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Key matchups: Gonzaga mindful of Bengals’ 3-point shooter Jared Stutzman

One of the Zags’ primary goals defensively will be containing Idaho State’s 3-point shooters, led by 6-foot-6 guard/forward Jared Stutzman. The junior from Idaho Falls hit 52 percent from distance …


Pacific’s Miles Reynolds has been on hot streak heading into game with Gonzaga

Junior guard Miles Reynolds has been Pacific’s hottest player. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder from Chicago shares scoring honors with Roberto Gallinat at 13.0 points per game, but Reynolds has bumped his …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

BYU’s Yoeli Childs will test Gonzaga’s interior defense

If one removes heavy favorite Saint Mary’s Jock Landale from WCC player of the year consideration, next in line just might be BYU forward Yoeli Childs.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Two Isaiahs spark Toreros’ offense

Gonzaga’s first meeting with San Diego and there are two obvious key matchups.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 4:03 p.m.

San Francisco guard Frankie Ferrari drives up scoring average

The Dons’ trio guards were a stern defensive test for the Zags two weeks ago in San Francisco. Nothing’s changed, except junior guard Frankie Ferrari has been in quite the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Freshman guard Marcus Shaver Jr. helps fuel Pilots’ offense

True freshman guard Marcus Shaver Jr. has been the Pilots’ top scoring threat through eight WCC games. Shaver, inserted into the starting lineup two games ago, is averaging 10.8 points …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Santa Clara guard KJ Feagin returning to high-scoring form heading into game with Gonzaga

Gonzaga shut down Santa Clara’s trio of guards in a 101-52 victory last month in Spokane. That’ll be the Zags’ first priority in Saturday’s rematch at the Leavey Center, beginning …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Bigs, point guards take center stage in Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s matchup

There are quality matchups at all five spots, but we’ll zero in on the bigs and the point guards.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Dons’ top scorer Souley Boum will put Gonzaga defensive ace Silas Melson to the test

San Francisco’s top offensive weapon has been freshman guard Souley Boum.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 5:46 p.m.

No. 15 Gonzaga entertains new-look Pilots

Gonzaga continues its tour of the WCC’s three last-place programs against visiting Portland on Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Portland’s Josh McSwiggan, Philipp Hartwich provide one-two punch for Pilots

Sophomore Josh McSwiggan has been Portland’s most reliable scorer. The 6-foot-7 wing from England averages 13.4 points.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Gonzaga trying to keep LMU duo in check

Gonzaga’s main concerns are Loyola Marymount junior point guard James Batemon and freshman forward Eli Scott, who played at Chino Hills High with LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball and was trained …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

Pepperdine freshman guard Colbey Ross has attention of Gonzaga’s defense

If Kameron 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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

Santa Clara backcourt trio next challenge for Gonzaga

Gonzaga has played numerous guard-driven opponents but Santa Clara might lean on its starting trio more than the rest.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 5:59 p.m.

Gonzaga guards tangle with Pacific’s versatile Jahlil Tripp

Jahlil Tripp is Pacific’s sixth-leading scorer but he is one of the more versatile players in the WCC. The sophomore guard nearly averages a double-double (8.7 points, 9.5 rebounds).


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Gonzaga faces former USF standout Devin Watson again at San Diego State

Gonzaga encounters a familiar foe on a couple of fronts Thursday. The Zags roughed up San Diego State 69-48 last season at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Aztecs’ leading scorer …


IUPUI’s Aaron Brennan poses inside threat to Gonzaga

IUPUI relies on a balanced attack and doesn’t have a statistical standout, but senior forward Aaron Brennan has been a steady contributor.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 4:21 p.m.

Gonzaga guards face test from Geno Crandall and North Dakota’s backcourt

North Dakota, like several non-conference visitors to the McCarthey Athletic Center, will be undersized compared to Gonzaga but the Fighting Hawks have capable guards.


Gonzaga hopes to zero in on Washington’s zone

The key matchup in this one is simple: Gonzaga’s zone offense vs. Washington’s zone defense.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 2:01 p.m.

Player of year candidate Jalen Brunson will test Gonzaga guards

Villanova has a balanced crew with a number of playmakers but junior guard Jalen Brunson usually orchestrates one of the nation’s better offenses.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 4:36 p.m.

Backcourts on display in Gonzaga-Creighton clash

The matchups are intriguing at all five positions but the backcourts could hold the biggest key to Friday’s winner.


Gonzaga brings size advantage into Incarnate Word matchup

The UIW Cardinals have a number of players in the 6-foot-4 to 6-7 range but they’ll be undersized against Gonzaga’s starting frontcourt of Johnathan Williams and Killian Tillie, as well …


Longhorns’ Mohamed Bamba poses sizable challenge for Gonzaga

After facing a string of guard-driven opponents in their first five games, the Zags encounter a sizable challenge from Texas.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Gonzaga faces another pair of talented wings in Florida matchup

Florida’s Egor Koulechov, a graduate transfer from Rice, bumped his scoring average to 21.8 with a 26-point effort in Thursday’s rout over Stanford. The 6-foot-5 wing is shooting 56 percent …


Ohio State forwards produce points, rebounds

Ohio State presents a pair of matchup concerns with forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Freshman RJ Cole leads talented Bison backcourt

For the second game in a row, Gonzaga’s defensive attention will be on the opponent’s talented backcourt.


Gonzaga shoots for improvement against visiting Howard

Season openers usually produce an abundance of good and bad and Gonzaga’s rout of Texas Southern filled both categories.


Battle of bigs headlines NCAA national championship game

One of Gonzaga’s built-in advantages most of the season will be challenged by North Carolina in the championship game.


Sindarius Thornwell – the NCAA Tournament’s leading scorer – provides matchup issues for Gonzaga

The Zags have been successful in slowing opponents’ big-time scorers – South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett – in their first four NCAA Tournament games. South Carolina’s Sindarius …


Final Four capsule: South Carolina Gamecocks

A capsule look at the South Carolina Gamecocks, featuring guard Sindarius Thornwell