Basketball Practice Starts With 'Kraziness in the Kennel' Friday

Oct. 13, 2010

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball team will officially open practice Friday at the McCarthey Athletic Center as "Kraziness in the Kennel" presented by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory-Spokane will be one of seven venues as part of a four-hour "ESPNU Midnight Madness" special featuring extensive whip-around coverage at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on ESPNU HD.

ESPN platforms have been covering Midnight Madness events since 1993, with this season marking the fifth consecutive year on ESPNU. Gonzaga was last part of Midnight Madness in October, 2008.

The doors to the McCarthey Athletic Center will open at 5:30 p.m. with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Seating is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fans will get their first chance to see the 2010-11 version of the Bulldogs, the new Gonzaga University Fight Song will be unveiled and several contests promoting student involvement will also be part of the evening's festivities. The evening will conclude with a scrimmage.

One lucky fan will have a chance to win $10,000. Fans still have a chance to be eligible for the $10,000 prize by visiting the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at 506 N. Sullivan in the Spokane Valley and picking up a coupon to be deposited in the drop box at "Kraziness in the Kennel." One name will be drawn with that fan getting the chance to win $10,000.

The Gonzaga radio network, 1510 KGA in Spokane, will also air a 90-minute season preview show from 6-7:30 p.m. live from the McCarthey Athletic Center. Sports talk show host Toby Howell will also broadcast "The Locker Room With Toby Howell" from 4-6 p.m. from the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Four starters from last year's 23-7 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament - the Bulldogs 12th straight trip to March Madness - will greet 12th-year head coach Mark Few.

The lone senior on this year's team is Steven Gray, who has shed his familiar uniform number 32 for number 41 this season. He averaged 13.6 ppg last season, one of two returning starters who averaged in double figures a year ago.

 

 

Junior center Robert Sacre and junior guard Demetri Goodson are the other returning upperclassmen starters. Sacre, up to 260 pounds on his 7-0 frame, averaged 10.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg last season. Goodson averaged 6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.8 assists/game.

Elias Harris, who caught the attention of the country with his play as a freshman, is hoping the sophomore jinx doesn't set in. He averaged a team-leading 14.9 ppg and as well as topping the club in rebounding with 7.1/game.

The lone departing starter is Matt Bouldin, who averaged 15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.0 assists/game. The West Coast Conference Player of the Year last season recently signed with a team in Greece.

Key reserves returning are forward Mangisto Arop who came off the bench in 31 games last season until seeing his freshman campaign cut short with a foot injury suffered in the West Coast Conference Tournament. He's back at full strength.

Kelly Olynyk is up to 7-0 and 238 pounds after averaging 3.8 ppg and 2.7 rpg while coming off the bench in all 34 contests a year ago. He and Sacre played for Canada this past summer at the FIBA World Championships, while Harris played for his native Germany.

Michael Hart saw limited action in 14 games a year ago, and Same Dower and David Stockton redshirted the 2010 season.

Four newcomers join the Bulldogs this season, and all four could see considerable minutes. Marquise Carter is a 6-4, 178-pound junior guard who transferred from Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., but he hails from San Diego, Calif., where he attended Horizon High. Carter, who averaged 17.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.5 assists/game, 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocks in helping Three Rivers CC advance to the title game of the NJCAA title game this past spring, was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament first team. The Raiders fell to Howard of Texas 85-80 in the title game despite a 35-point effort from Carter.

Keegan Hyland is a 6-4 forward from Portland, Maine, where he played for South Portland. His senior season he suffered a stress fracture of the left pelvic bone and missed all but three games, playing in the regular-season final and two Western Maine State Class A Tournament games. He scored 32 points in South Portland's tournament semifinal loss. As a junior he averaged 27.7 ppg to lead the Southern Maine Athletic Association in scoring. He was also second in 3-pointer field goals made, sixth in free throws, ninth in steals and 11th in assists. He scored 30 or more points seven times, including a career-high 47.

The other two newcomers are freshmen with the same spelling of their first name but different pronunciation as a result of their European heritage.

Mathis (ma-TEES) Keita (KY-tuh) and Mathis (mat-tis) Mönninghoff (Moon-ing-hoff) give the Bulldogs to more international players, bringing to six the number on this year's team with Canadian holdovers Sacre, Olynyk and Arop, and the German Harris.

Keita hails from Thionville, France, while Mönninghoff is from Ibbenbüeren, Germany. Keita played in the 2008 U16 European Championship, averaging 5.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg for France, and this past summer played in the U18 European Championship, averaging 8.9 ppg and 3.4 rpg. France went 1-2 in Group B this past summer and went on to finish seventh.

Mönninghoff also played in the U18 European Championship each of the past two summers, averaging 6.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 2010. Germany went 1-2 in the preliminary round and went on to finish 11th.

In addition to Gonzaga, ESPNU will be also be on the campuses of defending NCAA champion Duke University and NCAA Tournament participants University of Kentucky, Memphis University and Kansas State University.

Gonzaga and Kansas State will be matched against each other Nov. 22 in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Duke will also be in Kansas City, facing Marquette University in the other semifinal. The Bulldogs will also host Memphis Feb. 5 in the Spokane Arena in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic.

ESPNU anchor Lowell Galindo will host this year's coverage. For the third straight year he will be joined by ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz and analyst and former University of Maryland standout Adrian Branch, who played for former Terrapin legend Charles "Lefty" Driesell, the founder of Midnight Madness. The studio team will provide analysis between look-ins to each Midnight Madness event. ESPNU will also have commentators (to be named at a later date) at each Midnight Madness site location.

ESPNU's coverage will also tap into Midnight Madness events throughout the country including ESPNU's Campus Connection, allowing students to contribute a unique all-access perspective.

Katz has all five men's programs featured during ESPNU Midnight Madness ranked in his early men's preseason Top 25 poll with No. 1 Duke, No. 5 Kansas State, No. 9 Gonzaga, No. 13 Kentucky and No. 19 Memphis.

ESPNU will begin its coverage of live college basketball games for the ESPN family of networks Monday, Nov. 8, with two matchups from the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer. Tipping off the season is NIT semifinalist Rhode Island at Pittsburgh at 7 p.m., followed by Navy at Texas at 9 p.m. ESPNU will air more than 300 men's and women's basketball games combined, including action from more than 25 NCAA Division I conferences.

Gonzaga will be featured 14 times on the ESPN family of stations during the regular season, with the first broadcast Nov. 16 from the McCarthey Athletic Center when the Bulldogs host San Diego State University in a CBE Regional Round matchup at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

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