Men's Basketball Home For Two Games
Feb. 12, 2003
Game No. 24 - Saint Mary's College
Thursday, Feb. 13 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
KALE 960 (Tri-Cities)
Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-6; 8-1 West Coast Conference)
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (11-10; 4-4 West Coast Conference)
Saturday, Feb. 15 - 6 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
KALE 960 (Tri-Cities)
Pre-game show at 5:30 p.m.
TV: KHQ (Spokane);
KRON (San Francisco)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (10-11; 5-3 West Coast Conference)
BULLDOGS RETURN HOME: Gonzaga University returns home for a pair of West Coast Conference games after seeing its 9-game winning streak and undefeated West Coast Conference mark snapped at Loyola Marymount University. That loss came on the heels of an inspired win at Pepperdine University. Saint Mary's College visits Thursday, with the University of San Francisco at The Kennel Saturday for a rare 6 p.m. tipoff.
IT'S A RACE: When Loyola Marymount University beat Gonzaga University last Saturday it did more than ruin the Bulldogs hopes for an unblemished West Coast Conference season. It threw the WCC standings into a hotly contested race. The Bulldogs hold a 1-game lead over the University of San Diego in the loss column, with the Bulldogs visiting the Toreros on March 1 for the final game of the regular season.
STEPP CLIMBS: Junior guard Blake Stepp continues to climb on a couple of career lists. His 183 3-pointers rank fifth behind Richie Frahm (280), Matt Santangelo (252), John Rillie (230) and Dan Dickau (188). His 377 career assists are third behind Santangelo (668) and Stockton (554).
SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University has lost less than 10 games in each of the past four seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 and 28-7, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in his three previous seasons.
BULLDOGS ON THE AIR: All Gonzaga University basketball games can be heard on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio in Spokane and KALE 960 in the Tri-Cities. KREM-TV sports anchor Tom Hudson is in his first season behind the microphone calling all the radio action of Bulldog basketball beginning with the pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff. Gonzaga basketball can also be accessed off the Internet via subscription to the Online College Sports Network. OCSN, the official athletics web site provider for Gonzaga, offers many new features via its audio subscription service and all sites on the OCSN web site are included in the subscription. Subscriptions are available by visiting the Gonzaga site at http://www.gozags.com.
BULLDOGS ON THE TUBE: As many as 26 Gonzaga University regular-season contests could be televised through the West Coast Conference Tournament. KHQ-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise 10 games from The Kennel as well as road games from the University of Montana and against Stanford University at the Pete Newell Challenge. KHQ-TV news anchor Greg Heister returns for his second season on KHQ/PAX. Former Bulldog Jeff Brown and former NBA and Washington State University standout Craig Ehlo will join Heister on the broadcasts. The Bulldogs could appear as many as eight times on ESPN or ESPN2, including upcoming at Pepperdine University for Rivalry Week, at home against Tulsa University in Bracket Busters and in the semifinals and championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament.
FEW ON RADIO: The "Gonzaga Coaches Show" will be aired on 16 Tuesdays throughout the season on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio, the home of Bulldog basketball. The show will feature head coach Mark Few, members of his staff and other special guests. The show will air live from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. from one of four Applebee's locations in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area. Play-by-play commentator Tom Hudson will host the show. The next broadcast will be Feb. 18 from Applebee's in Coeur d'Alene.
GAINING CONFIDENCE: Senior guard Winston Brooks has increased his offensive production over the last four games, averaging nearly 6.0 ppg. He's 8-for-18 from the field with 23 points over that stretch after going 3-for-8 and scoring just 9 points over the previous four games.
VIOLETTE SHOOTS: Junior center Cory Violette is 13-for-18 from the field for 72.2 percent the past three games. He's connected on 52.1 percent for the season.
GOURDE HITS MILESTONE: Senior forward Zach Gourde recorded the 500th rebound of his career against Loyola Marymount University. He became the seventh member of the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club at Gonzaga. Casey Calvary (1,509/757 from 1998-01) and Jeff Brown (1,646/515 from 1992-94) are the most recent additions. Four players in Gonzaga history have scored 1,000 points and grabbed 700 rebounds. Gourde is also ninth in field goals made with 436 as he chases Doug Spradley in eighth with 462. He is also fourth in career blocked shots with 77, moving ahead of Paul Rogers (72). Mark Spink (80) is just ahead of him. Casey Calvary is the all-time leader in blocks with 207.
POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University led the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin last season with a +8.9 margin to edge Louisiana Tech University (+8.8) by the slimmest of margins. Cory Violette paced the Bulldogs with his 8.3 rpg, including a 20-rebound night against Fresno State University that ranked tied for 13th nationally. GU is +6.6 thus far this season.
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, the Bulldogs losing a 29-game home winning streak Dec. 31, 2002, that ranked third longest in the country. In the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 135-10 at home for a nifty 93.1 winning percentage after capping a 13-0 home season in 2002 and winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 52-2 in The Kennel over the past five seasons. 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.
FEW'S THREE-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few's 81-20 record makes him the winningest third-year coach in NCAA history, surpassing Bill Guthridge of the University of North Carolina (1998-00) and Everett Case of North Carolina State University (1947-49) who each won 80 games in their first three seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach. In his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs 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.
QUICKEST TO 100: With wins in the next two games, Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few would tie for 15th as the fastest NCAA Division I coach to 100 career wins. Few is currently 98-26. Tony Hinkle of Butler University and Ray Meyer of DePaul University both reached 100 wins in their 126th game. Few would become the sixth coach to win 100 games in four seasons to tie for first for fewest years to 100.
LAST FOUR YEARS: Gonzaga University trails only Duke University, Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati in wins from 1998-02. The Bulldogs won 109 games, while Duke leads the list with 128 over that span.
DOUBLING UP: Cory Violette recorded his seventh double-double of the season and the 18th of his career with 11 points and 14 rebounds at Pepperdine. Ronny Turiaf got his third double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with a career-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds at the University of Portland.
BULLDOGS SIGN A PAIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few signed Adam Morrison, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Spokane's Mead High, and Derek Raivio, a 6-1, 155-pound point guard from Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash., in November. Morrison averaged 24.4 ppg as a junior last season to lead the Greater Spokane League, while Raivio averaged 22.6 ppg as the Greater St. Helen's League 4A Player of the Year.
BULLDOGS HOST TULSA IN BRACKET BUSTER: Gonzaga University will host the University of Tulsa as the final game of "Bracket Buster Saturday" Feb. 22. The Bulldogs and Golden Hurricane will tip off from The Kennel at 9 p.m. PST in a game to be aired on ESPN. The Bracket Buster concept was devised by ESPN to give teams a chance to play a major game late in the season to help improve their RPI. Gonzaga (RPI of 40) and Tulsa (57) was the only pre-determined match-up of the nine games involving 18 teams. The complete pairings were announced Feb. 2.
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