30 second game guide
Bring’em Out: Pepperdine Waves 7-12 (1-1 WCC) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs 11-5 (1-0 WCC) at the McCarthey Athletic Center at 6 p.m.
Watch for: The Zags to pick-up their eighth consecutive win Thursday if the Waves are without Keion Bell. Remember him? He was the (then) sophomore who hung 37 on the Zags in the Kennel (34 in the second half). I’ve never been as entertained sitting courtside at a basketball game as I was that night. Fortunately for Gonzaga, Matt Bouldin put up 32 coupled with Elias Harris and Steven Gray adding 20-a-piece, and the Bulldogs came out on top 91-84. Bell is suffering from an ankle injury that has sidelined him the previous three games. If Keion is back in the line-up, get ready for a show (and tighter game).
Fear: Hmmm, not much. I’d say fear a letdown, but I don’t think that has a place in Thursday’s match-up. The GU students return in full force for the first time since mid-December and will harass the Waves to no-end. This Zags team is rolling. All signs point to that continuing against Pepperdine.
Respect: The Gonzaga bench. 32 points contributed to the 74-61 win over Portland Saturday. When your extras chip-in that kind of point total, good luck. The Bulldogs said as a unit, the single biggest difference between the team that lost three in-a-row, and the team that’s won seven-straight is players recognizing their roles. Opponents can no longer focus on one individual (Gray, Harris, or Sacre) because Gonzaga has adapted and will hurt you in so many other ways.
Random Stuff: Pepperdine will be without its head coach Tom Asbury because of a family matter. GU has won 17 straight over the Waves, with the last loss coming in Malibu in 2002 (79-88). The Zags were ranked 14th at the time.