Top-ranked MBB Heads to Los Angeles
Feb. 6, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The No. 1/1 Gonzaga men's basketball team travels to Los Angeles for a matchup with Loyola Marymount Thursday.
#1/1 Gonzaga (24-0, 12-0) at Loyola Marymount (11-12, 4-8)
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017 | 7 PM | LOS ANGELES | GERSTEN PAVILION
TELEVISION: KHQ/ROOT (Steve Quis, Dan Dickau and Kelli Tennant)
LIVE VIDEO: theW.tv (outside of region)
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ABOUT THE SERIES
- This is the 90th all-time meeting between Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount. GU has a 68-21 advantage in the series.
- GU has won 15 straight versus the Lions, and 20 of the last 21 meetings. The Zags have six straight at LMU.
- The Bulldogs are 36-3 against Loyola Marymount under Mark Few.
- Gonzaga eased to a 92-63 win in last season's meeting in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, 2016.
- Kyle Wiltjer poured in 23 points and sophomore Domantas Sabonis posted his 13th double-double of the season in the win.
- In the meeting earlier this season in Spokane, cruised to a 93-55 win on Jan. 12. Przemek Karnowski scored 17 points. Zach Collins scored 15 points and Silas Melson added 13. Six Zags scored in double figures.
- The Lions last win in the series came on Feb. 18, 2010, 74-66, in L.A. The Bulldogs are 25-14 all-time at LMU.
- Gonzaga won the first all-time meeting between the programs, 86-72, in Spokane on Dec. 5, 1973.
ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
- The Lions are coming off of a 74-64 loss at San Francisco last Saturday.
- Buay Tuach was the only Lion in double figures with 16 points while Stefan Jovanovic had eight points, a career-high 13 rebounds and three blocks. Both teams had 18 turnovers. LMU had 10 more field goal attempts than USF, going 25-for-65.
- Brandon Brown leads Loyola Marymount with 14.0 points and 4.5 assists (7th in WCC) per game. He is sixth in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and fifth in steals per game (1.2).
- Jovanovic is grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game. In WCC play, he is averaging 1.3 blocks per game.
- The Lions have had 11 of their 23 games decided in the last 10 seconds of the contest (record of 4-7)
- In conference play, LMU is second in the WCC averaging 6.6 steals per game and third with 4.0 blocks per contest.
- Loyola Marymount forces a West Coast Conference best 14.39 turnovers per outing.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
- Gonzaga is the only unbeaten team left in NCAA Div. I.
- The Zags are one of six teams in the country that are undefeated in conference play.
- Three other teams at the NCAA level (2 in Div. II, 1 in Div. III) are also undefeated, but none of those teams have 24 wins.
THE HOT START
- Gonzaga is off to the best start in program history. The 1944 Zags started 11-0, before finishing 21-2.
- This is the first time that the Zags have gone unbeaten in non-conference play since joining the NCAA in 1958.
- In 2012-13, the Bulldogs won their first nine games before falling to Illinois.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING
- Gonzaga's current 24-game win streak is the longest in the nation.
- The streak is now the longest in program history. The 2014-15 Zags won 22 straight games.
- The Bulldogs' 17 straight conference wins is the longest streak in the country.
- GU has won eight straight games on the road, which is tied for second in the nation.
SAINT MARY'S GAME TIME MOVED UP
- Gonzaga's road game against Saint Mary's on Feb. 11, has been moved up from 7 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
- The game will now be on ESPN and not ESPN2.
- The game will also be available on the Gonzaga IMG Radio Network.
GAMEDAY HEADED TO MORAGA
- Gonzaga will be a part of ESPN's College GameDay for the fifth time, when the Zags visit Saint Mary's Saturday.
- The Bulldogs' game with the Gaels from the McKeon Pavilion will be the showcase event for College GameDay Covered by State Farm, which begins at 8 a.m. Pacific Time.
- ESPN's Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T begins with an evening show leading into the game televised at 5 p.m.
- College GameDay Covered by State Farm is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Bilas will join Dan Shulman and reporter Maria Taylor on the call of the game.
- In the show's 13th season, this will be the first matchup between two West Coast Conference members.
- The Bulldogs first hosted Gameday on Feb. 11, 2006. Gonzaga beat Stanford, 80-76, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
- In the most recent GU showing on Gameday, the No. 23 Bulldogs were edged at No. 24 Memphis, 60-54, on Feb. 14, 2014.
- Gonzaga is one win away from its 10th consecutive 25-win season.
- The Zags have reached the 25-win plateau in 12 of the last 13 seasons, and 16 of the last 18.
- GU grabbed its 20th straight 20-win season at Portland.
- The Bulldogs have reached the 20-win plateau in each of the last 19 seasons.
- Prior to the last 19 seasons, Gonzaga reached 20 wins in a season eight times since 1907-08.
- Gonzaga remained No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the Associated Press Top 25 Monday.
- The Zags received 59 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP poll, and 28 of the 32 first-place votes in the coaches' poll.
- The 2012-13 Bulldogs reached the No. 1 spot at the end of the regular season, just ahead of the WCC Tournament.
- Gonzaga opened this season at No. 13 in the coaches' poll and 14th in the AP poll.
- Josh Perkins has dished out 17 assists over the last three games, an average of 5.67 per outing.
- Over the same stretch, he has only thrown three turnovers, an average of 5.7 assists to 1.0 turnover.
- He matched his season-high of eight assists against Santa Clara Thursday.
- Perkins is sixth in the West Coast Conference averaging 4.5 assists per game in league play.
THE REM AND SHEM SHOW
- Rem Bakamus and Przemek Karnowski have been members of the two No. 1 ranked teams in GU's program history.
- Both were freshmen during the 2012-13 season when the Zags were first ranked No. 1 in the country.
- While at Gonzaga, the duo has watched the Bulldogs win 148 games to only 21 losses (.876).
KARNOWSKI SETS A NEW RECORD
- After the win at BYU, Przemek Karnowski is now the program's all-time leader in victories.
- Karnowski owns a 124-13 (.905) career record at Gonzaga. Dranginis was 122-21, while Pangos was 122-20.
- Karnowski is currently tied with North Carolina's Isaiah Hicks, for most games played by active Div. I players at 137.
FEW A FEW FROM 500
- Mark Few has won 490 games as a head coach, just 10 away from 500 victories.
- Few boasts a 490-111 record as head coach at Gonzaga. He passed John Wooden (.803) for fourth on the NCAA's all-time winning percentage at .815.
- He is the winningest active head coach in Div. I, ahead of Roy Williams' .791, which sits ninth on the NCAA's all-time list.
STAYING OUT IN FRONT
- The Zags had their streak of 13 straight halves without trailing their opponent, a total span of the last 266 minutes and 36 seconds, come to an end early in the game versus Santa Clara.
- During the streak that lasted six games, four of the games were road contests.
- Gonzaga has trailed for 30:04 of the total 480 minutes of conference play so far.
- Through the whole season, the Bulldogs have trailed for 63:36 of the 960 total minutes, roughly 6.6 percent of the time.
- The Zags have played from behind for only 10 minutes and 33 seconds during the eight games so far in 2017.
- GU has trailed for six minutes and two seconds total in the second half in WCC play, all at Pacific. In fact, the Bulldogs have only been behind twice this season in the second half, versus Florida (latest with 9:49 left) and at Pacific (latest at 11:51).
SECOND HALF TEAM
- So far in conference play, Gonzaga has outscored its opponent 557-372, an average of 46-31, in the second half.
- The Zags are shooting 54.4 percent from the field in the second half over the last 12 games. Opponents are shooting 36.9 percent from the field in the second half during the same span.
- GU has 108 assists in the second half (opponents have 51) in the last 12 games, and a 254-174 rebound advantage.
- Przemek Karnowski has made 34 of his 46 shots (73.9 percent) from the field in the second half of the last 11 contests.
EFFICIENT BIG MEN
- The duo has a combined 66.3 field goal percentage (116-of-175) through the 12 WCC games.
- So far in WCC action, Karnowski leads the conference with a 69.1 field goal percentage (67-of-97), while Williams is second at 62.8 percent (49-of-78). Zach Collins is fourth at .588 (40-of-68). The trio combine for 64.2 percent from the field.
- Zach Collins leads the conference with an overall .659 field goal percentage this season, while Karnowski (.612) and Williams (.604) are second and third.
- Six Zags are averaging at least 9.3 points per game. The top seven scorers on the team are averaging between 8.1 and 15.6 points.
- Gonzaga is the highest scoring team in the conference averaging 85.4 points a game, despite not having a player rank any higher than ninth among the conference scoring leaders.
- No player has led the Zags solely in scoring in back-to-back games this season.
- Seven different players have led GU in scoring in a game this season. Six different players have led in rebounds.
- Four Bulldogs are averaging at least 5.5 rebounds per game.
ZAGS WITH DEFENSIVE SWAG
- Gonzaga ranks second in the country holding opponents to 36.9 percent shooting from the field.
- Seven Bulldog opponents have shot over 40 percent from the field this season. San Francisco's 46.9 percent shooting from the field was a season-high for a GU opponent.
- The Zags have outshot all 24 opponents from the field this season.
- GU leads the West Coast Conference in steals per game (7.4) and total steals (177).
- The Bulldogs are second in the WCC with 106 total blocks and averaging 4.4 blocks per game.
- The Zags top the nation beating opponents by an average of 23.7 points. They are winning West Coast Conference games by a 27.1-point margin.
- GU has won 16 straight games by double-digits and has been in only three single-digit decisions.
- The Bulldogs have won 16 games by 20 points or more, and nine games by 30 or more.
MORE HIGH NATIONAL RANKINGS
- GU is pulling down 30.25 defensive rebounds per game, which ranks third in the country.
- The Bulldogs are seventh in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.54.
- Gonzaga ranks first in the WCC in scoring offense (85.4, 12th in NCAA) and second in scoring defense (61.7, ninth in NCAA).
- GU tops the West Coast Conference in scoring offense, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, scoring margin, assists, steals and turnover margin.
- The Zags top the KenPom ratings, they rank fourth nationally in both adjusted offensive (123.0) and defensive (89.7) efficiency, the only team in the top-14 of the rankings in both.
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