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This time, the situation wasn’t so clear-cut.

“Honestly, with a second or two left on the shot clock, most refs don’t call that type of foul, especially when you’re trying to make a hard play on the ball,” Williams said.

“Earlier in the game they might have called it a foul just because he did fall on the ground. But late in the game, most refs don’t call that. That’s why I went up so hard to try to block it and save the game.”


GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Long after Jimmer Fredette has left Brigham Young and some new group of overacheivers has taken the reins at Gonzaga, these two teams will be part of an important rivalry.

None of those games in the future, however, figures to be more important than their very first meeting Saturday.

No. 11 Gonzaga plays No. 3 BYU with a trip to the final 16 on the line _ the first of many games to come between these two prominent programs that will become way more familiar when BYU joins Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference after this season.

Last year, BYU decided it would drop out of the Mountain West after 2010-11 to become an independent in football. The Cougars ended up in the WCC for the rest of the sports _ a big boost for a conference that has long been headlined by Gonzaga and yet another reminder that it’s football, not hoops, that really runs the show when it comes to big-time college sports.

BYU coach Dave Rose conceded he didn’t have much input into the move and hasn’t thought about it much, as his tough final season in the Mountain West has worn on.

“I remember sitting with Frank Martin of Kansas State and Steve Fisher, Lon Kruger during some events over the spring and summer, and we were all kind of looking at each other, wondering what league we might end up in as far as football alignment is concerned,” Rose said.

Gonzaga, meanwhile, will have a much tougher time keeping its WCC dominance alive. The Zags have 11 straight regular-season titles. Since 1992, they’ve won 227 conference games _ that’s 72 more than the next team, Santa Clara.

“It changes our league dramatically,” coach Mark Few said. “It adds another top-25 school to it, gives us another school much like ourselves with a national profile. I think it probably across the country enlightens some people to the level of play that’s in our league. I think people will probably look at it as a three-bid-potential league, year in and year out.”


NUMBERS GAME: Oakland coach Greg Kampe thinks he’s figured out how Texas slipped in the seedings.

Kampe didn’t hide his shock when Texas was announced as a No. 4 seed. He was even more surprised when his Golden Grizzlies were seeded 13th _ drawing the Longhorns in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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