Georgia and Gonzaga meet in Duluth
Duluth, GA (Sports Network) – The 16th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West
Coast Conference and the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC will meet in Duluth
Gonzaga has won four of its last five games to improve to 9-2 overall, and
the most recent victory came last weekend over Washington by a 97-78 final.
That game was much more lopsided than expected, and the Zags also knocked off
Texas two weeks ago on a neutral court by 10 points. Considering that
they beat national powerhouse North Carolina early in the season, the non-
conference resume has its share of top quality wins.
As for Georgia, it has been idle since December 5th when it crushed Gardner-
Webb by a 96-67 final. The Dawgs have won five consecutive games since
their only setback, a three-point loss to Western Kentucky. Considering
that the team has scored at least 80 points in six of its seven outings,
generating offense has not been a problem.
Gonzaga and Georgia have split their only two previous series meetings.
Gonzaga has hit at least one three-pointer in 436 games, a streak that dates
back to January of 1993. Once again this season, the Zags have a number of
players capable of knocking down shots from the perimeter. Derek Raivio is a
senior guard who has made the transition from a solid offensive contributor to
a bona fide star. He is shooting 48.1 percent from three-point range and
scoring 20.4 ppg. Josh Heytvelt adds 17.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg to the mix, and
Jeremy Pargo rounds out a trio of double-digit scorers with 10.5 ppg. Gonzaga
is posting 81.5 ppg while limiting its opponents to 66.2 ppg. Raivio was
outstanding in the win over Washington last time out, as he nailed 4-of-6
three-pointers en route to 25 points. Matt Bouldin pitched in 21 points and
five assists while shooting 9-of-12 from the field, and Heytvelt managed 14
points and seven boards. The Zags committed only eight turnovers in the clash
and earned a 19-10 edge in points from the foul line.
There are a number of players in the Georgia lineup capable of scoring the
ball with consistency. As a result, the team is racking up 91.0 ppg on 53.9
percent shooting from the floor, including 45.8 percent from three-point
range. Defensively, the Dawgs are limiting their foes to 61.4 ppg on 38.8
percent shooting from the field. Mike Mercer is just a sophomore, but he is
averaging a lofty 17.6 ppg to pace Georgia. Takais Brown adds 16.6 ppg off the
bench on 61.8 percent efficiency from the floor, and Billy Humphrey is
contributing 11.1 ppg in a reserve roll. Levi Stukes rounds out the double-
digit scorers with 10.7 ppg, and he has connected on 16-of-26 three-pointers.
In the 29-point romp over Gardner-Webb last time out, Brown tallied 21 points
to lead the charge, while Stukes knocked down all six of his attempts from
behind the arc en route to 20 points. Georgia earned a 50-32 rebounding
advantage in the tilt and shot the ball exceptionally well once again.