Campbell (3-7) visits No. 14 Gonzaga (10-1) Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in a game televised by Root Sports.
The Stats - Gonzaga's offensive prowess has been well-documented this season, with GU near the top of the national ranks in scoring, scoring margin and field goal percentage. Couple that with some of the Fighting Camels' struggles and the Zags' numbers could be in for another boost. Campbell has offset their stellar scoring average (71.8 points per game) by allowing 74.8 a game (306th in the country). You can blame that on the 44.6 percent shooting they've allowed. Meanwhile, Gonzaga is No. 9 in rebound margin (11.4), which doesn't bode well for a Camels squad that is being outrebounded by 5.3 each time out (ranking 307th in the country).
The Stars - Here's the problem for Campbell; their star has been absent for the last three games due to a hand injury, and isn't expected to start Wednesday night. Senior guard Darren White had the 7th best scoring average in the country, posting 21.9 through their first seven games. Five players have scored 15 or more in White's absence. Trey Freeman is in that group. The 2nd-year guard is averaging 13.5 points per game, and sets the table for his running mates, with 6.4 assists each time out. Six-foot-six-inch forward Marvelle Harris has also helped carry the load, with averages of 12.8 and 10.5 rebounds in their last four games. As for Gonzaga, the Kelly Olynyk show rages on. His monster dunk against Kansas State (and perhaps the technical that followed) are evidence of his dramatic transformation. In that game he finished with 20 points on 10-for-13 shooting. Campbell has just two active players over 6-feet-6-inches. There could be plenty of gifts under the hoop for Olynyk and his fellow posts.
The Storylines - Wednesday marks the first ever meeting between the Bulldogs and Fighting Camels. In fact, CU has never played in the state of Washington. Since going division I in 1977 Campbell has played 10 ranked teams, and lost all 10 games. The Camels have trended downwards in the last month, with losses in six of their last seven. The remedy for such woes certainly isn't a trip to the McCarthey Athletic Center.