Zag Hot File: Davidson

Zag Hot File: Davidson

Zag Hot File: Davidson

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by KREM 2 Sports

NWCN.com

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 24 at 10:08 PM

No. 16/17 Gonzaga (5-0) takes on Davidson (3-2) Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2 in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic.

The Stats - The Zags have put the clamps on their opponents through five games, limiting teams to 34.6 percent shooting, and just 25.7 from deep. Only Southern Utah has cracked the 60-point plateau, with GU limiting Clemson to 49 and Oklahoma to 47 in this tournament. Davidson, on the other hand, has become a second half team in their wins over Vanderbilt and West Virginia this week. The Wildcats scored nine straight after halftime to take the lead for good against the Mountaineers. Against the Commodores Davidson hit 62.5 percent of their second half attempts. In those games they went a combined 25-for-41 after the break.

The Stars - One thing Gonzaga and Davidson have in common is balance. GU has had six players reach double-figures twice, with Oklahoma being the first time only one player (Elias Harris - 18) reached that mark. With Kelly Olynyk in the mix the Zags have six players averaging double figures. The Wildcats have four, with De'Mon Brooks leading the way at 18.2 a game. The 6-foot-7-inch forward has been Davidson's top-scorer in three of their five games, and is also tops on the team at 5.6 rebounds. All that to say, it's not always clear who will set the tone for these teams. For GU it's hard to bet against Elias Harris given the stretch he's been on. He went 7-for-10 with 18 points against Oklahoma, had 13 an 9 boards vs. Clemson, 16 and 18 over South Dakota, and 11 and 7 against WVU. At this point who would be surprised to see him post a double-double in the title bout?

The Storylines - You don't have to rack your brain to recall these teams' two meetings. The first came in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, with 10-seed Davidson winning 82-78 in nearby Raleigh, NC. That came thanks to a 40-point outing from Stephen Curry. Most recently they played in the Battle in Seattle, resulting in a 103-91 GU win in December of 2009. The Zags are a perfect 5-0 in the Old Spice Classic, dating back to their tournament title in 2008. In their 5-0 start to the season only Clemson has avoided a double-digit defeat. Gonzaga's average margin of victory is 28.6 points. At this point just hanging with GU has been a task. A Davidson win would be an impressive feat. 

 

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