30 second game guide
Bring’em Out: Loyola Marymount Lions 8-9 (1-2 WCC) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs 12-5 (2-0 WCC) at the McCarthey Athletic Center at 5 p.m.
Watch for: A predictably unpredictable game. You never know what to expect when these two teams step on the same court together. LMU traditionally plays to its competition, which was bad for the Zags last season. The Bulldogs split the season series with the Lions, losing in L.A. 74-66. The Lions return four of five starters (Kevin Young transferred) from that team and now have everyone healthy for the first time all season. Mark Few said Loyola is very similar to Pepperdine. GU fans can only hope for a similar outcome Saturday.
Fear: LMU’s expectations. Picked to finish second in the preseason WCC Coaches Poll, the Lions even received a first place vote. So far, the Lions haven’t lived up to expectations (8-9 overall). Their two conference losses came to two of the upper-echelon schools (SMC, Portland). I wouldn’t worry too much about Gonzaga losing this game, considering LMU is 0-19 vs. the Bulldogs in Spokane.
Respect: How the Zags’ big three are playing. Steven Gray, Robert Sacre and Elias Harris combined to make a pretty fierce three-headed monster, especially in WCC play so far. They are averaging a combined 48 points per game between the three of them (61 pts vs. Pepperdine) and make it almost impossible for teams to contain them.
Random Stuff: Gonzaga has won 30 of the last 33 meetings with the Lions, with the only losses coming last season, and in ’07 and ’03. The Zags are on a 24-game home winning streak vs. WCC teams and boast a 43-1 all-time mark against conference foes in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs are currently riding an eight game win streak.