(2) Zags Into NCAA Third Round Against Iowa Sunday
NCAA TOURNAMENT THIRD ROUND [2] Gonzaga (33-2) vs. [7] Iowa (22-11)
Sunday, March 22, 2015 | 4:10 p.m. (PT) | KeyArena | Seattle
TV: TBS (Spero Dedes, Mike Gminski, Jamie Maggio)
Gonzaga IMG Radio Network: KGA 1510/TuneIn App (Tom Hudson, Matt Santangelo)

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NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • Gonzaga is making its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance and 18th overall.
  • The 17 straight is the fourth-longest current streak in the nation (Duke, Kansas, Mich. State).
  • Gonzaga is now 20-17 all-time in 18 previous NCAA Tournament appearances with five trips to the Sweet 16 and one trip to the Elite Eight.
  • GU is 17-15 in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Mark Few with an appearance in all 16 seasons of Few’s career.
  • Gonzaga has been a top-four seed five previous times (#1 once, #2 once, #3 twice, #4 once).
  • Gonzaga is now 4-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in Seattle, Wash., with the last appearance coming in 2004.
  • Last season, Gonzaga was the No. 8 seed in San Diego, Calif., and defeated #9 Oklahoma State in the Second Round before falling to #1 Arizona in the Third Round.
  • Gonzaga is 7-2 this season against NCAA Tournament teams.

ABOUT GONZAGA

  • Head coach Mark Few enters the game with a career record of 436-102, the NCAA all-time leader in winning percentage at .810.
  • Gonzaga won its 14th WCC regular season title in the last 15 years.
  • GU appeared in the WCC title game for the 18th straight year, winning its third straight.
  • Gonzaga’s balanced scoring attack is led by WCC Newcomer of the Year Kyle Wiltjer’s 16.9 points per game. He’s among six Zags that average at least 8.3 ppg.
  • Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in field goal shooting in the nation at .524 (next closest is .510).
  • The Zags rank No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57), No. 6 in assists/game (16.5) and No. 9 in scoring offense (79.3).
  • GU is the only team in the NCAA Tournament in the top 20 in FG% and FG% defense.
  • Earlier this year, Gonzaga set a school record with 22 consecutive victories.
  • The 33 wins sets a new GU record, breaking the previous mark from 2012-13 (32-3).
  • Gonzaga swept the WCC yearly individual awards: Kevin Pangos (Player), Gary Bell Jr. (Defender), Kyle Wiltjer (Newcomer), Mark Few (Coach).
  • Gonzaga placed three players on the All-WCC First Team (Pangos, Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski) and three players on the Second Team (Bell Jr., Domantas Sabonis, Byron Wesley).

ABOUT THE SERIES
Gonzaga is 0-2 all-time against Iowa, playing in 1985 and 1986.

ABOUT IOWA

  • Head coach Fran McCaffery is in his fifth season with a record of 96-74 with the Hawkeyes.
  • Forward Aaron White is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. He had 26 points and 6 rebounds in opening round win over Davidson.
  • Jared Uthoff averages 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
  • Guards Mike Gesell and Peter Jok each had double digits in the Davidson win. Gesell had 15 points and six assists, while Jok had 12 points and five rebounds.
  • The Hawkeyes finished tied for third in the Big Ten regular seeason, but bowed out of the league tourney in the second round with a 68-65 loss to Penn State.

A WIN WOULD...

  • Add to the school-record 33 wins on the season.
  • Improve Gonzaga’s NCAA Tournament mark at KeyArena in Seattle to 5-1.
  • Improve Mark Few’s career NCAA record to 18-15.
  • Give Gonzaga at least one NCAA Tournament win for the seventh straight season.
  • Be the 121st of Kevin Pangos’ career (an average of 30 per season).

GONZAGA NCAA RECORDS
Through Gonzaga’s second round win over North Dakota State:

  • Kevin Pangos moved into first all-time in GU’s NCAA history with 22 made threes and second in threes attempted at 56.
  • Pangos moved to fifth at GU in career points in NCAAs with 104, passing Matt Santangelo, Steven Gray, Ronny Turiaf and Dan Dickau with his 18-point effort vs. NDSU.
  • Pangos moved into a tie for fifth at GU in career free throws made in NCAAs with 24.
  • Pangos moved into a tie for fifth in career field goals made in NCAAs with 34 and sixth in field goals attempted at 82.
  • Pangos extended his GU career lead in steals in NCAAs to 13.
  • Przemek Karnowski is third at GU in career field goal percentage in NCAAs at .630 (17-27).
  • Karnowski moved into a tie for seventh at GU in career blocks in NCAAs with 5.

30 WINS
With the WCC quarterfinal victory against San Francisco, Gonzaga topped the 30-win plateau for just the second time in school history. The Zags had finished a season with 29 three previous times, with the only other 30-win season coming two years ago (32-3). GU was the second team in the country to top 30 wins this season (Kentucky).

HEATING UP

  • Gonzaga leads the WCC and is ranked No. 7 in the nation in 3FG% at .405.
  • Over the last two games, Gonzaga is 23-51 (.451) from behind the arc.
  • GU has made at least four three-pointers in every game, except against USD on Feb. 26.
  • Gonzaga has made at least 10 threes in a game eight times this season.
  • 11 players have made at least one three.
  • Kevin Pangos leads the team with 76 threes and is shooting .444.
  • Kyle Wiltjer is second on the team with 61 threes and leads team at .466.
  • A GU player has at least 5 threes in a game 5 times this season (Pangos 3, Bell Jr. 1, Wiltjer 1).

WESLEY WINNING
Senior guard Byron Wesley transferred to Gonzaga under the graduate-exception rule after three years at USC. In those three years, he won a combined 31 games, eclipsing that total in just one season in a Gonzaga uniform with 33. He’ll play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

MOUNTAIN MAN
Earlier this year, ESPN’s Seth Greenberg called Przemek Karnowski “a mountian masquerading as a man.” In the WCC quarterfinal against San Francisco, he was just that, scoring a career-high 24 points on 10-14 shooting with four rebounds and two blocks. His previous career-high was 22, set twice, including against Washington State earlier this season. Karnowski added 13 points and six rebounds in the semifinal win over Pepperdine.

ROAD WARRIORS
It’s been the veteran experience of Kyle Wiltjer, Kevin Pangos and Byron Wesley that have carried the Zags in games away from The Kennel. All three are averaging higher point totals in road/neutral games. Wiltjer’s split is the biggest at 19.9 points per game in road/neutral and 13.6 ppg at home. Pangos has averaged 12.9 ppg and 5.4 assists per game on the road and 10.4 ppg and 4.5 apg at home. Wesley is at 11.2 ppg on the road and 10.1 ppg at home.

PANGOS IS EVERYWHERE
With his 500th assist at Saint Mary’s on Feb. 21, Kevin Pangos became the only player in school history to amass at least 1,700 points, 500 assists and 150 steals. His 1,794 points rank sixth, his 530 assists rank fifth and his 175 steals rank second all-time at Gonzaga.

IRONMAN
Senior point guard Kevin Pangos leads the league in minutes (1164:00) and has played more minutes than anyone at GU in the last four years. He’s been in the starting lineup in every career game except one - the first one. Pangos came off the bench in his first career game as a freshman and has started every game since. That’s 139 games played and 138 starts.


 

 

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