Campbell (3-7) at (14) Gonzaga (10-1)
Wednesday, December 19, 9 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) -- Spokane, Washington.
Television: KQH, ROOT. Home Record: Campbell 3-3, Gonzaga 5-1. Away Record:
Campbell 0-2, Gonzaga 1-0. Neutral Record: Campbell 0-2, Gonzaga 4-0.
Conference Record: Campbell 0-0, Gonzaga 0-0. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: The 14th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs take aim at their 11th win of the
season when they host the Campbell Camels on Wednesday night.
After winning two of its first three games, Campbell entered the Global Sports
Hoops Showcase in mid-November and lost three straight to Iowa State (88-68),
Cincinnati (91-72) and North Carolina A&T (85-60). The Camels haven't had much
luck since the tournament either, losing three of four, most recently falling
at home to Rio Grande, 67-65.
Gonzaga was able to rise all the way to No. 10 in the national rankings
following an outstanding 9-0 start, which was highlighted by wins over West
Virginia (84-50), Clemson (57-49), Oklahoma (72-47) and Washington State
(71-69). The Bulldogs hosted nationally-ranked Illinois on Dec. 8 and dropped
their first game of the season, 85-74, but they bounced back nicely last
Saturday with a 68-52 victory over Kansas State.
This bout marks the inaugural matchup between these two programs on the
The Camels trailed by double digits against Rio Grande in the second half only
to claw their way back to make it a one-possession game in the final seconds,
but they could not complete the comeback. Trey Freeman did all he could to
lift him team to victory, tallying 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and
three steals. Leek Leek drained all three of his attempts from beyond the arc
on his way to 16 points, while Darian Hooker added 12 points in the setback.
Campbell hasn't been the same without Darren White (21.9 ppg) in the lineup,
as he has missed the last three contests while nursing a hand injury. White
had been ranked seventh in the nation is scoring, but he no longer qualifies
since he hasn't played in at least 75 percent of his team's games. In his
absence, the Camels rely on a more balanced scoring attack, led by Freeman
(13.5 ppg) and Hooker (12.1 ppg). Marvelle Harris isn't a big contributor on
the scoreboard (7.5 ppg), but he leads the team by hauling in 7.3 rpg.
Gonzaga has been outstanding shooting the ball through 11 games, as only NC
State boasts a better field goal percentage in Division I than its .523 mark.
The Bulldogs slipped to 47.1 percent from the field in their latest game, and
they finished with well below their season average of 81.4 ppg, but they
played outstanding at the defensive end in the 16-point win, forcing Kansas
State to commit more turnovers (18) than it had field goals (16). Kelly Olynyk
played well in the victory, shooting 10-of-13 from the field in netting 20
points. Gary Bell, Jr. (11 points) and Elias Harris (10 points, seven
rebounds) also had solid games. With four players averaging in double figures,
Gonzaga has one of the most balanced starting lineups in the nation. Harris
paces the squad with 15.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg, and Olynyk (14.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
shoots an outstanding 68.4 percent from the field. Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos
both average 10.4 ppg, while Pangos also adds team-highs in assists (3.9 apg)
and 3-pointers (20).
Gonzaga has barely skipped a beat this season, especially against inferior
competition. Playing in Spokane, the Bulldogs will have no problem easily
dismissing the Camels.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Gonzaga 87, Campbell 64
12/19 10:40:21 ET
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