College basketball: This year’s edition of the Bulldogs men’s team won’t be confused with last year’s, but they do share similar bottom lines.
At this time last season, Gonzaga, led by Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris, was 9-1 and ranked 14th going into the Battle in Seattle against Kansas State. The current Bulldogs, led by Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell Jr. and Sam Dower Jr., are 9-1 and ranked 20th (tied for 16th in the USA Today poll) entering tonight’s Battle in Seattle versus South Alabama.
GU will be a 16.5-point favorite against South Alabama (5-4) at KeyArena. GU is 6-4 in the event.
“It always means something to go to Seattle where a lot of our fan base is,” senior guard David Stockton said. “It’s just a lot of fun to go back to Gary’s hometown and an area a lot of us are familiar with.”
The Jaguars have dropped two of their last three and carry a modest RPI of 179. They were picked second in the preseason Sun Belt Conference poll. Senior forward Augustine Rubit, a two-time all-conference first-teamer, was tabbed player of the year.
Rubit, 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, is No. 1 on the school’s all-time rebounding list and No. 1 among active Division I players with 981 rebounds.
GU has a size advantage inside with the 6-9 Dower and 7-1, 295-pound Przemek Karnowski.
GU women not on Pac-12 Wash.
College basketball: Today’s Gonzaga’s women’s game against Stanford will be shown live on Pac-12-Bay Area at 1 p.m. A note in Friday’s sports section said the game would be shown live on Pac-12 Washington, but that channel will only have a tape-delayed telecast at 2 a.m. Sunday.