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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.