Memphis goes in search of 15th straight win at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – The eighth-ranked Memphis Tigers and the
Gonzaga Bulldogs take a break from their respective league schedules to do
battle today at Spokane Arena.
Memphis is riding a 14-game winning streak, as the team has not lost since
falling to Arizona back on December 20th. The Tigers are 22-3 overall, and
they are a perfect 12-0 against Conference USA competition. They are coming off
a 69-52 decision over Tulsa on Wednesday, and all but one win during the
current streak have come by double figures.
Gonzaga has lost two of its last three games to fall to 18-9 overall and 8-3
in West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs were last in action on Monday
when their nation-leading 50-game home winning streak came to a halt with an
84-73 setback to Santa Clara.
Memphis and Gonzaga have split their only two previous series meetings, and
the Tigers won the most recent matchup by an 83-72 final in December of 2005.
Memphis is racking up 79.8 ppg this season while limiting opponents to 61.8 ppg
on 37.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 29.7 percent from three-
point range. The Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 5.5 rpg and have
committed 110 fewer turnovers than their foes. The top offensive performer for
Memphis is Chris Douglas-Roberts, as he is netting 15.0 ppg on 54.7 percent
shooting from the field while playing fewer than 27 minutes per game on
average. Jeremy Hunt is contributing 13.9 ppg for the Tigers, who are getting
10.6 ppg from Robert Dozier. Douglas-Roberts came through with 20 points
against Tulsa on Wednesday, and Antonio Anderson returned from injury to post
15 points. Memphis shot a lackluster 37.3 percent from the floor, including 2-
of-13 from behind the arc, but they committed 12 fewer turnovers than Tulsa
while limiting the Golden Hurricane to 32 percent overall shooting.
Gonzaga had beaten Santa Clara in 13 straight meetings before falling on Monday
night to the Broncos. The Bulldogs played without Josh Heytvelt, their standout
forward who has been suspended indefinitely after an arrest last week. In his
absence, the team shot only 38.2 percent from the floor while permitting Santa
Clara to hit 53.3 percent of its shots. Gonzaga got 21 points from Derek Raivio
and 20 points from Jeremy Pargo in the loss. Heytvelt is the leading scorer for
the Zags with 16.7 ppg, and he is tops on the boards as well with 8.3 rpg.
There has been no indication that he will play tonight, and he will certainly
be missed if that is the case. Raivio (16.6 ppg) and Pargo (12.1 ppg) will be
counted on heavily once again.