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When you look at San Diego's overall record you wonder how Brad Holland's Toreros could have possibly lost almost as many games as they've won because the ingredients for a dynamic, successful team are in place.
Perhaps that's why the Toreros are on a four game winning streak in the WCC, including a romp over Pepperdine in Malibu.
With the addition of Oklahoma State transfer 6'10" 280 pound Jason Keep and with the notable improvement and emergence of 6'7" Jason Blair, San Diego boasts one of the more impressive frontlines in the west. Keep is a monster inside on both offensive and defensive boards while leading the Toreros in scoring at almost 18 ppg. Blair has a more diverse game than Keep in that the big mobile guy is adept from beyond the arc as well as in the paint, averaging 17 ppg. When you add big 6'10" Nick Lewis (9 ppg) and 6'7" Cory Belser (3.7 ppg) off the bench, there is plenty of beef to throw at opposing teams.
It should be noted that Jason Keep is hitting an astounding 65% from the field as opposed to just 55% from the free-throw line.
Matt Delzell is a scary guard who seems to finding the range more and more with each game, averaging 8 ppg but more than that lately. Roy Morris adds another threat to the equation, scoring over 12 ppg on average for the season. Brad Lechtenberg is a deadly 3-point shooter from off the bench, almost single-handedly taking San Diego past San Francisco with consecutive late-game treys. Michael McGrain and Travis Smith, both averaging about 2 ppg, provide minutes to spell their fellow guards.
Brad Holland runs a spread out, wide open offense and always draws up a cagey defensive scheme for Gonzaga, and he is the last WCC coach to lead his team to a win in The Kennel. Mark Few's Zags will need a complete game for all 40 minutes to earn the "W."
Containing Keep and Blair inside while not losing Delzell and USD's guards will be key. Gonzaga needs to attack the basket and be the hunter in this crucial WCC matchup.