No. 2/2 Zags Wrap Road Trip at USF Saturday

2/2 Gonzaga (23-1, 11-0) at San Francisco (9-15, 3-9)
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 | 8:30 p.m. (PT) | Memorial Gymnasium | San Francisco, Calif.
TV: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, Stan Heath)
Gonzaga IMG Radio Network: KGA 1510/TuneIn App (Tom Hudson, Matt Santangelo)

Live Video: WatchESPN  |  Live Stats  |  Gonzaga Notes
(Live video subject to blackout.)

STORY LINES

  • Last time out: Gonzaga fended off a hard-charging Santa Clara squad to led by as many as six behind 25 points from Jared Brownridge. The Zags buckled down and came away with a 77-63 win. Kyle Wiltjer had 22 points, Gary Bell Jr. had 16 and Byron Wesley had 17.
  • Gonzaga shot 69.0 percent against Santa Clara, 7th-best for a single game all-time at GU.
  • GU earned its sixth 11-0 start to WCC play under head coach Mark Few, and will be looking for its sixth 12-0 start.
  • Gonzaga has won 16 straight games overall and 16 straight over WCC opponents.
  • Gonzaga is the only team in the nation in the top 20 in both FG% offense and FG% defense.
  • Gonzaga is the only team in the nation 23 wins.

ABOUT GONZAGA

  • Head coach Mark Few enters the game with a career record of 426-101, the NCAA all-time leader in winning percentage at .808.
  • Gonzaga’s balanced scoring attack is led by Kyle Wiltjer’s 15.8 points per game. He’s among five Zags that average double figures.
  • Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in field goal shooting in the nation at .533.
  • The Zags are ultra efficient in taking care of the ball, ranking No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58), No. 7 in assists per game (17.1) and No. 7 in scoring offense (80.7).
  • The Zags are also 17th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.378).

ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO

  • Head coach Rex Walters is in his seventh season at the helm and has a 107-109 record at USF.
  • He earned WCC Coach of the Year honors last season, guiding USF to a 13-5 league mark.
  • Preseason All-WCC selection Kruize Pinkins averages 15.0 ppg to lead the team. Mark Tollefsen averages 14.4 ppg and Tim Derksen is at 11.7 ppg.
  • Matt Glover (5.5), Tollefson (5.2) and Pinkins (5.4) all average more than 5.0 rebounds/game.
  • The Dons have six players who have made at least 12 threes this year, led by Tollefsen’s 33 total and Pinkin’s average of .413 (26-63).

ABOUT THE SERIES

  • Gonzaga is 49-22 overall against San Francisco, including a 44-17 mark in WCC play.
  • GU has won the last two at USF, but the Dons had won three straight at home prior to that.
  • GU defeated USF 88-57 earlier this year in Spokane. Kevin Pangos had 5 threes and 17 points.

SABONIS NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Domantas Sabonis posted a pair of double-doubles for the Zags on the way to a pair of victories over Portland and Memphis last week to earn West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors. He averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victories while making 9-of-14 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. First, in a 64-46 win over Portland on Thursday, Sabonis was 3-for-5 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free throw line to score 13 points and grab 11 rebounds. He posted the same totals in an 82-64 win over Memphis on Saturday while going 6-for-9 from the floor. Of his 22 total rebounds for the week, eight were on the offensive glass. He also posted three assists and a steal on the week.

THE NATION’S ONLY
Gonzaga is only team in the nation to rank in the top 20 in field goal percentage offense and field goal percentage defense. The Zags have the nation-leading mark on the offensive side at 53.3 percent and rank 17th on the defensive side, holding teams a paltry 37.8 FG percentage.

THE NATION’S BEST
When it comes to putting the ball in the basket, no team in the nation has done it at a higher rate this season than Gonzaga. The Zags have an NCAA best .533 field goal percentage thanks in large part to its big men. Freshman forward Domantas Sabonis leads the team at .715 and junior center Przemek Karnowski is shooting .617.

OPPONENT COMPARISON NOTES
Through 24 games Gonzaga has:

  • More assists than its opponent 22 times
  • More rebounds than its opponent 22 times
  • More or equal blocks with opponent 21 times
  • More or equal steals with opponent 13 times
  • Less or equal turnovers with its opponent 16 times
  • A higher field goal percentage 23 times
  • More or equal 3FGM with its opponent 20 times
  • Shot more or equal number of FT attemps in 14 times

MAKING IT RAIN

  • Gonzaga leads the WCC and is ranked No. 13 in the nation in 3FG% at .405.
  • GU has made at least four three-pointers in every game, is averaging 7.3 per game.
  • Gonzaga has made at least 10 threes in a game seven times this season.
  • 11 players have made at least one three.
  • Kevin Pangos leads the team with 51 threes and is shooting .459, second-best in WCC.
  • A GU player has made five threes in a game four times this season (Pangos 3, Bell Jr. 1).

PANGOS LIGHTING UP THE LEAGUE
In 11 West Coast Conference games, Kevin Pangos has been about as good as it gets. He’s averaging 13.2 points and 4.6 assists per game. Not to mention, he’s shooting .536 (30-56) from behind the arc. He has 51 total assists in those 11 league games against just 12 turnovers, a 4.3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

#4EQUALS3 - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Kevin Pangos definitely won’t be done making three-pointers this season, but he put himself at the top of the GU record book last Thursday night against Portland. With his first three of the game (he made three on the night), he broke Blake Stepp’s career record of 288 three-pointers. Pangos now stands at 292.


 

 

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