Top-ranked MBB Visits San Diego Thursday

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#1/1 Gonzaga (28-0, 16-0) at San Diego (12-16, 5-11)

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017 | 7 PM | SAN DIEGO, CA | JENNY CRAIG PAVILION

TELEVISION: KHQ/ROOT (Steve Quis, Casey Jacobsen and Kelli Tennant)

RADIO: Gonzaga IMG Radio Network (Tom Hudson and Matt Santangelo)

LIVE VIDEO: theW.tv (Outside of region)

LIVE STATS: Gametracker

ABOUT THE SERIES

– This is the 91st all-time meeting between Gonzaga and San Diego. GU has a 68-22 lead in the series.

– GU has won five straight versus the Toreros, 16 of the last 17, and 38 of the last 41 matchups.

– The Bulldogs are 39-4 against San Diego under Mark Few.

– In the first meeting this season in Spokane, the Zags rolled to a 79-43 win on Jan. 26.

– Nigel Williams-Goss scored 25 points and Johnathan Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

– Gonzaga cruised to an 82-60 win in last season’s meeting in San Diego on Feb. 25, 2016.

– Silas Melson scored a career-high 18 points, Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 17 rebounds.

– The Toreros’ last win in the series came on Feb. 22, 2014, 69-66, at San Diego.

– Gonzaga is 28-13 all-time at San Diego. The Zags have won seven of their last eight at USD.

– The Bulldogs are 33-5 at home versus San Diego all-time, including 14-0 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

– The Zags won the first-ever meeting, 72-62, on Feb. 1, 1980, in San Diego.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO

– The Toreros are coming off of a thrilling 60-58 double overtime win at Santa Clara last Saturday. Tyler Williams hit a jumper as time expired to give USD their sixth road win of the season.

– Cameron Neubauer scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Brett Bailey added 10 points in 50 minutes.

– Bailey leads San Diego averaging 15.9 points (7th in WCC) and seven rebounds (5th in WCC) per game. Olin Carter III adds 15.2 points per game.

– Neubauer chips in 11 points per game and has dished out 66 assists this season. Williams has a team-high 68 assists.

– The Toreros rank fourth in the West Coast Conference averaging 8.1 three-pointers made per game.

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE

– Gonzaga is the only unbeaten team left in NCAA Div. I.

– The Zags are one of three teams in the country that are undefeated in conference play.

– Two other teams at the NCAA level (1 in Div. II, 1 in Div. III) are also undefeated, but neither have 28 wins.

THE HOT START

– GU is off to the best start in program history. The ‘44 Zags started 11-0, and finished 21-2.

– This is the first time that the Zags have gone unbeaten in non-conference play since joining the NCAA in 1958.

– In 2012-13, the Bulldogs won their first nine games before falling to Illinois.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING

– Gonzaga’s current 28-game win streak is the longest in the nation.

– The streak is now the longest in program history. The 2014-15 Zags won 22 straight games.

– The Bulldogs’ 21 straight wins versus conference foes is the longest streak in the country.

– GU has won 10 straight games on the road, which is also the longest streak in the nation.

BEST IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE

– With Saturday’s win over Pacific, Gonzaga clinched at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular season title.

– It marks the fifth straight season the Zags have either shared or owned the title outright.

– Gonzaga clinched at least a tie for the program’s 20th West Coast Conference title.

– The Bulldogs clinched at least a share of their 16th conference championship in 17 years, and 18th out of the last 20 years.

NOT BAD COMPANY

– Gonzaga became the sixth team in the last 40 seasons to start 28-0.

– Four of previous five teams to have that start have advanced to Final Four.

– Kentucky was the last team to start 28-0 in 2014-15.

JUST WHAT THESE GUYS ARE DOING

– Not only is GU atop both the AP and Coaches’ polls, but the Zags are also first in KenPom and first in the Sagarin ratings.

– They’re 28-0 with 25 double-digit wins, with victories over the current first-place teams in the Pac-12, SEC and MAC.

– Gonzaga has seven top-50 RPI wins, including four against top-25 ranked programs.

– Last week’s Bulldogs’ adjusted efficiency rating of +34.87 was not only the best in the country, it was the second best in the history of the KenPom era that dates back to the 2001-2002 season.

MORE ON KENPOM

– The Zags top the KenPom ratings, they rank fifth nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency (122.8) and second in adjusted defensive (88.7) efficiency.

– Gonzaga is the only team with both rankings inside the top-seven nationally.

THE DOMINATION IS HISTORIC

– With Gonzaga’s 96-61 win over San Francisco last Thursday, the Bulldogs became the first team in the last 20 seasons to win 15 consecutive conference games within one season by at least 10 points.

– Last Thursday’s win was GU’s 11th 30-point win of the season, its most in a season in program history.

– The Zags top the nation beating opponents by an average of 23.7 points. They are winning WCC games by 26.3 points.

– Gonzaga has won 21 straight games by double-digits.

– This season, the Bulldogs have won 20 games by 20 points or more.

WILLIAMS WORLD

– Johnathan Williams pulled down 11 boards in both wins last week, totaling 22 over the two games.

– Williams recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds versus Pacific.

– The redshirt junior added a trio of blocks in the wins over San Francisco and Pacific.

WILLIAMS-GOSS NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

– Nigel Williams-Goss was named the West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Monday.

– He received the weekly honor for the fourth time this season.

– The redshirt junior made 15 of his 24 shots from the field (62.5 percent) and all 14 of his free-throw attempts. He added 14 assists, 11 rebounds and five steals.

– Williams-Goss scored 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field in the win over San Francisco Thursday. He then scored a game-high 18 points against Pacific Saturday. The Happy Valley, Ore. native dished out seven assists in both games.

MILESTONE WATCH

– The Zags’ current 85.4 points per game would be a program record. The 2000-01 Zags own the current mark at 82.4.

– Gonzaga’s 23.7-point scoring margin would also be a new record, besting the 2012-13 mark of 17.1.

– Nigel Williams-Goss is three assists from 450 in his career.

– Jordan Mathews is 14 points from 1,500 in his career.

– Nigel Williams-Goss is two steals from cracking the top-10 for most steals in a single season in program history.

– Zach Collins’ 65.1 field goal percentage currently ranks fourth for best in a single season in program history.

ZAGS WITH DEFENSIVE SWAG

– Gonzaga ranks second in the country holding opponents to 37.0 percent shooting from the field. On offense, the Zags are third in the nation shooting 51.4 percent from the field.

– Eight Bulldog opponents have shot over 40 percent from the field this season. San Francisco’s 46.9 percent shooting from the field was a season-high for a GU opponent. The Zags have outshot their opponent from the field in all 28 games.

– Gonzaga leads the West Coast Conference with 205 total steals.

– The Bulldogs are second in the WCC with 130 total blocks and averaging 4.6 blocks per game.

MORE HIGH NATIONAL RANKINGS

– GU is pulling down 30.61 defensive rebounds per game, which ranks third in the country.

– The Bulldogs are 11th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.46.

– Gonzaga ranks first in the WCC in scoring offense (85.4, 11th in NCAA) and second in scoring defense (61.7, eighth in NCAA).

– GU tops the WCC in scoring offense, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, scoring margin and turnover margin.

TOP DOGS

– Gonzaga is No. 1 in the AP and coaches’ Top 25 polls for the fourth straight week, eclipsing the 2013 team’s three-week stint as the longest in program history.

– The Zags received 59 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP poll, and 29 of the 32 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll.

– The 2012-13 Bulldogs reached the No. 1 spot at the end of the regular season, just ahead of the WCC Tournament.

– Gonzaga opened this season at No. 13 in the coaches’ poll and 14th in the AP poll.

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