Bulldogs Ready For Indiana In NCAA Re-Match
March 13, 2007
Game No. 34 - Indiana University
NCAA Tournament First Round
Thursday, March 15 - 7 p.m. (approximately)
Arco Arena - Sacramento, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: CBS (check local listings)
No. 10 Seed GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (23-10; 11-3 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL (12.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA (18.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO (8.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA (7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 228, Jr., Kaduna, Nigeria (4.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.2 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 211-51 (8th year - 18th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Gonzaga University and Indiana University have met twice - the fifth-ranked Bulldogs taking last year's NCAA Tournament Second Round victory in Salt Lake City 90-80, and the Hoosiers claiming a 76-75 victory on Nov. 26, 2002, in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Indiana lost all but one point of a 17-point lead over the final 3:02 in Maui, but the 19th-ranked Hoosiers hung on for the win over the 20th-ranked Bulldogs.
Gonzaga University is 1-0 against Kelvin Sampson-coached teams, the Bulldogs defeating Washington State University Nov. 25, 1988, in the Inland Northwest Classic played in the now-demolished Spokane Coliseum. It was the only time the Bulldogs and Cougars played in Sampson's 7-year stint as head coach of the Cougars.
Gonzaga players Sean Mallon, Jeremy Pargo, David Pendergraft and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes played against Indiana last year, while Hoosiers Ben Allen, Earl Calloway, A.J. Ratliff, Errrek Suhr and Roderick Wilmont saw action against the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga University is 12-9 overall in the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs making their ninth straight appearance and 10th overall trip. The No. 3 seed Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen a year ago, defeating Xavier University and Indiana University before dropping a heartbreaking 73-71 decision to No. 2 Oakland Regional seed UCLA. Gonzaga led the Bruins 42-29 at halftime, led by as many as 14 points in the second half and still led 71-62 with 3:12 to play. But the Bruins went on an 11-0 run to end the game, including a jumper by Luc R. Mbah a Moute with :09 to play for a 72-71 UCLA lead. Arron Afflalo hit one of two free throws with :02 remaining.
The best NCAA Tournament run for the Bulldogs was 1999 when they advanced to the Elite Eight, falling to eventual NCAA champion University of Connecticut. Gonzaga followed that run with Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2000 and 2001 prior to last year's return to the Sweet Sixteen. Gonzaga has advanced to at least the second round in 7-of-9 NCAA Tournament trips.
Nine teams that dotted the Gonzaga University schedule this season will be playing in the NCAA Tournament, and another - the University of Georgia - is in the National Invitation Tournament field. The nine teams in the NCAA Tournament chase are No. 5 Midwest seed Butler University; No. 6 West seed Duke University; East seeds University of North Carolina (1), Washington State University (3) and University of Texas (4), and South seeds University of Memphis (2), University of Virginia (4), University of Nevada (7) and Stanford University (11). Gonzaga defeated North Carolina in the semifinals of the NIT in Madison Square Garden, Texas at the Hall of Fame Challenge in Phoenix, Ariz., and won at Stanford 90-86 in double-overtime. The Bulldogs dropped a late-season 78-77 overtime decision to Memphis in the Spokane Arena.
This will be Gonzaga University's third NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed. The Bulldogs advanced to the Elite Eight in 1999 and to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000 as a 10 seed. The Bulldogs were a third seed a year ago.
Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Ten teams on the Bulldogs schedule have been ranked at some point this season, including seven currently ranked as of March 5. The University of Memphis is fifth in both the Associated Press Poll and USA Today/ESPN balloting. The University of North Carolina is ranked fourth in USA Today/ESPN voting and eighth in the AP poll after holding the top spot earlier this season. Other ranked teams include the University of Nevada, Washington State University, University of Texas, Butler University and Duke University. The University of Washington, Stanford University and the University of Virginia were ranked at the time they played the Bulldogs. UW received votes in the AP poll this week, Virginia in the USA Today/ESPN poll. The seven ranked teams have a record of 190-46.
Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few earned his 200th career victory Jan. 13 at Santa Clara University. It was his 200th victory in his 247th game in his eight years as head coach, ranking him third on the "Fastest To 200 Wins" list in NCAA Division I history. Clair Bee, who coached Rider University and Long Island University, heads the list with 231 games while former Long Beach State University and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian reached 200 wins in 234 games. Few is tied for 15th on the "Fastest To 100 Wins" list, achieving that milestone is his 126th game. Few is also 100-12 in West Coast Conference play, having coached his 100th WCC game Jan. 8 in a 69-52 home win over Pepperdine University. The Bulldogs win over the University of San Francisco on Jan. 27 was Few's 250th game as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,444 career points to rank 13th. He is 9 points shy of passing Gary Lechman (1,452 from 1965-67) to move into 12th. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 11.5 ppg in his career. Raivio's 241 career 3-pointers, 578 3-point attempts and 352 assists all rank fourth on the Gonzaga career charts, while his 156 steals moved him ahead of Blake Stepp (152, 2001-04) and into third. His 341 career free throws moved him past John Stockton and into ninth ahead of Matt Santangelo. He needs 4 to pass Adam Morrison for eighth.
Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few announced the signing of four players to national letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs next fall. Scheduled to join the Bulldogs next season are freshmen Austin Daye, Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif.; Steven Gray, Bainbridge High, Bainbridge, Wash., and Robert Sacre (pronounced sack-rEE), Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver, British Columbia, and junior college transfer Ira Brown, Phoenix, Ariz., College who hails from Conroe, Texas. Daye, a 6-10, 190-pound wing, was ranked as the 32nd-best player nationally and as the ninth best small forward by one scouting service in the Class of 2007. He was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West first team as the seventh-leading vote getter and was named to the Hot 100 players for 2007 as selected by Sports Illustrated. Daye averaged 16 ppg, 9 rpg and 3.4 blocks/game as a junior for coach John Halagan. Gray, a 6-4, 190-pound guard, was ranked as the 52nd best player and the 13th best shooting guard in the Class of 2007. He was also named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West second team. He averaged 24.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4 assists and 2.5 steals last season for coach Scott Orness. Sacre, a 7-0, 255-pound post, was rated as the 100th best player in the Class of '07 and the seventh best center. He averaged 25 ppg, 12 rpg and 4 blocks/game for Handsworth Secondary School and coach Randy Storey last season, earning MVP of the British Columbia Provincial Tournament. Brown, a 6-4, 235-pound forward, was ranked as the 42nd best junior college player in the country after averaging 17 ppg, 10 rpg and shooting 60 percent from the field for Phoenix College and Coach Matt Gordon. A late bloomer to the collegiate game, Brown graduated from Willis High in Texas in May of 2001 and pursued a professional baseball career. He was drafted in the eight round of the 2001 Major League Draft by the Kansas City Royals and played four seasons of minor league baseball, including the 2002 season with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League. He attended Phoenix College last season, averaging 17.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, shooting 57.6 percent from the field (253-for-439) and blocking 59 shots. "This is the first time we've ever had a class nationally ranked," Few said of the recruiting class ranked 11th best in the nation by one scouting service.
Gonzaga is tied for sixth for the longest active NCAA Tournament Appearances Streak. The Bulldogs are making their ninth straight appearance in 2007, joining Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. Arizona extended its streak to 23, followed by Kansas (18), Kentucky (16), Duke (12) and Michigan State (10). Gonzaga coach Mark Few is ninth in consecutive appearances with eight behind Lute Olson, Arizona, 23; Roy Williams, Kansas/North Carolina, 18; Tubby Smith, Tulsa/Georgia/Kentucky, 14; Rick Barnes, Clemson/Texas, and Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, 12 each; Tom Izzo, Michigan State, 10; Billy Donovan, Florida, and Bill Self, Illinois/Kansas (9), and Few (8).
Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 457. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV held the all-time streak of 601 entering this season.
GONZAGA VS. INDIANA - SERIES TIED 1-1 2006 NCAA SECOND ROUND - Gonzaga 90, Indiana 80 3/18/06 6:04 p.m. at HUNTSMAN CENTER - SALT LAKE CITY, UT -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: INDIANA HOOSIERS 19-12 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 20 RATLIFF, A.J........ f 3-8 3-7 0-1 2 6 8 5 9 1 1 0 1 29 24 VADEN, Robert....... f 7-15 6-13 0-0 0 4 4 3 20 2 2 0 1 30 05 KILLINGSWORTH, Marco c 6-13 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 4 12 2 4 1 0 22 22 STRICKLAND, Marshall g 6-9 6-9 0-0 1 2 3 4 18 0 3 1 0 30 51 CALLOWAY, Earl...... g 6-12 1-2 0-0 4 5 9 4 13 10 0 0 0 33 10 WILMONT, Roderick... 3-9 0-3 0-3 3 2 5 4 6 0 2 0 0 21 11 SUHR, Errek......... 0-1 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 12 21 ALLEN, Ben.......... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 10 23 KLINE, Sean......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 33 MONROE, Lewis....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 TEAM................ 1 1 Totals.............. 31-69 16-36 2-6 14 24 38 29 80 18 13 3 2 200
Although the Big Ten Conference hasn't been kind to Gonzaga University over the years, the Bulldogs bring a two-game wining streak against the league into Thursday's match-up with Indiana University in the NCAA Tournament First Round, including last year's 90-80 Gonzaga win over the Hoosiers. GU downed Michigan State University 109-106 in triple overtime in 2005 in one of the classic games ever at the EA Sports Maui Invitational to snap a five-game losing streak against the conference. The Bulldogs current run of NCAA Tournaments began with a 75-63 over Minnesota in the 1999 NCAA First Round at KeyArena in Seattle. Gonzaga lost to Purdue 75-66 in the 2000 NCAA Sweet 16 in Albuquerque, NM, and fell to Michigan State 77-62 in the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 in Atlanta, the Bulldogs only other NCAA contests against a Big Ten school prior to last season. The Bulldogs also lost to Purdue 83-68 in the 1999 Pre-Season NIT in West Lafayette, Ind. Gonzaga has a 71-63 win over Penn State, that victory at the 1988 Cowboy Shootout in Casper, Wyo., in the consolation game and prior to the Nittany Lions joining the Big Ten. Gonzaga is 4-11 overall against the Big Ten Conference.
Gonzaga University and Indiana University played two common opponents this season. Both teams lost to Butler University, the Bulldogs 79-71 in the title game of the National Invitation Tournament in Madison Square Garden while Indiana fell 60-55 in the NIT Midwest Regional title game in Indianapolis, Ind. Gonzaga fell to Duke University 61-54 in Madison Square Garden, while the Hoosiers fell 54-51 at Duke.
Gonzaga earned the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by winning its eighth West Coast Conference Tournament title in the last nine years. The top-seeded Bulldogs, who won their seventh straight WCC regular-season title, downed the University of San Diego 88-70 in the semifinals and No. 2 seed Santa Clara University 77-68 in the title game. Indiana earned an at-large berth after going 10-6 to finish third in the Big Ten Conference and dropping its Big Ten Tournament opener against Illinois 58-54 in overtime.
Derek Raivio, who earlier this season set a school and West Coast Conference record with 44 straight free throws, saw his most recent streak end at 56 when he missed his first free throw attempt in the season finale at the University of San Diego. Raivio had gone 10-for-10 two days earlier at the University of San Francisco to run his school and West Coast Conference consecutive made streak to 56. He had also set the mark earlier this season when he made 44 straight. He's gone at least 10-for-10 in a game four times this season - going 10-10 against Baylor University, 12-12 against Santa Clara University, 10-for-10 against USF and 10-for-10 in the WCC Tournament title game with Santa Clara University. Prior to connecting on 44 straight he had shared the school record of 41 with Geoff Goss. Through games of March 8 he was leading the NCAA in free throw shooting, connecting on 125-of-130 for 96.2 percent (New rankings come out Tuesday). He's currently 146-152 for 96.1. He is a career 92.7 percent (341-for-368) shooter from the line, currently first in NCAA history. Gary Buchanan of Villanova was the career leader heading into the season at 91.3 percent (324-for-355). The career leader is based on a minimum of 300 free throws made and 2.5/game.
Junior David Pendergraft had the first 20-point game of his career in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals against the University of San Diego when he tossed in a career-high 22. He went 8-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range and hit both free throw attempts. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Micah Downs recorded the first double-doubles of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds against the University of San Diego in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals and 12 points and 10 boards against Santa Clara University in the title game. The 10 rebounds were also a career high.
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