Stories tagged: key matchup
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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 …
Wed., Feb. 5, 2020
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
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
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
Pacific is led in nearly every way by senior Jahlil Tripp.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 …
Thu., Nov. 28, 2019
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 …
Wed., Nov. 27, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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 …