SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of Gonzaga basketball fans packed the McCarthey Athletic Center Friday night for a peak at this year's team - Kraziness at the Kennel is what they call it.
The team's first practice of the season is a chance for fans to see the new team and get a feel for the new recruits. It's also another chance for ESPN to come to Spokane and broadcast the Zags nationwide. The school was one of seven to headline the sports network's "Midnight Madness" broadcast, marking the first night college basketball teams are allowed to begin practices.
Most fans said they're confidence in this year's team, which has four starters from last season's 23-7 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"They look good," said Ron Reil, one of the Gonzaga faithful to show up for the event. "It's always good to see the players from last year looking good and some of the new players look pretty good. We'll have to see. They need a couple of weeks to practice before they put it al together."
"Awesome, can't wait to see some of the new guys," said another fan as she walked out of the MAC.
Another fan said, "Harris looks awesome, he's so strong. He can dunk like no other."
Gonzaga starts the 2010-11 season Nov. 5 with an exhibition game against Southern Oregon. The the first regular game of the season is Nov. 12 against Southern University. Both games will be broadcast live on KHQ.