Under F.S. 732.502, a Florida will isn’t valid unless it’s in writing and signed at the end in the presence of at least two attesting witnesses, who sign the will in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other. Like most US states (and Commonwealth jurisdictions), Florida’s rules for executing wills trace their roots back almost two centuries to the UK Wills Act of 1837.

Florida’s “Strict Compliance” Standard:

The execution rules are simple, but you need to get them exactly right. Why? Because Florida requires “strict compliance”. In other words, unless every last statutory formality is complied with exactly, the will’s invalid.

And while a growing chorus of critics may argue this level of formalism’s outlived its usefulness (think “harmless error” rule), strict compliance is the historical norm. Why has this approach persisted for so long (and in so many jurisdictions)? Because these formalities — applied generally — do a good job of ensuring that most wills accurately and reliably reflect a testator’s intent (even if on occasion these same rules invalidate clearly genuine yet formally defective wills), as explained in Decoupling the Law of Will-Execution:

Gonzaga (1-0) opened the 2018-19 season in convincing fashion with a 120-79 win over Idaho State. Rui led the Zags with an efficient 33-points on only 18 shots. Add in ‘Snacks’ Norvell’s 23 points and the Zags looked every part of their #3 preseason ranking. Next up: Texas Southern University (1-0), who came back from 17 in the second half to upset Baylor in Waco on Tuesday night. Baylor had came into the game ranked 39th on KenPom but picked to finish 9th in the Big-12. TSU projected to place 2nd the SWAC, are coming off a strong 2017-2018 campaign that included their first win all-time in the NCAA tournament.

Here’s what else to know – 

All-Time Series:

3-0, Gonzaga. The two teams opened the 2017-2018 season in the Kennel, when the Zags won by 30 points. However, the first time they met was in 2008, a couple days before the infamous Battle in Seattle game featuring Connecticut and Hasheem Thabeet. 

Texas Southern Report:

Texas Southern has reached the tournament in 4 of the past 5 seasons, including a 64-46 play-in round victory against North Carolina Central. If they want to make it 5 of 6, they’ll have to do so without storied head coach Mike Davis who left for the same position at Detroit – Mercy. Johnny Jones now takes after spending a year as the associate head coach at Nevada. He was previously the head coach at LSU for 5 seasons, a stint that included coaching Ben Simmons. Another player Jones coached at LSU was Jaylen Patterson, who transferred to Texas Southern after sitting out last year while earning his degree. Patterson led the tigers with 23 points and 6 assists in the comeback win over Baylor. 

How Gonzaga beats Texas Southern:

Like I said last time, just take care of the basketball. If the Zags do so, they have enough talent on offense to make up for a player or two going cold. Against Idaho St, Gonzaga had five players score double digits and none were named Josh Perkins. 

KenPom.com Stats:

  • Opponent Ranking: 250
  • Projection: Win, 91-65
  • Odds of Gonzaga Winning: 99%

Vegas Odds: 

  • Spread: -27
  • Over/Under Total: 155
  • Vegas Pick: Gonzaga, 91-64

Game Details: 

  • Time & Location: 7:00pm PST at the McCarthy Athletic Center
  • TV: KHQ Spokane (Local) & Root Sports NW (Regional)
  • Online: Stadium (Blackout Restriction)

My Pick: Zags, 101-78. 

After a closed door scrimmage against Michigan State and an opening exhibition vs. Central Washington, Gonzaga begins the 2018-2019 regular season on Tuesday night in the McCarthy Athletic Center as they welcome Big Sky conference foe, Idaho State. Gonzaga comes off a rather forgettable tournament loss against a less than stellar Florida State squad in the Sweet Sixteen. Meanwhile, the Bengals finished last season tied for sixth place in the Big Sky with a 14-16 record, resulting in a 1st round exit in the conference tournament. On the bright side, the Bengals 14 wins were the 2nd most since the 2002-2003 season when they went 15-14.

All-Time Series:

27-25 Idaho State. Surprisingly, this is Idaho State’s first appearance in the McCarthy Athletic Center since it opened in 2004. They are only one of twelve programs to have played the Zags over 50 times since 1949. The last time they met was the Friday after Christmas in 1996, when the Zags won 90-83 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Same location where Gonzaga punched their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen last year.

Idaho State Report: 

The Bengals were picked to finish eighth by both the coaches’ and media in the Big Sky preseason polls. They return 3 of their 5 starters from a season ago, including leading scorers Brandon Boyd and Jared Stutzman, both who averaged 14.9 points per game. Boyd, a redshirt junior guard from Los Angeles, finished the season on a high note, averaging 20.7 ppg and shot 53% from the field over his last 10 games. Stutzman, a junior by transcript, transferred from Utah Valley after his freshman season. Weirdly enough, he made his college basketball debut in the Kennel two seasons ago when Utah Valley opened at Gonzaga. Stutzman has since become one of the best 3-point shooters in all of college basketball. Last year, he finished first among the Big Sky in 3-pt shooting percentage, and third in Division-I basketball.

How Gonzaga beats Idaho Sate: 

Winning vs lesser opponents is often taken for granted. If it were so easy, Saint Mary’s would’ve made the tournament a year ago (instead of losing to USF after beating them by 58 two weeks prior). But the Zags have made it 20 consecutive years, thanks to ‘taking care of business’ vs weaker teams. Gonzaga led the WCC in offensive turnover percentage the last two seasons, and finished 35th in the nation in 2018 (15th among teams who made the NCAA tournament). Tonight, the Zags just need to take care of the basketball.

KenPom.com Stats:

Idaho State’s preseason rank of 259 is lower than every WCC team. However, ISU finished the 2018 season ranked 226, higher than four WCC clubs (Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, and Santa Clara).

  • Opponent Ranking: 259 (out of 353)
  • Projection: Win 90-64
  • Odds of Gonzaga Winning: 99%

Vegas Odds: 

  • Spread: -29.5 (Zags)
  • Over/Under Total: 154
  • Pick: 93-61

Game Details: 

  • Time & Location: 6:00pm PST at the McCarthy Athletic Center
  • How to Watch: KHQ Spokane (Local) & Root Sports NW (Regional)

My Prediction:

93-63 Zags win led by the newcomer Brandon Clarke. Idaho State lost their starting center from a season ago after Novak Topalovic transferred to the University of Utah. Leaving them without a player over 6’8 til the summer addition of UTEP transfer Kelvin Jones. The Bengals finished the 2018 season ranked 320th in blocked shots.