The Bulldogs won an NCAA First Round Tournament game for the fifth time in the last six years with its 76-49 victory over Valparaiso, Thursday...lost to Wyoming in 2002 first round.
Bulldogs are 5-0 in KeyArena after knocking off Valparaiso...defeated Minnesota (75-63) and Stanford (82-74) in 1999 NCAA Tournament...defeated Washington (76-66), Dec. 13, 1999...defeated Missouri (87-80, OT), Dec. 13, 2003.
Gonzaga's win over Valparaiso was 17th straight for Bulldogs in state of Washington, including 16 this season...defeated Tulsa (69-60) at home in Martin Centre (The Kennel) in 2002-03 Bracket Buster game...this season, defeated Georgia (82-76, OT) and Eastern Washington (70-49) at Spokane Arena...won at Washington (86-62)...defeated Missouri (87-80, OT) at KeyArena...11-0 at home.
Gonzaga is 22-1 when leading at half...exception is season-opening loss to St. Joseph's (led 38-34, lost 73-66).
Blake Stepp's 202 assists in 2003-04 are second on the Bulldogs' single-season list...his 635 career assists are second all-time at Gonzaga...his 1,657 career points are fourth all-time at Gonzaga.
Cory Violette registered his eighth double-double of the season and 29th of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Valparaiso.
Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, only once has a No. 2 seed defeated a No. 10 seed in the second round and gone on to win the national championship (Kentucky-1998)...three other times, a No. 2 seed has defeated a No. 10 seed and finished national runner-up (Syracuse-1987, Arizona-2001 and Kansas-2003).
School record 21-game winning streak is currently the longest winning streak in the country.
Wolf Pack recorded first NCAA Tournament win in school history with 72-66 victory over No. 7 seed Michigan State, Thursday...win was first in nine tries for Nevada against the Big Ten.
In each of the last seven NCAA Tournaments, at least one No. 10 seed has advanced to the Sweet 16...since 1999, No. 10 seeds hold a 7-3 record against No. 2 seeds...two of the seven wins are courtesy of Gonzaga (1999, 2000)...the last Western Athletic Conference team to advance to the Sweet 16 was Tulsa in 2000.
Nevada can equal its school record for wins in a season (25), set in 1945-46, with a victory over Gonzaga.
Wolf Pack is 0-1 this season (lost 86-70 at Portland, Dec. 4) against West Coast Conference teams...Nevada is 143-208 all-time against current WCC teams.
Kirk Snyder scored a game-high 19 points in Nevada's win over Michigan State...Snyder has scored double-figures in 31 of the Wolf Pack's 32 games this season (exception Alabama State)...owns 76 career double-figure scoring games...ranks seventh on Nevada all-time scoring list with 1,365 points.
Sean Paul is third on Wolf Pack's career list for blocked shots with 105.
Wolf Pack is 4-0 on a neutral floor this season...Nevada won games over SMU, Rice and UTEP at Fresno State during the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
Nevada is 20-1 when holding its opponent under 70 points...Wolf Pack's win over Michigan State was second straight game when trailing at halftime (defeated UTEP in WAC Tournament Championship)...Nevada lost its first eight outings this season when trailing at intermission.
Wolf Pack overcame a 16-point first half deficit against Michigan State for its biggest comeback win of the season.
Cardinal's 71-45 over Texas-San Antonio, Thursday marked 10th straight year Stanford has won a first round game in the NCAA Tournament...Cardinal is 19-11 all-time in NCAA Tournament...at least one Pac-10 school has advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the last four years and 15 of the last 16 seasons.
A No. 1 seed has lost in the second round to a No. 8 seed eight times since 1985, the year the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams...in four of the eight cases, the No. 1 seed was in the West (Phoenix) region...a No. 1 seed has lost in the second round of the tournament in each even numbered year since 1990...top-seeded Stanford lost to No. 8 North Carolina (60-53) in second round of 2000 NCAA Tournament at Birmingham, Ala.
In four of the last five years, Stanford has dropped its second round game...in three of the four losses, Stanford was the higher seed...only second round win in the last five years was as a top-seed over No. 9 seed St. Joseph's (90-83) in 2001...Cardinal advanced to the regional final that season.
This year's Stanford squad is the third in school history to have 30 or more wins...Cardinal went 31-3 during 2000-01 season, while in 1997-98 the Cardinal went 30-5 en route to the Final Four.
In each of the last six seasons, the national champion has earned its 30th victory in the NCAA Tournament...Stanford's win over Texas-San Antonio was the 30th for the Cardinal this season...last team to win a national championship without recording its 30th victory in the NCAA Tournament was Arizona in 1997...Wildcats finished the season 25-9.
Stanford is 6-0 on a neutral floor this season.
Stanford is 14-6 against current members of the Southeastern Conference...last meeting was a 69-65 win over Florida in 2002-03 Preseason NIT...Cardinal 0-2 against SEC teams in NCAA Tournament play...lost to Kentucky (86-85 OT) in 1998 Final Four...Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery is 8-3 against SEC schools during his tenure on The Farm.
The Crimson Tide nipped Southern Illinois 65-64 in the first round, Thursday on Antoine Pettway's basket with five seconds remaining in the game...the shot was the third such last second game-winner in Pettway's Alabama career.
Alabama has advanced to the second round for the second time in the past three seasons...lost in the second round to Kent State in 2002...last year Alabama lost to Indiana in the first round...last trip to Sweet 16 was in 1991...at least one SEC school has reached the Sweet 16 in each of the last 14 seasons and 18 of the 19 tournaments held since the field expanded to 64 teams.
Alabama has held its opponent under 50 percent field goal shooting in 26 of 30 games this season...Crimson Tide is 7-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
First meeting against a No. 1 ranked team since playing at Florida Feb. 8, 2003 (lost, 75-56).
Alabama will attempt to become the ninth No. 8 seed to upset a top seed since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985...Villanova is the only No. 8 seed to win the national championship after defeating a No. 1 seed (Michigan, 59-55, 1985)...only three of the No. 8 seeds to upset a No. 1 seed failed to advance to a regional final.
Two other eighth-seeded SEC schools have defeated a No. 1 seed in second round since 1985 (Auburn over St. John's-1986 and Georgia over Purdue-1996).
Alabama is 3-1 in games against Pac-10 teams under Mark Gottfried...all four games were played on a neutral floor...Alabama defeated Oregon (87-86) at the Las Vegas Showdown Dec. 20, 2003...lost to UCLA (79-57) at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim in 2002...defeated Washington (69-60) at the 2001 Puerto Rico Holiday Classic...defeated Oregon State (59-49) in the 1999 Pearl Harbor Classic...the Tide is 9-4 all-time against the Pac-10...11 of 13 meetings against Pac-10 teams have been played on a neutral floor.
While an assistant coach at UCLA, Gottfried and the Bruins were 10-5 against the Cardinal.