The Gonzaga Bulldogs, who were seeded No. 1 in the West Region for this year’s NCAA Tournament, scrimmaged a Salt Lake City area YMCA team to prepare for their first round game against 16th seeded South Dakota State.
Reports state that early Wednesday morning, the Bulldogs showed up at the YMCA of Northern Utah located just south of the city center and scrimmaged a group of members in a pick-up basketball game.
The scrimmage, organized by Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, was to adapt the team’s game plan to the play style of the Jackrabbits.
“I reckon there isn’t much difference between a YMCA pick-up team and South Dakota State,” said Few following the 150-4 blowout win. “It was important for our players to understand South Dakota’s level of play. There are things you can’t account for when playing a team of South Dakota’s caliber. I wanted my players to experience that level of intensity first-hand. I think we accomplished that today.”
“I think today’s game was very beneficial to our team,” said Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss. “You aren’t exposed to players like this while competing in our conference. Our guys now know what to expect out of South Dakota tomorrow. We now know it’s alright for us to sleep in a bit and stay up late tonight playing Zelda. Many of us have been stressing that we haven’t had enough time to finish the game. We can rest easy now.”
“When I came to workout this morning, I didn’t think I was going to be playing against Gonzaga,” said YMCA member Barry Hastings. “These 60-year-old bones couldn’t handle their level of intensity. I wish them well tomorrow but I imagine they don’t need it. I feel sorry for any South Dakota fans who bought tickets to that red first round.”
The Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the South Dakota State Jackrabbits tomorrow, Thursday, on TBS around 1:30 pm.