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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Gonzaga-Portland key matchup: Marcus Shaver Jr. heating up for Pilots

Portland has struggled with consistency and rhythm offensively. That includes guard Marcus Shaver Jr., but the 6-foot-2 sophomore is trending up again.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount key matchup: James Batemon next talented guard to test Zags

Loyola Marymount’s James Batemon is next up for Gonzaga in a long line of talented guards in the WCC.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Gonzaga-San Francisco key matchup: Zags’ Josh Perkins, Dons’ Frankie Ferrari familiar rivals

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins and San Francisco’s Frankie Ferrari have been going at it for years so Saturday’s showdown will be nothing new for the senior point guards.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Gonzaga-Pacific key matchup: Tigers’ Roberto Gallinat still making his points coming off the bench

Senior guard Roberto Gallinat doesn’t start and doesn’t play the most minutes, but he still leads Pacific in scoring.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Santa Clara key matchup: Guard Tahj Eaddy leads Broncos’ turnaround

The emergence of sophomore guard Tahj Eaddy and freshman guards/wings Trey Wertz and Keshawn Justice has helped Santa Clara turn its season around.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Gonzaga-CSU Bakersfield key matchup: Damiyne Durham gives Roadrunners boost off bench

This is probably a key matchup first, but we’re going with a non starter.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Gonzaga-North Alabama key matchup: Lions rely on Jamari Blackmon, guard play

This is how it’s going to be for most of Gonzaga’s remaining games, particularly against WCC opponents.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Key matchup: Denver’s Ronnie Harrell a versatile offensive threat

Denver’s Ronnie Harrell Jr. is familiar with the McCarthey Athletic Center. Harrell played three seasons for Creighton before joining his hometown school as a graduate transfer. He had six points …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Gonzaga-UT Arlington key matchup: PG Brian Warren directs Mavericks’ offense

Junior guard Brian Warren leads UT Arlington in most offensive categories, including scoring (14.9), assists (3.3) and made field goals (48), 3-pointers (17) and free throws (38).


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

Gonzaga-North Carolina key matchup: Cameron Johnson causes problems with size, shooting stroke

The Tar Heels present several challenging matchups for the Zags, but we’ll highlight Cameron Johnson, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound guard who transferred to UNC after two seasons at Pittsburgh.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Gonzaga-Tennessee key matchup: Versatile bigs Grant Williams, Rui Hachimura take center stage

This one is full of great individual duels, but the headliner is Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Tennessee’s Grant Williams, whether they match up against each other or not. There’s wiggle …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Gonzaga-Washington key matchup: Huskies’ Noah Dickerson provides formidable challenge for Zags’ frontcourt

Washington senior Noah Dickerson is a force inside. At 6-feet-8 and 245 pounds, Dickerson does virtually all of his damage in the lane and has made 55 percent of his …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

Take the over: Gonzaga, Creighton putting up video game-like numbers on offense

Gonzaga coach Mark Few appreciates good offense. For the better part of two decades, the Zags have been known for skilled, high-scoring teams. Few’s speaking engagements at various camps and …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Key matchup: Ty-Shon Alexander triggers Creighton’s offense

Ty-Shon Alexander is the most explosive scorer on Creighton’s potent offense.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Key matchup: North Dakota State big Rocky Kreuser capable beyond 3-point arc

The Zags haven’t run into too many stretch big men other than Duke’s Cam Reddish, but they’ll encounter one against North Dakota State. Forward Rocky Kreuser, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound sophomore …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 8:48 p.m.

Key matchup: Texas A&M’s TJ Starks will test Gonzaga’s backcourt

Texas A&M has multiple scoring threats, with five players averaging in double figures, but point guard TJ Starks appears to be one of the Aggies’ barometers.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Key matchup: Texas Southern Tigers’ point guard, center among Gonzaga’s concerns

Jalyn Patterson carried the Tigers down the stretch in a 72-69 comeback win over Baylor. The LSU transfer made five 3-pointers, two in the final minute, and had six assists.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Florida State forward Phil Cofer emerges as key player for Seminoles

Senior forward Phil Cofer has emerged as one of Florida State’s primary players after three seasons in the background.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Francis Alonso leads UNC Greensboro’s offense

Gonzaga should be used to this by now after touring the WCC’s collection of quality guards. Next up: UNC Greensboro’s Francis Alonso.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Frankie Ferrari keeps pedal down for Dons’ offense

Frankie Ferrari may look unassuming at 5-feet-11 and 180 pounds, but the junior guard triggers a San Francisco offense that gave Gonzaga fits in two regular-season meetings.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:40 p.m.

High-scoring Loyola Marymount guard James Batemon will test Gonzaga’s defense

Junior point guard James Batemon took over in the second half of Loyola Marymount’s 78-72 victory over Portland on Friday. Batemon scored 29 points, 19 in the final 20 minutes.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Gonzaga tries to contain BYU’s Elijah Bryant again

Elijah Bryant does it all for BYU. He leads the Cougars in scoring (17.6), shares first in steals (39) and he’s second in rebounding (6.5), blocks (19) and assists (2.4).


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

San Diego guard Olin Carter stung Gonzaga in first meeting

Junior guard Olin Carter III was USD’s best player in a 69-59 loss to the Zags three games ago. He drilled five 3-pointers, scored 21 points and had no turnovers …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Healthy Kameron Edwards strengthens Pepperdine heading into game with Gonzaga

It’s been a rough season for the Waves and sophomore forward Kameron Edwards, who was sidelined with a concussion in GU’s 89-59 win in Malibu. Edwards had four 20-point games …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

Loyola Marymount freshman Eli Scott provides interior production

Point guard James Batemon is Loyola Marymount’s leading scorer, Steven Haney hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points in the first GU-LMU meeting, but we’re going with Eli Scott as …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Saint Mary’s center Jock Landale has been matchup nightmare for opponents

Saturday’s key matchup? Hmm, take one guess. Saint Mary’s senior center Jock Landale has been working over opponents all season and it was no different against the Zags in the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

Utah State guard Koby McEwen presents challenging matchup

Utah State’s Koby McEwen, who left Wednesday’s game with an ankle injury but is expected to play, brings strong credentials from last season (14.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists).


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 6:06 p.m.

Gonzaga expects tougher test from Utah State

Utah State brings something that Gonzaga’s two previous opponents have yet to accomplish this young college basketball season. The Aggies (2-1) have a pair of wins while Texas Southern and …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 4:40 p.m.

Texas Southern’s Demontrae Jefferson paces the Tigers

The most intriguing matchup of Gonzaga’s opener against Texas Southern could be at point guard.