Bulldogs' Dickau Cleared To Play This Week
Jan. 9, 2001
Game No. 14 - University of San Francisco
Friday, January 12 - 7 p.m.
War Memorial Gym - San Francisco, CA
Radio: KXLY 920 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: BayTV (No satellite transmission)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (8-5, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (7-8, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
Saturday, January 13 - 7:30 p.m.
McKeon Pavilion - Moraga, CA
Radio: ESPN 630 AM The Score 25 minutes prior to tipoff
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (2-11, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
DICKAU CLEARED: Gonzaga University junior point guard Dan Dickau, sidelined since breaking his left index finger Nov. 29 at the University of Arizona, was cleared to play Tuesday morning, trainer Steve DeLong said as the Bulldogs took the practice floor. Dickau was injured late in the Bulldogs' loss to the Wildcats and has missed the last nine games. Through four games he was averaging 16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 5.0 assists/game at the time of the injury. Head coach Mark Few said he wasn't certain if Dickau would start Friday's West Coast Conference opener at the University of San Francisco. "We'll have to see how he gets through these first couple of days of practice," Few said.
BULLDOGS OPEN WCC PLAY ON ROAD: Gonzaga University opens West Coast Conference play this week with Friday-Saturday road games at the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College, respectively. The Bulldogs will play three of their first four WCC games on the road, hosting the University of Portland next Wednesday and then traveling to Portland for a Saturday re-match. Under the new scheduling format, teams will alternate years where they have four straight at home one season and four straight on the road the following year. This year the Bulldogs will play four straight at home, getting USF and SMC on Feb. 9-11 followed by Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University Feb. 15-17.
COACHES TAB BULLDOGS THIRD: The pre-season balloting of West Coast Conference coaches had Gonzaga University finishing third behind Pepperdine University and the University of San Diego. The Waves and Toreros split the eight first-place votes, Pepperdine collecting 46 points to 44 for USD. Gonzaga received 38 points. The Bulldogs were followed by USF, Santa Clara University, the University of Portland, Loyola Marymount University and Saint Mary's College.
BULLDOGS SEEK ANOTHER WCC CROWN: Gonzaga University dominated the decade of the '90s in the West Coast Conference, winning or sharing four WCC regular-season titles and capturing two WCC Tournament crowns. The Bulldogs appeared in five WCC Tournament championship games in the '90s. This decade began with Gonzaga capturing last spring's WCC Tournament title for a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 each of the past two seasons, and came within one game of the Final Four in 1999 with an Elite Eight appearance.
WCC TOURNAMENT GOES TO SAN DIEGO: The 15th annual West Coast Conference Tournament makes its first appearance in San Diego, Calif., this March. The new Jenny Craig Pavilion will host the affair March 1-5 with 14 men's and women's games. The tournament leaves the Bay Area for the first time since 1997 when Loyola Marymount University was the host, and for just the fourth time in the history of the tourney. Tickets are on sale at all eight competing institutions, including the Gonzaga University ticket office at (509) 323-4046. Tickets are $65 and include all 14 men's and women's games that determine automatic bids into the NCAA tourney.
A PAIR OF ROUTS: The final two tuneups for Gonzaga University heading into West Coast Conference play were runaways. But coming on the heels of Tuesday's heartbreaking 81-80 overtime setback to the University of New Mexico in the Spokane Arena, those two games gave the Bulldogs momentum heading into the WCC wars. Northwest College of Kirkland, Wash., became the latest home victim of Gonzaga University in The Kennel last Thursday, the Bulldogs posting a record-setting 93-36 win over the Eagles. The 57-point margin of victory was the largest in Gonzaga history. Twice previously the Bulldogs had posted 51-point victories - 90-39 over Whitman College on Jan. 13, 1951, and 108-57 over Eastern Washington University on Dec. 2, 1963. Thursday's victory was the sixth of 50 or more points in Gonzaga history. The Bulldogs topped the University of Idaho 92-42 earlier this season in The Kennel, defeated Whitworth College 88-38 on Dec. 5, 1984, and downed Carroll College 106-56 on Dec. 19, 1992. Gonzaga went back to the Spokane Arena last Saturday and toppled Prairie View A&M 93-50. The Bulldogs trailed the Panthers 15-9 with 13:14 to go in the opening half, but the Bulldogs turned on the heat, found their shooting touch and left the Panthers in their wake. Gonzaga scored its first 14 points of this contest from the free throw line, missed its first 10 shots from the field and didn't get a field goal until Casey Calvary's hook with 11:35 to go that, unbelievably, gave the Bulldogs a 16-15 lead. The Bulldogs finished the first half with a 39-13 spurt to take a 48-28 halftime lead and all but decide the issue. Gonzaga didn't let the Panthers have any thoughts about crawling back into the game in the second half, opening with a 15-6 run in the first 4:00 of the second half to increase the lead to 29 points at 63-34. The lead grew to 40 points at 76-36 at the 12:51 mark.
CALVARY WOODEN AWARD NOMINEE: Gonzaga University senior forward Casey Calvary is one of the top 30 mid-season candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. The mid-season list was released Dec. 28. Calvary was originally one of the Pre-season Top 50 candidates for the 2000-01 Wooden Award All-American Team. On March 27, 2001, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Friday April 6, 2001 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be a one hour telecast on FOX Sports Net. The top 50 Candidates have been selected based on last year's individual performance and team records. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the Mid-season Top 30 during a half-hour program on FOX Sports Net. This is the second straight year the Bulldogs have had a Wooden Award nominee, guard Matt Santangelo getting the nomination a year ago.
FEW'S ROOKIE SEASON: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few had one of the best rookie seasons in NCAA history, the Bulldogs' 26 wins ranking him tied for 7th for "Top 10 Career Starts For Head Coaches By Victories." He's tied with such coaching legends as Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University (1977), Denny Crum of the University of Louisville (1972) and Nolan Richardson of Tulsa University (1981). All won 26 games as rookie head coaches at the NCAA Division I level.
20 WINS AGAIN: For the seventh time in eight years Gonzaga University hit the 20-win plateau, the Bulldogs' 26 wins last season second only behind the 1999 school record mark of 28-7 mark. Last year marked the fourth time the Bulldogs hit the magic 20-win plateau in the regular season. The 1994 squad took a 20-6 record into the West Coast Conference Tournament, the 1998 team was 21-8 entering the tourney, the 1999 Bulldogs went 22-6 in the regular season and the 2000 squad was 21-8 heading into the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga's first 20-win season as a NCAA Division I program came in 1992 with a 20-10 mark, falling to Pepperdine University 73-70 in the Bulldogs' first appearance in the WCC Tournament title game.
BULLDOGS IN THE KENNEL: The Kennel - home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs - has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country. In the last nine seasons the Bulldogs are 108-9 at home for a nifty 92.3 winning percentage, finishing 10-1 last season. The Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel in 1999, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. Gonzaga was 10-1 at home in 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the second-longest active streak in the country. The Bulldogs are 5-0 at home this season and have a winning margin of 34.4 ppg.
CALVARY PASSES 1,000-POINT PLATEAU... Senior forward Casey Calvary has become the 22nd played in Gonzaga University to surpass the 1,000-point barrier, entering Friday's game at the University of San Francisco with 1,159 points. That ranks him 15th in school history, 9 shy of matching Greg Sten's 1,168 points and 12 away from Matt Stanford's 1,171 points. Calvary should move into the top 10, needing 196 more points to surpass Bill Suter at No. 10 with 1,354.
...AND SURPASSES 600 REBOUNDS: Casey Calvary became just the fourth player in Gonzaga University history to join the 1,000-point/600-rebound club. He grabbed 7 rebounds against Monmouth University on Dec. 30, 2000, to join the 600 rebound club. He has 622 rebounds entering Friday's game at the University of San Francisco to rank 8th on the all-time Gonzaga list. Current Gonzaga University Board of Regent Bill Quigg is the next target for Calvary. Quigg is 7th with 630 rebounds from 1969-71. Jerry Vermillion (1,547 points/1,670 rebounds), Gary Lechman (1,452/910) and Greg Sten (1,168/783) are the other three members of the 1,000 points/600 rebound club.
CALVARY DOUBLES UP: Casey Calvary recorded the ninth double-double of his Gonzaga University career with his 22 points and 11 rebounds last week against the University of New Mexico. It was his second of the season, opening the year with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Eastern Washington University.
BULLDOGS WIN 200TH: Gonzaga University's win at the University of Montana earlier this year was the 200th for the Bulldogs in the last 10 seasons. Gonzaga is 203-88 since the 1991-92 season for a .698 winning percentage.
SCOUTING THE DONS: The University of San Francisco is 7-8 heading into Friday's West Coast Conference opener. The Dons are 5-1 in War Memorial Gym, the loss coming in the season opener at the University of Nevada 79-71. Gonzaga University leads the series 24-19 and has won five straight since an 80-67 loss in the title game of the 1998 WCC Tournament at Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs have won 17 of the last 21 meetings, and haven't lost at USF since a 71-70 setback in 1997. GU swept last year's series, 96-73 at home, 70-64 at USF.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College is 2-11 this season and takes a 4-game losing streak into Friday's West Coast Conference opener against the University of Portland. Gonzaga leads the series 29-20 and has won six straight, including three meetings a year ago. Gonzaga has won 12 of the last 14 contests. The last win by the Gaels in the series was a 76-73 verdict in the final. The Gaels are paced by guard Jovan Harris, who averages 13.8 ppg, and Everett, Wash., forward Ross Benson, the only other Gale in double figures at 10.4 ppg. Gonzaga leads the WCC in scoring offense at 81.8 ppg, while SMC is last at 62.9 ppg.
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