Dec. 1, 2012; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Gary Bell Jr. (5) fights for position against the Pacific Tigers forward Ross Rivera (20) and forward Trevin Harris (1) during the first half at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga Meets Pacific in the Kennel

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Dec. 1, 2012; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) makes a free throw after Pacific Tigers head coach Bob Thomason was called for a technical foul during the first half at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Pacific (9-4, 0-2) at Gonzaga (13-2, 3-0)

Date: Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Location: McCarthy Athletic Center, Spokane, WA

Time: 5:00 p.m. PST

TV: RootSports NW, RootSports RM, KHQ (Spokane), theW.tv

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

Pacific –

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LiveStats: ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, etc.

Last Season: Gonzaga beat Pacific at the McCarthy Athletic Center 85-67.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Gonzaga

David Stockton, 7.3 PPG, 4.5 APG

Kevin Pangos, 17.5 PPG, 4.2 APG

Kyle Dranginis, 6.9 PPG

Sam Dower, 12.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG *Assuming he’s healthy enough, if not, Drew Barham will start in his place

Przemek Karnowski, 10.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG

Pacific

Andrew Bock, 11.8 PPG

Sama Taku, 12.4 PPG

Trevin Harris, 5.6 PPG

Tony Gill, 10.4 PPG

Khalil Kelley, 8.1 PPG

 

The not-so-warm welcome to the West Coast Conference could get ice cold for the Pacific Tigers (9-4, 0-2) tomorrow night when they take on the first place Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-2, 3-0) in “the Kennel.”

 

Keys to the Game

Pacific

Take Advantage of No Students: With the students on campus, the McCarthy Athletic Center is one of the most electric atmospheres in the country. However, in this case, all the students are on break, and the ambiance of the Kennel will not be the same.

Pacific needs to take advantage of this, get out to an early lead and put pressure on a Gonzaga team without its normal crowd.

 

Gonzaga

Angel Nunez: It is easy to see where the hype around Nunez comes from after watching the Zags last game against Saint Mary’s. He showed his skills as an explosive offensive weapon and portrayed himself as a more than capable defender and rebounder.

The Pacific posts can likely matchup with the other Gonzaga bigs, but Nunez is the exception. The Tigers will have trouble matching up with athleticism and Nunez could have another breakout game.

 

Matchup of the Game

The Benches: Both Gonzaga and Pacific rely on their benches quite a bit for a scoring punch. The Tigers will bring on big man Ross Rivera, freshman point guard T.J. Wallace, and Aaron Short to do that. Gonzaga on the hand will go to transfers Angel Nunez and Gerard Coleman, as well as three-point specialist Drew Barham (assuming that Dower is inserted back in the starting lineup).

It will be interesting to see which squad gets the bigger contribution from its bench. It could be the difference in the game.

 

Prediction

Pacific seems to have lost a lot of its mojo that it had at the beginning of the season. Last game, Portland – especially its big men – overwhelmed Pacific and countered each and every run that the Tigers tried to assemble. Gonzaga on the other end played the best game of its season yesterday against Saint Mary’s.

Long story short, Gonzaga will be too much for the Tigers, especially at home. Gonzaga 83, Pacific 69.

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