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WSU-Gonzaga game becomes marquee matchup

GU's Demtri Goodson will likely play a much larger role in this year's game against Washington State. GU's Demtri Goodson will likely play a much larger role in this year's game against Washington State.
WSU's Klay Thompson is the current Pac-10 Player of the Week for two weeks running (Photos: SWX) WSU's Klay Thompson is the current Pac-10 Player of the Week for two weeks running (Photos: SWX)

Gonzaga will try to contain Wazzu's Klay Thompson

SPOKANE, Wash. - Just a few weeks ago, Wednesday night's matchup between Gonzaga and Washington didn't appear to fall into the "marquee" category. A few games and a No. 17 ranking later, it's now a marquee matchup.

The Cougars – make that the UNDEFEATED Cougars – make the short road trip to Spokane to take on Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The game will be shown live on KHQ, SWX and FSN, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.

Ken Bone's Wazzu team is 6-0 and coming off a big win for the championship of the Great Alaska Shootout. And Gonzaga, with a lone loss to No. 2 Michigan State, is ranked No. 17 in the country after winning the title at the Maui Invitational.

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4:00 p.m. - Pre-game Show with KGA 1510 (SWX, 1510 AM)

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6:00 p.m. - Gonzaga vs. Washington St. (SWX, KHQ, FSN)

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Last year the Zags beat the Cougs 74-52 in Pullman. Before that, however, Washington State won the previous two meetings.

"They're definitely a great team," said Nikola Koprivica, speaking about Gonzaga, "They're good inside and outside and they have great players – especially when you play over there in their gym, it's pretty tough to beat them."

"I was there when we beat them over there. It was a great feeling. I was here when they beat us [in Pullman] last year, so I hope we can get another win over there."

The challenge for the Zags Wednesday will be holding back Washington St.'s sophomore guard Klay Thompson, who is the current Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second week in a row. He scored 43 points in his last game and was named the Great Alaska Shootout's Most Valuable Player.

"They're playing really well right now," said Gonzaga guard Matt Bouldin. "I know they're playing faster – they're getting up and down. Klay Thompson is one heck of a player – he's playing really well right now.

Bouldin said the Zags would try to focus on Thompson to limit his touches on offense.

"I think Washington State's on a real roll," said Zags head coach Mark Few. "I think they're a very, very confident basketball team. They're undefeated. What they did to San Diego was unbelievable. I don't see us beating Billy's team by 40 anytime soon."

 

SPOKANE, Wash. - Just a few weeks ago, Wednesday night's matchup between Gonzaga and Washington didn't appear to fall into the "marquee" category.  A few games and a No. 17 ranking later, it's now a marquee matchup.

 

The Cougars – make that the UNDEFEATED Cougars – make the short road trip to Spokane to take on Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.  The game will be shown live on KHQ, SWX and FSN, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.

 

Ken Bone's Wazzu team is 6-0 and coming off a big win for the championship of the Great Alaska Shootout.  And Gonzaga, with a lone loss to No. 2 Michigan State, is ranked No. 17 in the country after winning the title at the Maui Invitational. 

 

Last year the Zags beat the Cougs 74-52 in Pullman.  Before that, however, Washington State won the previous two meetings.

 

"They're definitely a great team," said Nikola Koprivica, speaking about Gonzaga,  "They're good inside and outside and they have great players – especially when you play over there in their gym, it's pretty tough to beat them."

 

"I was there when we beat them over there.  It was a great feeling.  I was here when they beat us [in Pullman] last year, so I hope we can get another win over there."

 

The challenge for the Zags Wednesday will be holding back Washington St.'s sophomore guard Klay Thompson, who is the current Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second week in a row.  He scored 43 points in his last game and was named the Great Alaska Shootout's Most Valuable Player.

 

"They're playing really well right now," said Gonzaga guard Matt Bouldin. "I know they're playing faster – they're getting up and down.  Klay Thompson is one heck of a player – he's playing really well right now.

 

Bouldin said the Zags would try to focus on Thompson to limit his touches on offense. 

 

"I think Washington State's on a real roll," said Zags head coach Mark Few.  "I think they're a very, very confident basketball team.  They're undefeated.  What they did to San Diego was unbelievable.  I don't see us beating Billy's team by 40 anytime soon."

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