There are potentially two key matchups in this one and it could change depending on who takes the court for Pepperdine.
Sophomore forward Kameron Edwards (team-leading 15.9 ppg, 6.8 rebounds) has missed the last five games with a concussion and his status wasn’t known for Thursday’s game.
If Edwards doesn’t play, Gonzaga’s focus shifts to point guard Colbey Ross, who is having an impressive freshman season. The 6-foot-1 guard is averaging 14.3 points (eighth in the WCC) and 5.3 assists (fourth). He can operate off the dribble, he’s an effective 3-point shooter (40 percent) and he’s nailed 56 of 62 free throws.
Ross, two-time prep player of the year in Colorado, has led Pepperdine in scoring in the last four games. He had 16 points against defensive-minded San Diego last Saturday.
Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins, also a Colorado native, will probably draw the starting assignment on Ross. That could change, if senior guard Amadi Udenyi (ankle) returns from a two-game absence.