NCAA Third Round Matchup Provides 2012 WCC Preview

March 18, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 35 - Brigham Young University Cougars
NCAA Tournament Third Round
March 19 - 4:45 p.m. PST
Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane); ESPN 1410 (Walla Walla, WA); KALE 960 (Tri-Cities, WA)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: CBS
No. 11 Seed GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (25-9; 11-3 West Coast)
G -    3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals)
G -   2 Marquise Carter, 6-4, 178, Jr., San Diego, CA
       (6.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
       (13.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.8 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (12.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  316-82 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

No. 3 Seed BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY COUGARS (31-4; 14-2 Mountain West) G - 4 Emory Jackson, 6-3, 190, Sr., Alpine, UT (12.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 assists, 2.7 steals) G - 31 Kyle Collinsworth, 6-9, 235, So., Provo, UT (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks) G - 32 Jimmer Fredette, 6-2, 195, Sr., Glens Falls, NY (28.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals) F - 1 Charles Abouo, 6-5, 215, Jr., Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (7.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 34 Noah Hartsock, 6-8, 230, Jr., Bartlesville, OK (8.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.7 blocks) HEAD COACH: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983) BYU RECORD: 158-44 (6th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

ON THE AIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball can be heard on Sports Radio 1510 KGA and KEYF-FM 101.1 in Spokane, ESPN Radio 1410 KTEL in Walla Walla, Wash., and ESPN Radio 960 KALE in Richland, Wash. The network pre-game show begins one hour prior to tipoff. Tom Hudson returns for his eighth season behind the microphone calling the action and former Bulldog Matt Santangelo will join Hudson as the analyst, replacing Richard Fox who was Hudson's sidekick the past three seasons. Fox had to step aside to focus on his career. An expanded 45-minute post-game show will again follow every game. Gonzaga's radio rights are owned by IMG, the multi-media rights partner for Gonzaga University athletics, which reached a 9-year agreement with Radio Spokane to air Bulldog basketball.

ON THE TUBE: KHQ-TV in Spokane and FSN will once again televise every Gonzaga University game not televised by another entity. In all, 14 regular-season games will be aired locally. Greg Heister returns for his 10th season behind the microphone as the television voice of the Bulldogs. Craig Ehlo begins his fifth season as the color commentator next to Heister. IMG, the multi-media rights partner for Gonzaga University athletics, announced a 10-year extension with KHQ-TV and FSN Northwest for broadcast of Gonzaga men's basketball and other events programming through the 2017-18 season.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: The Mark Few TV Show will air every Sunday following NFL football on KHQ-TV, and every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on FSN. Greg Heister will host. The Mark Few Radio Show will air Monday from noon-1 p.m. on Sports Radio 1510 KGA unless the Bulldogs are traveling or have a game. The "GU Coaches Show" hosted by Tom Hudson air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. live from Tomato Street in Spokane and will air on 101.1 FM and be simulcast on 1510 KGA whenever there isn't a live sports programming conflict.

Saturday's game between No. 11 seed Gonzaga University and No. 3 seed Brigham Young has plenty of story lines. The much-heralded move for BYU from the Mountain West Conference to the West Coast Conference had several bystanders looking ahead to this match-up since Selection Sunday. The Cougars will officially leave the MWC June 30 and will move into the WCC in every sport the Cougars currently offer with the exception of football. BYU will become an independent in football. Thus, Saturday's Bulldogs-Cougars match-up will be a sign of things to come - except for the fact WCC teams won't have to contend with senior All-America and Player of the Year candidate Jimmer Fredette next season.

Gonzaga University and Brigham Young University have never met on the basketball hardwood. Gonzaga teams have played the Cougars in several other sports - baseball, women's basketball, women's soccer and golf to name just a few. Gonzaga's women just completed a home-and-home series with the Cougars this season, somewhat ironic in the fact BYU's venture into the WCC wasn't even on the horizon when the two clubs scheduled the non-conference series.

This is the first time Gonzaga University has been a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The lowest seed the Bulldogs have ever been is a 14 in their first appearance in 1995 when No. 3 University of Maryland took an 87-63 victory. Gonzaga has been a No. 12 seed once and a No. 10 seed three times for their other double-digit seeds. The best seed the Bulldogs have had was a No. 2 seed in 2004. Gonzaga was a No. 3 seed in back-to- back years of 2005-06.

This is the first time since 2007 Gonzaga University has been a double-digit seed. The Bulldogs were a 10th seed in 2007, falling to Indiana University 70-57 in Sacramento, Calif.

Think Gonzaga University didn't have a tough schedule this year? Seven teams that dotted the Bulldog schedule are in the NCAA Tournament field. The University of Notre Dame is a No. 2 seed and the University of Illinois a No. 9 seed in the Southwest Region. No. 5 Kansas State University - a winner Thursday - is in the Southeast Region with the Bulldogs, but those teams can't meet until the Sweet Sixteen in New Orleans, La. No. 6 Xavier University will face No. 11 Marquette University in a Second Round match-up in Cleveland, OH. No. 12 University of Memphis and No. 2 San Diego State University - a winner Thursday - are in the West Region. Those seven teams have a combined record of 170-61 for a winning percentage of .736.

Gonzaga University has only been seeded out of the West Region four times in its 13 previous appearances. The Bulldogs were in the South Region in 2001, advancing to Atlanta for a Sweet Sixteen matchup with eventual national champion Michigan State University. The Bulldogs were in the St. Louis Regional in 2004 as the NCAA format went to a pod system which was geographically based in the early rounds, Gonzaga losing in the second round in Seattle and not advancing to St. Louis. The Zags were in the Midwest Regional in 2008 but did not advance out of the First Round after being sent to Raleigh, N.C. In 2009 Gonzaga was placed in the South Regional but played its pod in Portland, Ore., advancing to Memphis for the Sweet Sixteen in Memphis, Tenn.

Gonzaga University is 16-13 overall in the NCAA Tournament following Thursday's victory over St. John's University, the Bulldogs making their 13th straight appearance and 14th overall trip. The Bulldogs were a No. 8 seed a year ago and downed No. 9 Florida State University 67-60 before falling to No. 1 West Regional seed Syracuse University 87-65 in Buffalo, NY. Gonzaga advanced to the Elite Eight in 1999, their deepest run to date. The Bulldogs have been in the Sweet Sixteen five times, 2009 the last. Gonzaga has advanced to at least the second round in 10-of-14 NCAA Tournament trips.

Gonzaga University has run its consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances streak to 13, one of the top marks in the country. The University of Kansas moved into the top spot last year when the University of Arizona had its 25-year streak snapped, the Jayhawks atop the list with their 22nd straight appearance this season. Duke University is now second with 16 straight and Michigan State University is third with 14 in a row. Gonzaga is joined in a tie for fourth by the University of Texas and the University of Wisconsin with 13, streaks that started with the 1999 NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga University has been to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen five times and head coach Mark Few has been a part of all of them, including his fourth as a head coach in 2009. The Bulldogs defeated the University of Florida 73-72 in 1999 in their first trip to the Sweet Sixteen when Few was an assistant on Dan Monson's staff. Gonzaga lost to Purdue University 75-66 in 2000, lost to Michigan State University 77-62 in 2001, fell to UCLA 73-71 in 2006 and lost to the University of North Carolina 98-77 in 2009. Michigan State and UNC have gone on to win the national title after beating Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few is the first head coach to make an appearance in 12 straight NCAA Tournaments at the beginning of his head coaching career. The streak began in Few's first year of 2000.

Gonzaga University has played just one No. 3 seed in their 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, and that was in the Bulldogs inaugural appearance in 1995 when the No. 14 Bulldogs feel to the University of Maryland 87-63 at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. The Bulldogs are now 3-2 against No. 6 seeds following Thursday's win over St. John's University.

Five members of this year's Gonzaga University squad had played in the NCAA Tournament entering this year's event. Steven Gray led the way with six tournament games, three of them starts. He was averaging 11.0 ppg and 31.7 minutes/game. Gray is probably best remembered for his 21 points against Davidson University and sharpshooter Stephen Curry in the 2008 NCAA First Round, Gray going 7-for-12 from 3-point range. Robert Sacre had started all three of his NCAA Tournament appearances, averaging 10.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Demetri Goodson had played in five games with two starts, and became a NCAA darling with his length-of-the-court drive and floater from the left side with 0.9 seconds to play for a 73-71 second-round win over Western Kentucky University in the 2009 tourney. Kelly Olynyk played in both games last year as a freshman in a reserve role.

Adam Morrison is Gonzaga University's all-time NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 149 points. Ronny Turiaf, who currently is playing with the New York Knicks, is fifth with 96. Austin Daye, who plays for the Detroit Pistons, scored 37 points in four appearances, but averaged 6.3 rpg and blocked 8 shots. Casey Calvary (136), Richie Frahm (120) and Matt Santangelo (100) join Morrison as the other GU 100-point scorers. Steven Gray is Gonzaga's active leading NCAA Tournament scorer with 82 points, moving into a tie for eighth with Jeremy Pargo. Gray's 4-for-7 effort from 3-point range Thursday moved him into No. 1 on Gonzaga's NCAA Tournament list for 3-point field goals made with 19 and his 46 NCAA Tournament 3-point field goal attempts are third. Gray's 26 tournament assists rank third

Marquise Carter recorded the 22nd 20-point game in Gonzaga University's NCAA Tournament history with his 24 points against St. John's University Thursday. That put Carter in a four-way tie for 11th on the single-game scoring list. Current teammate Elias Harris scored 24 points last season against Syracuse University in the second round. Adam Morrison and Casey Calvary also had 24 points in NCAA Tournament play. Steven Gray is the only other current active Zag to have a 20-point game in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 21 against Davidson College when he his seven 3-pointers. Morrison had four 20-point games in his career and holds the single-game record with 35 points against Xavier in 2006. Carter set career highs in points with 24 and rebounds with six in Thursday's game.

Gonzaga University wrapped up its 11th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title this year, the longest current active streak in the nation and the second-best streak all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs were knotted with UNLV (Big West, 1983-92) and UConn (Yankee, 1951-60) for second behind UCLA's 13 Pacific-10 Conference titles from 1967-79.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few posted his 300th career victory Dec. 31, 2010, against Oklahoma State University, moving into a tie for sixth on the "Fastest To 300 Wins" list with Harold Anderson who coached at Bowling Green University and Toledo University. He picked up his 300th victory in his 378th game in 1949, his 14th year as head coach.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 89-6 in the new facility. San Diego State University and Saint Mary's College handed Gonzaga home losses this season, the first time the Bulldogs have lost two home games in a season in the new facility. The Bulldogs won their first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories. GU suffered a home loss last season when Wake Forest University escaped with a 77-75 decision. Gonzaga's other losses were during the 2008 season to Washington State University and in 2009 to Portland State University.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few moved to the top of the school's all-time winningest coaches list with the Bulldogs victory over Florida State University in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, NY. Few, with a record of 316-82, moved ahead of Hank Anderson, who went 290-275 in 21 seasons at the helm. Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 150-18, moving ahead of former Bulldog head coach Dan Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Few also moved ahead of Dick Davey of Santa Clara University (122-88) for second all-time (active or inactive) with Gonzaga's victory at the University of San Francisco Feb. 14, 2009. Carroll Williams, SCU (165-137) holds the top spot.

Gonzaga University has hit the 20-win plateau for the 14th straight season and for the 17th time in the last 18 years. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has never not won 20 games in his 12 years on the Bulldog bench, including a 29-win season in 2002 to set a single-season mark for wins which was matched by the 2006 squad. This year's team is now 24-9.

The West Coast Conference coaches did a decent job of predicting the final standings in the pre-season poll. The coaches had Gonzaga University winning the title, but had co-champ Saint Mary's College pegged for third. Loyola Marymount was the No. 2 pick but finished tied for seventh. The coaches were right on with Santa Clara University and the University of Portland fourth and fifth, respectively. The University of San Francisco was third while the coaches predicted sixth, Pepperdine University finished sixth, one spot better than the coaches voted. The University of San Diego tied for seventh, one spot better than the coaches predicted.

To umlaut or not to umlaut, that is the question surrounding Mathis Mönninghoff. The German spelling is with the umlaut "ö", with the Americanized spelling eliminating the umlaut and adding an "e" so it would be spelled Moenninghoff. Either way is acceptable. The statistics will show it as Moenninghoff as the umlaut is not recognized in the computerized statistical program.

The name game continues for Gonzaga University. There are two players who spell their name Mathis. But one is German - Mönninghoff - and pronounces it Maw-tis Mur-ning-hoff. The other is French - Keita - and pronounces it Ma-tEEse KAY-tuh.

Guards were the order of the day for Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few as three of the four players who inked national letters-of-intent were perimeter players. Joining the Bulldogs next fall will be Gary Bell, a 6-2, 175-pound guard from 7Kentridge High in Kent, Wash.; Kyle Dranginis, 6-5, 175, guard, from Skyview High in Nampa, Idaho; Kevin Pangos, 6-2, 175, guard, from Denison Secondary School in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, and Ryan Spangler, 6-8, 220, forward, from Bridge Creek High in Blanchard, Okla. Bell averaged 22.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the Chargers last season. Dranginis is a two-time Idaho State Player of the Year and this past season as a junior was four points shy of tying the Idaho State 4A Tournament record with 75 points in three games as Skyview finished fifth in the State tourney. Dranginis averaged a team-high 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 steals for the Hawks. Pangos helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, this past July, averaging 15.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.1 assists as Canada went 5-3 overall. He shot 46.2 percent from the field (42-for-91), including 39.1 percent from 3-point range (18-for-46). He also shot 82.8 from the free throw line (24-for-28). Spangler averaged 26.0 ppg and 18.5 rpg as a junior, the team losing in the game to advance to State.

Steven Gray became the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club Nov. 14, 2010, against IUPUI. With his 16 points against St. John's, he now has 1,414 to move into 16th.

In addition to becoming the 33rd player in Gonzaga University to hit the 1,000-point plateau, senior guard Steven Gray has cracked a few other career lists. His 154 steals are fifth, surpassing Blake Stepp; his 208 3-pointers made are sixth and his 563 3-pointers attempted are fifth. His 332 assists rank seventh.

Gonzaga University's 14 NCAA Tournament appearances rank second among West Coast Conference schools. The University of San Francisco has 16 appearances, the Dons winning back-to-back title in 1955-56. Pepperdine has played in 13 tournaments, Santa Clara University has been in 11, Saint Mary's College has made six trips, the University of San Diego and Loyola Marymount University five each and the University of Portland two.

Gonzaga University has already played six Top 25 teams this season and another looms Saturday when the Bulldogs face eighth-ranked Brigham Young University. The 31-4 Cougars hold that spot in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. The University of Notre Dame is highest ranked opponent on the Zags schedule this season, the Fighting Irish fourth in both polls last week. San Diego State University was the highest ranked opponent on the Zags schedule this season, the Aztecs fourth two weeks ago in the ESPN/USA Today poll and sixth in Associated Press, but checking in at No. 7 and No. 6, respectively, in both polls last week. Xavier University, unranked when they played the Zags, was 18th in AP and 20th in the ESPN/USA poll last week. Kansas State University, ranked fourth in both polls when they faced the Zags, were 19th and 23rd, respectively, last week. Saint Mary's College, 24th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings in the first meeting with Gonzaga and unranked in the second meeting, has dropped from all recognition after a late-season three-game losing streak. Gonzaga also received votes in last week's AP Top 25, as did West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College which was ranked 24th in the first of three meetings with Gonzaga this season. The most ranked opponents Gonzaga has played in a season is seven during the 2006-07 campaign - defeating No. 2 University of North Carolina, No. 25 University of Texas, No. 8 University of Washington and No. 23 Stanford University, while losing to No. 6 Duke University, No. 18 University of Nevada in the Battle in Seattle and No. 8 University of Memphis.

West Coast Conference foes have had little or no luck against Gonzaga University in the six years since Gonzaga University moved into the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs are 47-2 in WCC regular-season games in the new facility and saw their 25-game WCC home winning streak come to an end with this year's nail biting loss to Saint Mary's College. The Bulldogs also won a pair of WCC Tournament games in 2006 when they hosted the tourney. SMC became just the second WCC team to defeat the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center, Santa Clara University, which pulled off an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007, the first. Since the University of Portland grabbed a 72-68 win in the Martin Centre, the former home of the Bulldogs, in 2003, Gonzaga has gone 54-2 in WCC regular-season play at home.

The 31 points the University of San Diego scored in the WCC regular-season finale marked the lowest point total against the Bulldogs in their NCAA Division I history which began with the 1958-59 season. The previous low was 35 by Carroll College in a 58-35 Bulldog win Nov. 27, 1981. The 31 points scored by USD was the lowest total in their history.

Gonzaga University had five players score in double figures four times this season. The latest was in the 89-85 overtime victory at Saint Mary's College the final week of the WCC regular season, and the first since Dec. 16 against Lewis-Clark State College. Sam Dower had 21 points, Elias Harris 18, Robert Sacre 13 and Marquise Carter and Demetri Goodson with 11 each at Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs had a season-high six players in double digits against Southern University.

Marquise Carter continues to take care of the basketball. Since committing four turnovers at Pepperdine University, Carter has just eight turnovers over the last eight games, a span of 276 minutes played. In the last 22 games he has committed just 22 turnovers and has 52 assists for a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio covering 519 minutes.

Gonzaga University had a season-high equaling 14 steals against the University of San Diego, and 21 USD turnovers led to 34 Bulldog points. The Zags had 14 steals against Eastern Washington University.

Since being out-rebounded by double-digits in back-to-back games by San Diego State University and Kansas State University, the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded just five other times this season and none of those games by more than three rebounds.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 595. The last time the Bulldogs didn't connect from three was Jan. 27, 1993, when they went 0-for-5 at the University of Portland. UNLV holds the all-time record with 738 that started Nov. 26, 1986, through the start of the current season.

 

 

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