update my wardrobe–though I’m somewhat surprised that they didn’t start selling Pangos jerseys the day after he dropped 33 on WSU. You’d think they’d have ‘em in Spokane somewhere, at least…
Can anybody hook a brother up?