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No luck needed: Gonzaga goes for 13th straight win over Santa Clara

Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis heads to the basket as Santa Clara forward Henrik Jadersten, left, and teammate Kai Healy defend during the first half of a men’s college basketball game, Jan. 28, 2016, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis heads to the basket as Santa Clara forward Henrik Jadersten, left, and teammate Kai Healy defend during the first half of a men’s college basketball game, Jan. 28, 2016, at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

The Gonzaga Bulldogs hope to remain the nation’s lone unbeaten team on Thursday with a victory in the 87th all-time meeting against the Santa Clara Broncos.

Overall, the Bulldogs lead the head-to-head series 56-30. GU has won 36 of the last 38 meetings with the Broncos, including the last 12.

In the last matchup, the Zags won 84-67 on Jan. 28, 2016, in Spokane. Kyle Wiltjer scored 35 points, connecting on 7 of 10 3-pointers, and Domantas Sabonis added 12 points and 17 rebounds for Gonzaga.

On New Year’s Eve 2015, GU held on for a 79-77 victory at Santa Clara behind 26 points from Josh Perkins.

Head coach Mark Few has had success against SCU, posting a 36-4 record versus the Broncos.

The Bulldogs are below .500 in games played at Santa Clara (19-23), but have won 15 of the last 16 on the road against the Broncos.

SCU won the first meeting 67-62 on February 3, 1959.

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