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Gonzaga brings size advantage into Incarnate Word matchup

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie dunks during the first half against Florida on Friday at the PK80 in Portland. (Craig Mitchelldyer / Associated Press)
Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie dunks during the first half against Florida on Friday at the PK80 in Portland. (Craig Mitchelldyer / Associated Press)

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has a number of players in the 6-foot-4 to 6-7 range but they’ll be undersized against Gonzaga’s starting frontcourt of Johnathan Williams and Killian Tillie, as well as against reserves Rui Hachimura and Jacob Larsen.

Loyola Marymount transfer Devin Wyatt (6-8, 205 pounds) is the tallest player in UIW’s rotation, but he plays just 10.6 minutes per game.

The Zags will try to exploit their size advantage on the glass and with production in the paint. The Cardinals could attempt to pack the lane with a zone and test Gonzaga’s perimeter shooting accuracy.

At the other end of the court, taller Zags will be asked to guard shorter, quicker forwards. Williams has done that often in his two years with the Zags. Tillie is a mobile 6-10 forward but he has been foul prone of late.

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