No. 13 Bulldogs at Pepperdine, LMU
Jan. 15, 2002
Game No. 18 - Pepperdine Waves
Friday, Jan. 18 - 7:30 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 7:15 p.m. PST
TV: FOX Sports Net Northwest, FOX Sports West2
No. 13 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (15-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference)
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (9-6, 2-0 West Coast Conference)
Saturday, Jan. 19 - 7 p.m. PST
Gersten Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. PST
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (8-8, 1-1 West Coast Conference)
QUICK START: Off to a 2-0 start in West Coast Conference play for the sixth straight season, Gonzaga University takes its 12-game winning streak and best-ever regular-season rankings (13th AP, 14th USA TODAY/ESPN) on the road this week. The Bulldogs meet Pepperdine University, the only other team at 2-0 in the WCC, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Loyola Marymount University Saturday at 7 p.m. Friday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Northwest and FOX Sports West2. There will be no television coverage of Saturday's game.
THE STREAK: A sweep this week would give Gonzaga University a 14-game winning streak, matching the school record set last season. Gonzaga won its final two non-conference games a year ago, then started West Coast Conference play 12-0 prior to falling at Santa Clara University to snap the 14-game streak and give Gonzaga its only WCC blemish of the season.
PLAYER OF WEEK: Point guard Dan Dickau had a solid week in leading Gonzaga University to three victories, earning him West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors. He scored eight points in overtime at the University of New Mexico, had 16 of his 29 points in the second half in the West Coast Conference opener against Santa Clara University and then keyed a second-half surge to help the Bulldogs pull away for a Sunday victory over the University of San Diego. For the week he shot 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41), 52.6 percent from 3-point range (10-of-19) and a deadly 96.4 percent from the free throw line (27-of-28). He went 8-for-8 from the line at UNM, 9-for-10 against SCU and 10-for-10 Sunday against USD. After missing his third attempt of the game he ran off seven straight from the line against SCU, giving him 17 straight free throws entering Friday's game at Pepperdine University. The 10-for-10 effort tied the school record for single-game percentage based on a minimum of 10 attempts. Frank Burgess (1961) and Geoff Goss (1993) both have perfect 15-for-15 games to sit atop the list.
BULLDOGS JUMP: Gonzaga University continued its climb in the national polls, moving five spots to 13th in the Associated Press Top 25 and taking a four-spot jump to 14th in the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25. The Bulldogs had been 18th in both polls last week. It's the sixth straight week for the Bulldogs in the AP rankings, cracking the list Dec. 12 at No. 25. Gonzaga is in the USA TODAY/ESPN poll for the fifth straight week, entering the poll 24th on Dec. 16. Gonzaga had a seven-week run in the AP poll in 1999. The Bulldogs current ranking is their highest regular-season ranking ever in either major poll. However, the Bulldogs have enjoyed loftier rankings, being ranked 12th in the final USA TODAY/ESPN poll of the 1999 season, Gonzaga's best ranking in school history, and 20th in last year's final USA TODAY/ESPN poll. The last time a WCC team was ranked higher than 13th in the AP poll was Feb. 2, 1982, when the University of San Francisco was 7th.
BEST START SINCE '67: With a 15-2 record this season, Gonzaga University is off to its best start since the 1966-67 campaign when the Bulldogs were also 14-2 after 16 outings. Since the 1966-67 campaign the Bulldogs have started a season 11-4 six times - 1997-98, 1994-95, 1993-94, 1991-92 and 1978-79. The Bulldogs overcame 1-3 starts in 1994 and 1992 to post the lofty starts.
INSIDE GAME: The inside game continues to be a major factor in Gonzaga University's success. The trio of Zach Gourde, Cory Violette and Ronny Turiaf combined to score 114 points for an average of 12.7 ppg, shot 56.7 percent from the field (42-of-74), grabbed 46 rebounds for an average of 5.1 rpg, blocked 7 shots and had 8 steals last week.
POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University continues to lead the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin through games of Jan. 14, although the Bulldogs' lead is a slim .1 of a percentage point. The Bulldogs have a +11.1 rebounding margin. The University of Wyoming is second at +11.1 and the University of Oklahoma is third at +11.0. After being out rebounded for just the fourth time this season against Santa Clara University 41-33, the Bulldogs bounced back to hold a 41-29 edge against the University of San Diego. The other three times the Bulldogs didn't win the battle of the boards were 31-26 against Marquette University in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout, 39-36 at home against Washington State University and 35-31 at Saint Joseph's University. Gonzaga has held the edge in 13 of 17 outings, including a double-digit difference in 11 of those games. Gonzaga has grabbed 50 or more rebounds four times this season - 53 at home against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 50 at the University of Washington, 51 at home against Eastern Oregon University and 53 against Monmouth University. Cory Violette's career-high 20 rebounds against Fresno State University is tied for the seventh highest single-game total this season in NCAA Division I ranks.
BULLDOGS VS. WAVES: Pepperdine leads the overall series 30-20, but the Bulldogs have closed the gap in recent years, winning three straight and 14 of the last 18 in the last seven seasons. The Bulldogs swept last year's series 93-79 in Malibu and 82-69 in Spokane. The teams have finished 1-2 in the WCC regular season each of the past three seasons, Gonzaga claiming the crown in 2001 and 1999.
BULLDOGS VS. LIONS: Bill Clinton was just beginning his second term in office the last time Gonzaga University lost to Loyola Marymount. The Bulldogs lead the overall series 36-18, including 12 straight wins. The last time the Lions prevailed was Feb. 2, 1996, in Gersten Pavilion 83-69. Gonzaga has won 18 of the last 20 meetings with LMU dating back to the 1993 campaign.
ELITE COMPANY: Gonzaga University is one of just three schools to advance to the Sweet Sixteen each of the past three seasons. Michigan State University and Duke University are the other two. Duke and MSU appeared in their fourth straight Sweet Sixteen in 2001. Since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there have been 18 occasions where teams have had runs of three years or more into the Sweet Sixteen. The University of North Carolina leads the way with a 9-year stretch from 1985-93, followed by Duke with a 7-year run from 1986-92.
BULLDOGS AND 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 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 123-9 at home for a nifty 93.2 winning percentage. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. The Bulldogs are 38-1 in The Kennel over the past four seasons with this year's 6-0 start. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, 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. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak. Gonzaga currently has a 20-game home winning streak dating back to the last home game of the 1999-00 campaign, the current streak ranking fourth. Detroit heads the list at 37 after Michigan State University had its 53-game streak snapped Saturday by the University of Wisconsin.
NCAA LEADERS: Gonzaga University senior point guard Dan Dickau is in three NCAA categories - 29th in free throw percentage (89.3%), 46th in scoring (19.4 ppg) and tied for 10th in 3-pointers made/game (3.5 made/game).
DICKAU ON WOODEN AWARD TOP 30 LIST: Point Guard Dan Dickau is the third straight Gonzaga University representative on the John R. Wood Award Midseason Top 30 candidates announced Dec. 28 for the 2001-02 Wooden Award All-America Team. Casey Calvary, a Wooden All-America pick last season, and Matt Santangelo in 2000 were the previous Bulldogs on the list. Dickau was on The Wooden Award Top 50 announced this past summer. On March 26, 2002, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Sunday, April 7, 2002, as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year."
FEW'S TWO-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few probably never thought life as a head coach would be so "sweet." But in his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Gonzaga, defending national champion Duke University and 2000 national champion Michigan State University are the only three schools to reach the Sweet Sixteen each of the past three seasons. Few was an assistant coach on Gonzaga's run to the 1999 Elite Eight. Few's 2-year record of 52-16 places him among elite company for second-year head coaches. His 2-year total of 52 wins has him tied for third for second-year coaches with Dan Monson, his predecessor at Gonzaga, and Ben Carnevale of the University of North Carolina (1945-46).
BULLDOGS HIT 20 WINS AGAIN: With a 26-7 record last season, Gonzaga University hit the 20-win plateau for the 8th time in the last 10 seasons, matching the 2000 win total and second all-time behind only the 1999 school record mark of 28-7. Last season marked the fifth time the Bulldogs have 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.
O-FER FROM THREE: The last time Gonzaga University took the collar from 3-point rangewas in an 0-for-5 night in The Kennel against the University of Portland on Jan. 27, 1993, a 71-53 Gonzaga victory. Gonzaga has made a 3-point field goal in 282 straight games. Gonzaga made a school record 291 treys in 1999.
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