The Cougars’ lone WCC loss came on the road in overtime against Saint Mary’s earlier this season. They come into Saturday’s matchup riding a two-game winning streak but will have their hands full against a Bulldogs team that has lost just one game all season. Can Gonzaga stay hot at home against a hungry Cougars squad on Saturday night?
Cougars win second straight conference gameBYU won for the eighth time in nine games on Thursday night, taking down San Diego 93-70 on Thursday night. Kolby Lee led six Cougars’ players in double-figures on the night with 21 points while TJ Haws chipped in 19 points in the win for BYU, which shot 11-for-22 from 3-point range in the win.
Mark Pope’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 27 in the latest KenPom rankings following their 3-1 start to the WCC season. The Cougars have scored 112.2 points per 100 possessions for the season (14th in the NCAA) while sporting the second-best effective field goal percentage in the nation at 56.9 percent. BYU has shot 42.3 percent of their total shots from long-range (67th in the NCAA) and they’ve connected at a rate of 40.5 percent from deep (5th in the NCAA) on the year. They’ve also done a good job of taking care of the basketball, turning the ball over just 16.1 percent of the time on offense (20th in the NCAA).
On defense, the Cougars have given up 94.6 points per 100 possessions (73rd in the NCAA) and they’ve limited opponents to just 28.3 percent from 3-point range (17th in the NCAA).
Gonzaga remain undefeated in WCC actionGonzaga riled off its 11th straight win on Thursday with a 104-54 win to improve to 5-0 in conference play. Admon Gilder scored 18 points off of the bench while Filip Pertrusev chipped in 18 points for the Zags, who limited Santa Clara to just 3-for-25 from 3-point range on the night. Joel Ajayi finished with a team-high 19 points.
Mark Few has guided the Zags to an impressive 19-1 overall record, including a strong 5-0 start in WCC play, and they enter the weekend slotted at No. 6 in the latest KenPom rankings. Gonzaga sports the most potent offensive attack in the nation, scoring 116.4 points per 100 possessions (1st in the NCAA) while turning the ball over just 14.9 percent of the time (6th in the NCAA). The Bulldogs have shot a red-hot 56.3 percent from inside the arc (6th in the NCAA) and a red-hot 38.5 percent from beyond the arc (13th in the NCAA) but only 67.2 percent from the free-throw line as a team (262nd in the NCAA).
On defense, Gonzaga has allowed 92.3 points per 100 possessions (44th in the NCAA) but that number has fallen to just 83.3 points per 100 possessions against WCC opponents. Through five conference games, Gonzaga has limited opponents to just 28.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (1st in the WCC) while holding them to an offensive rebounding rate of 22.3 percent (1st in the WCC).
- Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win
- Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up win.