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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

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

It won’t be hard for Gonzaga to find Jordan Ford on Saturday night. Stopping the Saint Mary’s senior is another matter.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Gonzaga-San Diego key matchup: Toreros’ Braun Hartfield on a roll entering rematch

Braun Hartfield and the rest of his San Diego teammates had a rough night Jan. 9 in a 94-50 loss at home to Gonzaga. He bounced back quickly and ranks …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Gonzaga-BYU key matchup: Yoeli Childs’ play makes Cougars tougher to deal with

BYU played quite well without Yoeli Childs, but there’s no question the Cougars are a different – and better – team with the talented senior forward.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Gonzaga-San Francisco key matchup: Charles Minlend paces Dons in scoring

San Francisco has a quartet of quality guards capable of big nights, but Charles Minlend is the team’s top scorer.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Gonzaga-Pepperdine key matchup: Round two for Ryan Woolridge, Colbey Ross

Woolridge, who has been a standout defender all season and held star guards Payton Pritchard (Oregon) and Nico Mannion (Arizona) in check, wasn’t at his best at either end of …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s key matchup: Jordan Ford gets things moving for Gaels

Saint Mary’s has one of the top one-two punches in the country with senior guard Jordan Ford and junior forward Malik Fitts. We’ll pick Ford for the key matchup, but …


Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount key matchup: Versatile Eli Scott is a tough cover

We usually mix things up when Gonzaga faces a WCC foe for the second time, but not this time. Junior Eli Scott is the backbone of Loyola Marymount’s offense and …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Gonzaga-San Francisco key matchup: Versatile guard Jamaree Bouyea an interesting test for Bulldogs

It’ll be another challenging assignment for Gonzaga’s Ryan Woolridge, who did a nice job Thursday on Santa Clara’s Trey Wertz.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Gonzaga-Santa Clara key matchup: Trey Wertz is a singular concern for Zags

We went with forward Josip Vrankic two weeks ago when these teams met, so we’re going in a different direction with Trey Wertz for the rematch.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Gonzaga-Pacific key matchup: Taming Tigers’ Jahlil Tripp won’t be easy

Pacific is led in nearly every way by senior Jahlil Tripp.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Gonzaga-BYU key matchup: Grad transfer Jake Toolson brings versatility, experience to Cougars

Senior guards TJ Haws and Jake Toolson are next in line, but we’ll go with Jake Toolson, a grad transfer from Utah Valley who played at BYU as a freshman.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Gonzaga-Santa Clara key matchup: Versatility the calling card for Josip Vrankic, Killian Tillie

Vrankic, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound junior, is coming off a breakout game with 22 points, including the game-winner with 9.4 seconds left in a 67-66 upset over Saint Mary’s last Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount key matchup: Lions rely on versatile Eli Scott

Loyola Marymount’s Eli Scott, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior, is listed as a guard/forward, but he does it all for the Lions.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Gonzaga-San Diego key matchup: Braun Hartfield has developed into the Toreros’ top scoring option

Braun Hartfield has emerged as San Diego’s best offensive weapon. The wiry, 6-foot-6 junior wing is second to guard Joey Calcaterra’s 13.2 points, but Hartfield has produced 10 consecutive double-digit …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Gonzaga-Pepperdine key matchup: Quality point guards Colbey Ross, Ryan Woolridge collide

Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross, a first-team, All-WCC selection last year, and grad transfer Ryan Woolridge, who continues to come up big when Gonzaga needs it most, is a must-watch matchup.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Gonzaga-Portland key matchup: Isaiah White still a concern despite recent slump

The Pilots are driven by guards/wings that account for five of the top six scorers. However, top two scorers Isaiah White and JoJo Walker have struggled over the last four …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Gonzaga-Detroit Mercy key matchup: Scoring machine Antoine Davis tests Ryan Woolridge

Gonzaga is heavily favored against Detroit Mercy, but the game offers at least one intriguing subplot: Sophomore guard Antoine Davis is one of the nation’s most prolific scorers.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Gonzaga-EWU key matchup: High-scoring Jacob Davison tests Zags’ defense

Several options with EWU’s productive forward tandem of Kim Aiken Jr. and Mason Peatling, but we’re picking guard Jacob Davison.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Gonzaga-North Carolina key matchup: Tar Heels’ frontcourt tandem become bigger options with Cole Anthony sidelined

It would be a major surprise if Anthony plays, forcing UNC and us to move on to Plan B. If Anthony is sidelined, the Tar Heels’ next-best scoring options become …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Gonzaga-Arizona key matchup: Ryan Woolridge draws another tough matchup against Nico Mannion

A big game calls for a bonus key matchup.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

Gonzaga-Washington key matchup: Clash of talented bigs in Bulldogs’ Filip Petrusev, Huskies’ Isaiah Stewart

No shortage of quality matchups in this one, but we’re going with the big men in the middle: Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart and Gonzaga sophomore Filip Petrusev. It isn’t necessarily …


Gonzaga-Michigan key matchup: Point guards Ryan Woolridge, Zavier Simpson in spotlight

Zavier Simpson was outstanding in Michigan’s first five games. He entered Thursday’s game leading the nation at 9.8 assists. He contributes 12.2 points per game but makes 60.4% of his …


Gonzaga-Oregon key matchup: Senior guard Payton Pritchard steers Ducks’ offense

Gonzaga will have its hands full with every matchup against an athletic Oregon squad in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals Thursday, but senior point guard Payton Pritchard leads the Ducks …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Gonzaga-Southern Miss key matchup: Forward Boban Jacdonmi one of nation’s most improved players

Team and individual matchups don’t appear favorable for Southern Miss against eighth-ranked Gonzaga, but one to keep an eye on involves Golden Eagles senior forward Boban Jacdonmi.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Gonzaga-Cal State Bakersfield key matchups: Taze Moore, Shawn Stith challenge Bulldogs’ backcourt, frontcourt

Taze Moore and Shawn Stith, CSU Bakersfield’s top two scorers, both come off the bench. Moore, an athletic 6-foot-5 junior guard, averages 15 points on 57.7% shooting. Stith, a 6-9, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Gonzaga-UT Arlington key matchup: Guard David Azore off to solid start for Mavericks

David Azore, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore, leads UT Arlington at 10.5 points per game. He only made 39% of his shots, but he’s 4 of 10 beyond the arc and …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Gonzaga-Texas A&M key matchup: Aggies’ Jay Jay Chandler could see a lot of former teammate Admon Gilder

We’ll go with Chandler, who came off the bench during Admon Gilder’s junior season at Texas A&M and was a part-time starter last year with Gilder sidelined by a blood …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Gonzaga-North Dakota key matchup: Marlon Stewart steers UND’s offense

The Zags can expect to see a steady diet of accomplished guards on opponents’ rosters. North Dakota senior Marlon Stewart is the next in line.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Key matchup: Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Shaun Doss, Gonzaga’s Ryan Woolridge have clashed before

Zags guard Ryan Woolridge faced UAPB last year when he was playing for North Texas. Woolridge had six points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 77-66 win. Shaun Doss …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Gonzaga-Alabama State key matchup: Clash of speedy point guards

Jacoby Ross is the shortest player on Alabama State’s roster and he’s not listed as a probable starter against Gonzaga, but the 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior should see plenty of court …