"I'm salivating playing outside of the [West Coast Conference] with different officials,'' Sacre said. "I know it's going to be physical and it's going to be a tough tournament game. It's going to be a bruiser game and I think both teams know that.''
Sacre and Harris are both big, foreign-born players who sometimes seem to think they have their hands tied by what they see as too-tight officiating in the WCC.
"It's not really a big man conference, so it's different,'' Sacre said. "They might call some ticky-tack fouls here and there. But when it comes to the Big East and the tournament, they're not going to call a lot. They're going to let a lot slide. So we have to play our style of basketball, which is physical.''
Harris, a junior from Germany, is likely to draw the assignment of defending WVU's Kevin Jones. The 6-8, 260-pound Jones led the Big East in both scoring and rebounding. Sacre is a 260-pound Canadian who will be inside against Deniz Kilicli and Dominique Rutledge.
Sacre doesn't seem concerned over the matchups, even the one with Jones, who on Monday was named a second-team All-America by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
"Kevin Jones is a phenomenal player. He's one of the best Big East players right now,'' Sacre said. "We have a tough job on our hands. But I think we'll be all right. We just have to play our style and try to contain him.
"I think we should match up just fine. Elias has been playing really well and been rebounding great the last couple of games. He's going to come out and play his style of basketball, but I think we match up just fine with them.''
Gonzaga, which is making its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance - WVU is making its fifth straight and eighth in nine years - played one Big East school this season and handily beat Notre Dame, 73-53, at home in late November (The Zags were 15-1 on their home floor, 10-5 elsewhere).
Notre Dame swept West Virginia in two games this season.
"That definitely gives us confidence,'' Pangos said. "But just because Notre Dame beat them doesn't mean it will be the same result for us.''
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