Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The South Alabama Jaguars have made the trek
to the Pacific Northwest to tangle with the 20th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs in
the Battle for Seattle at Key Arena.
South Alabama currently sits one game over .500 at 5-4, but the team has
dropped two of its last three, the most recent being a 96-93 triple-overtime
thriller at Rice last Saturday. The Jaguars have yet to win in enemy
territory, losing all three of their true road games thus far. USA returns
home following this contest to host Dillard, then will face Arkansas and New
Mexico State before finally opening Sun Belt Conference play versus Western
Kentucky on Jan. 2, 2014.
Gonzaga sports an impressive 9-1 record through the first month of the season,
with the team's lone loss coming in the Maui Invitational to Dayton (84-79).
The Bulldogs have rebounded to win five game since, the most recent of which
being an 80-76 decision at West Virginia this past Tuesday. That was the first
victory for the Zags this season that didn't come by double figures, and the
team returns to the Evergreen State where it is has won six times this season
(all at home in Spokane).
Gonzaga is 2-0 in the all-time series with South Alabama, although it's been
15 years since the team last met (Dec. 5, 1998), and both wins have been by
identical 17-point margins.
South Alabama is shooting nearly as well from 3-point range (.389) as it is
from the field overall (.411), and the team rides a pair of double-digit
scorers to its average of 75.3 ppg, as Augustine Rubit (16.7 ppg, 10.0 rpg)
and Antoine Allen (10.1 ppg) have both been consistent contributors. Mychal
Ammons is close to joining the ranks, and is averaging a near double-double as
well with his 9.8 points and 8.7 caroms per contest. All three are shooting at
least 42 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Jaguars yield 65.8 ppg
behind typical shooting outputs of .394 overall and .270 from downtown, and
they own favorable margins both in rebounding (+4.1) and turnovers (+0.6).
Allen drained 6-of-12 3-point attempts to finish with 26 points in the triple-
overtime loss at Rice, while Rubit (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Ammons (16
points, 14 boards) both logged double-doubles. USA fought back from a 17-point
deficit in the second half to send the game to its thrilling conclusion, but
shot just 37.7 percent from the field, doing better from long range (17-of-37,
Gonzaga is lighting up the scoreboard to the tune of 89.4 ppg, doing so behind
outstanding shooting percentages of .538 overall and .464 from beyond the arc.
The team boasts four double-digit scorers in the form of Kevin Pangos (19.6
ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.3 apg), Sam Dower (14.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Gary Bell, Jr. (13.9
ppg, 2.1 apg) and Gerard Coleman (10.3 ppg), the last of whom does his damage
coming off the bench. Przemek Karnowski (9.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg) has been
productive as well from his center position. From a defensive standpoint, the
Bulldogs are permitting 71.9 ppg, with foes hitting 41.3 percent of their
total shots, which includes just a 31.2 percent showing from 3-point land. The
Zags are +5.2 in rebounding differential, and they're coming off a win at West
Virginia that saw them shoot 44.3 percent from the floor, hitting seven treys,
and posting a 43-36 edge on the glass. Karnowski put forth another impressive
effort as he scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Pangos nailed
four triples on his way to 18 points, and Bell, Jr. finished with a line of 15
points and nine boards. WVU was held to just 37.3 percent field goal
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