30 second game guide
Bring’em Out: No. 17 Gonzaga 13-3 (2-0 WCC) vs. San Diego 8-11 (1-2 WCC) at the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 6 p.m. on FSN.
Watch for: The Bulldogs opening act. It’s the third-and-final game of a three game road swing to start WCC play for GU, and on paper, it’s the easiest of the three. This one screams “trap-game”. Bill Grier brought years of knowledge as a Zags assistant to a Toreros team that’s seen its share of struggles. But expect San Diego to play the Bulldogs tough, as usual. Now it’s up to Gonzaga to stave off the upset.
Fear: Elias Harris. The Zags freshman is taking no prisoners since entering his first West Coast Conference season, averaging 25 points and ten rebounds through two games. Harris is coming off a career high 31 points Thursday night on the national stage against the Gaels, and there’s no reason to expect him to slow down Saturday.
Respect: Brandon Johnson. It’s a name you might have forgotten about since he didn’t face GU last season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon that sidelined him most of last year. However, the fifth-year senior is healthy and back in the line-up and leading the Toreros with nearly 16 points per game. He’s scored 19-or-more in four of his last five contests and is very comfortable on his home floor. Simple strategy for the Zags; shut down Johnson, win the game.
Random Stuff: Gonzaga has an 18-game winning streak over San Diego in regular season play. The last time the Bulldogs lost to the Toreros was in the WCC Tournament Championship in 2008. GU has won five-straight games.