Bulldogs End Home Season Against LMU, Pepperdine
Feb. 14, 2001
Game No. 24 - Loyola Marymount University
Thursday, February 15 - 7 p.m.
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: ESPN 630 AM The Score 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: GUTV (Channel 15 on Spokane AT&T Cable - No Satellite)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (18-5, 10-0 in West Coast Conference)
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (7-16, 3-7 West Coast Conference)
Saturday, February 17 - 3 p.m.
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: KXLY 920 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Net (Channel 34 on Spokane AT&T Cable)
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (17-6, 9-1 in West Coast Conference)
G - 3 Brandon Armstrong, 6-4, 180, Jr., Vallejo, CA
BULLDOGS CAN CLINCH AT HOME: Gonzaga University controls its destiny and what better place for it to unfold than in The Kennel. That's the situation facing the Bulldogs this week as they try to put the finishing touches on clinching the top seed into the West Coast Conference Tournament. It's simple. Beat Loyola Marymount University on Thursday and Pepperdine University on Saturday and the top seed heading to San Diego, Calif., March 3-5 for the WCC Tournament belongs to the Bulldogs. Regardless of what happens in next week's WCC regular-season finales. By closing out the home season undefeated, the Bulldogs would clinch no worse than a tie for the WCC regular-season title with Pepperdine University. But a win over the Waves in the home finale would give Gonzaga the season series and assure Gonzaga of no worse than a first-place tie with the Waves. A Pepperdine loss at the University of Portland Thursday and a Bulldog sweep this week would allow the Bulldogs to clinch the regular-season crown outright in The Kennel.
STREAKING BULLDOGS: Gonzaga University set a school record winning streak with Sunday's 90-64 victory over Saint Mary's College, the 12th straight victory for the Bulldogs. That snapped the previous record of 11 set late last season on the way to a 26-9 campaign. The Bulldogs are now tied for second for active winning streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The University of North Carolina won its 18th straight game last Saturday with a 96-82 win over the University of Maryland. The Bulldogs are tied with Hofstra University, which won its 12th straight Sunday with a 73-54 win over the University of Hartford. Gonzaga and Hofstra moved up a notch when UC Irvine had its 13-game streak snapped last Thursday in a 67-52 road loss to Utah State University.
DICKAU WCC CO-PLAYER OF WEEK: Junior point guard Dan Dickau averaged 23.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.5 assists/game in leading Gonzaga University to its sweep last weekend, earning the Vancouver, Wash., native West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week honors. Dickau hit 9-of-13 shots from the field for 56.0 percent, 4-of-6 from 3-point range and went a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line. He set a career high with his 28 points in the Bulldogs' 84-82 escape against the University of San Francisco, bettering his previous best of 25 points set two week's earlier against the University of San Diego. He shared the honor with Craig Lewis of Pepperdine University. Lewis scored a career-high 20 points at Santa Clara University, and averaged 16.5 ppg for the week. Dickau's award marks the second straight week a Bulldog has been honored, Casey Calvary getting the nod the previous week.
DANNY BOY: Think junior point guard Dan Dickau hasn't been an important cog in Gonzaga University's 18-5 record and current 12-game winning streak? Think again. The Bulldogs are 13-1 with Dickau in the lineup, 5-4 without him. He missed nine games prior to the start of West Coast Conference play with a broken left index finger. Since his return the Bulldogs are 10-0 and sitting alone atop the WCC standings. He was averaging 16.0 ppg and 5.0 assists/game through the first four games of the season at the time of his injury. Since his return he is averaging 17.0 ppg and 7.2 assists/game.
BULLDOGS 4th IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Gonzaga University is ranked fourth in this week's collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. Utah State University (21-3) leads the poll. The Mid-Major Top 25 is comprised of schools from the America East, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Continent, Mid-Eastern, Midwestern Collegiate, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Sun Belt, Trans America and West Coast conferences.
BULLDOGS CLOSE TO CRACKING TOP 25: Gonzaga University received 36 points in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, ranking the Bulldogs 31st if the poll was carried out. Gonzaga received 7 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 for 35th place if the poll were extended.
USF SHOOTS BETTER THAN 50 PERCENT: The University of San Francisco became just the second team to shoot 50.0 percent or better from the field this year against Gonzaga University when the Dons went 30-of-59 for 50.8 percent in Friday's 84-82 Gonzaga win. Only Boise State University had achieved the feat prior to Friday, the Broncos going 33-of-60 for 55.0 percent in a 94-69 BSU win in the BSU Pavilion.
FOES FROM THREE: Not since Santa Clara hit 13 3-pointers in an 81-70 Broncos on Feb. 25, 2000, has a team made as many treys against Gonzaga University as the University of San Francisco did last Friday night. The Dons went 15-of-19 from 3-point range, including 12-of-16 in the second half in cutting as much as a 22-point second-half deficit down to the final 84-82 margin.
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. 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 113-9 at home for a nifty 92.6 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 10-0 at home this season and have a winning margin of 25.1 ppg.
CALVARY PASSES 1,000-POINT PLATEAU... Senior forward Casey Calvary has become the 22nd player in Gonzaga University history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier, entering Thursday's game with Loyola Marymount University with 1,355 points. That ranks him 10th in school history, moving past John Stockton (1,340) and Bill Suter (1,354) last Sunday. Calvary could probably move as high as sixth, needing 193 points to move past Jerry Vermillion into the sixth spot.
...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 686 rebounds entering Thursday's game with Loyola Marymount University to rank fourth on the all-time list. 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.
BLOCK PARTY: With three blocks against Santa Clara University on Jan. 25, 2001, Casey Calvary became the most prolific shot blocker in West Coast Conference history with 186. With 30 this season, Calvary now has 190 in his career. Calvary is by far the all-time leader in GU history (Tim Ruff is second with 99).
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. 30, 1993, a 71-53 Gonzaga victory. Gonzaga has made a 3-point field goal in 255 straight games. Gonzaga made a school record 291 treys in 1999.
BANKHEAD SIDELINED AGAIN: Backup guard Kyle Bankhead, who was cleared to play on Jan. 26, suffered a relapse of his injured left hand. A piece of the broken bone shifted out of alignment during practice prior to last week's games, and he was placed in a hard cast to help hold the bone in place. He will be examined again this Wednesday and his status determined for this weekend. He suffered a broken third metacarpal on his left hand the opening weekend of West Coast Conference play and has not played in eight straight games. The walk-on redshirt freshman scored in double digits each of the last four games prior to the injury. He's averaging 10.5 ppg in that stretch.
GONZAGA-SAN DIEGO TIME CHANGED: Gonzaga University's West Coast Conference men's basketball game at the University of San Diego on Saturday, February 24, has been changed to an 8 p.m. tipoff to accommodate a FOX Sports Net television audience. The game was originally scheduled for 5 p.m., but was changed to get television clearance on FOX Sports Net affiliates on the West Coast.
BEST WCC START: For the third straight season Gonzaga University is out of the blocks quickly in the West Coast Conference chase, and this year's 10-0 WCC start is the best in school history. Gonzaga opened last season's WCC action with a 9-0 record prior to dropping back-to-back games at Pepperdine University and at home to the University of San Diego. In 1999 the Bulldogs raced to an 8-0 start prior to dropping their first WCC outing of the season at USD. Gonzaga has started each of the past five seasons of WCC play no worse than 2-0 since dropping the WCC opener in 1996. No Gonzaga team has ever run the table in WCC.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount University is greatly improved over last season when the Lions went 2-25 overall, 0-14 in the West Coast Conference and failed to win a Division I game. Steve Aggers, no stranger to the WCC and Gonzaga University, coaches the Lions. Aggers is a former Pepperdine University assistant (1990-94), and spent the past five seasons as the head coach at Eastern Washington University, located 18 miles from Gonzaga. The Waves are 7-16 overall, 3-7 in the WCC entering Thursday's game. Robert Davis paces the Waves with his 12.1 ppg, one of six Lions to average in double figures. LMU brings a 3-game losing streak into The Kennel. Gonzaga leads the overall series 35-18 and has won 11 straight and 18 of the last 20. Gonzaga took this year's first meeting 84-64 in Los Angeles in a game in which the Bulldogs shot 65.3 percent from the field.
SCOUTING THE WAVES: If both Gonzaga University and Pepperdine University hold service on Thursday, Saturday's matinee could be for all the marbles in the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga won the first meeting 93-79 in Malibu, Calif., shooting a season-high 66.7 percent from the field (30-of-45) and hitting 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Brandon Armstrong, who figures to be in a two-player race with the Bulldogs' Casey Calvary for WCC Player of the Year honors, averages 21.7 ppg and was the WCC Player of the Month for January after Calvary carted off the honor for December. Pepperdine leads the overall series 29-20. Pepperdine last won in The Kennel in 1998, taking a 65-64 verdict.
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 213-88 since the 1991-92 season for a .707 winning percentage.
BULLDOGS SLIP TO SECOND: Gonzaga University slipped to second nationally in this week's NCAA Division I field goal percentage statistics. Gonzaga is shooting 50.8 percent from the field, while Austin Peay State University moved into the top spot at 51.1 percent.
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