#3 Gonzaga to host streaky Pepperdine


Gonzaga hopes to make this matchup against Pepperdine a little less stressful than last time the two teams met. In that game, Gonzaga edged the Waves 78-76.  Pepperdine gave the Zags a run for their money, but came up short.

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The Zags are coming off of a huge beatdown over LMU.  Gonzaga beat the Lions 80-51 on February 12.  The Zags started the game on a 20-0 run to start the game and never looked back.  LMU did not have any big men who could match up with the Gonzaga frontcourt.  Pepperdine has good post players, but the Zags seem like they can’t be stopped.

The key for the Zags is to keep up what they have been doing.  They have been unstoppable throughout conference play.  In the game against LMU there were some questionable calls and some Gonzaga players started to get heated.  It will be important for the Zags to keep their cool and keep up their high level of play.  Kyle Wiltjer has been on a hot streak lately.  In the game against LMU he had 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Nov 19, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves forward Jett Raines (45) grabs a rebound against the San Jose State Spartans during the second half at San Jose State Event Center. The Waves won 63-44. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The team has been playing with passion and fire lately.  This can be seen especially when Domantas Sabonis and Przemek Karnowski dunk the ball.  The two big men have been doing this more and more lately.  It shows their passion and it ignites the crowd.

Pepperdine will have its hands full.  They will need another huge contribution from Jett Raines, who had 22 points the last time these teams met.  Stacy Davis also played well, putting up 21 points.  Both of these players will have to play just as well if not better than last time if the Waves hope to have a chance.  It will be tough for Pepperdine to win this one on the road.

The game is Saturday, February 14 at 5:00 pm PT.  It will be broadcast on FULLCT, ESPN3, and KHQ in Spokane.