Men's Basketball Begins March Madness In San Diego
Feb. 27, 2001
Game No. 28 - Saint Mary's College
Saturday, March 3 - 2 p.m. - West Coast Conference Tournament
Jenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA
Radio: ESPN 630 AM The Score 25 minutes prior to tipoff
#1 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (21-6, 13-1 in West Coast Conference)
#8 SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (2-26, 0-14 in West Coast Conference)
BULLDOGS OPEN WITH SAINT MARY'S: Top-seeded Gonzaga University (21-6, 13-1) will face No. 8 Saint Mary's College in the opening round of the West Coast Conference Tournament Saturday in the second game of the first session. Tipoff for the Gonzaga-SMC game should come between 2-2:30 p.m. The game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the noon opener between No. 2 Pepperdine University and No. 7 University of Portland. The Bulldogs and the Gaels have known for a week they would face each other in the first round, Gonzaga clinching the top seed with a week to go in the regular season, and the Gaels relegated to eighth place.
GONZAGA-SMC HISTORY: One has to go back to just last season to find the last time Gonzaga University and Saint Mary's College met in the West Coast Conference Tournament. The No. 2 Bulldogs topped the No. 7 Gaels 76-49 in last year's first round. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's have met four times in the WCC Tournament, the Bulldogs winning all four. In addition to last year's victory, the Bulldogs took a 70-57 semifinal victory in 1999 as the No. 1 seed after the No. 6 Gaels pulled a first-round upset over No. 3 University of San Diego, a 64-54 first-round victory in 1996 in a No. 2 vs. No. 7 matchup and captured a 69-59 semifinal victory in 1995 on their way to their inaugural WCC Tournament title and NCAA berth. Gonzaga was the fourth seed, SMC the third seed in '95.
BULLDOGS AS NO. 1 SEED: This is the fourth time Gonzaga University enters the WCC Tournament as the top seed. The Bulldogs lost to the University of San Diego in the semifinals in 1994, fell to the University of San Francisco in the championship game in 1998 and captured the crown against Santa Clara University in 1999. Gonzaga's overall record as the top seed is 6-2.
GOING FOR THE HAT TRICK: Gonzaga University is seeking its third straight West Coast Conference Tournament title and the fourth overall. No team has won three straight, although LMU, as regular-season champion, was awarded the WCC's automatic berth into the 1990 NCAA Tournament following the death of Hank Gathers during the WCC tourney. LMU had won back-to-back titles in 1988 and '89.
BULLDOGS IN WCC TOURNAMENT: Gonzaga University brings a 17-11 record in West Coast Conference Tournament play into Saturday's first round game against Saint Mary's College. The Bulldogs lost their first five games in the tournament, and are 17-6 over the past nine years. Gonzaga's inaugural WCC Tournament win was a 61-48 verdict over the University of San Diego in the 1992 tourney at the University of Portland. Here's how Gonzaga has fared in the tournament:
YEAR SEED OPPONENT SCORE GU W/L 1987 #2 #7 Pepperdine 76-73 L 1988 #5 #4 Pepperdine 81-70 L 1989 #6 #3 Loyola Marymount 101-98 L 1990 #8 #1 Loyola Marymount 121-84 L 1991 #6 #3 San Diego 72-62 L 1992 #4 #5 San Diego 61-48 W #2 Santa Clara 54-51 W #1 Pepperdine 73-70 L 1993 #2 #7 Portland 77-57 W #3 Santa Clara 53-51 L 1994 #1 #8 Loyola Marymount 91-76 W #4 San Diego 83-75 L 1995 #4 #5 San Diego 74-57 W #3 Saint Mary's 69-59 W #2 Portland 80-67 W 1996 #2 #7 Saint Mary's 64-54 W #8 Pepperdine 76-48 W #5 Portland 76-68 L 1997 #5 #4 San Diego 64-59 L 1998 #1 #8 Loyola Marymount 79-78 W #7 San Diego 79-54 W #5 San Francisco 80-67 L 1999 #1 #8 Portland 86-63 W #6 Saint Mary's 70-57 W #4 Santa Clara 91-66 W 2000 #2 #7 Saint Mary's 76-49 W #4 Santa Clara 58-55 W #1 Pepperdine (OT) 69-65 W
BULLDOGS SWEEP GAELS: Gonzaga University leads the series against Saint Mary's College 31-20 and has won eight straight, including both meetings this year 102-48 in Moraga on Jan. 13 and the re-match Feb. 11 in The Kennel 90-64. Gonzaga has won 14 of the last 16 contests. The last win by the Gaels in the series was a 76-73 in 1998 in Moraga, Calif.
GONZAGA 102, SAINT MARY'S 48 - 1/13/01: Gonzaga got a balanced all-around effort in a record-setting 102-48 win in the first meeting this season. The 54-point victory was the thrid of the season by 50 or more points for the Bulldogs, and was their largest WCC victory in 22 years of conference membership. Dan Dickau had 15 points and 12 assists, falling one assist shy of matching the school record held by John Stockton (twice), Matt Santangelo and Ken Tyler. Gonzaga shot 36-of-56 for 64 percent and never trailed following a game-opening3-pointer from Blake Stepp.
GONZAGA 90, SAINT MARY'S 64 - 2/11/01: Casey Calvary scored 28 points to crack Gonzaga's top 10 scoring list, and the Bulldogs won their school record 12th straight game with a 90-64 victory in The Kennel. The Bulldogs opened a quick 10-point lead just 6:00 into the contest, pounding the ball inside and hitting 6-of-7 free throws in building a 17-7 lead. Calvary scored 16 of his 28 points in the opening half, finishing 8-for-17 from the field and 11-for-14 from the line before exiting in favor of reserve Jay Sherrell with 3:51 to play. The Gaels cut a 24-point deficit 15 at 71-56 with 7:30 to play. But the Bulldogs came back when Mark Spink blocked a Tyler Herr shot at the free throw line and went coast-to-coast or a layin to start a 15-2 Gonzaga run that took the lead to 86-58 with 4:24 to play. Dan Dickau scored 19 points, 17 in the second half. Jovan paced the Gaels with 18 points. Chris Schlatter had 17 and Ross Benson 10.
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.
BULLDOGS HIT 20 WINS AGAIN: With a 21-6 record, Gonzaga University has hit the 20-win plateau for the 8th time in the last 10 seasons. The Bulldogs' 26 wins last season were second all-time behind only the 1999 school record mark of 28-7. This year marks 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.
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 115-9 at home for a nifty 92.7 winning percentage. The Bulldogs have put the finishing touches on a 12-0 home record this season, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. The Bulldogs are 32-1 in The Kennel over the past three seasons. Last year's 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 second-longest active streak in the country.
CALVARY MOVES INTO TOP 10 IN SCORING... Senior forward Casey Calvary has become the 22nd player in Gonzaga University history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier, entering Saturday's West Coast Conference Tournament game against Saint Mary's College with 1,410 points. He needs 18 points to overtake Doug Spradley (1,427 from 1986-89) for 9th.
...AND SURPASSES 700 REBOUNDS: Casey Calvary became just the fourth player in Gonzaga University history to join the 1,000-point/700-rebound club. He grabbed 7 rebounds against Monmouth University on Dec. 30, 2000, to join the 600 rebound club, and hauled in 6 rebounds Feb. 22, 2001, at Santa Clara University to surpass the 700 mark. He has 711 rebounds entering Saturday's West Coast Conference Tournament game against Saint Mary's College 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/700 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. But the record was short-lived. With 34 this season, Calvary now has 194 in his career, but he's been caught by current University of San Francisco shot block artist Hondre Brewer for the all-time WCC lead. 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 259 straight games. Gonzaga made a school record 291 treys in 1999.
BULLDOGS WIN 15-OF-16: Gonzaga University enters the West Coast Confernce Tournament having won 15 of its last 16 outings. The Bulldogs' 14-game winning streak, which was tied with Hofstra University for the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division I, was halted with their loss at Santa Clara University the final week of the regular season. The 14-game streak bettered the Bulldogs' 11-game streak set late last year. The setback also prevented the Bulldogs from going undefeated in West Coast Conference play for the first time in their 22-year WCC membership. The last WCC team to go 14-0 was Pepperdine University in 1992. The Bulldogs, nonetheless, came back to defeated the University of San Diego in the regular-season finale to set a school record for WCC wins with 13. Twice the Bulldogs have gone 12-2 in winning the WCC regular-season title - 1999 and 1994.
BULLDOGS 4th IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Gonzaga University fell from seconed to fourth in this week's collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. Hofstra University (23-4), which has the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division I with 15, tops 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, Missouri Valley, Mid-Eastern, Midwestern Collegiate, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Sun Belt, Trans America and West Coast conferences.
CALVARY SLOWED BY BRONCOS, TOREROS: Gonzaga University senior Casey Calvary was held to single-digit scoring for the first time this season with his 7 points at Santa Clara University and 9 at the University of San Diego on the final weekend of the regular season. It was Calvary's lowest production since scoring 5 points aqainst Pepperdine University last season in The Kennel. Calvary had a string of 22 straight double-digit scoring games and 31 of his last 33 snapped on the road swing.
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 216-89 since the 1991-92 season for a .708 winning percentage.
NO TELEVISON UNTIL CHAMPIONSHIP: There will be no television coverage of the West Coast Conference Tournament until Monday's championship game which will be televised live by ESPN at 9 p.m. PST.
SPINK HITS THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University senior Mark Spink had his second double-digit rebounding night of the season with his 10 rebounds at Santa Clara University the final week of the regular season. Spink, who grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds earlier this season against the University of Portland, now has three double-digit rebounding games in his career. The first came last season with 10 against the University of San Diego as he recorded his first career double-double with a 10 point, 10 rebound night against the Toreros.
DANNY BOY: Think junior point guard Dan Dickau hasn't been an important cog in Gonzaga University's 21-6 record and 13-1 West Coast Conference mark? Think again. The Bulldogs are 16-2 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. 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 18.3 ppg and 7.2 assists/game.
DICKAU MOVES PAST ELITE GROUP: Junior Dan Dickau passed an elite list of Gonzaga University sharpshooters on his way to the Bulldogs' single-game record for treys at Santa Clara University. Matt Santangelo, Richie Frahm (twice), John Rillie and Jarrod Davis shared the previous record of 8 3-pointers in a game. Santangelo and Rillie each did it on the same court as Dickau on Thursday. Santangelo went 8-for-11 from 3-point range against the Broncos in the WCC Tournament championship game March 1, 1999, and Rillie accomplished the feat with an 8-for-12 night against the University of San Diego in the first round of the WCC Tournament on March 4, 1995.
40 OR BUST: With his 39 points at Santa Clara University, Dan Dickau missed by one of becoming the latest member of Gonzaga University's 40-point club. The last player to score 40 in a game was Jim McPhee when he poured in 42 in The Kennel against Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 27, 1990. McPhee had also scored 42 against the Lions eight days previously in a game at LMU. The Gonzaga single-game record is 52 points by Frank Burgess against UC-Davis on Jan. 26, 1961. Gonzaga has had 13 40-point performances in its NCAA Division I history, Burgess leading the way with seven.
GOURDE GETS CAREER HIGH: Sophomore forward Zach Gourde had zeroed in on his career high a couple of times this season, but failed to match it until the final game of the regular season when he scored 22 at the University of San Diego. He also scored 22 against Eastern Washington University and the University of Texas-Pan American last season. Gourde has three 20-point nights to his credit this season. In addition to USD, he scored 21 against Monmouth University and 20 in the first meeting with Santa Clara University in The Kennel.
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