Men's Basketball Heads To Montana
Dec. 5, 2002
Game No. 6 - Montana Grizzlies
Thursday, Dec. 5 - 6:30 p.m. PST
Dahlberg Arena - Missoula, MT
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6 p.m. PST
TV: PAX (Spokane); Omega Productions (Montana)
No. 25 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-2; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA GRIZZLIES (1-4; 0-0 Big Sky Conference)
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 7 p.m. PST
Friel Court - Pullman, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. PST
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (2-1; 0-0 Pacific-10 Conference)
G - 1 Marcus Moore, 6-6, 208, Jr., Inglewood, CA
BUSY WEEK: After a couple of days of R&R on the beaches of Maui following three games in the 20th annual EA Sports Maui Invitational, Gonzaga University faces a tough week. The Bulldogs defeated the University of Washington 95-89 on Monday in The Kennel, travel to the University of Montana on Thursday and Washington State University on Saturday. Gonzaga gets a week off prior to heading to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic in Atlanta to face the University of Georgia on Dec. 15, followed by its inaugural appearance in the Jimmy V Classic Dec. 17 in East Rutherford, NJ, to meet North Carolina State University.
LINEUP STABILIZING: Not to say there won't be changes in games ahead, but Gonzaga University has used the same lineup in the past three games. After opening the season "big" against Hofstra University, head coach Mark Few put a smaller Gonzaga University lineup on the court for each of the past four games. Blake Stepp and Winston Brooks got the nod at guard, with Cory Violette and Zach Gourde getting the two front line spots and Tony Skinner at the three spot.
SIXTH MAN: Is any sixth man in the country contributing more than Gonzaga University sophomore forward Ronny Turiaf? He's averaging 19.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. After starting the season opener, he's come off the bench, averaging 19.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg in the four games as a reserve.
BULLDOGS ON THE AIR: All Gonzaga University basketball games can be heard on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio in Spokane. KREM-TV sports anchor Tom Hudson is in his first season behind the microphone calling all the radio action of Bulldog basketball beginning with the pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff. Gonzaga basketball can also be accessed off the Internet via subscription to the Online College Sports Network. OCSN, the official athletics web site provider for Gonzaga, offers many new features via its audio subscription service and all sites on the OCSN web site are included in the subscription. Subscriptions are available by visiting the Gonzaga site at http://www.gozags.com.
BULLDOGS ON THE TUBE: As many as 27 Gonzaga University regular-season contests could be televised through the West Coast Conference Tournament. KHG-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise 10 games from The Kennel as well as road games from the University of Montana, against Stanford University at the Pete Newell Challenge and at Portland State University. KHQ-TV news anchor Greg Heister returns for his second season on KHQ/PAX. Former Bulldog Jeff Brown and former NBA and Washington State University standout Craig Ehlo will join Heister on the broadcasts. The Bulldogs could appear as many as eight times on ESPN or ESPN2 - all three games from the Maui Invitational, the Jimmy V Classic against North Carolina State University, at Pepperdine University for Rivalry Week, at home against Tulsa University in Bracket Busters and in the semifinals and championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament.
FEW ON RADIO: The "Gonzaga Coaches Show" will be aired on 16 Tuesdays throughout the season on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio, the home of Bulldog basketball. The show will feature head coach Mark Few, members of his staff and other special guests. The show will air live from one of four Applebee's locations in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area. Play-by-play commentator Tom Hudson will host the show. The next broadcast will be Dec. 10 from Applebee's at Pines and Mission.
GOURDE AMONG FG LEADERS: Senior forward Zach Gourde has made his mark on Gonzaga University's career record book. He is ninth in field goals made with 403 as he chases Doug Spradley in eighth with 462. Gourde is also tied for fifth in career blocked shots with Marc Armstead at 70. Paul Rogers (72) and Mark Spink (80) are just ahead of him. Casey Calvary is the all-time leader in blocks with 207.
POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University led the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin last season with a +8.9 margin to edge Louisiana Tech University (+8.8) by the slimmest of margins. Cory Violette paced the Bulldogs with his 8.3 rpg, including a 20-rebound night against Fresno State University that ranked tied for 13th nationally.
POTENT OFFENSE: While Gonzaga University will have to replace the 21.0 ppg of the departed Dan Dickau, the Bulldogs are hoping to be as successful on the offensive end of the court as they were last season. Gonzaga had a +14.5 scoring margin to rank fourth in the country behind Duke University (+19.7), the University of Cincinnati (+17.8) and the University of Kansas (+16.2). The Bulldogs averaged 81.1 ppg last season. Gonzaga is averaging 76.4 ppg after five games this season for a +4.8 scoring margin.
BULLDOGS AND THE KENNEL: The Kennel, home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs, has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country, the Bulldogs with a 28-game home winning streak to rank third in the country. In the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 130-9 at home for a nifty 93.5 winning percentage after capping a 13-0 home season in 2002 and winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 45-1 in The Kennel over the past four seasons. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak.
BULLDOGS SIGN A PAIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few signed Adam Morrison, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Spokane's Mead High, and Derek Raivio, a 6-1, 155-pound point guard from Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash., in November. Morrison averaged 24.4 ppg as a junior last season to lead the Greater Spokane League, while Raivio averaged 22.6 ppg as the Greater St. Helen's League 4A Player of the Year.
FEW'S THREE-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few's 81-20 record makes him the winningest third-year coach in NCAA history, surpassing Bill Guthridge of the University of North Carolina (1998-00) and Everett Case of North Carolina State University (1947-49) who each won 80 games in their first three seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach. With 15 wins this season Few would crack the Top 10 list for wins by a fourth-year head coach, Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State, 1969-72), Pat Foster (Lamar, 1981-84) and Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, 1981-84) all with 96 wins. Case leads the four-year list with 107, one of only five coaches to win 100 games in their first four seasons. In his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Few was an assistant coach on Gonzaga's run to the 1999 Elite Eight.
LAST FOUR YEARS: Gonzaga University trails only Duke University, Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati in wins from 1998-02. The Bulldogs won 109 games, while Duke leads the list with 128 over that span.
VIOLETTE DOUBLES UP: Cory Violette recorded his first double-double of the season and the 12th of his career with 17 points and 12 rebounds Monday against the University of Washington. It was the second double-double of the season by a Bulldog, Ronny Turiaf scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against the University of Kentucky in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. It was the fifth double-double of Turiaf's career. Zach Gourde is the only other current Bulldog with a career double-double with seven.
SATELLITE COORDINATES: Thursday's game between Gonzaga University and the University of Montana will be on the satellite at AMC 2, transponder 2A.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The West Coast Conference has changed its tournament format for this season. All eight teams qualify for the tourney, but that's the only thing consistent about past years. In the first round, the fifth through eighth teams play with four and five receiving byes. The two winners the first night then meet No. 4 and No. 5, with those two winners facing No. 1 and No. 2 who will be seeded into the semifinals. For the third straight season the tournament will return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus. Beginning in 2004 the tournament will rotate the championship site regionally. The 2004 and 2005 tournaments will be in the ay Area, 2006 and 2007 in the Pacific Northwest and 2008 and 2009 in southern California.
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