The Pacific Tigers (10-7, 0-2 WCC) will attempt to snap the nine-game winning streak of Gonzaga when they head to McCarthey Athletic Center to meet the No. 5 Bulldogs (14-2, 1-0 WCC). Action begins at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 10, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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In the Tigers’ last matchup, they defeated the SIUE Cougars, 74-65. Lafayette Dorsey was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Pacific played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.6 and a free throw rate of 0.367. For those same stats, SIUE was 14.6 and 0.232, respectively.
The Bulldogs hope to maintain momentum after dismantling the Idaho State Bengals in their last contest, 120-79. With 33 points on 13-for-18 shooting, Rui Hachimura was the game’s high scorer. Gonzaga dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.429 and a turnover percentage of 7.5. Idaho State put up marks of 0.129 and 16.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The high-powered offense of Gonzaga will clash against the porous defense of Pacific. The Bulldogs rank first in offensive efficiency, while the Tigers are 273rd in defensive efficiency. The Bulldogs figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. Additionally, the Tigers are among the nation’s best at getting to the line, ranking third in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.362). The Bulldogs, meanwhile, rank 43rd at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents’ FTA rate of 0.185.
Brandon Clarke has been playing at a high level as of late for Gonzaga, averaging 0 points over the last five games.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Bulldogs won both matchups last season. In the most recent matchup, Gonzaga won 71-61. The Bulldogs played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 37.8 and a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.362. The Tigers recorded marks of 20.0 and 0.286, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bulldogs rank 124th in three pointers attempted per game (23.1) while the Tigers rank 247th (18.5).
Gonzaga ranks 43rd in steals per game (8.1) while Pacific ranks 107th (6.6).
Gonzaga ranks sixth in assists per game (19.1) while Pacific ranks 221st (10.9).
The Bulldogs rank 11th in blocks per game (5.6) while the Tigers rank 187th (1.4).
Gonzaga ranks 36th in rebounds per game (40.2) while Pacific ranks 201st (34.6).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 24.8, up from 23.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 75.8 points per game (0.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 77.2 points per game (3.4 above their season average).