South Dakota stands in way of Gonzaga perfection
Gonzaga has one obstacle standing in the way of an unbeaten non-conference record and making some history in the process.
The Zags have never been 12-0. They were 11-0 in 1944 – 15 years before the program joined NCAA Division I – before losing to Whitman in the 12th game.
No. 8 Gonzaga (11-0) will try to make it a perfect dozen against visiting South Dakota (9-5) on Wednesday.
The Coyotes, Division I members since 2008, have won three of their last four, the lone loss coming at Portland 85-82 last Friday.
South Dakota, which opens Summit League play next week, features four transfers, including former North Idaho College forward Trey Burch-Manning, who averages 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Transfer guards Matt Mooney (Air Force), Carlton Hurst (Colorado State) and Trey Dickerson (Iowa) join Burch-Manning and 6-foot-7 post Tyler Flack in the starting five.
Mooney averages a team-high 14.7 points, Dickerson 10.1, Hurst 7.9 and Flack 13.3.
“They’re a solid team with some skilled guys that can get going,” Zags coach Mark Few said. “The three (Division I) transfers were pretty good gets for them.”