‘Posh’ My Kitchen Rules star hid porn history

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 November 2015A contestant on My Kitchen Rules NZ styled as a sophisticated snob from a plush Auckland suburb has posed in hundreds of hardcore pornographic photos.Katrina Dunlop, 27, admitted she posed for the explicit porn magazine and website NZX Online after being strapped for cash.“It was six or seven years ago, and you know like it was so long ago and I haven’t done anything illegal and it was a one-off,” said Dunlop.Family First NZ spokesman Bob McCoskrie said allowing people with “dubious backgrounds” to star on reality TV shows was negligent on the part of production companies.“I’m very surprised that the production company doesn’t have a more stringent vetting process,” he said.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.He added that contestants on shows like MKR NZ usually achieve a high public profile, and in this case, it could draw unwanted attention to the pornographic images.“While hardcore porn may not be illegal, there is still a stigma against it quite rightly and it is unacceptable to so many families,” he said.“They don’t want any connection between someone who is obviously making money through posing for hardcore pornography and is now on a family cooking show. That is a really bad link.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/73779648/Posh-My-Kitchen-Rules-star-hid-porn-history?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

Decision time for Oklahoma star QB Kyler Murray

first_imgBy TIM REYNOLDSAP Sports WriterMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Kyler Murray had it all working: Pinpoint throws, speedy feet and unflappable resolve all the way to the finish.If this was his football finale, it was a gem.Murray threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown, led Oklahoma to scores on its final six possessions — sans for a 25-second one to end the first half — and it still wasn’t enough. The Heisman Trophy winner isn’t going to play in the national …last_img read more

Constitution Hill’s Basha Uhuru Arts Festival on now

first_imgThe Basha Uhuru Youth Festival, Constitution Hill’s flagship arts festival, is nowin its fourth year. Held to coincide with Youth Month, the festival takes place from 2 to 25 June 2016. It is a celebration of the artistic freedom of the youth of South Africa, showcasing some of the best in emerging creative talent in film, theatre, music, literature and contemporary art.Begun in 2012 as a week-long collaboration between Constitution Hill and the Johannesburg gallery, Kalashnikovv, the 2016 event is the first time the festival will be held throughout the month of June in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising. It’s also celebrating 20 years of the country’s Constitution.The Basha Uhuru theme this year is empowering the youth through the creative industry by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression.Embracing both history and the future, the festival will include a number of panel discussions addressing some of the challenges the youth of South Africa face today – issues of artistic freedom in the 21st century, free education and evolving movements such as the #FeesMustFall drive – and find ways to use the lessons of the past to find solutions to these contemporary concerns.Student leaders and other relevant key stakeholders will lead the discussions, encouraging all attendees to get involved and have their say in determining a positive way forward.The festival will feature a vast array of art exhibitions, film screenings, creative network exchanges and other discussions on the nature of art in modern South Africa as seen through the eyes of its emerging young creative talent.BashaUhuru Youth Festival is here,commemorating 40 yrs of the 1976 Soweto StudentUprisings. The festival is FREE! pic.twitter.com/E5M6QL7ZVN—Constitution Hill SA (@VisitConHill) May 31,2016Other, more unique exhibitions include a real-time tour that will re-enact the events of June 16th 1976. It follows the unfolding events on that fateful day from Orlando where students first gathered to the infamous Number 4 prison (where Constitutional Hill now stands) where students were incarcerated.There will also be a heritage cycling tour between the Hector Pieterson Museum and Constitutional Hill held throughout the festival.Constitution Hill is also offering complimentary tours to all young people between the ages of 18 and 22, including new additions to the year-round programme, the Walk With Madiba, Night and Time Travel tours.As Youth Month also coincides with Environmental Month, there will also be a focus on environmental awareness, including multi-media art exhibitions by young emerging contemporary artists incorporating the themes of conservation and ecological responsibility.The programme will climax with an all-star music concert at Constitution Square on 25 June, funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. The concert will feature a blend of contemporary South African musicians and DJs, names to be confirmed closer to the date.For the latest updates and additional information on exhibitions at the festival, follow the Constitution Hill social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter (@VisitConHill) and Instagram (@visitconhill).South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Running a Dehumidifier

first_imgSuperinsulation is the most effective weapon we have against wintertime heat losses. R-values of 60 or more in the roof and 40 in exterior walls can slow the movement of heat to a crawl, keeping energy costs far below what they’d be in a conventionally built house.Yet Harry Seidel puts his finger on a potential problem. During the summer, any heat generated inside the house will have just as much trouble getting out of the house.In a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, Seidel wonders about the impact of running a Therma-Stor dehumidifier in a basement utility room of a superinsulated house in New Hampshire. The dehumidifier solves one problem but may create another.“My question is in regard to the potential for the slab assembly in the house mentioned above to absorb and mitigate the heat generated?” he writes. “Given the sub-slab insulation [R-19], will this cause the basement to heat up? I could be wrong, but was told that 1 pint of water removed equates to 1,000 BTU of heat.”“In N.H. and much of [New England] we have relatively high humidity in the summer months (trust me, it’s a problem) and a fresh-air delivery system (Renewaire ERV), although able to reduce moisture somewhat, achieves this by simply exchanging ambient exterior air for interior air,” he adds. “In our summers this will be useless and the house’s design is tight enough that moisture will prevail. It will build up and be a menace.” RELATED ARTICLES Your concerns are validDick Russell thinks Seidel has a point. “The concern about where the dehumidification heat will go is valid,” Russell writes. “It won’t leave the superinsulated structure too easily in the summer, and thus the temperature must rise, however slowly, due to the thermal mass of the slab and foundation walls.”Russell also lives in New Hampshire and did some calculations for his own superinsulated house, leading him to believe that a dehumidifier extracting a couple of pints of moisture per hour would not make a substantial difference on interior temperatures. “At least no more than what a handful of light bulbs and a TV would do,” he says.Russell’s house has a ground-source heat pump, which can both heat and cool. But the system is “grossly oversized” for summer air conditioning, so there are times when the house is comfortably cool but uncomfortably humid.He tells Seidel that leaving the door to the basement open while the dehumidifier is running will have the effect of lowering humidity levels throughout the house. Circulating air mechanically would help. Don’t get rid of the insulationPhilipp Gross, another cold-climate inhabitant, advises Seidel not to get rid of the insulation below the slab in the utility room. He estimates heat losses in winter through an uninsulated 4-inch concrete slab would be considerable — 10,000 BTUH. “That is definitely more energy and money than the potential cooling demand caused by your dehumidifier,” he writes.If summer heat gains from the dehumidifier are a concern, he adds, why not go with a minisplit air conditioner? “I do know that under some circumstances ‘only dehumidification’ is necessary and may be so in your climate,” he writes. “If you are worried about this look into products that can do both. The Daikin Quaternity is one example. I have never used it but it sure looks promising. (No idea about the costs.)” Our expert’s opinionWe asked Peter Yost, GBA’s techical director, for his thoughts. Good timing, too, since he’s been delving into this very problem of late. Here’s his take:There are a bunch of questions wrapped up in this very interesting discussion on dehumidification.1. What’s the difference between dehumidifiers and air conditioners?Dehumidifiers have both sets of coils inside the conditioned space; air conditioners have the evaporative coil inside, the condensing coil outside. The latter has to be outside to dump the heat. There are other differences between the two, with one of the most important being the speed with which air passes over the coils: typically, air moves much more slowly over dehumidifier coils, giving the air more time to drop its latent load as condensed water.2. How much heat does a dehumidifier generate as it removes water from the air?There is a metric for this: the Energy Factor or how many liters of water are removed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy spent. Energy Star labels dehumidifiers based on Energy Factors and the capacity of the unit, as follows:≦ 25 pints: 1.2 liters/kWh through to≧ 75 to ≦ 185 pints: ≧ 2.50 l/kWhNOTE: the larger the capacity, the larger the coil; larger coils are generally more efficient than smaller coils. See the Energy Star DEH Product List and Criteria.Since there are about 3,413 BTUs per kWh and about 2.11 pints to a liter, yes, quite a bit of heat is added to the space as the dehumidifier does its work.As it turns out, I am right in the middle of trying to figure out how efficient my own 6-year-old 50-pint Energy Star Whirlpool dehumidifier in my basement is (mainly because it has seemed to be running less efficiently this summer). I can share that last week, my basement dehumidifier ran for about 6 hours using about 5 kWh, pulling the interior relative humidity down to 66% from about 76%, and raising the interior temperature of our basement about 1 to 1.5 degrees F (from about 71 to about 72 degrees F). Note that my basement is about 1,000 square feet, with about R-10 on the walls and NO insulation under the slab.I calculated the current actual Energy Factor (using a Kill-a-Watt meter to measure the electricity used and just measuring the volume of water) at about 1.0 l/kWh. That is not very energy-efficient at all (more on this in a later blog), but I think all this adds up to this conclusion: if you have a superinsulated house and a really efficient dehumidifier, the temperature rise in your basement as you dehumidify won’t be all that noticeable.There are a lot of variables (the size of your basement, how much you want to pull the interior RH down, the actual Energy Factor of your dehumidifier, etc.) that will affect this exchange, not surprisingly, but I recommend that you don’t change your slab or wall insulation package based on your dehumidification needs.In our own home (also in New England), we only run the dehumidifier when high humidity forces us to close all the basement windows. So if the basement air temperature sneaks up a bit, it won’t be long before we, and you, can be popping open all those windows, keeping your basement cool and dry au naturel.3. What about ducting the stand-alone dehumidifier to keep the heat in the utility room?It goes without saying that you never want to confine the dehumidifier’s operation — you keep the heat in, but you also limit the volume of air being dehumidified. Most stand-alone dehumidifiers are NOT set up to be ducted — their fans are not designed for this sort of pressure resistance or constrained air flow (although Therma-Stor does make some very high efficiency DEH units that can be ducted).4. Don’t ERVs dehumidify in the summer?No. While ERVs can help to maintain relative humidity differentials between outside and inside air, they cannot actually actively lower interior relative humidity. (For more on this topic, see Martin’s blog on ERVs and HRVs.)The bottom line: Taking the edge off the humidity levels in the basement of superinsulated home with a high-efficiency dehumidifier will not raise the interior air temperature significantly. Don’t change your slab insulation details to try and heat sink that slight temperature increase out of your basement. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img All About Dehumidifiers The Difference Between Air Conditioners and DehumidifiersDehumidifiersDesigning a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV?Using Ceiling Fans to Keep Cool Without AC Does insulating the slab in climates where cooling dominates over heating make sense? Actually, it’s not that importantTim O’Brien has a different point of view. If the slab is more than a couple of feet below ground level (which it is), the sub-slab temperature should be “nearly constant” no matter what the season, he says — a plus in summer and a drawback in winter.But he adds this: “Insulating sub-slab will provide a lower return on investment than insulating your basement walls and your above-ground enclosure. I definitely recommend insulating under your slab if you are placing hydronic [tubing] in the slab, as the energy loss from a heated slab is considerable.“Insulating below the slab will slightly raise the slab temperature which will reduce concerns from condensation during the cooling season; in other words, an insulated slab can handle slightly higher dew point air above it than an uninsulated slab without forming condensation on top of the slab. The insulated slab will also provide more comfort if the floor surface is finished. This is my way of saying that the insulated slab decision is likely one of the least important decisions you will make regarding your building enclosure.”The specific dehumidifier Seidel is considering are highly efficient, he says, so the additional heat it generates should be less than would be the case with most other models.That said, predicting inside humidity and temperature conditions is complex, to say the least. “Over the long term, your basement air will be warmer with a dehumidifier than without,” he says. “How much warmer will depend on a number of variables — your desired indoor humidity (dew point), the outdoor dew point, the rate at which outdoor air enters your house, and the amount of moisture created by the house occupants. All of these variables will affect the required running time of a dehumidifier — the dehumidifier is only adding heat when it runs.”O’Brien suggests planning for both a dehumidifier and a ductless minisplit even if they aren’t installed right away. Santa Fe, Ultra-Aire, and Hi-E DehumidifiersAmong the options he’s considering is the elimination of insulation below the utility-room slab to create a more effective heat sink for the dehumidifier.Is there another approach that would be more effective? Or is Seidel anticipating more trouble than he’ll actually have? That’s the topic of this week’s Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

How To Love Your Job

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your job and your work may be very different things. Your job is something you do so that you can make money. You may not want to go to your job, but you might have to if you want to survive.Your work, on the other hand, is something you do to produce results. You might do your real work at your job, or you might do your real work outside of your job. But if you want to love your job, you have to treat it like it’s your work.Give Yourself OverIf you want to love your job, you have to give yourself over to it. It doesn’t matter what your job is, there is a way that you can make it something more. One of my favorite quotes of all time makes this point better than anything I might write.Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”That one quote explains what you need to do to give yourself over to your job. Your job is what you make of it.Do More Than Is ExpectedThere aren’t too many things worse than doing what is expected of you, especially if you are the recipient of that low standard. Mediocrity isn’t in any way sexy or interesting. How could it be exciting for you to create something mediocre?If you want to love your job, you have to do more than is expected of you. You have to take things up a notch or two. You have to surprise people. Doing more than is expected is going to require that you be resourceful and that you take the initiative. But it is worth it.Find New Ways To Be ValuableWe humans are novelty-seeking creatures. We like new and interesting things. We’re made this way. When you do the same things over and over again, you can allow things to become tedious. The way to keep this from happening is to find new ways to create value for the people you serve.What needs to be done that isn’t getting done? What new tasks could you take on? What are most of your peers trying to avoid? The more value you create, the more interesting and engaging your job will be. You will also find that the very act of seeking out new ways to create value is the surest recipe for being promoted into roles of greater responsibility—and the financial remuneration that comes with it.Inspire Others with Your AttitudeWhen people go to their jobs, they say things like, “I hate Mondays,” or “Thank God it’s Friday.” They also say things like, “I’m just living the dream,” a strong indication that they are bored, unengaged, and bring very little of themselves to their job. Hanging around with the crowd with the black cloud over their heads is only going to infect you with what they’re carrying.Instead of buying into the idea that your job is terrible, have some fun and inspire others with your attitude. When things go wrong, be positive in insisting you can solve the problem. Client unhappy about mistakes? Call them and tell them you are on it and that you own it. Being accountable alone will turn your client around.Look it’s not easy to do these things when you are surrounded by slackers, cynics, and burnouts. But either they are working to influence you, or you are working on influencing them. Raise your personal standard and pull as many people up with you as possible.If you can learn to bring your best self to your job, it will help you tremendously should you ever decide to hang up your shingle and do your work.last_img read more

Alcantara eyes revenge, men’s doubles gold vs Thai twins

first_imgThe twins derailed Alcantara and Treat Huey in the semifinals, before frustrating Gonzales and Jeson Patrombon in the finals.“We want some revenge from our loss,” said Alcantara as tennis competition starts Monday at national Tennis Center, Sports Complex Jalan Duta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHuey won’t see action but Alcantara tried to downplay it by saying the team, including novice AJ Lim, is ready because it has been playing all year long.The women’s team will be composed of Katharina Lehnert, Denise Dy, Clarice Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indonesia angered after Malaysia puts wrong flag in SEA Games book Huey and Dy won the mixed doubles, which was the country’s only gold medal to show in Singapore SEA Games.“Treat is not here so our chances are affected in mixed,” admitted top tennis official Romy Magat who said Dy will be paired with either Alcantara or Gonzales.There won’t be team tie event this time, and Alcantara said that would alleviate the absence of Huey who is ranked in in the top 50 in doubles.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Francis Casey ALCANTARA. Photo from ITFTennis.comKUALA LUMPUR — Francis Casey Alcantara wants his revenge over the dreaded Thai twins, who spoiled it for the Philippine men’s team two years ago.To be paired with Ruben Gonzales this time, Alcantara said he would like to finally win the men’s doubles gold against current champs Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Ateneo downs FEU for 3-0 start

first_imgMOST READ Thirdy Ravena had an all-around game with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for Ateneo.FEU battled back in the fourth with Arvin Tolentino cutting the lead down to nine, 87-78, on a triple but Matt Nieto had the quick counter hitting a three of his own to put Ateneo back up by a dozen, 90-78, with 3:09 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRavena, then, essentially finished FEU after tipping in Anton Asistio’s missed three at the 2:30 mark to give Ateneo a 92-80 lead.Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga was proud of what his team had done on the offensive side of the floor but he wanted more effort on the defensive end after they allowed FEU to score more than 80 points. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo remained spotless in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball fending off Far Eastern University, 94-82, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles have the best record in the league with a 3-0 card while the Tamaraws are at 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “It’s a high-scoring game and we shot well from the field, even from the three-point line,” said Arespacochaga. “But we also gave a lot of points to FEU and they shot the ball well also and they got to the line a lot of times more than what we would’ve wanted to.”“But we’re happy to come off with a win, especially since this is our third game in eight days.”Anton Asistio added 16 points while Matt Nieto and Vince Tolentino combined for 21 points.Wendell Comboy had 12 points to lead the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul PH bid in Aimag goes in full swing For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson confident Zaha will find his best form

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Hodgson confident Zaha will find his best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident Wilfried Zaha will find his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action following a late return from the Africa Cup of Nations, Zaha has so far failed to open his account for the new season or provide any assists.Hodgson said: “Very few people in our teams have scored goals, we’ve only scored three so it is quite easy to remember who the goalscorers were.”As for assists it is only three possible assists, so it is probably a little unkind to start saying ‘you are not assisting enough or scoring enough.”I would say that we expect a lot more from Wilf in terms of assists and goals and I think that we are going to get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

I never felt safe on set — Canadian actors on changing the

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “I’ve always felt like this is a boys club,” says actress Kristin Kreuk about the TV and move industry. (TARA WALTON/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’ve always felt like this is a boys’ club. I’ve never felt safe on set,” says Kreuk. “Sexual harassment is pervasive and insidious and it exists. It’s not always the crazy stuff you hear about. It can be more subtle. But it’s a fact of life.”READ MORE When she was a teen, Kristin Kreuk’s mother sent her to karate school to learn how to defend herself.“The idea was to kick people in case they attacked me,” says the 34-year-old Vancouver-born actress, perhaps best known as Lana Lang on CW’s Smallville, or detective Catherine Chandler in Beauty and the Beast.As a young actress, Kreuk says she wasn’t taught the concept of consent, or how to deal with inappropriate touching, where your attacker may not be wielding a knife. She just figured that sexism in the movie industry was a fact of life. And in her two-decade career, she says she has, until this year, never felt truly safe. Twitterlast_img read more

Gonzaga Just Keeps Proving It Never Should Have Been An 11Seed

1991ConnecticutSweet 1616.6+0.8—— Wichita State, also an 11 this tournament, had higher Pythagorean and SRS ratings than the Zags. But the Shockers lost in the second round to Miami after getting hosed with a play-in game against Vanderbilt, another strong 11-seed, and a first-round meeting with Arizona, which was underseeded as a 6. The 2014 Tennessee team, which tops both the SRS and Pythagorean charts in terms of strength versus its opponents, had a much easier path in its region — the Volunteers faced 14-seed Mercer in the round of 32, a team that had upset Duke in the first round and one of the weakest opponents an 11 has ever faced.2Among opponents of 11-seeds, Mercer had the second- and fourth-lowest Pythagorean and SRS, respectively. Even though Tennessee made the Sweet 16 and nearly upset 2-seed Michigan, the massive differential between it and Mercer — 17.34 to 5.33, by SRS — disproportionately affected its statistical résumé. That game saw an Elo discrepancy of 194 points (1912 to 1718), the second-largest margin of any game an 11-seed has played. Tennessee also played Massachusetts at an Elo advantage of 148 points, the fourth-highest such margin. Meanwhile, Gonzaga’s two games so far rank 12th and 30th all-time.If Gonzaga is so good, though, why was it seeded so low? The Zags are a high-major squad playing in a mid-major conference — the West Coast Conference has cracked KenPom.com’s top 10 conferences ranking just twice.3These rankings also date to 2002. This means the team can pick up only a few high-profile wins during WCC play. Few typically schedules an aggressive nonconference schedule to boost the squad’s Rating Percentage Index, the official and preferred evaluation metric for the NCAA selection committee. This season, though, Gonzaga struggled to pick up a key win, losing to Texas A&M, Arizona, UCLA and Southern Methodist by a total of just 20 points.4The losses to Texas A&M, Arizona, UCLA and SMU were by 1 point, 5 points, 5 points and 9 points, respectively. Even with the Bulldogs’ five top-100 wins, their RPI profile was terrible. If Gonzaga hadn’t beaten Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament title game to win the league’s auto bid, the Bulldogs would probably be competing in the NIT (which is what happened to the Gaels).That would have been a shame, because Gonzaga’s underlying metrics are superb — at the close of the regular season, it was one of two teams with an offensive and defensive effective field goal percentage in KenPom’s top 20. What makes Gonzaga special, though, is how efficiently the team’s offense operates, particularly in the half-court. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Gonzaga scores 0.99 points per half-court trip, a rate that is tied for first among tourney teams and fifth overall in Division I. Indiana is the only NCAA Tournament team with a stronger effective field-goal percentage in the half-court than the Zags (55.8 percent, per Hoop-Math.com).Against Saint Mary’s in the WCC final, the Zags used just 58 possessions to score 85 points (1.47 points per possession). Saint Mary’s defense will never be mistaken for Virginia’s, but that level of offensive efficiency is astounding.Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer are the team’s high-profile names; Wiltjer transferred to Spokane from Kentucky, and his 6-foot-10 frame belies a big who moves gracefully around the perimeter and can score just as effectively within the arc (53 percent on 2-pointers) as he can from deep (43 percent, which leads the team). Wiltjer has an array of shot fakes, step-backs and step-throughs to get his shot off with even the longest defender crowding his space. Sabonis is an unmovable object on both the offensive and defensive glass, and he’s the best post-up man in D-I. Per Synergy, 42 percent of his possessions come in the block, and he scores 1.15 points per possession on those plays. Against Utah and the Utes’ star big Jakob Poeltl, Sabonis used his quick feet, body awareness and agility to score 19 points on an effective field goal percentage of 70.8 percent.But while Wiltjer and Sabonis draw most of the attention, it’s the team’s backcourt that will largely determine if Gonzaga not only makes its first Final Four but becomes the first 11-seed to reach the national championship. Eric McClellan (a swingman), Josh Perkins (a point guard), Silas Melson (a point who can also play off-ball) and Kyle Dranginis (a three who is essentially a hybrid wing) struggled at the beginning of the season but have finally begun to match the offensively brilliant output of the team’s frontcourt.From a higher seed, this sort of late-season surge would be cause to start thinking about a run to Houston and the Final Four. For Gonzaga, the odds are still long, but 17 percent is a far cry better than most 11-seeds see.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 2015TexasRound of 6416.2-0.50.872+0.010 2010WashingtonSweet 1615.60.00.835-0.046 2013St. Mary’sRound of 6414.5+2.80.861+0.014 SRSPYTHAGOREAN 2016MichiganRound of 6413.9+1.80.766-0.025 2014TennesseeSweet 1617.3+4.10.897+0.097 YEAR11-SEEDMADE IT TO …PRE-TOURN.DIFF. FROM TOURNAMENT OPPONENTSPRE-TOURN.DIFF. FROM TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS 2016Wichita St.Round of 3217.5-1.00.912+0.037 2015UCLASweet 1612.1+0.10.8060.000 Mark Few’s Gonzaga hasn’t been a proper Cinderella for more than a decade now, having outgrown the designation some time ago. This season’s squad, however, entered the 2016 NCAA Tournament in an unfamiliar position — an 11-seed. Matched up with the streaking 6-seed Seton Hall, which had just won the Big East Tournament, Gonzaga was predicted by many to be bounced in the first round.But 11-seeds have replaced 12s and 13s as a trendy upset pick, and the Zags have since rolled through the first two rounds of the tournament, beating the Pirates and then embarrassing 3-seed Utah late Saturday night. On the eve of the second weekend of play, Gonzaga now has a 7 percent chance of making the title game and a 17 percent chance at the Final Four; before the tournament began, those chances were 1 percent and 3 percent, respectively.What’s remarkable about Gonzaga this tournament isn’t just how well it’s played as an 11-seed, but how it has come into its games with a stronger statistical profile than its opponents — which really shouldn’t happen unless something goes wildly wrong in seeding. In fact, FiveThirtyEight’s power ratings had Gonzaga as a 6-seed, one of the bigger seeding discrepancies in the field, and so far this tournament, the team has had better pre-tournament Pythagorean winning percentage and Simple Rating System metrics than each of its opponents (including Syracuse, whom the Bulldogs face Friday in the Sweet 16). Gonzaga won’t encounter that scenario unless they make the Elite Eight.We went through all 156 11-seeds1There have been 37 NCAA tournaments during that span with 148 “natural” 11-seeds. In 1984, there was a preliminary round that featured two 11-seeds (Northeastern and Long Island University). And since the field expanded to 68 teams in 2011, there have been seven additional 11-seeds in the tournament’s first round (the first four in 2012 included 12- and 14-seeds, so there was not an additional 11 that year). since 1980, when the field expanded to include at-large teams, to the present, and tracked their tourney progression and how each matched up through SRS, Ken Pomeroy’s Pythagorean ranking (which began in 2002 and contains 67 teams) and our Elo database. Then, for each of those ratings, we found the difference between the 11-seed’s rating and the average of its tournament opponents. According to SRS, at least, not many 11-seeds have been as strong relative to their opponents as Gonzaga.Most 11s lost in the first round, especially in the early years of the expanded bracket. Even the 11s that made significant runs — LSU (1986), Loyola Marymount (1990), VCU (2011) — began March as considerable underdogs, posting a negative differential in both ratings with their opponents. Only 10 teams had positive differentials in either rating. 2016Gonzaga—17.2+2.50.890+0.043 1984NortheasternRound of 643.1+2.0—— Note: Pythagorean rankings began in 2002Source: kenpom.com, Sports Reference 11-seeds with better power rankings than their NCAA Tournament opponents, 1980 to present read more