Bulldogs Face Bulldogs In Georgia

Dec. 13, 2006

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 12 - Georgia
Sat., Dec. 16 - 2 p.m. PST
Chick-fil-A Bowl Classic For Kids
The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2
No. 16 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (9-2; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (20.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-4, 215, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.9 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
       (17.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.2 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Jr., Brewster, WA
      (5.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  197-43 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BULLDOGS (6-1; 0-0 Southeastern) G - 2 Sundiata Gaines, 6-1, 205, Jr., Jamaica, NY (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.7 assists, 3.1 steals) G - 14 Levi Stukes, 6-2, 205, Sr., Randallstown, MD (10.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks) G - 33 Mike Mercer, 6-4, 185, So., Snellville, GA (17.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.0 assists, 2.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 45 Rashaad Singleton, 7-0, 255, So., Campbellton, FL (6.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.6 assists, 1.9 blocks) F - 15 Steve Newman, 6-9, 235, Sr., Orlando, FL (5.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks) HEAD COACH: Dennis Felton (Howard, 1985) UGA RECORD: 45-50 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: 145-103 (9th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 13 - Duke
Thurs., Dec. 21 - 6 p.m. PST
Aeropostale Classic
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2
No. 6 DUKE UNIVERSITY BLUE DEVILS (9-1; 0-0 ACC)
G -   3 Greg Paulus, 6-1, 180, So., Syracuse, NY
      (5.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals)
G -  21 DeMarcus Nelson, 6-4, 200, Jr., Elk Grove, CA
      (14.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.7 blocks)
G -  30 Jon Scheyer, 6-5, 180, Fr., Northbrook, IL
      (10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -    2 Josh McRoberts, 6-10, 240, So., Carmel, IN
      (11.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.1 blocks)
F -   42 Lance Thomas, 6-8, 215, Fr., Scotch Plains, NJ
      (6.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.9 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mike Krzyzewski (Army, 1969)
DUKE RECORD:  689-192 (27th year)  CAREER RECORD:  762-251 (32nd year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/19 vs. Kent State.

Gonzaga University takes to the road again, beginning a 9-day trek to Georgia and New York beginning with Saturday's Chick-fil-A Classic For Kids game against the University of Georgia in Duluth, Ga. Gametime is 2 p.m. PST with the game to be televised on ESPN2. The Bulldogs will then head to New York for the second time this season to face Duke University on Dec. 21 at Madison Square Garden. The Bulldogs spent Thanksgiving in the Big Apple at the NIT after winning the West Region in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Gonzaga University enters Saturday's game coming out of finals week and coming off last Saturday's 97-77 home victory over then 8th ranked University of Washington. The Bulldogs climbed to 16th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls with the impressive victory over their cross-state rivals. Gonzaga has won eight of the last nine meetings with the Huskies.

Saturday's game between Gonzaga University and the University of Georgia will be played in the 13,000-seat The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., located 20 miles north of Atlanta. The game was moved to the Gwinnett Center rather than being played in Atlanta's Phillips Arena because of a Dallas Cowboys-Atlanta Falcons football game being played at the Georgia Dome. The Dome and Phillips Arena share parking facilities which made it impossible to have two events in a short period of time. The basketball game starts at 5 p.m. EST, the football game at 8 p.m. EST.

This will be Gonzaga University's second appearance in the Chick fil-A Classic For Kids, the Bulldogs falling to the University of Georgia 95-83 on Dec. 15, 2002, at Atlanta's Phillips Arena. Georgia returned the game the following year, losing to Gonzaga 82-76 in overtime in the Spokane Arena in UGA head coach Dennis Felton's first year. Those are the only two meetings in the series.

For the second time this season Gonzaga University's Bulldogs will be facing a team with the same moniker, but this time Gonzaga will be hoping for different results. Gonzaga fell to the Bulldogs of Butler University 79-71 in the championship game of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip Off in Madison Square Garden. It will also be Georgia's second meeting of the year against a team of Bulldogs, defeating Garden-Webb University's Bulldogs 96-67.

Gonzaga University might be hoping a long layoff will be a bit too long for the University of Georgia after the latter had its game scheduled for last Saturday against Kennesaw State University was postponed and re-scheduled for Feb. 14 because the game fell during UGA's fall semester final exam period. That will give Georgian an 11-day layoff since its last outing against Gardner-Webb University. Gonzaga, meanwhile, played last Saturday against the University of Washington.

Gonzaga University is 3-3 all-time against Southeastern Conference schools. The Bulldogs are 1-1 against both the University of Georgia and the University of Florida, 1-0 against Mississippi State University and 0-1 against the University of Kentucky. Georgia was the last SEC team Gonzaga played during the 2004 season at the Spokane Arena, an 82-76 Gonzaga win in overtime.

Last Saturday's game in the McCarthey Athletic Center was Gonzaga University's lone home game in the month of December. The Bulldogs began the month against the University of Texas on Dec. 2 at the College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., had a game at Washington State University on Dec. 5 and, following Saturday's game, will finish the month with games Dec. 21 against Duke University in Madison Square Garden and Dec. 30 in The Battle in Seattle against the University of Nevada.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 45 games with last Saturday's 97-77 win over the University of Washington. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 33-0 in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center and won their final 12 home games next door in The Kennel. Since beginning the streak Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa University, the Bulldogs have also played - and won - six games at the downtown Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. That gives the Bulldogs a 51-game winning streak in the city of Spokane. The last time the Bulldogs lost in Spokane was Feb. 19, 2003, to the University of Portland 72-68 in The Kennel.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,067 career points to rank 25th. John Kinloch (1993-93) is 24th with 1,071 points. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.3 ppg in his career.

On his way to surpassing the 1,000-point plateau, Derek Raivio also had another pair of personal bests. His 7-for-14 effort from 3-point range against the University of Texas were single-game marks for the senior. His previous high of six 3-pointers made came in 2005 when he set his career high of 32 points against Santa Clara University, going 6-for-9 from beyond the arc that night. He had 10 3-point attempts in several games prior to his 14 attempts. His 195 career treys rank fifth and his 453 attempts are fifth. His 122 career steals are sixth and his 292 career assists are 10th. He's also scored 20 or more points in eight straight games, having never scored 20 points in back-to-back games until this stretch.

Gonzaga University has a +15.3 scoring margin advantage this season, averaging 81.5 ppg.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few changed his lineup for the first time this season against the University of Washington last weekend, inserting freshman guard Matt Bouldin and junior forward David Pendergraft in to the lineup in place of junior guard Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes and senior forward Sean Mallon, respectively. It was the first career start for Bouldin and the second career nod for Pendergraft and his first since Jan. 22, 2005, at the University of San Diego when he started in place of Adam Morrison.

Freshman Matt Bouldin made the best of his first career start last Saturday against the University of Washington, posting a season-high 21 points on a 9-for-12 night from the field in 31 minutes. He had gone just 3-for-23 from the field over the four previous games. He also dished out 5 assists and had just two turnovers against the Huskies. The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., leads the Bulldogs in assist-to-turnover ration at 1.65.

Senior guard Derek Raivio is the West Coast Conference men's basketball November Player of the Month. The native of Vancouver, Wash., helped lead Gonzaga to a 7-1 record in the month of November as he scored in double-digits in seven of the eight games, including six games of 20-plus points. He began the season with 21 points against Eastern Washington University, then posted back-to-back 21-point performances in the Bulldogs wins over the University of Texas-San Antonio and then second-ranked University of North Carolina in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip Off. He rounded out the month by scoring 20 points versus Butler University in the NIT title game - the Bulldogs lone blemish in the month - 24 points versus the University of Idaho and 20 points against Portland State University. For the month, Raivio averaged 18.9 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game.

Jeremy Pargo has grabbed at least three rebounds in 10-of-11 games this season, including a season-high 6 against Rice University. He's also handed out at least six assists in four of the last five games - 6 versus the University of Idaho, the University of Texas and the University of Washington, and 7 against Portland State University. His "low" game in that stretch was 4 against Washington State University.

Derek Raivio has made 29 straight free throws since missing his final attempt against the University of North Carolina. He shares the school record of 41 straight with Geoff Goss.

Gonzaga University was out rebounded for the first time this season when the University of Washington won the battle of the boards 41-39 last Saturday. The University of North Carolina had garnered a 42-42 rebounding stalemate.

Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few announced the signing of four players to national letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs next fall. Scheduled to join the Bulldogs next season are freshmen Austin Daye, Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif.; Steven Gray, Bainbridge High, Bainbridge, Wash., and Robert Sacre (pronounced sack-rEE), Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver, British Columbia, and junior college transfer Ira Brown, Phoenix, Ariz., College who hails from Conroe, Texas. Daye, a 6-10, 190-pound wing, was ranked as the 32nd-best player nationally and as the ninth best small forward by one scouting service in the Class of 2007. He was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West first team as the seventh-leading vote getter and was named to the Hot 100 players for 2007 as selected by Sports Illustrated. Daye averaged 16 ppg, 9 rpg and 3.4 blocks/game as a junior for coach John Halagan. Gray, a 6-4, 190-pound guard, was ranked as the 52nd best player and the 13th best shooting guard in the Class of 2007. He was also named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West second team. He averaged 24.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4 assists and 2.5 steals last season for coach Scott Orness. Sacre, a 7-0, 255-pound post, was rated as the 100th best player in the Class of '07 and the seventh best center. He averaged 25 ppg, 12 rpg and 4 blocks/game for Handsworth Secondary School and coach Randy Storey last season, earning MVP of the British Columbia Provincial Tournament. Brown, a 6-4, 235-pound forward, was ranked as the 42nd best junior college player in the country after averaging 17 ppg, 10 rpg and shooting 60 percent from the field for Phoenix College and Coach Matt Gordon. A late bloomer to the collegiate game, Brown graduated from Willis High in Texas in May of 2001 and pursued a professional baseball career. He was drafted in the eight round of the 2001 Major League Draft by the Kansas City Royals and played four seasons of minor league baseball, including the 2002 season with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League. He attended Phoenix College last season, averaging 17.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, shooting 57.6 percent from the field (253-for-439) and blocking 59 shots. "This is the first time we've ever had a class nationally ranked," Few said of the recruiting class ranked 11th best in the nation by one scouting service. "We got some offense, we got some size and we got some athleticism. This is a talented group."

Gonzaga is tied for eighth for the longest active NCAA Tournament Appearances Streak. The Bulldogs made their eighth straight appearance in 2006, joining Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. Arizona extended its streak to 22 with last spring's selection, followed by Kansas (17), Kentucky (15), Duke (11) and Michigan State (9). Streaks that ended in 2006 were Cincinnati (14), Stanford (11) and Oklahoma State (8).

Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 436. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV held the all-time streak of 601 entering the current season.

 

 

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