Nov 29, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Coppin State Eagles forward Arnold Fripp (0) is defended by Michigan Wolverines forward Jordan Morgan (52) in the first half at Crisler Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga Game Preview: Zags Return Home, Take on Coppin State


Gonzaga vs. Coppin State

Game Time: 5:00 p.m. PST

TV: ROOT

Radio: http://www.gozags.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?SPID=90846&db_oem_id=26400

Teams Records: GU – 6-1 – CSU – 2-3

Leading Scorers: GU – Pangos 22.0 – CSU – Smith 15.8

Leading Rebounders: GU – Dower 7.4 – CSU – Fripp 5.8

Leading Distributors: GU – Stockton 5.3 – CSU – Cephas 3.6

Projected Starters

Gonzaga

Kevin Pangos

Gary Bell Jr.

David Stockton

Samuel Dower Jr.

Przemek Karnowski

Coppin State

Sterling Smith

Andre Armstrong

Taariq Cephas

Arnold Fripp

Jerimyjah Batts

 

After a semi-successful trip to Maui, the Gonzaga Bulldogs return to the Kennel to take on Coppin State, a 2-3 squad from the MEAC conference.

The Opponent

AP Poll: NR

Coaches Poll: NR

RPI: 102

KenPom: 286

 

Coppin State will take on its second ranked opponent in as many games when they travel to Spokane to take on the Bulldogs. The Eagles took on no. 22 Michigan on Friday, and lost by 42. In addition to losing to the Wolverines, Coppin State has dropped contests to California and Wagner. The Eagles victories are over Ohio Valley and an upset at Oregon State.

Sophomore guard Sterling Smith is the primary scoring option for the Eagles. The Chico, Calif. native is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 rebounds this season. He is also a great defender with active hands; Smith is averaging 2.4 steals this season, 40th best in the NCAA. Arnold Fripp is the Eagles leader on the glass with 5.8 rebounds per game.

Keys to the Game

 

No Maui Hangover

The Bulldogs just got back from Hawaii and cannot come out flat against the Eagles. Coppin State is not the best team in the world, but are capable of pulling off the upset if its opponent comes out flat. Just ask Oregon State. The Zags cannot let the Maui trip effect their play tonight.

Make it Rain

Gonzaga is the second best three-point shooting team in the country with a 3P% of 48.4. Coppin State has one of the worst three-point defenses, letting opponents to shoot 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Need I say more? Expect the Bulldogs to burn the Eagles from downtown.

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