Top-ranked MBB Welcomes Dons Thursday
Feb. 14, 2017
#1/1 Gonzaga (26-0, 14-0) at San Francisco (18-9, 8-6)
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017 | 6 PM | SPOKANE | MCCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER
LIVE VIDEO: theW.tv (Outside of region)
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ABOUT THE SERIES
- This is the 77th all-time meeting between Gonzaga and San Francisco. GU holds a 54-22 advantage in the all-time series.
- Gonzaga has won 10 straight versus the Dons, dating back to a 66-65 loss at USF on Feb. 18.
- The Zags have won 27 straight at home in the series, including all 12 inside the McCarthey Athletic Center.
- The Bulldogs are 33-4 against San Francisco under Mark Few.
- Gonzaga cruised to an 86-48 win in last season’s meeting in Spokane on Jan. 30.
- Kyle Wiltjer, Domantas Sabonis and Silas Melson each scored 15 points. Josh Perkins added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists. Gonzaga shot 15 of 37 from 3-point range with Melson sinking five and Wiltjer and Perkins adding three each.
- In the meeting earlier this season, the Zags won at USF, 95-80. Nigel Williams-Goss scored a career-high 36 points.
- San Francisco edged GU, 64-62, in the first-ever meeting at USF on Jan. 28, 1961.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO
- The Dons are coming off of a 68-52 home loss to BYU, which snapped USF’s a four game win streak.
- Last Saturday, USF shot just 24.7 percent from the field against BYU. Chase Foster scored 10 points for San Francisco.
- At 18-9, USF is off to its best 27-game start since the 1999-2000 season when the Dons were 19-8 at the same mark of the season before finishing at 19-9.
- Of USF’s 18 wins this season, 15 have been decided by 10 points or more, including seven wins by 20+ points.
- The Dons have held the last nine opponents under 70 points and are allowing just 57.3 points per game.
- San Francisco ranks first in the WCC and 27th nationally in three’s made per game (9.3). The Dons have made a school-record 253 threes on the year (t-17th NCAA) and have made 10 or more threes in 11 games.
- Charles Minlend is the third-highest scoring freshman in the WCC with a 10.2 points per game.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
- Gonzaga is the only unbeaten team left in NCAA Div. I.
- The Zags are one of three teams in the country that are undefeated in conference play.
- Two other teams at the NCAA level (1 in Div. II, 1 in Div. III) are also undefeated, but neither have 26 wins.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING
- Gonzaga’s current 26-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’ 19 straight conference wins is the longest streak in the country.
- GU has won 10 straight games on the road, which is also the longest streak in the nation.
MAKE THAT TEN STRAIGHT
- Gonzaga’s win at LMU clinched the Bulldogs their 10th consecutive 25-win season.
- The Zags have now reached the 25-win plateau in 13 of the last 14 seasons, and 17 of the last 19.
- 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 for the third straight week.
- The Zags received 60 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP poll, and 29 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.
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 126-13 (.907) career record at GU. Dranginis was 122-21, while Pangos was 122-20.
- Karnowski is seven wins away from matching Shane Battier’s NCAA Div. I all-time record of 133 career wins.
- Karnowski is currently leading the nation for most games played by active Div. I players at 139.
- Johnathan Williams is four rebounds from 600 in his career.
- Nigel Williams-Goss is 17 assists from 450 in his career.
- Jordan Mathews is 32 points from 1,500 in his career.
- Nigel Williams-Goss is seven steals from cracking the top-10 for most steals in a single season in program history.
- Zach Collins’ 65.5 field goal percentage currently ranks third for best in a single season in program history.
ZAGS WIN TOP 20 CLASH ON THE ROAD
- Gonzaga grabbed a 74-64 victory at No. 20 Saint Mary’s last Saturday.
- The Zags improved to 4-0 this season against Top 25 competition and 6-0 against the top 50 in the RPI.
- GU also clinched either first or second in the West Coast Conference. The last time the Bulldogs finished outside of the top two in the WCC was the 1996-97 season, when they tied for fourth.
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 31:34 of the total 560 minutes of conference play so far.
- Through the whole season, the Bulldogs have trailed for 65:06 of the 1,040 total minutes, roughly 6.2 percent of the time.
- The Zags have played from behind for only 12:03 during the 10 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).
EFFICIENT BIG MEN
- The duo has a combined 66.5 field goal percentage (137-of-206) through the 14 WCC games.
- So far in WCC action, Karnowski leads the league with a 68.4 field goal percentage (78-of-114), while Williams is second at 64.1 percent (59-of-92). Zach Collins is third at .590 (46-of-78). The trio combine for 64.4 percent from the field.
- Zach Collins leads the conference with an overall .655 field goal percentage this season, while Karnowski (.615) and Williams (.613) are second and third.
SILAS THE SPARK
- Silas Melson is averaging 8.8 points per game over the last five outings.
- During the same span he is shooting 58 percent from the field, and has made seven of his last 10 three-pointers.
- Melson leads the West Conference shooting 51.2 percent from behind-the-arc in league play.
- Seven Zags are averaging at least 8.2 points per game. The top seven scorers on the team are averaging between 8.2 and 15.7 points.
- Gonzaga is the highest scoring team in the conference averaging 85.1 points a game, despite not having a player rank any higher than sixth 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.
ZAGS WITH DEFENSIVE SWAG
- Gonzaga ranks second in the country holding opponents to 37.2 percent shooting from the field. On offense, the Zags are third in the nation shooting 51.6 percent from the field.
- Eight 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 their opponent from the field in all 26 games.
- Gonzaga leads the West Coast Conference with 191 total steals.
- The Bulldogs are second in the WCC with 113 total blocks and averaging 4.3 blocks per game.
- The Zags top the nation beating opponents by an average of 23.4 points. They are winning conference games by a 26.1-point margin.
- Gonzaga has won 18 straight games by double-digits.
- The Bulldogs have won 17 games by 20 points or more, and 10 games by 30 or more. Gonzaga has been in only three single-digit decisions.
MORE HIGH NATIONAL RANKINGS
- GU is pulling down 30.15 defensive rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the country.
- The Bulldogs are 12th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.48.
- Gonzaga ranks first in the WCC in scoring offense (85.1, 13th in NCAA) and second in scoring defense (61.7, ninth in NCAA).
- GU tops the WCC in scoring offense, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, scoring margin and turnover margin.
- The Zags top the KenPom ratings, they rank third nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency (122.2) and fourth in adjusted defensive (87.8) efficiency.
HOME SWEET HOME
- The Zags have dominated the 13 opponents they have faced inside the McCarthey Athletic Center so far this season.
- Gonzaga is averaging an 87-58 victory over its opponent through the 13 home games.
- GU is shooting 51.4 percent from the field and holding its opposition to 35.8 percent in the 13 home games.
- In their 13 home games (520 minutes) this season, the Zags have trailed for a total of 17 minutes and 40 seconds, roughly 3.5 percent of the time.
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