With Gonzaga, everything begins with big man Przemek Karnowski. The 7-1 center is generously listed at 300 pounds. As one commentator put it, he doesn’t protect the rim as much as he clogs the driving lane on defense. Karnowski is surrounded by the most talented crop of transfers we can remember in recent years. Jonathan Williams III is a power forward who does everything. Nigel Williams-Goss gives coach Mark Few another point guard in addition to last year’s holdover Josh Perkins. The bulldogs can score in an up-tempo game but also a grind-it-out ballgame. The main critique that can be made is that Gonzaga really doesn’t have a traditional small forward in the rotation. Jordan Matthews is another awesome transfer joining Gonzaga, but he is a traditional shooting guard. Losing to BYU in late February may have been the best thing to happen to this bunch — it guarantees not going into the big dance undefeated. As the Wichita State experience taught us in 2014, that undefeated mark may not be an asset for the tournament.
An empty stage covered by a black curtain awaits a broadcasting legend at a Las Vegas mega casino. After 77-year-old Brent Musburger calls his last game for ESPN Tuesday, January 31st, he will launch a new sports gambling network from the South Point Casino. Staff at the hotel were tight lipped this week about what this new stage will become. However, as Musburger called his final game of Kentucky versus Georgia, sources inside the South Point Casino started disclosing more details about the Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN). During his Super Bowl Sunday launch, Musburger is expected to be joined by guest host and fellow broadcasting icon, Al Michaels.
Earlier this week, Musburger’s nephew Brian Musburger divulged new details about the network through a news release. He indicated that more veteran broadcasters and producers would be allocated to the new venture, which is said to bring sports gambling out from the shadows.
The South Point Hotel and Casino is a 25-story hotel tower with a state-of-the-art sports book and convention center. Its 60 acres sit roughly 5 miles from what’s considered the main Las Vegas Strip.