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Dixie State Men’s Basketball Visits No. 1 Gonzaga Tuesday

first_img Written by Brad James Tags: Dixie State men’s basketball/Gonzaga Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSPOKANE, Wash.-Tuesday, Dixie State men’s basketball (4-1, 0-0 in WAC play) faces No. 1 Gonzaga (7-0, 0-0 in WCC play).This historic game for the Trailblazers represents the first time they have faced the No. 1 team in the country, or any ranked team in the Top 25 for that matter.Dixie State head coach Jon Judkins is now only 10 wins short of surpassing former University of Utah women’s basketball head coach Elaine Elliott (582-234, .713) for the most wins in Utah college basketball history.Judkins has won 573 games as the head coach at Snow College and Dixie State University.Dixie State averages 80.2 points per game, tying the Trailblazers for 70th place nationally with UC Davis and UNC Wilmington.Defensively, Dixie State surrenders 69 points per game, ranking the Trailblazers 159th nationally in scoring defense.For the Trailblazers, junior forward Jacob Nicolds leads the squad in points (13.4) and rebounds (6.8) per game.Also scoring in double figures on-average for Dixie State are sophomore guard/forward Frank Staine (12.4 points per game, a team-best 10 steals), junior guard Cameron Gooden (12.2 points per game, a team-best 19 assists) and sophomore guard Isaiah Pope (11.5 points per game).The Trailblazers’ blocked shots leader is senior guard Dason Youngblood, who has 4.Gonzaga scores 94.3 points per game, ranking the Bulldogs third nationally in scoring offense.The only more prolific scoring offenses in men’s college basketball belong to Coastal Carolina (96.1 points per game) and Iowa (95.1 points per game).Defensively, Gonzaga surrenders 74.4 points per game, tying them for 247th nationally with Central Michigan.Symmetrically, the Bulldogs are led by senior forward Corey Kispert and sophomore forward Drew Timme, each of whom average 20.6 points per game.Further symmetry exists for Gonzaga as Timme and French national, redshirt junior guard Joel Ayayi, each average 7.4 rebounds per contest to lead the squad.Freshman guard Jalen Suggs (15.1 points per game, team bests in assists [41] and steals [18]) and Ayayi (10.4 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for the Bulldogs.Sophomore forward Anton Watson leads Gonzaga with 8 blocked shots on the season.The Bulldogs are coached by Mark Few, who is 607-124 (.830) in his 22nd season at the helm of the Gonzaga program. December 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Visits No. 1 Gonzaga Tuesdaylast_img read more