Gonzaga Meets Indiana In Hall Of Fame Showcase Saturday
Dec. 4, 2008
Game No. 6 - Indiana University
Saturday, December 6 - 10:30 a.m. PST
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN - Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); Oldies 101.1 FM (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: Big Ten Network (Check local listings)
No. 9/5 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (5-0; 0-0 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 220, Sr., Chicago, IL (9.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Jr., Highlands Ranch, CO (11.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 steals, 2.0 steals, 0.4 blocks) G - 22 Micah Downs, 6-8, 194, Sr., Kirkland, WA (12.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks) C - 42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 260, Sr., Clarkston, WA (15.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.8 blocks) F - 5 Austin Daye, 6-11, 200, So., Irvine, CA (12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 2.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 241-60 (10th year - 20th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Wednesday, December 10 - 7 p.m.
Friel Court - Pullman, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); Oldies 101.1 FM (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FSN (Check local listings)
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (6-1; 0-0 Pacific-10) G - 1 Klay Thompson, 6-6, 187, Fr., Ledera Ranch, CA (12.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks) G - 4 Nikola Koprivica, 6-6, 211, Jr., Belgrade, Serbia (6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals) G - 10 Taylor Rochestie, 6-1, 186, Sr., Santa Barbara, CA (9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.7 assists, 1.6 steals) C - 11 Aron Baynes, 6-10, 270, Sr., Cairns, Australia (11.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks) F - 32 Daven Harmeling, 6-7, 225, Grand Junction, CO (7.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Tony Bennett (Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1992) WSU RECORD: 58-18 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 12/6 vs. Baylor.NOTE: Ranking is Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN.
Gonzaga University and storied Indiana University will meet on the hardwood for the fourth time since 2002 when the two do battle Saturday at the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. The Bulldogs and Hoosiers last met March 15, 2007, in the NCAA Tournament First Round in Sacramento, Calif., the Hoosiers taking a 70-57 verdict. The teams also met in the NCAA Second Round March 18, 2006, the Bulldogs going away victorious 90-80. The first meeting between the clubs was Nov. 26, 2002, at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, Indiana prevailing 76-75. All three of the previous meetings came with Mark Few at the helm of the Bulldogs, while Gonzaga will be facing its third coach in the four meetings. Mike Davis was the coach in the 2002 and 2006 meetings, the latter the final game of Davis' Indiana tenure. The 2007 meeting saw Kelvin Sampson coaching the Hoosiers. Tom Crean is the new IU coach in his first year in Bloomington.
Gonzaga University heads to Indianapolis after winning the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., last week. The Bulldogs topped Oklahoma State University 83-71, the University of Maryland 81-59 and 12th-ranked University of Tennessee 83-74 in the title game as Gonzaga ran its record to 5-0 to start the season, the best start for the Bulldogs since 2007 when they also opened the season 5-1. A win Saturday will give Gonzaga head coach Mark Few his best start in his 10 years at the helm. The 2007 team opened the season 5-0.
Jeremy Pargo brought home MVP honors from the Old Spice Classic and Josh Heytvelt was also named to the all-tournament team for Gonzaga University. Pargo averaged 12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg and dished out 17 assists for 5.7 assists/game. He had just five turnovers in the three outings for a 3.4 assist/turnover ratio. Heytvelt had 22 points and 9 rebounds against the University of Maryland on his way to averaging 15.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg. He shot 75.0 percent from the floor (18-for-24) and also contributed 5 blocked shots.
The Old Spice Classic title was Gonzaga University's first regular-season tournament title since winning the BB&T Classic hosted by the University of Maryland in December, 2003. The Bulldogs defeated the host Terrapins 82-68 and George Washington University 96-91 to win the title.
Gonzaga University jumped five spots to fifth in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25, while the Bulldogs remained ninth in the Associated Press balloting after winning the Old Spice Classic last weekend. The Bulldogs achieved their highest ranking since March 23, 2006, when they were ranked fifth in both of the major polls. Gonzaga had a 24-week reign in the Top 10 from Dec. 19, 2005-March 23, 2006.
Jeremy Pargo's 17 assists in the Old Spice Classic upped his career total to 547 on the Gonzaga University charts. He ranks fourth behind Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554). His 7.0 assists/game this year rank eighth nationally through games of last Sunday. Pargo also has 945 career points as he closes in on becoming the 31st member of the Bulldogs 1,000-point club.
Josh Heytvelt moved into eighth on the all-time Gonzaga University career blocked shots list with 74, three behind 2008 senior Abdullahi Kuso and seventh. Austin Daye has 66 career blocks and needs one more to tie Axel Dench for 10th. The Bulldogs are averaging 6.6 blocks/game to rank 13th nationally through games of Sunday.
Gonzaga University lost the battle of the boards by 24 to the University of Tennessee 50-26 in the title game of the Old Spice Classic. Gonzaga had a +11.6 rebounding margin entering the game and came out with a +4.4 margin. It was the first time Gonzaga had been out-rebounded by 20 or more since the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen March 23, 2001, when Michigan State University held a 49-29 edge over the Bulldogs in a 77-62 Spartans victory. The next season the Bulldogs led the NCAA in rebounding margin. The Volunteers were the first team to out-rebound Gonzaga this season.
This is the third straight year Gonzaga University has been in the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase, the Bulldogs bringing an unblemished HOF mark into Saturday's game. Gonzaga topped the University of Texas 88-77 Dec. 2, 2006, in Phoenix, Ariz., and bit the University of Connecticut 85-82 Dec. 1 of last year in the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Mass.
Gonzaga University has not scored less than 80 points in a game, hitting 83 points three times. The Bulldogs are averaging 82.0 ppg while allowing 60.4 for a +21.6 scoring margin to rank 13th.
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 54-2 in the new facility, winning its 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. Gonzaga has a modest 10-game home winning streak since last season's setback to Washington State University.
Head coach Mark Few picked up his 225th career victory Jan. 19, 2008, against the University of San Diego. With 238 victories, Few is third on the all-time Gonzaga victories chart behind Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) and Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 seasons). Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 113-13, moving ahead of Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Carroll Williams, Santa Clara University (165-137) and Dick Davey, SCU (122-88) hold the top two spots.
Gonzaga University senior Jeremy Pargo is on the 2009 John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 list as announced by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder. Pargo is eligible for the John R. Wooden All-American Team and Player of the Year Trophy. The native of Chicago, Ill., was on last season's Pre-Season Top 50 list. He is the ninth Bulldog comprising 10 Pre-Season Top 50 nominations since 2000 when Matt Santangelo became Gonzaga's inaugural nominee and was named to the Mid-Season Top 30. Casey Calvary became a Top 10 All-American in 2001, Dan Dickau became the Bulldogs first Top 5 All-American in 2002, Cory Violette was nominated in 2003 and 2004, Ronny Turiaf was nominated in 2004 and 2005 and Adam Morrison was a Top 5 All-American in 2006 and runner-up for Player of the Year honors to J.J. Reddick of Duke University. Pargo became the eighth straight Bulldog to win West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors last season, averaging 12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 6.0 assists/game in leading the Bulldogs to the WCC regular-season title and a 10th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few added two players to the Bulldog fold to letters-of-intent. Dower averaged 22 ppg and 10 rpg per game in the month of July and 18 ppg and 9 rpg for this past AAU season, according to head coach Marquise Watts of Net Gain Sports, Dower's AAU club. Net Gain Sports won the Twin Cities Summer Classic, won the adidas 64 Gold Division in Las Vegas and went 3-2 in round-robin play in the Duel in the Desert in Phoenix, according to Watts. "He can score for a big guy. He's a lefty so that makes it harder to defend because most people aren't used to seeing a lefthander," Few said. "He can make a difference and is a unique post player. He had a good spring and a great summer." Watts said Dower has worked hard to improve his game. "Every day over the last two years he's gotten better. I don't think he's begun to scratch the surface. His inside-outside game, he can shoot the three and on the block he's a lefty with a great hook shot," Watts said. "He's athletic, he's working on putting on weight and he will fit in real well at Gonzaga." Dower didn't make the varsity team at Osseo until midway through his sophomore year. He averaged 2.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg then blossomed last season to average 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Last season he scored in double figures 23 times and had double-digit rebounds six times. The Orioles went 28-1, their lone setback 60-59 in the Region finals. He scored a career-high 23 points at Coon Rapids and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Orono. He had several scholarship offers, among them the University of Minnesota, Marquette University and the University of Iowa. Arop, born in the Sudan, currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he plays with Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) which is basically Canada's Junior National Team. His first name is pronounced Man-GEESE-toe, his last name pronounced "rop" (the "a" is silent) but he goes simply by Manny. He recently set a single-game scoring NEDA scoring record with 42 points, and this past summer played for Canada in the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. He averaged 17.0 ppg to rank second, 10.2 rpg to rank third, shot 52.8 percent from the field on 23-for-58 and 87.5 percent from the line on 14-of-15 in the five tournament games as Canada placed fifth. He had 21 points and 9 rebounds against the U.S. in the tourney. "Manny is a high energy player with a great competitive streak," Few said. "His skill level is something to be excited about. He has a great opportunity to be effective for us at both ends of the court." His mother and four brothers left Sudan when he was 9-years-old and lived in Kenya prior to re-locating to Regina, Saskatchewan. Arop then spent a year in Edmonton, Alberta, before joining Basketball Canada's NEDA program, which is a year-round junior development camp.
The West Coast Conference will revert back to the more traditional Thursday-Saturday format for conference tilts this season. The WCC will be a part of ESPN's "Thursday Night Showcase."
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