Gonzaga vs Pepperdine : West Coast Conference play kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 29. First up for No. 7 Gonzaga is a visit from the Pepperdine Waves. Gonzaga just wrapped up a very successful non-conference season with a big win against South Dakota on December 21.
== MATCH INFO ==
Team : Gonzaga vs Pepperdine
Date :Thrusday, 21 February
Start Time : 09:00 Pm Et
How big was the win? It was an almost 40 point rout, with the final score 102-65. In addition to the big win, the Zags also set program history by securing their 12th consecutive win, the best start in program history. They have faced Tennessee, Washington and Arizona during their non-conference season and will look to conference rivals Saint Mary’s to defend their spot at the top of the WCC.
Gonzaga is led in scoring by guard Nigel Williams-Goss who averages 14 points per game and owns the charity line with an 88.1 free throw percentage. He also leads the team in assists per game with 4.8. Big man Przemek Karnowski averages 6.3 rebounds per game.
Pepperdine has struggled through its non-conference season, with big losses coming from USC and Long Beach. The Waves are currently riding a seven game losing streak, so playing the No. 7 team is adding insult to injury. They do have an advantage with Lamond Murray Jr, who, despite the Waves’ record, is averaging 19.3 points per game. Chris Reyes leads with 8.1 rebounds per game, while guard Amadi Udenyi averages 5.3 assists per game.
A matchup with Pepperdine almost equates to Guaranteed Win Night for second-ranked Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs seek their 36th consecutive overall victory against the Waves — and 21st straight home win — when the teams meet on Thursday in West Coast Conference play at Spokane, Wash.
Pepperdine last knocked off Gonzaga on Jan. 18, 2002 and last prevailed in Spokane on Feb. 19, 1998.
Showing up is the only option, so the Waves (12-15, 5-8 WCC) will take another swing at halting the longtime skid.
“We have to play our brand of basketball for us to get a win at Gonzaga,” sophomore guard Colbey Ross told reporters. “Do what we do defensively and just compete. I feel like at the end of the day if we compete, we will have a chance in any game we play.”
Pepperdine has dropped four of its last five games as it attempts to post a monumental upset of the Bulldogs (25-2, 12-0). The Waves also are just 2-10 on the road