Greetings Hoops Fans, this is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast with a preview of the upcoming Men’s Basketball game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (aka “Zags”) to be played on Thursday Night – Thanksgiving night – at Midnight. The game will be played in Portland Oregon at 9:00pm Pacific Coast Time and is part of the 80th birthday celebration for Nike CEO Phil Knight. This is the Midnight basketball game for this season.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the team that played the University of North Carolina Tarheels in the NCAA Championship game – losing on April 3rd by a score of 65-71. The Bulldogs are bringing back just two starters from the starting lineup in that Championship game … Number 3 6-9 Senior Forward Johnathan Williams and Number 13 6-3 Junior Guard Josh Perkins.

The rest of the starting lineup will probably be:
Number 0 – 6-4 Senior Guard Silas Melson
Number 24 – 6-6 Freshman Forward Corey Kispert, and
Number 33 – 6-10 Sophomore Forward Killian Tillie
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Number 24 – 6-8 Sophomore Forward Rui Hatchimura from Toyoma, Japan
Number 23 – 6-5 Redshirt Freshman Guard Zack norVELL, and
Number 14 – 6-11 Redshirt Freshman Center Yacob Larsen

Last Saturday, the Bulldogs beat Utah State 79-66. Utah State trailed by just 3 points at halftime, based on making eight (8) 3-pointers in the first half. Over the game, the Utah State Aggies made 11 of 27 3’s against Gonzaga, for 40%, but still lost by 13.
Gonzaga now has a perfect 3-0 record with wins over Texas Southern (by 28 points compared to the Buckeyes victory margin of 18 points) and Howard in addition to Utah State. Gonzaga is ranked Number 17th in the nation. They are coached by Mark Few who has been at Gonzaga since 1989 and head coach since 1999.

Ohio State will have a tough battle on its hands. If we can’t make the 3 point shots, we’ll need the fast paced transition game to out-hustle and out-score the Bulldogs. Let’s see what Coach Chris Holtmann has up his sleeve.

The Starting Lineup for the Buckeyes is expected to be:
Number 1 – 6’ 4” Senior Jae’Sean Tate at Small Forward
Number 33 – 6’ 7” Junior Keita Bates Diop at the #2 Spot
Number 0 – 6’ 9” Sophomore Micah Potter at Center
Number 2 – 6’ 5” Freshman Guard Mussa Jallow at Shooting Guard and
Number 3 – 6’ 1” Junior CJ Jackson at Point Guard

Tipoff will be at Midnight on Thanksgiving night – the game is being televised on ESPN2 and on radio at 97.1 FM the Fan.
Coming up next, information about the former Gonzaga basketball player just inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, November 19th, Gonzaga’s John Stockton was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017 that included Tim Duncan, Scott May of Indiana, Coach Bo Ryan of Wisconsin, and Paul Silas.

John Stockton was born in Spokane Washington and stayed home to play his college ball for Gonzaga. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz . Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time,[1] holding the NBA records for most career assists and steals. He was a ten-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (in 2009 for his individual career, and in 2010 as a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team (“Dream Team”). And now, he is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

And until I did this podcast, I had no idea there were two separate basketball hall of fame organizations.