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Portland entertains No. 8 Gonzaga in WCC action

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - The eighth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs continue their assault on the rest of the West Coast Conference, as they hit the road for Thursday night's clash with the Portland Pilots.

Gonzaga is once again enjoying a tremendously successful season, as the team is 16-1 overall and has won its first three conference bouts. Since suffering an 85-74 home loss to nationally-ranked Illinois on Dec. 8, the Bulldogs have run off seven straight wins, the most recent of which being an 83-78 decision versus Saint Mary's-CA, one of the teams expected to challenge the Zags for league supremacy again this year. Gonzaga is 4-0 in true road games,BC-AEN;FLOR

No. 10 Gators take on Aggies in SEC action

College Station, TX (Sports Networke fourth meeting between these two new confer has won two of the previous three matchups, including an 84-64 decision in last year's Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Florida.

Florida is one of the top defensive teams in the country this season, ranking third nationally in scoring defense (52.0 ppg) and eighth in field-goal percentage defense (.365). The Gators have also enjoyed a +8.8 rebounding margin. In terms of scoring punch, the team averages a modest 73.6 ppg, but has balance, as four of the five starters are averaging double figures. Kenny Boynton leads the way with 13.8 ppg. Mike Rosario is next in line at 12.3 ppg, followed by Erik Murphy and Patric Young with 12.0 and 11.1 ppg, respectively.

The Gators used a 10-1 run to close out the first half to provide some breathing room and then ran away with the contest at LSU last weekend. Boynton led four players in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Young added 14 points, while Murphy and Will Yeguete chimed in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Aggies have also thrived with strong defensive play, holding opponents to a mere 59.4 ppg and an even .400 shooting. A good portion of the scoring for A&M comes from a trio of double-digit performers. Elston Turner is the best of the bunch and one of the top snipers in the SEC. The 6-foot-5 senior guard is averaging 17.1 ppg and is shooting .442 from 3-point range (42-of-95). Senior Ray Turner is a strong frontcourt presence at 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Fabyon Harris adds 10.5 ppg and is another asset from behind the arc (.435 - 20-of-46).

In the road win at Kentucky, Texas A&M used a strong shooting performance to distance themselves from the Wildcats. The Aggies converted 52.5 percent from the floor, including 9-of-19 from 3-point range. Turner was unstoppable in the win, posting a career-high 40 points, on 14-of-19 shooting, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Harris added 14 points in support, while Kourtney Robinson just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

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