No. 3/2 Zags Aim for 40th in a Row at Home
No. 3/2 Gonzaga will host Pepperdine on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic with a chance to win its 40th game in a row at home.
3/2 Gonzaga (25-1, 13-0) vs. Pepperdine (15-10, 8-6)
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 | 5 p.m. (PT) | McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) | Spokane, Wash.
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- Last time out: Gonzaga jumped out to a 20-0 lead on Loyola Marymount on Thursday to cruise to an 80-51 victory. Kyle Wiltjer had his third straight 20-point game with 21 points and second straight double-double adding 10 rebounds. Three more Zags had double digits.
- Gonzaga owns the nation’s longest current home court winning streak of 39 games.
- GU earned its sixth 13-0 start to WCC play under head coach Mark Few, and will be looking for its fifth 14-0 start.
- Gonzaga has won 18 straight games overall and 18 straight over WCC opponents.
- Gonzaga is one of two teams in NCAA in the top 20 of both FG% offense and FG% defense.
- Gonzaga is the only team in the nation with 25 wins.
- Head coach Mark Few enters the game with a career record of 428-101, the NCAA all-time leader in winning percentage at .809.
- Gonzaga’s balanced scoring attack is led by Kyle Wiltjer’s 16.4 points per game. He’s among six Zags that average at least 8.2 ppg.
- Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in field goal shooting in the nation at .530.
- The Zags are ultra efficient in taking care of the ball, ranking No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58), No. 11 in assists per game (17.0) and No. 6 in scoring offense (80.7).
- The Zags are also 17th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.380).
- Head coach Marty Wilson is in his fourth season and the Waves are coming off back-to-back losses that followed wins over BYU and at Saint Mary’s.
- Pepperdine features forward Stacy Davis who had 21 points against GU earlier this year. He averages 15.8 ppg and 7.7 rebounds per game for the season.
- Jett Raines averages 11.2 ppg and had a career-high 22 against GU earlier this year.
- Outside of Raines and Davis, Pepperdine has five more players that average between 6.0 and 9.5 points per game.
- The Waves hold opponents to just .273 from behind the arc, and .417 from the field.
ABOUT THE SERIES
- Gonzaga is 47-31 all-time against Pepperdine and has won 27 games in a row.
- The Zags beat Pepperdine earlier this year 78-76 in front of a sellout crowd in Malibu.
WILTJER’S CRAFTY OFFENSE
On a team as balanced as Gonzaga is offensively, junior Kyle Wiltjer has been the unrivaled scoring leader with his variety of skills. He’s shooting 54% from the field, 45% from behind the arc and 79% from the free throw line, while averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game. More on Wiltjer’s scoring habits:
- Led team in scoring 12 times
- Team-high 21 double-figure games
- Team-high 10 20-plus games
- Single-game team season-high of 32 points (vs. Georgia)
- Scored 20-plus in three straight games on two seperate occasions (has a current streak of 3)
Senior point guard Kevin Pangos has played more minutes than anyone at GU in the last four years and has been in the starting lineup in every game except one - the first one. Pangos came off the bench in his first career game as a freshman and has started every game since. That’s 130 games played and 129 starts.
LATE SEASON WATCH LISTS
The John Wooden Award Watch List Late Season Top 20 and Naismith Top 30 list were released this week and included Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer. Pangos was on the original Wooden Top 50, but Wiltjer was an addition in the unveiling of the Top 25. With those two, Gonzaga is one of three schools (Louisville, Duke) to have multiple players on the Wooden list.
- Nation’s longest current home court win streak - 39 games
- Tied for nation’s longest current road win streak - 8 games
- Nation’s third-longest current conference win streak - 18 games
- Nation’s fourth-longest current overall win streak - 18 games
- West Coast Conference home win streak - 34 games
- Gonzaga has beaten Pepperdine 27 straight times
Gonzaga hasn’t lost at home since Dec. 8, 2012 to Illinois (85-74), a streak of 39 games and span of 797 days. The 39 games is the longest current streak in the nation and also the second-longest streak in school history. The school record is 50 from 2003-2007, which includes the McCarthey Athletic Center opening in 2004. The Zags won their first 38 games in their new building after winning the final 12 in the Martin Centre.
THE KENNEL - WCC VERSION
Gonzaga also owns a 34-game conference home winning streak that dates back to a 73-71 loss to Saint Mary’s on January 27, 2011. Of those 33 games, only four have been decided by single digits with only three decided by five points or less.
OFFENSE AND DEFENSE
Gonzaga is one of only two teams 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 53.0 percent and rank 17th on the defensive side, holding teams a paltry 38.0 FG percentage. SMU is 15th in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense.
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 .530 field goal percentage thanks in large part to its big men. Freshman forward Domantas Sabonis leads the team at .702 and junior center Przemek Karnowski is shooting .620.
PANGOS LIGHTING UP THE LEAGUE
In 13 West Coast Conference games, Kevin Pangos has been about as good as it gets. He’s averaging 13.2 points and 4.9 assists per game. Not to mention, he’s shooting .515 (36-70) from behind the arc. He has 63 total assists in those 12 league games against just 17 turnovers, a 3.71:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
OPPONENT COMPARISON NOTES - Through 26 games
- More assists than its opponent 23 times
- More rebounds than its opponent 24 times
- More or equal blocks with opponent 23 times
- More or equal steals with opponent 14 times
- Less or equal turnovers with its opponent 17 times
- A higher or equal field goal percentage 25 times
- More or equal 3FGM with its opponent 21 times
- Shot more or equal number of FT attempts 16 times