'Kraziness' at Gonzaga baskbetall preview

'Kraziness' at Gonzaga baskbetall preview

SPOKANE, Wash. --- Things got "krazy" on Gonzaga's campus on Saturday during GU basketball's annual Kraziness in the Kennel.

The event is the first opportunity of the school year for fans to see what the men's basketball team is made of.

Plus, it's fall family weekend, so students are showing their parents what being a Zag is all about.

Every year, the GU community looks forward to Fall Family weekend and the unofficial start of Gonzaga basketball.

"People keep saying, 'when's basketball season? When's basketball season?' It starts today," said Kennel Club president and GU senior Daniel Incerpi.

For new Gonzaga parents, it's a time to see what all the "Zag" hype is about.

"The school spirit here is unlike any we've ever seen," said Bill Balkotvatz, whose daughter is a freshman, "and this weekend just exemplifies that."

Fans from the Spokane community flocked to the McCarthey Athletic Center for the chance to see their favorite men's basketball players in action for free.

One group of dedicated fans got in line at 11 a.m. for the 4 p.m. event.

I just like to see how they work together and how they play the game," said Baile Jones.

These girls hope to someday see the Bulldogs from GU's student section, the famous "Kennel."

"I want to go to Gonzaga University," said Aleah Findlay, a fan.

And the Kennel Club brought the hype at a pep rally.

"People here just love basketball so much and we've been waiting since March," Incerpi said.

That energy and love for GU basketball is contagious for visiting parents.

"Pretty much as soon as [our daughter] committed we became big fans," said Evan Balkovatz.

These students say that's because when you become a fan of Gonzaga Basketball, you become a part of something bigger, the Zag community.

"This school is what it is because of basketball and it's just a culture here that doesn't change." Incerpi said.

And don't forget about Fan Fest on October 15 which includes autographs and a chance to meet the women's basketball team.