Local media: Stephen’s not here!

Bud Withers in the Times:

When the 2009-10 college basketball season began, Gonzaga’s string of 11 straight NCAA tournament appearances looked vulnerable. The Zags had lost four of their top five scorers from last season, and had 10 freshmen or sophomores expected to contribute.

Four weeks in, though, Gonzaga appears on track to sustain that long streak. Today, fans can judge for themselves at KeyArena in the seventh annual Battle in Seattle at 4 p.m. as the Zags (7-2) entertain Davidson (2-6), otherwise known as the school that spawned Stephen Curry, who isn’t there anymore. A crowd of about 12,000 is expected.

PI: This is not the same potent Wildcat team as the past two seasons. Spokane: Curry’s absence has been felt by the Wildcats, whose dominance of the Southern Conference might have left with the departure of the two-time All-American. AP: The Zags who remain are disappointed Curry isn’t here for this “rematch,” which came together about the time Curry got drafted early last summer. The Sports Network: Many wondered how the team would respond this season without superstar guard Stephen Curry, who has moved on to the NBA. Clearly, the transition has been rough to say the least. Slipper Still Fits: Where is Stephen Curry?

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