Bulldogs Have Quick Turnaround To Face Illinois Saturday

Jan. 1, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 14 - University of Illinois
Saturday, January 2 - 10 a.m. PST
United Center (21,711) - Chicago, IL
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
No. NR/22 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (10-3; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (7.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (14.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (13.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  274-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (9-4; 0-0 Big Ten Conference) G - 1 D.J. Richardson, 6-3, 185, Fr., Peoria, IL (10.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.7 steals) G - 3 Paul Brandon, 6-4, 195, Fr., Gurnee, IL (10.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 32 Demetri McCamey, 6-3, 200, Jr., Bellwood, IL (13.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals) C - 54 Mike Tisdale, 7-1, 235, Jr., Riverton, IL (12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.0 blocks) F - 24 Mike Davis, 6-9, 220, Jr., Alexandria, VA (12.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.7 blocks) HEAD COACH: Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee, 1978) UI RECORD: 161-61 (7th year) CAREER RECORD: 264-115 (12th year)

Game No. 15 - University of Portland
Saturday, January 9 - 7 p.m. PST
Chiles Center (5,000) - Portland, OR
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
G -  15 Nik Raivio, 6-4, 205, Sr., Vancouver, WA
      (14.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals)
G -  44 T. J. Campbell, 5-9, 190, Sr., Phoenix, AZ
      (13.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 5.5 assists, 0.7 steals)
C -   12 Robin Smeulders, 6-10, 230, Sr., Braunschweig, Germany
       (12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -    45 Kramer Knutson, 6-9, 220, Jr., Mesa, AZ
       (5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -     3 Ethan Niedermeyer, 6-6, 200, Sr., Lafayette, CA
       (6.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Eric Reveno (Stanford, 1989)
UP RECORD:  45-63 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
NOTE: Ranking is Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today.

Gonzaga University men's basketball can be heard on Sports Radio 1510 KGA and KEYF-FM 101.1. The network pre-game show begins one hour prior to tipoff. Tom Hudson returns for his eighth season behind the microphone calling the action and former Bulldog Richard Fox is back alongside Hudson as the analyst for the third season. An expanded 45-minute post-game show also follows every game. Gonzaga's radio rights are owned by IMG, the multi-media rights partner for Gonzaga University athletics, which reached a 9-year agreement with Radio Spokane to air Bulldog basketball.

KHQ-TV in Spokane and FSN will once again televise every Gonzaga University game not televised by another entity. In all, 14 regular-season games will be aired locally. Greg Heister returns for his ninth season behind the microphone as the television voice of the Bulldogs. Craig Ehlo begins his fourth season as the color commentator next to Heister. IMG, the multi-media rights partner for Gonzaga University athletics, announced a 10-year extension with KHQ-TV and FSN Northwest for broadcast of Gonzaga men's basketball and other events programming through the 2017-18 season.

The Mark Few TV Show will air every Sunday following NFL football on KHQ-TV, and every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on FSN. Greg Heister will host. The Mark Few Radio Show will air Monday from noon-1 p.m. on Sports Radio 1510 KGA unless the Bulldogs are traveling or have a game. The "GU Coaches Show" hosted by Tom Hudson will also air on 1510 KGA every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. with the exception of Nov. 17 and Nov. 24.

There wasn't a lot of drama in the game itself - an 83-69 Gonzaga University win over the University of Oklahoma New Year's Eve in the Spokane Arena. But with 15:54 remaining in the second half the Sooners Tiny Gallon, all 6-9, 269-pounds of him, shattered a backboard in front of the Oklahoma bench that led to a 52-minute delay. Gonzaga's Robert Sacre broke up an alley-oop pass intended for Gallon, and his momentum carried him above the rim, he grabbed the rim on his way down and the backboard shattered on top of him. It was the second time a backboard has been shattered at the Spokane Arena involving a Gonzaga game. Casey Calvary, in attendance this night, shattered a backboard at the opposite end of the court Jan. 2, 2001, 11 minutes into the second half in a game the Bulldogs would eventually lose to the University of New Mexico 81-80 in overtime. That led to a 42-minute delay that night. Amidst all of the excitement of the backboard, the Bulldogs (10-3) put on quite a clinic against the Sooners (8-5) who lost their second straight game. Steven Gray scored 18 points to lead five Bulldogs in double figures as the Bulldogs burned the nets long before Gallon broke the backboard. The Zags shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first half (18-for-27) and 69.2 percent from 3-point land (9-for-13) in building a 52-34 halftime advantage. Gonzaga cooled off in the second half, hitting 36.7 percent from the field and making just 2-of-13 from 3-point range for 15.4 percent. The Bulldogs shot 50.9 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from beyond the arc. And the Zags also connected on 14-of-17 attempts from the free throw line for 82.4 percent after going just 25-for-50 from the stripe in the previous two games. Gonzaga was shooting just 66.4 percent entering the game. Elias Harris added 15 points and Bol Kong 14 off the bench. Gray went 7-forp-15 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range as his 18 points were the most since a career-high 27 against the University of Colorado in the opening round of the Maui Invitational in late November. The Bulldogs had a 10-point lead in doubling Oklahoma 20-10 near the midway point of the first half. The Sooners would get the lead to single digits just one more time at 37-30 but the Bulldogs got two 3-pointers from Kong in the last 2:06 of the half, the last at the halftime buzzer to give Gonzaga the 18-point lead.

Gonzaga University won't have much time to celebrate its win against the University of Oklahoma. The Bulldogs were back on the practice floor Friday at 9 a.m. then boarded the plane to Chicago where the Zags will face the University of Illinois Saturday at 10 a.m. PST in a game to be televised on CBS. It will be Gonzaga's third game in six days and its second regular-season game on CBS this season for the Bulldogs, who met Duke Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden.

By the time Gonzaga University gets back from Chicago Saturday night the Bulldogs will have traveled 16,184 miles in the non-conference season. That's more than the 15,865 air miles the Bulldogs logged from Nov. 21, 2006-Jan. 3, 2007, when the Bulldogs went to New York, Phoenix, Atlanta/New York, Seattle and Charlottesville, Va. This season Gonzaga has been to East Lansing, Mich.; Maui; Seattle, and New York with the Chicago trip this weekend. The Bulldogs have a Feb. 6 game scheduled in Memphis that will add another 3,320 to the non-conference total.

Gonzaga University and the University of Illinois have played twice previously and the Fighting Illini have come out on top both times. The first meeting was Nov. 16, 2001, in the season opener in Champaign as Illinois claimed a 76-58 victory. The last game was Nov. 27, 2004, in the Wooden Tradition at Canseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., the Illini winning 89-72 in a game they led 58-27 at halftime.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few moved into second place on the school's all-time winningest coaches list with the Bulldogs victory Feb. 5, 2009, at the University of Portland. Few, in his 11th season, is now 274-69 and moved ahead of Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 years). Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) is the all-time leader. Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 127-13, moving ahead of Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Few also moved ahead of Dick Davey of Santa Clara University (122-88) for second with Gonzaga's victory at the University of San Francisco Feb. 14, 2009. Carroll Williams, SCU (165-137) holds the top spot.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 67-4 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories. Gonzaga suffered its first loss at home this year Dec. 5 when Wake Forest University escaped with a 77-75 decision. Gonzaga's other losses were during the 2008 season to Washington State University and last year to Portland State University.

Canadians dot the 2010 Gonzaga University roster - four of them to be exact. Three of them come to the Bulldogs from the province of British Columbia to the north of Spokane. Redshirt sophomore center Robert Sacre is from North Vancouver, B.C., freshman forward Kelly Olynyk hails from Kamloops, B.C., and redshirt sophomore forward Bol Kong is from Vancouver, B.C. Mangisto "Manny" Arop is from Edmonton, Alberta, but spent the past few years in Hamilton, Ontario, while playing with NEDA, Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy.

Don't forget the Texans as sophomore guard Demetri Goodson and freshman guard G.J. Vilarino hail from the Lone Star State. But in a state where everything is big, these two Gonzaga University Bulldogs might prove that good things do come in small packages. Goodson, from Spring, Texas, outside of Houston, stretches the tape measure to 5-11. Vilarino, from McKinney, Texas, located almost due north of Dallas, stands 6-0.

Senior Matt Bouldin has 1,347 points and moved past John Stockton (1,340) and Cory Violette (1,342) and into 16th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 8 points to move past Bill Suter (1,354) for 15th. Bouldin is also moving up the career lists for assists and steals. His 358 assists 148 steals each rank fifth on the all-time lists.

The nine straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles by Gonzaga University marks the longest current streak in the nation and ranks tied for fourth all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks, the Bulldogs knotting the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats won nine straight SEC crowns from 1944-52. UCLA's 13 Pacific-10 Conference titles from 1967-79 head the list.

Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Bouldin has been named to the 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy announced by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder. Bouldin becomes the eighth Bulldog to be nominated for the award.

Gonzaga jumped two spots to No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today men's basketball rankings released Monday, but the Bulldogs fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 after holding the 25th spot a week ago. The Bulldogs had been idle since losing to Duke on Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden, nonetheless went from No. 24 to No. 22 in the voting of coaches. But the Bulldogs tumbled from the AP rankings after a four-week presence and were the first team in the others receiving votes category. Duke remained seventh in both polls. One other team in the Top 25 that dots the Gonzaga schedule is Michigan State University, 11th in both polls. The Univesity of Memphis, Wake Forest University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, Saint Mary's College, and Washington State University are also on the Bulldog schedule and received votes in at least one of the polls. The Bulldogs have been in the rankings five straight weeks.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 539. The last time the Bulldogs didn't connect from three was Jan. 27, 1993, when they went 0-for-5 at the University of Portland. UNLV holds the all-time record with 738 that started Nov. 26, 1986, through the start of the current season.

Gonzaga University may have had its most efficient half of the season Thursday in its win over the University of Oklahoma. The Bulldogs went 18-for-27 from the field for 66.7 percent and 9-for-13 from 3-point range for 69.2 percent in building a 52-34 halftime lead. The Bulldogs also had 12 first-half assists and just 4 turnovers. The Bulldogs cooled off a little bit in the second half, shooting 37.6 percent from the field (11-for-30) and 15.4 percent from 3-point range (2-for-13). Gonzaga also won the battle of the boards 33-25. Gonzaga dished out a season-high 20 assists among their 29 field goals made. The Bulldogs had six games with 20 or more assists a year ago. The single-game record is 32.

Bol Kong came off the bench with another solid performance Thursday for Gonzaga University. The sophomore from Vancouver, British Columbia, scored 14 points, going 5-for-8 from the field including 3-for-6 from 3-point range. For the season he is shooting 57.5 percent (23-for-40) from the field. He's 13-for-22 from 3-point range for 59.1 percent.

Elias Harris has the only double-double of the season for Gonzaga University, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Washington State University.

Rob Sacre re-asserted himself in the middle against the University of Oklahoma. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes, going 3-for-6 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line.

Matt Bouldin, who had 6 assists over the three previous games, handed out a season-high 8 against the University of Oklahoma, moving him past Derek Raivio and into fifth on the all-time assists list with 358. He also scored 12 points and a pair of steals in his most productive outing since suffering a concussion Dec. 9 that forced him to sit out the Duke University game.

Steven Gray scored 18 points for his best offensive night since scoring a career-high 27 points against the University of Colorado in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Gray went 7-for-15 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He also had 3 assists, a pair of steals, and a block and didn't commit a turnover against the Sooners.

Gonzaga University's game with the University of Illinois Jan. 2 at the United Center in Chicago will be the final tune-up for the Bulldogs prior to the start of West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs will begin their quest for a 10th straight WCC regular-season title Jan. 9 at the University of Portland. The Pilots were picked second behind the Bulldogs in the pre-season balloting of WCC coaches.

The 103 points Gonzaga University put up against Davidson College was the first time the Bulldogs had cracked the century mark since defeating Pepperdine University 101-59 Feb. 9, 2008, and was the most points for the Bulldogs since a 109-106 triple overtime win over Michigan State University in the 2005 EA Sports Maui Invitational and the most in regulation since a 105-45 waltz over Eastern Oregon State College Dec. 21, 2001.



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