I suppose since this will be our first true glimpse at the 2010-11 Gonzaga Bulldogs, many of the readers of this site are expecting me to put together a post that talks about my excitement for tomorrow and the chance to learn more about this team. However, if I were to say any of the things that I just mentioned, I would be completely lying to every reader who stops by this site.
The one thing I hope to emerge from the game tomorrow night is that we learn that there were no injuries. I'm pleased to hear that Elias Harris will be siting out the game to rest his shoulder, and to be completely honest, I would prefer that guys like Steven Gray, Rob Sacre and Mangisto Arop didn't play either. Unlike the scrimmage against Texas, this game will do nothing to sure up the rotation or prove which guys are capable of contributing in the rotation this season. In fact, if it were up to me, Gonzaga would be playing a second scrimmage instead of hosting Southern Oregon in this exhibition game. However, I understand that the chance to play in a front of a sell-out crowd at the MAC means more money and exposure for the program.
In reality, this game will teach us absolutely nothing about this team. When this team faces Kansas St. in November at the end of November, we will not look back at the numbers that Rob Sacre and Sam Dower put up tomorrow as proof that this is in fact the best Gonzaga front court of the Mark Few era. If Demetri Goodson scores 25 points tomorrow night and hits six three-pointers, I don't think it's going to convince any Gonzaga fan that all the questions at the point guard position are suddenly solved. So instead of rushing to any judgments, or looking at this game as an indication of things to come, I suggest that Gonzaga fans view this in the same way they did Kraziness in the Kennel, which is a fun opportunity to watch this team before the true marathon of a season begins.