Bulldogs Take No. 9 Ranking To SCU, USD
Feb. 5, 2002
Game No. 24 - Santa Clara Broncos
Thursday, Feb. 7 - 7:30 p.m. PST
Leavey Events Center - Santa Clara, CA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 7:15 p.m. PST
No. 9 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (20-3, 7-1 West Coast Conference)
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (9-12, 5-3 West Coast Conference)
Saturday, Feb. 9 - 7 p.m. PST
Jenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:15 p.m. PST
TV: FOX Sports Net Northwest, FOX West2
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (11-10, 3-5 West Coast Conference)
BULLDOGS CRACK TOP 10: Gonzaga University gained its highest national ranking ever this week when the Bulldogs jumped two spots to ninth in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. That ranking came on the heels of Sunday's No. 10 ranking in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25, up four spots from the previous week. Gonzaga's previous highest ranking ever was 11th in last week's AP poll. It's the ninth straight week for the Bulldogs in the AP rankings since cracking the list Dec. 12 at No. 25, the longest consecutive run by the Bulldogs in school history. Gonzaga had a 7-week appearance from Nov. 8-Dec. 12, 1999. Gonzaga is in the USA TODAY/ESPN poll for the eighth straight week, entering the poll 24th on Dec. 16.
SECOND ALL ALONE: Gonzaga University (7-1) remains a game off the pace in the West Coast Conference behind undefeated (8-0) Pepperdine University with the second contest of the year between the two clubs looming a week from Saturday (Feb. 16) in The Kennel. The Waves won the first meeting of the season in Malibu, Calif., 88-79. The Bulldogs gained sole possession of second place Jan. 24 by defeating the University of San Francisco in The Kennel, both teams entering the contest with 3-1 WCC records.
DICKAU WCC PLAYER OF MONTH: For the second straight month, Gonzaga University's Dan Dickau has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month. In eight games in January he averaged 21.5 ppg, went 49-for-103 from the field for 47.6 percent, 27-of-52 from 3-point range for 51.9 percent and 47-ofd-51 from the free throw line for 92.2 percent. He also averaged 5.8 assists and 0.9 steals.
DICKAU'S 39 EQUALS BEST: Senior point guard Dan Dickau equaled his career high when he poured in 39 points in Gonzaga University's 94-80 win at the University of Portland last Saturday. He also scored 39 last season at Santa Clara University, 31 of them in the second half. Saturday night the Vancouver, Wash., native, playing in front of the "home" fans for the last time in his career, tossed in 24 second-half points. He tied a Chiles Center record with his eight 3-pointers, one shy of his school mark set last season against SCU. Dickau was 12-of-18 from the field Saturday, including 8-of-11 from 3-point range. He scored 11 of Gonzaga's first 13 points, hitting three treys in the first 2:30.
DOUBLE FUN: Junior Zach Gourde recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the sixth of his career with 12 points and 11 rebounds in Gonzaga University's 102-67 rout of the University of Portland last week. The 11 rebounds were one shy of his career hit 12 reached three times in his career.
DISHING IT OUT: Blake Stepp matched his career high with 10 assists last week in Gonzaga University's home victory over the University of Portland. His other double-digit assist night was last season in The Kennel against the University of Washington, his first game at the point as he replaced the injured Dan Dickau for the first of nine games.
BEST START EVER: With a 20-3 record this season, Gonzaga University is off to its best start since joining the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1958-59 season. The 1966-67 campaign saw the Bulldogs start 14-2 prior to dropping three straight and being 17-6 after 23 games. The 1998-99 squad was 18-5 after 23 games.
HOT FROM THE FIELD: With last Saturday's 52.5 percent effort from the field, Gonzaga University has shot 50.0 percent or better in eight of its last 10 outings. After failing to hit the 50.0 barrier in their first six outings of the season, the Bulldogs have been at 50.0 percent or better in 10 of the last 17 games. Opponents, meanwhile have been over 50.0 percent just twice - Marquette University at 54.0 percent in a victory and Fresno State University at 51.6 percent in a Gonzaga win. Gonzaga has held 14 foes under 40.0 percent this season with the University of Portland's 36.5 percent last Saturday.
POUNDING THE BOARDS: Despite out rebounding the University of Portland in both games last week, Gonzaga University dropped to third in the latest NCAA statistics for rebounding margin. The Bulldogs, which sat atop the leader board last week, out rebounded the Pilots by a total of 12 boards in the two games, slipping to a +9.4 rebounding margin. The University of Wyoming is first at +9.8, followed by Dayton University at +9.7. The Bulldogs have been out rebounded just six times in 23 outings this season - 30-29 at home against Saint Mary's College, 47-33 at Pepperdine University (the only time Gonzaga has been out rebounded by double digits), 41-33 at home against Santa Clara University, 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 17 of 23 outings and 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 10th highest single-game total this season in NCAA Division I ranks.
DICKAU CRACKS TOP 10 ASSISTS LIST: Senior point guard Dan Dickau cracked the Gonzaga University career assists Top 10 list with 260 assists, moving ahead of Ken Tyler who held the 10th spot with 255 from 1974-75. Matt Santangelo (1997-00) heads the list with 668, surpassing the longtime record of 554 held by John Stockton (1981-84).
CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Senior guard Dan Dickau (904) and junior forward Zach Gourde (879) are closing in on 1,000 career points at Gonzaga University. Counting his two seasons at the University of Washington, Dickau has 1,069 career points.
BULLDOGS VS. BRONCOS: Santa Clara University leads the overall series with Gonzaga University 28-24. The Bulldogs have a modest two-game winning streak, including this year's 83-81 squeaker in the West Coast Conference opener in The Kennel on Jan. 11. Gonzaga's four-game winning streak from 1999-00 is the longest in the series.
BULLDOGS VS. TOREROS: Gonzaga University leads the overall series with the University of San Diego 35-19 after this year's 75-62 Bulldog victory in The Kennel the opening weekend of West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs have won five straight in the series, including a 72-69 win in the regular-season finale last season in San Diego on a Dan Dickau 3-pointer at the buzzer and a 76-68 win over host USD in the WCC Tournament semifinals.
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 126-9 at home for a nifty 93.3 winning percentage. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. The Bulldogs are 39-1 in The Kennel over the past four seasons with this year's 11-0 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 24-game home winning streak dating back to the last home game of the 1999-00 campaign, the current streak ranking tied for third with Tennessee Tech. Detroit heads the list at 39 after Michigan State University had its 53-game streak snapped earlier this season by the University of Wisconsin.
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: Gonzaga University (20-3) has hit the 20-win plateau this season the quickest in school history. The Bulldogs have now won 20 or more games in each of the past five seasons and in eight of the last nine campaigns. The Bulldogs went 26-7 record last season, matching the 2000 win total and second all-time behind only the 1999 school record mark of 28-7. This season is the sixth 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, the 2000 squad was 21-8 heading into the WCC Tournament and last year's team was 21-6 entering the WCC fray. 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 range was 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 288 straight games. Gonzaga made a school record 291 treys in 1999.
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