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W VIRGINIA (28 - 8) vs. GONZAGA (34 - 1)
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Thursday, 3/23/2017 7:35 PM
NCAA - West Regional Semifinals - SAP Center - San Jose, CA
Board OpenLatest
815W VIRGINIA146.5149.5
W VIRGINIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games28-8-3.915-1618-1382.139.545.9%37.366.830.542.4%34.4
Road Games12-6-3.48-109-974.735.243.9%35.567.030.942.5%34.3
Last 5 Games4-1+2.21-43-271.433.643.1%38.266.831.643.3%33.4
W VIRGINIA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)82.139.529-6345.9%7-2036.7%17-2468.3%3713172010125
vs opponents surrendering70.833.425-5843.5%7-2035.1%13-1970.4%34913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)74.735.226-5943.9%7-1936.1%16-2369.8%351114219134
Stats Against (All Games)66.830.522-5342.4%7-1935.2%15-2268.4%34912216204
vs opponents averaging73.534.826-5845.1%7-2136.0%14-2070.2%35914186134
Stats Against (Road Games)67.030.922-5242.5%7-1936.0%15-2268.9%34912206184

GONZAGA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games34-1+1122-916-1683.940.151.2%40.661.127.536.8%32.8
Road Games19-0+912-69-1081.738.751.6%40.462.326.637.2%31.1
Last 5 Games5-0+22-32-375.633.448.4%40.658.622.836.3%31.8
GONZAGA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)83.940.130-5951.2%7-1937.4%16-2372.7%41816167115
vs opponents surrendering70.933.625-5743.8%7-2035.2%13-1969.7%35813196123
Team Stats (Road Games)81.738.729-5651.6%7-1936.7%17-2373.1%40814176124
Stats Against (All Games)61.127.522-6136.8%6-2030.0%10-1665.8%33910205133
vs opponents averaging7234.125-5844.2%8-2135.7%14-1970.3%36814196123
Stats Against (Road Games)62.326.623-6137.2%6-2030.2%11-1668.0%31810205113
Average power rating of opponents played: W VIRGINIA 80.6,  GONZAGA 74.4
W VIRGINIA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/4/2017OKLAHOMA ST75-82L-10L164.5U26-5448.1%16925-4062.5%3019
2/8/2017@ OKLAHOMA61-50W-6.5W155U20-5437.0%321416-4833.3%3723
2/11/2017KANSAS ST85-66W-8W144O32-6450.0%471816-4634.8%2619
2/13/2017@ KANSAS80-84L5W156O26-6341.3%442121-6134.4%4215
2/18/2017TEXAS TECH83-74W-10L141.5O27-6541.5%431527-5648.2%3020
2/25/2017@ TCU61-60W-5L144.5U24-6536.9%361120-4643.5%3821
2/27/2017@ BAYLOR62-71L1L136U22-5937.3%23821-4546.7%4318
3/3/2017IOWA ST87-76W-8W150O29-6743.3%481523-6038.3%2914
3/10/2017*KANSAS ST51-50W-5.5L139U16-6026.7%44818-4639.1%3511
3/11/2017*IOWA ST74-80L-4L147.5O29-5651.8%291332-5954.2%3313
3/18/2017*NOTRE DAME83-71W-2.5W149.5O27-5450.0%341222-5440.7%2814

GONZAGA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/2/2017@ BYU85-75W-10T162U27-5945.8%471424-6735.8%349
2/4/2017SANTA CLARA90-55W-22W136O31-5160.8%391019-4839.6%1812
2/9/2017@ LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT90-60W-17.5W145O26-4854.2%381624-6139.3%2717
2/11/2017@ ST MARYS-CA74-64W-4W132.5O26-4755.3%33924-5940.7%318
2/16/2017SAN FRANCISCO96-61W-21.5W144.5O32-6350.8%441322-6235.5%3215
2/23/2017@ SAN DIEGO96-38W-24.5W136.5U37-5666.1%511014-5824.1%207
3/6/2017*SANTA CLARA77-68W-23.5L136O29-5255.8%35826-6341.3%285
3/7/2017*ST MARYS-CA74-56W-4.5W134.5U27-5450.0%34921-5736.8%3114
3/16/2017*S DAKOTA ST66-46W-23.5L157U25-6339.7%50918-5831.0%3813
3/23/2017*W VIRGINIA              
W VIRGINIA: Last season: 26-9, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament.
Nickname: Mountaineers
Coach: Bob Huggins
Conference: Big 12.
Who's gone: F Devin Williams, G Jaysean Paige, F Jonathan Holton.
Who's back: G Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers in assists (3.3), 3-pointers made (44) and had the most minutes played. Carter, G Daxter Miles Jr. and G Tarik Phillip are the top returning scorers at about nine points per game. All three are capable of taking over games ' Carter had 26 points in the Big 12 semifinals against Oklahoma. F Esa Ahmad averaged five points in 34 starts as a freshman.
Who's new: The Mountaineers have five freshmen, including G James "Beetle" Bolden who sat out last season after tearing knee ligaments in preseason practice. Huggins brought in two players born outside the United States ' 6-10 Maciej Bender is from Warsaw, Poland, and 6-8 Sagaba Konate is from Mali.
The Skinny: West Virginia said farewell to their two top scorers in Paige and Williams and must replace the solid rebounding of Williams and Holton in order to return to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in Huggins' 10 seasons.
GONZAGA: Last season: 28-8, lost in the Sweet 16
Nickname: Bulldogs
Coach: Mark Few
Conference: West Coast
Who's gone: F Kyle Wiltjer; F Domantas Sabonis; G Kyle Dranginis
Who's back: C Przemek Karnowski returns from back injury that sidelined him most of last season; G Josh Perkins returns with average of 10.1 points and 4.1 assists per game.
Who's new: G Nigel Williams-Goss becomes eligible after transfer from Washington, where he averaged 15 points and 5 assists; G Jordan Mathews is a graduate transfer from California, where he averaged 13.5 points; F Johnathan Williams is a transfer from Missouri, where he averaged 11.9 points and 7 rebounds.
The Skinny: The Zags appear to have reloaded after losing NBA lottery pick Sabonis (17 points, 11.8 rebounds) and Wiltjer (20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds). They seek to extend a streak of 17 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga wary of West Virginia's pressing defense

Gonzaga is bracing itself for the challenge West Virginia's defense presents after looking at the results of the Mountaineers' 83-71 win over Notre Dame in an NCAA Tournament second-round game last week.

The No. 1-seeded Bulldogs (33-1) play No. 4 West Virginia (28-8) in a West Regional semifinal game Thursday at San Jose, Calif. The winner advances to the Elite Eight to play the winner of Xavier-Arizona.

The Fighting Irish commit only 9.5 turnovers a game, which ranks second nationally. They almost turned the ball over that many times in the first half Saturday. They finished with 14 against the "Press Virginia" defense.

The turnovers are a cause for concern for Gonzaga, the top seed in the West Region, after the Bulldogs committed 13 turnovers in their 79-73 win over Northwestern in a second-round game. The Wildcats scored 17 points off turnovers in the second half to fuel a comeback.

"We got a little challenged at the other end and started making bonehead passes and bonehead decisions, and needed to just settle down," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We were trying to make plays in small windows. And we're not very good when we do that."

West Virginia (28-8) leads the nation in turnovers forced with 20.1 per game. Opponents turn the ball over on 28 percent of their possession, which also tops the nation.

"That's what we do," West Virginia coach Bub Huggins said of the havoc his defense presents. "We try to make people play kind of the way we want them to play."

Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss will be important against the Mountaineers' press. His ability to run the fast break or play at a steady pace should give the Bulldogs confidence.

Williams-Goss has a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio with 161 assists and 72 turnovers. Josh Perkins, the other significant ball-handler, has less favorable numbers with 113 assists and 68 turnovers.

Williams-Goss said the Bulldogs know what it takes to handle the pressure West Virginia may present because their resiliency is shown with only one loss on the season.

"We don't think of anything as pressure," Williams-Goss said. "We had pressure all year long. We were undefeated and we didn't feel any of that. This is what we live for, what we prepare for and we enjoy doing. We all enjoy competing at the highest level."

West Virginia was only an overtime loss at Kansas away from sweeping the No. 1-seeded Jayhawks during the regular season.

Because the Mountaineers use the entire length of the court, Huggins employs a deep rotation with 10 players averaging at least 11 minutes played per game. Leading scorer Jevon Carter (13 points per game) is the only Mountaineer to play at least 30 minutes per game (31.7).

The Mountaineers are a team of athletes that lacks a center who matches up in size with Gonzaga's post player Przemek Karnowski, who is 7-foot-1 and 300 pounds.

Carter and fellow guards Daxter Miles and Tarik Phillip combined for 54 points on 17-of-29 shooting from the field with nine rebounds, eight assists and three turnovers in the win over Notre Dame. They shot 7 of 10 from 3-point range and 13 of 15 from the free-throw line.

"All year we've been telling ourselves that we got the best group of guards in the country, and we truly believe that," Carter said. "So, when it's time for us to play, we go out there and give it our all. Sometimes it worked. But we're going to put forth 100 percent and we're going to live and die with it."

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 7:56:46 PM EST

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