The Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball teams are tops in the country in terms of their combined ranking in their respective AP polls.
It was an eventful week on the court with three teams in the top five, including Gonzaga, involved in tight games before pulling out wins.
At times, it looked like Gonzaga and San Francisco had advance copies of each other’s game plans. The fifth-ranked Zags and Dons put on a show Saturday night, playing to their strengths and adjusting on the fly with shrewd counter moves. Gonzaga’s 96-83 victory was packed with high drama, low turnovers and surgical execution.
Duke, Tennessee, and now San Francisco. Gonzaga has been involved in three of the best games in college basketball with the season barely past the midpoint.
Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 96-83 victory over San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium
The West Coast Conference’s two best teams, circa 2019, met Saturday night in the University of San Francisco’s venerable War Memorial Gymnasium with the visiting Zags coming out on top, 96-83.
Brandon Clarke scored 24 points and threw down a massive alley-oop as the exclamation point as fifth-ranked Gonzaga held off upset-minded San Francisco 96-83 on Saturday at Way Memorial Gymnasium.
Gonzaga basketball commit Dominick Harris went way up Friday, high enough to land at No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
San Francisco (14-2, 2-0) has emerged as Gonzaga’s primary challenger through the season’s first two months. The Dons have an opportunity to show they’re more than just a contender while the fifth-ranked Zags (15-2, 2-0) can take a big step toward another conference championship in Saturday’s showdown.
Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins and San Francisco’s Frankie Ferrari have been going at it for years so Saturday’s showdown will be nothing new for the senior point guards.
Pacific was doing what it could to keep it competitive and frustrate Gonzaga. The Tigers ran time off the shot clock, hit just enough shots and did a nice job of clamping down on Gonzaga’s inside game.
The Pacific Tigers seemed to have one goal Thursday night – and it may not have been to come home with a win.