Stories tagged: key matchup
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020
San Francisco has a quartet of quality guards capable of big nights, but Charles Minlend is the team’s top scorer.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020
Woolridge, who has been a standout defender all season and held star guards Payton Pritchard (Oregon) and Nico Mannion (Arizona) in check, wasn’t at his best at either end of …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020
Saint Mary’s has one of the top one-two punches in the country with senior guard Jordan Ford and junior forward Malik Fitts. We’ll pick Ford for the key matchup, but …
Wed., Feb. 5, 2020
We usually mix things up when Gonzaga faces a WCC foe for the second time, but not this time. Junior Eli Scott is the backbone of Loyola Marymount’s offense and …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020
It’ll be another challenging assignment for Gonzaga’s Ryan Woolridge, who did a nice job Thursday on Santa Clara’s Trey Wertz.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020
We went with forward Josip Vrankic two weeks ago when these teams met, so we’re going in a different direction with Trey Wertz for the rematch.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020
Pacific is led in nearly every way by senior Jahlil Tripp.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
Senior guards TJ Haws and Jake Toolson are next in line, but we’ll go with Jake Toolson, a grad transfer from Utah Valley who played at BYU as a freshman.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020
Vrankic, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound junior, is coming off a breakout game with 22 points, including the game-winner with 9.4 seconds left in a 67-66 upset over Saint Mary’s last Saturday.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020
Loyola Marymount’s Eli Scott, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior, is listed as a guard/forward, but he does it all for the Lions.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020
Braun Hartfield has emerged as San Diego’s best offensive weapon. The wiry, 6-foot-6 junior wing is second to guard Joey Calcaterra’s 13.2 points, but Hartfield has produced 10 consecutive double-digit …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020
Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross, a first-team, All-WCC selection last year, and grad transfer Ryan Woolridge, who continues to come up big when Gonzaga needs it most, is a must-watch matchup.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020
The Pilots are driven by guards/wings that account for five of the top six scorers. However, top two scorers Isaiah White and JoJo Walker have struggled over the last four …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
Gonzaga is heavily favored against Detroit Mercy, but the game offers at least one intriguing subplot: Sophomore guard Antoine Davis is one of the nation’s most prolific scorers.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019
Several options with EWU’s productive forward tandem of Kim Aiken Jr. and Mason Peatling, but we’re picking guard Jacob Davison.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019
Gonzaga-North Carolina key matchup: Tar Heels’ frontcourt tandem become bigger options with Cole Anthony sidelined
It would be a major surprise if Anthony plays, forcing UNC and us to move on to Plan B. If Anthony is sidelined, the Tar Heels’ next-best scoring options become …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019
A big game calls for a bonus key matchup.
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019
Gonzaga-Washington key matchup: Clash of talented bigs in Bulldogs’ Filip Petrusev, Huskies’ Isaiah Stewart
No shortage of quality matchups in this one, but we’re going with the big men in the middle: Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart and Gonzaga sophomore Filip Petrusev. It isn’t necessarily …
Thu., Nov. 28, 2019
Zavier Simpson was outstanding in Michigan’s first five games. He entered Thursday’s game leading the nation at 9.8 assists. He contributes 12.2 points per game but makes 60.4% of his …
Wed., Nov. 27, 2019
Gonzaga will have its hands full with every matchup against an athletic Oregon squad in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals Thursday, but senior point guard Payton Pritchard leads the Ducks …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019
Team and individual matchups don’t appear favorable for Southern Miss against eighth-ranked Gonzaga, but one to keep an eye on involves Golden Eagles senior forward Boban Jacdonmi.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019
Gonzaga-Cal State Bakersfield key matchups: Taze Moore, Shawn Stith challenge Bulldogs’ backcourt, frontcourt
Taze Moore and Shawn Stith, CSU Bakersfield’s top two scorers, both come off the bench. Moore, an athletic 6-foot-5 junior guard, averages 15 points on 57.7% shooting. Stith, a 6-9, …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019
David Azore, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore, leads UT Arlington at 10.5 points per game. He only made 39% of his shots, but he’s 4 of 10 beyond the arc and …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019
Gonzaga-Texas A&M key matchup: Aggies’ Jay Jay Chandler could see a lot of former teammate Admon Gilder
We’ll go with Chandler, who came off the bench during Admon Gilder’s junior season at Texas A&M and was a part-time starter last year with Gilder sidelined by a blood …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019
The Zags can expect to see a steady diet of accomplished guards on opponents’ rosters. North Dakota senior Marlon Stewart is the next in line.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019
Zags guard Ryan Woolridge faced UAPB last year when he was playing for North Texas. Woolridge had six points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 77-66 win. Shaun Doss …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019
Jacoby Ross is the shortest player on Alabama State’s roster and he’s not listed as a probable starter against Gonzaga, but the 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior should see plenty of court …
UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019
Mfiondu Kabengele was Florida State’s leading scorer during the regular season, ACC Tournament and leads the team in the NCAA Tournament – despite coming off the bench in all 36 …
UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019
Gonzaga’s top priority will be defending Fairleigh Dickinson’s backcourt, specifically senior guard Darnell Edge.
UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019
In Gonzaga’s first home West Coast Conference game of the year, on Jan. 3, Saint Mary’s forward Megan McKay dominated the Zags inside. Her 29 points and eight rebounds were …