MBB Opens WCC Tournament with LMU

March 2, 2018

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No. 7/7 Gonzaga (27-4) vs. Loyola Marymount (11-19)
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- This is the 93rd all-time meeting between Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount. GU has a 71-21 advantage in the series.
- GU has won 18 straight versus the Lions, and 23 of the last 24 meetings. The Lions last win in the series came on Feb. 18, 2010, 74-66, in L.A. The Bulldogs are 39-3 against Loyola Marymount under Mark Few.
- Gonzaga has won six of the eight all-time meetings in the West Coast Conference Tournament, including the last six. Five of the meetings have come in the quarterfinal round, with the Zags winning three of those matchups.
- The Bulldogs have been the top-seed in five of those meetings and once as a two-seed.
- The teams have played twice in the tournament in Las Vegas, including the most recent a 66-48 GU win in 2013.
- Gonzaga is 36-6 at home against the Lions and has won all 15 meetings in the McCarthey Athletic Center. GU has won 28 straight at home over Loyola Marymount. The last Lion win in Spokane was on Feb. 7, 1991, 91-79.
- The Zags are 27-14 all-time at LMU and have won eight straight in Los Angeles.
- GU left LMU with an 85-66 victory in the first meeting this season. Johnathan Williams scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs opened the second half with a decisive 17-0 run.
- In this season's meeting in Spokane, Gonzaga cruised to a 76-46 win on Feb. 15, 2018. Five Zags finished in double-figures, including Corey Kispert who scored 14 points. GU shot 51 percent from the field and held LMU to 33 percent.
- The Zags won the first all-time meeting between the programs, 75-71, in Spokane in 1953.
- Loyola Marymount beat Portland in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament Friday, 78-72.
- James Batemon scored a game-high 29 points, going 8-of-13 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Four other Lions scored in double-digits (Eli Scott 12, Mattias Markusson 11, Zafir Williams and Cameron Allen 10).
- Loyola Marymount leads the conference, and is 29th in the nation, averaging 12.41 offensive rebounds per game.
- The Lions also top the WCC with 7.0 steals per game and 13.48 turnovers forced per game.
- Batemon is averaging a team-high 17.5 points per game, which ranks fifth in the WCC. He's also dished out a team-high 136 assists and leads Loyola Marymount with 34 steals. Batemon is shooting 48 percent from the field.
- Eli Scott and Steven Haney are adding 13.0 and 12.9 points per game. Scott averages a team-best 7.4 rebounds, sixth in the conference. Haney has made a team-high 66 three-pointers this season.
- Markusson ranks second in the conference shooting 62.2 percent from the field.
- Silas Melson has totaled 56 points in eight career appearances against Loyola Marymount.
- He scored a career-high against the Lions in last season's meeting in Spokane. He had 13 points and made 5-of-9 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind-the-arc.
- Josh Perkins has started in all six of his appearances against LMU. He has totaled 42 points in his career against the Lions, including 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field with 10 assists in Los Angeles earlier this season.
- Johnathan Williams has totaled 67 points in four career starts against the Lions. He had 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting in the latest meeting on Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles.
- Gonzaga is 53-15 all-time in the WCC Tournament with 16 titles and 23 finals appearances, including each of the last 20 seasons.
- The Zags carry a 14-game winning streak in the league tournament.
- Mark Few is 34-4 all-time in WCC Tournament with title-game appearances in all 18 previous seasons.
- Senior Silas Melson is 8-0 in the three WCC tournament games that he has played in.
- Gonzaga is 7-2 in the WCC Tournament finals played in Las Vegas, winning the last five titles. The two losses were both to Saint Mary's (2012: 78-74 OT and 2010: 81-62)
- The Bulldogs are 16-7 in championship games at the tournament, including 7-2 in the finals against Saint Mary's
(5-2 versus SMC in title games in Las Vegas).
- Gonzaga has won the opening game of tournament the past 20 years, dating back to a loss in 64-59 in the 1997 quarterfinals to fourth-seeded San Diego as a fifth-seed.
- The Bulldogs are 25-6 in opening games at the tournament, including 14-6 in the quarterfinals (nine straight wins).
- If you include the WCC Tournament, the Bulldogs have won 46 of their last 47 road or neutral league contests.
- Gonzaga returns to Las Vegas where it has won six of the last seven WCC tournaments, including the last five.
- The Zags are 20-2 in the West Coast Conference Tournament since 2009, when the event moved to Las Vegas.
- Gonzaga's two losses in the tournament in Las Vegas have both been to Saint Mary's, the 2010 and 2012 finals.
- The Bulldogs were 33-13 in the conference tournament prior to it coming to Vegas.
- The Zags have never lost an opening game of the tournament in Las Vegas, winning all nine.
- Gonzaga is the top seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament for the 17th time.
- The Zags have won four straight WCC Tournament titles as the No. 1 seed.
- GU is 33-5 in the WCC Tournament as the one-seed.
- Last season, the Bulldogs beat second-seeded Saint Mary's in the tournament championship, 74-56.
- Mark Few was selected as the West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, and Zach Norvell Jr. was named the Newcomer of the Year league officials announced Tuesday.
- Norvell Jr. is the ninth Gonzaga player to be named either Freshman of the Year or Newcomer of the Year.
- Few extended his own conference record, capturing his 12th Coach of the Year plaque.
- Rui Hachimura, Josh Perkins and Johnathan Williams were tabbed First Team All-WCC. Killian Tillie was named to the league's second team, while Silas Melson was listed as honorable mention. Norvell Jr. was also on the conference's All-Freshman Team and honorable mention list.
- The Zags' win at San Diego clinched at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular season title.
- Gonzaga earned the WCC outright title in the victory at BYU in the regular season finale.
- It marks six straight seasons that the Zags have either shared or owned the title outright.
- GU clinched the program's 21st West Coast Conference title.
- The Bulldogs have had at least a share of 17 of the last 18 conference championships, and 19 out of the last 21 years.
- Gonzaga's 17 West Coast Conference regular seasons titles over the last 18 seasons is a rare feat.
- Kansas has won 16 of the last 18 Big 12 regular season titles, including a national best 14 straight.
- UCLA won 17 conference titles over an 18-year span between 1962-1979.
- Gonzaga's 11-game win streak is currently tied for the second-longest active run in the country.
- Michigan State has the longest active streak at 12 consecutive victories.
- Murray State has also won 11 straight games, while Middle Tennessee and Saint Bonaventure
have 10 consecutive wins.
- The Bulldogs have won 24 straight WCC games on the road, the longest active streak in the country. GU's last loss to a conference opponent on the road was at Saint Mary's, 70-67, on Jan. 21, 2016.
- The Zags have won 37 of their last 38 road games in conference play. Since 2014-15, GU is 35-1 in WCC road games.
- If you include the WCC Tournament, the Bulldogs have won 46 of their last 47 road or neutral league contests.
- Since the 2005-06 season, Gonzaga is 191-62 in road or neutral games.
- The Zags' 75.4-win percentage in road or neutral games tops the nation over that span.
- Also since the 2007-08 season, the Zags are 90-24 in true road games.
- GU's 78.8-win pct. in true road games is best in the nation over that span.
- Gonzaga's nine-game true road win streak is currently tied for the longest active run in the country.
- Vermont has also won nine straight true road games. The Catamounts close their regular season at Maine Tuesday.
- Virginia has won eight consecutive true road contests, while three teams have won seven straight true road games.
- GU's 90.9-win percentage in true road games this season (10-1) ranked second in the country.
- The Zags had a nation's best 12-game win streak in true road games snapped with the 72-70 loss at San Diego State.
- The loss in the national championships snapped a 22-game win streak in games outside of the McCarthey Athletic Center.
- Last season, the Bulldogs were the only team in the country that went perfect in true road games at 9-0.
- Over the last five games, Silas Melson is averaging 9.0 points per game. He is shooting 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field, including 8-of-19 (42.1 percent) from three-point range.
- During the same span, Melson has made five of his six shots from the free-throw line.
- The senior has dished out 12 assists to one turnover over the last five contests.
- Gonzaga is shooting a phenomenal 92.1 percent from the free-throw line in the last three minutes of the last nine games, the second half of West Coast Conference play.
- The Zags have made 35 of their 38 free-throws in the last three minutes of the last nine games.
- Josh Perkins has made all 15 of his free-throws during that span. In fact, all 15 of his free-throw attempts have come in the final two minutes over the last nine games.
- Perkins is 12-of-12 from the line in the final minute of the last nine games, while the Zags are 28-of-30 (93.3 percent).



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