Zags Head To Pepperdine Looking To Continue Dominance
MALIBU, Calif. - Gonzaga heads to Pepperdine University Saturday looking to rebound from Thursday's loss at BYU, stay in the title hunt and secure their tenuous lock on second place in the West Coast Conference.
At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965, but the Zags enter Saturday's game with a 41-31 lead in the series following Gonzaga's 73-45 win Jan. 5 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring a 21-game winning streak against the Waves into Saturday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 35-5 in the last 16 seasons. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002. The 21-game winning streak is the Bulldogs longest current winning streak against a West Coast Conference team.
Thursday's loss not only put Gonzaga two games behind undefeated (11-0) and West Coast Conference leading Saint Mary's College, it also tightened the race for second place. The top two seeds into the WCC Tournament receive a double-bye into the semifinals. Gonzaga is 7-2 and alone in second, but BYU and Loyola Marymount University are lurking right behind at 7-3. The Zags host Saint Mary's next Thursday and Loyola Marymount next Saturday, as well as hosting BYU Feb. 23. LMU still has to make a trip to Saint Mary's, and BYU has just the trip to Spokane left in games among the top four teams. BYU lost both meetings with SMC and split with LMU.
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