Mark Few Winningest Active Coach In NCAA Division I Ranks
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University will have the winningest active NCAA Division I men's basketball coach in the country on the bench Saturday when the Bulldogs host Loyola Marymount University at 5 p.m. in the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center.
Head coach Mark Few, in his 14th season as head coach, brings a 364-92 record for a .7982 winning percentage into the contest for a slim .0003 lead over Roy Williams of the University of North Carolina. Few moved ahead of Williams with Thursday's win over Pepperdine University.
Williams, in his 25th season as a head coach, is 691-175 for a winning mark of .7979. Even if the Tar Heels win at Miami, Fla., in a game set to tip off Saturday at 11 a.m. Williams would still trail Few by .0001 percentage points as his percentage would only go to .7981.
Gonzaga leads the all-time series with LMU 56-23 following this year's win in Los Angeles that gave the Zags a modest 6-game winning streak in the series. The Bulldogs have won 35 of the last 38 meetings dating back to 1996. The last win for the Lions was a 74-66 verdict at Gersten Pavilion in 2010. LMU's last win in Spokane was Feb. 7, 1991, by a 91-79 verdict. The Zags have won 22 straight in Spokane, including the title game of the 2006 West Coast Conference Tournament when Chris Ayer missed a layin at the buzzer as the Zags escaped 68-67.
Few is 27-3 versus the Lions while LMU head coach Max Good is 1-9 against the Zags.