No. 24 Bulldogs Hope Eight Is Great
Dec. 7, 1999
Men's Basketball Game Facts
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (4-1, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY OWLS (2-2, 0-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference)
Game No. 7 - No. 24 Gonzaga vs. No. 12 UCLA
UCLA BRUINS (3-0, 0-0 in Pacific-10 Conference)
BULLDOGS HOPE EIGHT IS GREAT: Gonzaga University, which suffered its first loss of the season to top-ranked University of Cincinnati Saturday in the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland, OH, is hoping eight is great when the Bulldogs faced 18th-ranked Temple University Wednesday in the Great Eight Basketball Classic. The game will be played at the United Center in Chicago, IL, and be televised nationally on ESPN. The second half of Wednesday's double-header will pit The University of North Carolina against Cincinnati. Tuesday's double-header sends the University of Kansas against Michigan State University with the University of Connecticut facing the University of Arizona.
FIRST APPEARANCE: After a surprising run to the 1999 NCAA Elite Eight, Gonzaga University will be making its first appearance in the Great Eight Basketball Classic which is staged through a partnership among Raycom Sports, ESPN, the Division I Athletic Directors' Association, the United Center and ISP Sports. The event was begun four years ago and has grown into one of the top regular-season collegiate basketball showcases in the country. Close to, if not more than, 400 media members are expected to cover this year's event. Gonzaga qualified for an invitation to the Great Eight with wins over the University of Minnesota, Stanford University and the University of Florida in last year's NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs fell to eventual national champion and third-ranked University of Connecticut in the West Region finals in Phoenix, AZ.
THE OLD AND THE NEW: The old guard and the new will be represented on the sidelines Wednesday when Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few goes against Temple University mentor John Chaney. Few represents the new guard as he's in his first season with the Bulldogs and brings a modest 4-1 career record into the contest. Chaney, meanwhile, is one of the most highly respected coaches in the profession and enters Wednesday with a record of 607-221 in his 28th season. To put things into perspective, Few turned 10 years old (12-27-62) when Chaney was in his first season of collegiate coaching (1972-73).
THE POLLS: Gonzaga University moved back into the Associated Press Top 25 this week at 24th. The Bulldogs garnered 194 points to edge Purdue University for 24th, the Boilermakers checking in with 181 points. The University of Kentucky is 23rd with 224. Gonzaga was in the pre-season AP Top 25 at 24th, fell to 25th the following week without playing a game and then dropped out of last week's poll. Gonzaga is also out of the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 coaches poll for the second straight week after being 25th after the first week of the season. The Bulldogs received 47 points. The University of Utah is 25th with 123, while the University of Oklahoma received 62 points in the "others receiving votes" category.
SANTANGELO EYES ASSISSTS MARK: The countdown has started for senior point guard Matt Santangelo in his quest to usurp John Stockton as Gonzaga University's all-time assists king. Santangelo has 470 career assists entering the Temple University game, 85 shy of surpassing Stockton's school mark of 554. The native of Portland, OR, had 184 assists last season to tie Stockton for second on the single-season GU list. Stockton is the single-season leader with 201 his senior campaign of 1983-84.
?AND POINTS ASSAULT: With 12 points Saturday against the University of Cincinnati, Matt Santangelo now has 1,418 career points to rank 8th on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts. He needs 10 points to move past Doug Spradley into 7th. Spradley scored 1,427 points from 1986-89. He needs 297 points for the season to move into third place on the all-time single-season list behind Frank Burgess (2,196 from 1959-61) and Jim McPhee (2,105 from 1986-90).
FRAHM 17th IN CAREER POINTS: Senior guard Richie Frahm continued his climb up the all-time Gonzaga University points chart with his 16 points in Saturday's win over the University of Cincinnati moving him into 15th all-time. He has 1,096 points, edging ahead of Frank Walter who scored 1,083 from 1947-50. Frahm needs 26 points to pass Jack Curran who scored 1,121 from 1947-50. Frahm, who scored 504 points last season, needs 520 points this season to pass Jerry Vermillion for fourth place. Vermillion scored 1,547 points from 1952-55.
CALVARY SWATS 'EM AWAY: Casey Calvary matched his career high with 5 blocks in Gonzaga University's win earlier this season over Eastern Washington University. He had 5 blocks last season against St. Martin's College. Although he didn't have a block in Saturday's game against the University of Cincinnati, he has blocked at least one shot in 56 of his last 60 games and in 64 of his 73 career games overall. He had at least one block in 20 of the last 21 games his freshman season, then started last season with blocks in 29 straight games. He blocked a shot in 32 of his 34 appearances a year ago. He led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots with 46 as a freshman and again last year with 57. He has 112 blocks in his Gonzaga University career.
BULLDOGS IN TOUGH STRETCH: Gonzaga University is in the middle of the most demanding regular-season stretch in school history with tonight's game against Temple University. The Bulldogs faced top-ranked University of Cincinnati last Saturday in Cleveland, OH, battle the 18th-ranked Owls tonight and then take on 11th-ranked UCLA Saturday in Pauley Pavilion on the Bruins' campus. The long stretch concludes a week from Monday against the University of Washington in Seattle's KeyArena, the place where the Bulldogs' run to the NCAA Elite Eight began last year with first and second round victories.
BULLDOGS IN THE KENNEL: The Kennel - home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs - has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country. In the last nine seasons the Bulldogs are 95-8 at home for a nifty 92.2 winning percentage. The Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel in 1999, 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. Gonzaga was 10-1 at home in 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the second-longest active streak in the country.
HOME COOKIN' IN THE KENNEL 1992 12-2 1996 12-1 1993 13-0 1997 10-2 1994 14-0 1998 10-1 1995 12-2 1999 10-0 2000 2-0
SANTANGELO NO STRANGER TO CHICAGO: Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Santangelo is no stranger to Chicago, having been in the Windy City last summer as part of the Playboy All-America basketball team. The December issue of Playboy contains the 2000 All-America team as selected by Playboy sports editor Gary Cole. Santangelo is the second Bulldog to be selected to the team, center Jeff Brown earning the Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor on the 1994 Playboy All-America team. The scholar-athlete award is named in honor of the former sports editor of Playboy.
SHOOTING WOES: Gonzaga University had its worst shooting night of the season Saturday against top-ranked University of Cincinnati, hitting on just 39.1 percent of its shots. The Bulldogs shot 28.1 percent in the first half on a 9-of-32 performance. Gonzaga has been above 50 percent from the first just once this season, connecting on 25-of-49 attempts for 51.0 percent against Boise State University. The Bulldogs have also shot better than 30.0 percent from 3-point range in just two of five games after shooting 39.9 percent from long range a year ago.
FIRST LOSS: With Saturday's loss, Gonzaga failed to duplicate its 5-0 start of 1997-98 in falling to 4-1 this season. The Bulldogs opened the 1994-95 season 8-0 and went 11-1 prior to the start of West Coast Conference play. The 8-0 start was the best in Gonzaga's 42-year NCAA Division I history.
REBOUNDING BATTLE: Through the first five games, Gonzaga University has won the battle of the boards three times, including a 39-37 edge against top-ranked University of Cincinnati last Saturday. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the University of Montana 38-31 and Washington State University 40-36. Gonzaga has been edged on the boards by Eastern Washington University 46-45, and by Boise State University 37-21.
DOUBLE FIGURES: Sharpshooters Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm have scored in double figures in all five Gonzaga University games this season. Santangelo has a season-high 15 points three times, while Frahm had a season-high 16 against the University of Cincinnati last Saturday. Santangelo has scored in double figures in 15 of his last 16 games dating to last season, while Frahm has hit double digits in 8 of his last 9 outings.
COLD FROM THE LINE: Traditionally a solid free throw shooting team, this year's version of Gonzaga University is struggling from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs are shooting a paltry 65.6 percent from the free throw line this season on 84-for-128. Gonzaga has shot less than 60.0 percent from the line twice - 59.1 percent (13-22) against the University of Montana and 55.6 percent (10-18) against the University of Cincinnati. The Bulldogs shot 60.6 percent (20-33) against Washington State University. Gonzaga's two best nights from the line have been 81.0 percent against Boise State University (17-21) and 70.6 percent (24-34) against Eastern Washington University.
SANTANGELO, FRAHM ALL-DISTRICT 14: Gonzaga University placed Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 14 second team in 1999, the first time the Bulldogs have had two players so honored in one season. The first team was comprised of Todd MacCulloch, University of Washington, Mark Madsen, Stanford University, Arthur Lee, Stanford University, Deaundra Tanner, Oregon State University, and Jason Hartman, Portland State University. Joining Santangelo and Frahm on the second team were Donald Watts, Washington, Eric Schraeder, Saint Mary's College, and Jan-Michael Thomas, Washington State University.
SANTANGELO HONORABLE MENTION AA: Guard Matt Santangelo received Associated Press All-America honorable mention recognition last spring, the first Bulldog player since John Stockton in 1884 to receive such an honor. Other Bulldogs to receive national All-America accolades were Bill Dunlap as an AP honorable mention pick in 1982, and Frank Burgess who was a consensus second team All-America selection in 1961. Burgess is the only Gonzaga player to receive consensus honors.
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