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UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Gonzaga-Florida State key matchup: Mfiondu Kabengele provides big production off the bench

Mfiondu Kabengele was Florida State’s leading scorer during the regular season, ACC Tournament and leads the team in the NCAA Tournament – despite coming off the bench in all 36 …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Gonzaga-Fairleigh Dickinson key matchup: Darnell Edge paces Knights’ talented backcourt

Gonzaga’s top priority will be defending Fairleigh Dickinson’s backcourt, specifically senior guard Darnell Edge.


UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s key matchup: Gaels’ Megan McKay comes into game in good form

In Gonzaga’s first home West Coast Conference game of the year, on Jan. 3, Saint Mary’s forward Megan McKay dominated the Zags inside. Her 29 points and eight rebounds were …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 12:58 p.m.

Gonzaga-Pepperdine key matchup: Zags try to cool off red-hot Colbey Ross

Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross got off to a bit of a slow start, by his standards, with just 14 points in Thursday’s opening-round tournament win over Pacific.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 6:13 p.m.

Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s key matchup: High-scoring guard Jordan Ford steers Gaels’ offense

We like to mix it up when it comes to key matchup rematches, but that’s hard to do with Saint Mary’s. Junior guard Jordan Ford is that good, and that …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

Gonzaga-Pacific key matchup: High-scoring guard Roberto Gallinat sets pace for Tigers

Roberto Gallinat gets his second shot at Gonzaga on Thursday night. The first go-around didn’t go well for Gallinat or Pacific.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Gonzaga-BYU key matchup: TJ Haws orchestrates Cougars’ offense

When BYU is the opponent, the key matchup can go to big man Yoeli Childs or point guard TJ Haws. We went with Childs, second in the WCC in scoring …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Gonzaga-Pepperdine key matchup: Top point guards Josh Perkins, Colbey Ross square off

Running a distant second behind Gonzaga’s domination of WCC headlines is the conference’s collection of first-rate point guards. GU fifth-year senior Josh Perkins and Pepperdine sophomore Colbey Ross, two of …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Gonzaga-San Diego key matchup: Isaiah Pineiro, Rui Hachimura back for more

Isaiah Pineiro, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, torched the Zags for a career-high-tying 30 points two weeks ago.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 6:56 p.m.

Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount key matchup: James Batemon again the player the Zags must keep an eye on

We like to mix it up here at key matchup headquarters when Gonzaga faces a WCC rematch, but that’s not happening with Loyola Marymount.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s key matchup: Jordan Ford steers Gaels offense

Jordan Ford, the latest from Saint Mary’s assembly line of quality guards, leads the WCC in scoring at 22.1 points, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. The speedy 6-foot-1 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

Gonzaga-San Francisco key matchup: Round two for Josh Perkins, Frankie Ferrari

The first Gonzaga-San Francisco matchup didn’t disappoint and neither did the Josh Perkins-Frankie Ferrari matchup.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Gonzaga-San Diego key matchup: Isaiah Pineiro ranks among WCC’s best scorers and rebounders

Two nights after successfully dealing with BYU’s Yoeli Childs, Gonzaga encounters another versatile, high-scoring forward. San Diego’s Isaiah Pineiro is one of the WCC’s top scorers and rebounders at 19.5 …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

Gonzaga-BYU key matchup: Zags’ trio of bigs tangles with Cougars’ Yoeli Childs

This should be one of the marquee matchups of the WCC season. BYU junior forward Yoeli Childs, 16th nationally in scoring (22.3) and 26th in rebounding (9.7), is one of …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Santa Clara key matchup: Trey Wertz on hot streak entering rematch

Trey Wertz, a 6-foot-5 freshman from Charlotte, has led the Broncos in assists in eight straight games.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Gonzaga-Portland key matchup: Marcus Shaver Jr. heating up for Pilots

Portland has struggled with consistency and rhythm offensively. That includes guard Marcus Shaver Jr., but the 6-foot-2 sophomore is trending up again.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount key matchup: James Batemon next talented guard to test Zags

Loyola Marymount’s James Batemon is next up for Gonzaga in a long line of talented guards in the WCC.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Gonzaga-San Francisco key matchup: Zags’ Josh Perkins, Dons’ Frankie Ferrari familiar rivals

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.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Gonzaga-Pacific key matchup: Tigers’ Roberto Gallinat still making his points coming off the bench

Senior guard Roberto Gallinat doesn’t start and doesn’t play the most minutes, but he still leads Pacific in scoring.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Santa Clara key matchup: Guard Tahj Eaddy leads Broncos’ turnaround

The emergence of sophomore guard Tahj Eaddy and freshman guards/wings Trey Wertz and Keshawn Justice has helped Santa Clara turn its season around.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Gonzaga-CSU Bakersfield key matchup: Damiyne Durham gives Roadrunners boost off bench

This is probably a key matchup first, but we’re going with a non starter.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Gonzaga-North Alabama key matchup: Lions rely on Jamari Blackmon, guard play

This is how it’s going to be for most of Gonzaga’s remaining games, particularly against WCC opponents.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Key matchup: Denver’s Ronnie Harrell a versatile offensive threat

Denver’s Ronnie Harrell Jr. is familiar with the McCarthey Athletic Center. Harrell played three seasons for Creighton before joining his hometown school as a graduate transfer. He had six points …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Gonzaga-UT Arlington key matchup: PG Brian Warren directs Mavericks’ offense

Junior guard Brian Warren leads UT Arlington in most offensive categories, including scoring (14.9), assists (3.3) and made field goals (48), 3-pointers (17) and free throws (38).


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

Gonzaga-North Carolina key matchup: Cameron Johnson causes problems with size, shooting stroke

The Tar Heels present several challenging matchups for the Zags, but we’ll highlight Cameron Johnson, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound guard who transferred to UNC after two seasons at Pittsburgh.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Gonzaga-Tennessee key matchup: Versatile bigs Grant Williams, Rui Hachimura take center stage

This one is full of great individual duels, but the headliner is Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura and Tennessee’s Grant Williams, whether they match up against each other or not. There’s wiggle …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Gonzaga-Washington key matchup: Huskies’ Noah Dickerson provides formidable challenge for Zags’ frontcourt

Washington senior Noah Dickerson is a force inside. At 6-feet-8 and 245 pounds, Dickerson does virtually all of his damage in the lane and has made 55 percent of his …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

Take the over: Gonzaga, Creighton putting up video game-like numbers on offense

Gonzaga coach Mark Few appreciates good offense. For the better part of two decades, the Zags have been known for skilled, high-scoring teams. Few’s speaking engagements at various camps and …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Key matchup: Ty-Shon Alexander triggers Creighton’s offense

Ty-Shon Alexander is the most explosive scorer on Creighton’s potent offense.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Key matchup: North Dakota State big Rocky Kreuser capable beyond 3-point arc

The Zags haven’t run into too many stretch big men other than Duke’s Cam Reddish, but they’ll encounter one against North Dakota State. Forward Rocky Kreuser, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound sophomore …