Bulldogs, Saint Joseph's Play New Year's Eve
Dec. 30, 2002
Game No. 13 - Saint Joseph's University Hawks
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - 5 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 4:30 p.m. PST
TV: KHQ-TV (Ch. 6 Spokane)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (8-4; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY HAWKS (7-1; 0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference)
Thursday, Jan. 2 - 7 p.m. PST
Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. PST
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY VIKINGS (2-9; 0-0 Big Sky Conference)
OLD YEAR ENDS IN THE KENNEL... Gonzaga University and Saint Joseph's University will bring the curtain down on 2002 when the two do battle Tuesday in a 5 p.m. start at The Kennel. The Hawks are returning a visit the Bulldogs made to Philadelphia last season in the inaugural meeting between the schools. Last season was the first time the Bulldogs had played a New Year's Eve contest.
...NEW YEAR BEGINS AGAINST PORTLAND STATE: It won't take Gonzaga University long to make its 2003 debut, the Bulldogs meeting Portland State University on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The former home of the NBA's Portland Blazers, the teams renewed this rivalry last year in The Kennel. The teams had not played since Jan. 12, 1981, when the Bulldogs took a 68-60 win at Portland State. Gonzaga leads the overall series 14-6 and has won six straight since a 74-59 Vikings' victory on Dec. 28, 1976, in the opening round of the Long Beach State Invitational.
SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University has lost less than 10 games in each of the past four seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 and 28-7, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in any of his three previous Gonzaga seasons.
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 26 Gonzaga University regular-season contests could be televised through the West Coast Conference Tournament. KHQ-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise 10 games from The Kennel as well as road games from the University of Montana and against Stanford University at the Pete Newell Challenge. 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 Jan. 7 from Applebee's at on the South Hill.
BOARD STRENGTH: Junior Cory Violette has grabbed at least 7 rebounds in 10 of Gonzaga University's first 12 games. He had a season-high 12 rebounds against the University of Washington. He's had 21 rebounds in his last two outings against Eastern Washington University and Stanford University.
PSU GAME OFF TV: Gonzaga University's game against Portland State University at Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 2 will not be televised in Spokane on PAX-TV as originally scheduled. The recent demise of the Action Sports Cable Network (ASCN) in Portland left PAX without a cost effective means to bring the game back to Spokane.
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 414 as he chases Doug Spradley in eighth with 462. Gourde is also fifth in career blocked shots with 71. 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. GU is +4.4 thus far this season.
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 29-game home winning streak to rank third in the country. In the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 131-9 at home for a nifty 93.6 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.
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 third double-double of the season and the 14th of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Stanford University in the Pete Newell Challenge.
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.
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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