COMING UP: Saturday at Portland, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
OUTLOOK: The Zags (13-1, 2-0) conclude a three-game road stretch to open conference play at the Chiles Center, where Portland thumped GU 82-73 last year. Many of the Pilots (10-4, 1-1) that orchestrated the upset return, including Alec Wintering (12.9 ppg, 5 assists), Thomas van der Mars (10.6 ppg, 7.6), Bryce Pressley (6.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Bobby Sharp (6.8 ppg). Wintering leads the WCC in 3-point accuracy (53 percent). Wing Kevin Bailey, the team’s leading scorer at 13.1, has been sidelined for seven games with a foot injury. Senior Volodymyr Gerun (10.6 ppg, 6.4) has become a key contributor. Portland is 5-1 at home.
Scoring: Kyle Wiltjer 17.1 ppg
Rebounds: Przemek Karnowski 6.9 rpg
Assists: Kevin Pangos 5.0 apg
Gonzaga freshman Josh Perkins, who suffered a broken jaw Nov. 26 against Georgia and underwent surgery Dec. 9, is hoping to have his wires removed Tuesday. That depends on a check-up, at which doctors will examine his jaw alignment and whether his mouth is opening straight up and down.
Perkins has been consuming roughly six chocolate and peanut butter shakes per day. He’s lost 15 pounds since the injury. The 6-foot-3 point guard is listed at 186 pounds on the roster.
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