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Date Posted: Thu, March 11 2021, 16:46:07
Author: Griff bits
Subject: On this day in 1956

On this day in 1956 - NCAA Basketball 🏀 Tournament

Canisius would upset North Carolina State (4 OTs) and beat Dartmouth before losing to Temple in a heartbreaker, 60-58.


Fran “Swish” Corcoran - the shot heard round the world!   

Go Griffs!

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[> Re: On this day in 1956 -- left-coast griff, Thu, March 11 2021, 18:49:44

I did not know they played tripleheaders back in that era. ;->

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[> Re: On this day in 1956 -- BfloGriff, Fri, March 12 2021, 3:04:50

For sure,the Little Engine That Could really did, once upon a time. He/She could again if THE POWERS THAT BE would make it so with some vision.There is great promise in what we are recently learning T.P.T.B. are planning. If you haven't all ready, read the SI March edition story about "The Program",a small school on the West Coast. Once the little engine gets rolling, who knows how far he/she can go? Go St.Peter Canisius. Go Griffs!

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[> [> Re: On this day in 1956 -- There is a difference., Fri, March 12 2021, 11:32:45

Gonzaga student wise has twice as many students and 3 times the endowment. The one point of the article which is relevant is you need to nurture & develop your program. You don’t tolerate anything but the very best. You continue to raise expectations, getting to the Big Dance was expected. We should be a top 5 team in the MAAC and we shouldn’t be losing to a 11th seed when you have a 7 point lead and a deeper bench.

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[> Re: On this day in 1956 -- left-coast griff, Fri, March 12 2021, 13:15:18

It was not always so at Gonzaga.

The success of the basketball program has fostered tremendous growth, both enrollment-wise and financially. Thirty years ago GU wasn't what it is today, by a long shot.

Plus (having been there many times) GU has a much bigger physical footprint than CC. It had room to grow in one location, unlike CC. Having to expand across Main Street (a real physical barrier) and on Main toward downtown break up the CC campus. The KAC and Dempske fields do not feel like campus proper.

That said, a program that consistently competes for NCAA tournament berths would raise our profile considerably, with commensurate enrollment/financial reward. It's past time for Maher to pull the trigger on Reggie.

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[> [> Re: On this day in 1956 -- Griff, Fri, March 12 2021, 15:00:40

Dan Monson and Mark Few had a bit to do with it...

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[> Re: On this day in 1956 -- left-coast griff, Sat, March 13 2021, 5:59:11

Yes, Gonzaga has excellent coaching and is very fortunate Mark Few has stayed so long. Almost anyone else would have bolted for the "big time" after several successful years, like Monson did.

A couple more things that help Gonzaga, in addition to being the largest university in a relatively isolated metropolitan area:

* There are no pro teams in Spokane. They don't have to compete with the Bills and Sabres. In Spokane, they ARE the Bills.

* Their state's public flagship university is not located in Spokane. They don't have a UB to compete with.

That said, the key is coaching. We need a new one.

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