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As has often been the case this season, top-seeded Gonzaga (30-0) faces another clash of styles, pitting its high-powered offense against the methodical, defensive-minded Bruins (22-9). Tipoff is at 5:34 p.m. PT at Lucas Oil Stadium.
This game was originally scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, but it joined a long list of games canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gonzaga’s and Creighton’s Zoom press conferences earlier this week ended in a draw as coaches Mark Few and Greg McDermott exchanged lavish praise on the other’s high-powered offense.
Here we go again: The Zags and Gaels tangle at 6 p.m. in Monday’s semifinals at Orleans Arena in another clash of styles between longtime rivals.
A lot has and hasn’t changed since Gonzaga thumped San Diego 90-62 on Jan. 28.
The Gaels, picked third in the preseason poll, are 2-4 and eighth in terms of winning percentage. They’re in danger of their first losing conference season since 2003 – coach Randy Bennett’s second year on the job.
Gonzaga’s 86-69 win over BYU on Jan. 7 – the Zags led 23-2 and by 32 near the midpoint of the second half – demonstrated the separation between the WCC’s top two teams. Monday’s rematch will show how much ground, if any, the Cougars have made up in the last month, not to mention it’s also the biggest hurdle left between Gonzaga and an unbeaten regular season.
Almost halfway through their West Coast Conference schedule, the Gonzaga women are cruising.
It’s been bumpy on and off the court for the Toreros, who face their biggest challenge of the season when they entertain Gonzaga on Thursday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Gonzaga's winning streaks have encountered numerous challenges over the years, but Pepperdine gave the Zags their toughest test last season at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga outlasted the 23-point underdogs 75-70, as 6-foot-10 forward Killian Tillie’s blocked on a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Waves standout point Colbey Ross in the closing seconds.
Hello, it’s early January and Gonzaga is preparing to play its first road game of the season. Yes that’s odd, but it seems to fit the unusual tenor of a season being staged in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gonzaga has ruled the series against San Francisco, but the scoreboard hasn’t always told the entire story.
Both teams would have preferred a few dress rehearsals, as Kansas coach Bill Self put it, but everyone involved in the Thanksgiving Day contest is just thankful to be playing with the pandemic rewriting schedules across the country.
Quarterback Tyler Slough will lead the No. 11 Oregon Ducks into Pullman where the Washington State Cougars will be waiting. – Pac-12 Networks
But first things first. Gonzaga (28-2, 14-1 West Coast Conference) wants to put a bow on a stellar regular season with a win over the Gaels (24-6, 11-4) in the last home game for seniors Killian Tillie, Admon Gilder and Ryan Woolridge.
Gonzaga has lost only 21 games since the beginning of the 2016 season. Throw out four season-ending defeats in the NCAA Tournament and the Zags have followed up 17 losses with a 16-1 record, including a 7-0 mark in 2016.
There are road games and then there are road games in settings that the visiting head coach calls “electric” and home head coach predicts will be “sheer insanity.”
Twelve games in, Gonzaga’s 83-79 win over San Francisco earlier this month remains the Zags’ toughest WCC contest thus far.
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Gonzaga doesn’t lack for motivation entering its final five regular-season games. The biggest source arrived last Saturday when the NCAA Tournament selection committee projected the Zags over San Diego State as the top seed in the West.