Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Go GU Bulldogs!

Outside UNC, I usually follow the Jesuit universities in US NCAA Basketball. I like the Georgetown Hoyas and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Big game today between Gonzaga (12-4) and the Pepperdine Waves (4-15).

What makes the Zags interesting too are the number of players with an NBA pedigree. There's Austin Daye, the son of Darren Daye and Jeremy Pargo, younger sibling of Jannero Pargo (who is playing overseas at the moment).

Pepperdine meanwhile is led by Mychel Thompson, the son of former Portland Trailblazer and LA Laker Mychal Thompson.

While Gonzaga looks to pulverize the struggling Cali team, they have to worry about their consistency. The started out the season well before slumping in December. Daye is starting to be more comfortable in his role as the team's go-to player but he must make better decisions. But you have to like the fact that the 4/5 of the starting five of is scoring double figues (Daye, Josh Heytvelt -- my fave Zag player, Matt Bouldin, and Steven Gray who can shoot like nobody's business). Pargo is a shade under double figures with 9.8 ppg.

Look for Coach Mark Few to give his bench badly needed playing time if this game turns into a laugher by halftime.

UPDATE: Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 83-69 behind a strong game by Josh Heytvelt who finished with 25 points! We're now 4-0 in WCC play.

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