Men's Basketball To Face Florida, Wisconsin-Green Bay
Dec. 13, 2000
Game No. 8 - University of Florida
Saturday, December 16 - 12:30 p.m. PST
National Car Rental Center
Sunrise, FL (Orange Bowl Classic)
Radio: KXLI 630 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU-TV (Channel 3 AT&T Cable in Spokane)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (5-2, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GATORS (5-1, 0-0 in Southeastern Conference)
Wednesday, December 20 - 5 p.m. PST
Brown County Arena - Green Bay, WI
Radio: KXLY 920 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY PHOENIX (3-6, 0-0 in Midwestern Collegiate)
BULLDOGS BUCKED IN BOISE: Boise State University handed Gonzaga University its worst defeat since 1991 last Saturday as the Broncos bucked the Bulldogs 94-69 at the BSU Pavilion. The Bulldogs haven't been beaten more soundly since an 84-56 loss at Pepperdine University on Feb. 15, 1991. The Bulldogs have suffered a pair of 24-point losses since that 28-point loss to the Waves, 87-63 to the University of Maryland in the first round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT, and 71-47 at Southern Utah University to open the 1996-97 season. The Bulldogs, who are now just 4-12 in Boise, fell behind 44-33 at halftime and never put together a second-half rally to threaten the Broncos. BSU went on a 15-5 run to open the second half in pushing the lead to 21 points, then cruised the remainder of the night. The biggest lead for the Broncos was 35 points when Clint Hordemann's jumper with 10:15 to play gave BSU (5-2) a 79-44 advantage.
WOES AT BOTH ENDS VS. BSU: Gonzaga University was out of sync at both ends of the court Saturday, shooting a season-low 42.3 percent from the field on 22-of-52, while Boise State University was blitzing the nets for 55.0 percent on 33-of-60. No opponent had shot better than 50.0 percent from the field against the Bulldogs in their first six outings. With Abe Jackson connecting on 9-of-14 3-pointers, the Broncos hit 11-of-22 from long range as a team to become just the second team in two seasons to hit double-digits from long range against Gonzaga.
TURNOVERS COSTLY: After committing just 23 turnovers in the two previous games combined (13 against the University of Washington and 10 at the University of Montana), Gonzaga University was guilty of 19 turnovers last Saturday leading to 23 Boise State University points.
CALVARY PASSES 1,000-POINT PLATEAU... Senior forward Casey Calvary has become the 22nd played in Gonzaga University to surpass the 1,000-point barrier, entering Saturday's game against the University of Florida with 1,056 points. That ranks him 19th in school history, four shy of Bryce McPhee's 1,060 points and 15 away from matching Jon Kinloch's 1,071 points. Calvary should move into the top 10, needing 299 more points to surpass Bill Suter at No. 10 with 1,354.
...AND NEARS 600 REBOUNDS: Casey Calvary will become just the fourth player in Gonzaga University history to join the 1,000-point/600-rebound club. He's already achieved the 1,000 points, and now has 588 career rebounds. Calvary is close to cracking Gonzaga's career Top 10, Joe Clayton 10th on the all-time list with 593. The three members of the 1,000-point/600-rebound club are Jerry Vermillion (1,547/1,670), Gary Lechman (1,452/910) and Greg Sten (1,168/783). Vermillion, Lechman and Sten ranked 1-2-3, respectively, on Gonzaga's career rebounding chart.
HOW SWEET IT WAS! The two teams - especially the makeup of this year's Gonzaga University squad - are different, but there's still the hoopla of the 1999 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game between the Bulldogs and the University of Florida surrounding this Saturday's re-match. The teams will meet in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic as the second half of a doubleheader at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Fla. The University of Miami and the University of Nebraska meet in the opener. Gonzaga fans will not soon forget the March 18, 1999, Sweet Sixteen matchup in Phoenix, Ariz. With the Gators leading 72-71 with 15.4 seconds to play, Brent Wright was called for traveling. Ironically, the Bulldogs' Quentin Hall was to have fouled Wright to send the Gators to the free throw line in hopes of getting the ball back instead of having Florida dribble valuable seconds off the clock. The Bulldogs took a timeout, Hall missed and Casey Calvary made the tip-in heard around the NCAA Tournament. The Gators had one last desperation shot left, but Shannon Wright's shot was off the mark and the Bulldogs were in the Elite Eight with the stunning 73-72 upset.
THEN AND NOW: Only Gonzaga University seniors Casey Calvary and Mark Spink were members of the 1999 Bulldogs who defeated the University of Florida. Calvary was a starter and played 25 minutes, scoring 12 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. He went 5-of-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Spink, now a starter, was a valuable reserve in '99, playing 6 minutes, scoring 2 points and grabbing 3 rebounds. The University of Florida, meanwhile, has five players who were a part of the 1999 meeting. Brent Wright and Major Parker were starters then, and Teddy Dupay and Udonis Haslem are starters this season. Ronnie King did not play in the '99 meeting and has yet to see any minutes this season. Calvary and Haslem are their respective team's leading scorers, Calvary averaging 22.1 ppg, Haslem 17.7 ppg. The duo is also the top rebounders, Calvary at 6.3 rpg, Haslem 8.5 rpg.
BULLDOGS WIN 200TH: Gonzaga University's win at the University of Montana earlier this year was the 200th for the Bulldogs in the last 10 seasons. Gonzaga is 200-85 since the 1991-92 season for a .702 winning percentage. Santa Clara University, with 157 victories, is the next closest West Coast Conference school to the Bulldogs over that same period.
ON THE TUBE: Saturday's game against the University of Florida will be televised in Spokane on KAYU FOX 28 (Channel 3 on the AT&T Broadband cable system in Spokane and UHF Channel 28
CALVARY WOODEN AWARD NOMINEE: Gonzaga University senior forward Casey Calvary is one of 50 nominees for the John R. Wooden Award. A poll was conducted of The John R. Wooden Award Committee to determine the Pre-season Top 50 candidates for the 2000-01 Wooden Award All-American Team. On March 27, 2001, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Friday April 6, 2001 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be a one hour telecast on FOX Sports Net. The top 50 Candidates have been selected based on last year's individual performance and team records. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the Mid-season Top 30 during a half-hour program on FOX Sports Net. This is the second straight year the Bulldogs have had a Wooden Award nominee, guard Matt Santangelo getting the nomination a year ago.
FEW'S ROOKIE SEASON: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few had one of the best rookie seasons in NCAA history, the Bulldogs' 26 wins ranking him tied for 7th for "Top 10 Career Starts For Head Coaches By Victories." He's tied with such coaching legends as Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University (1977), Denny Crum of the University of Louisville (1972) and Nolan Richardson of Tulsa University (1981). All won 26 games as rookie head coaches at the NCAA Division I level.
20 WINS AGAIN: For the seventh time in eight years Gonzaga University hit the 20-win plateau, the Bulldogs' 26 wins last season second only behind the 1999 school record mark of 28-7 mark. Last year marked the fourth time the Bulldogs hit the magic 20-win plateau in the regular season. The 1994 squad took a 20-6 record into the West Coast Conference Tournament, the 1998 team was 21-8 entering the tourney, the 1999 Bulldogs went 22-6 in the regular season and the 2000 squad was 21-8 heading into the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga's first 20-win season as a NCAA Division I program came in 1992 with a 20-10 mark, falling to Pepperdine University 73-70 in the Bulldogs' first appearance in the WCC Tournament title game.
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 106-9 at home for a nifty 92.2 winning percentage, finishing 10-1 last season. 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. The Bulldogs are 3-0 at home this season and have a winning margin of 29.7 ppg.
FEW JUGGLES LINEUP: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few juggled the Bulldogs' starting lineup against Boise State University after a sluggish first half from his troops in the Bulldogs' win at the University of Montana. Kyle Bankhead, who scored a career-high 13 points and went 3-for-3 from 3-point range against the Grizzlies, got the nod in place of Tricco, and Anthony Reason, who hit a big 3-point shot late in the game against Montana, was inserted into the starting five in place of Alex Hernandez. With the poor all-around effort against BSU, Few had not decided on his lineup for this weekend's game with the University of Florida. The Bulldogs had Monday off and were scheduled to return to the practice floor Tuesday and Wednesday prior to an early-morning Thursday departure for Florida.
RE-MATCH WITH WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY: In a rare same-year home-and-home series, Gonzaga University will return the favor to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 20, when the two do battle at Brown County Arena in Green Bay, Wisc. The Bulldogs and Phoenix met on the opening weekend of the regular season in The Kennel, the Bulldogs taking an 85-58 victory. That was the first meeting between the teams since November of 1985 when the Bulldogs prevailed 63-47 in Spokane. The only time the teams have played in Green Bay the Phoenix posted a 63-52 double-overtime victory during the 1984-85 season. In this year's first meeting the Bulldogs got 20 points from Dan Dickau, who has since been sidelined with a broken finger and will miss the re-match. Mark Spink had 13 points, while Casey Calvary and Blake Stepp each added 12 in the first game. The Bulldogs went 26-for-49 from the field for 53.1 percent, while the Phoenix shot a chilly 21-for-54 for 38.9 percent. Gonzaga also held a 40-25 rebounding edge.
HOT AND COLD: The upcoming road trip for Gonzaga University will find the Bulldogs going from one weather extreme to another. Saturday's extended forecast calls for a game-day high of 83 degrees and a low of 68 degrees in the Fort Lauderdale/Sunrise, Fla. region. Then the Bulldogs head for Green Bay, Wisc., where the extended forecast calls for a game-day high of 16 degrees and a low of 4 degrees for Wednesday, Dec. 20.
THE RATINGS: Gonzaga University is ranked 50th in the Jeff Sagarin College Basketball Rankings with an 82.27, and 87th in the College RPI with a .5562 through Sunday's games. Stanford University heads the Sagarin rankings with a 97.65, while the University of Toledo sits atop the College RPI with a .7274.
DICKAU OUT WITH BROKEN FINGER: Gonzaga University starting point guard Dan Dickau remains sidelined with a broken left index finger suffered in the Bulldogs' Nov. 29 loss at the University of Arizona. He was x-rayed late last week and trainer Steve DeLong said the healing process looked good. It's hopeful Dickau can return for Gonzaga's Dec. 30 home game against Monmouth University.
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