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Gonzaga Bulldogs
2013–14 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
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UniversityGonzaga University
ConferenceWCC
LocationSpokane, WA
Head coachMark Few (15th year)
ArenaMcCarthey Athletic Center
(Capacity: 6,000)
NicknameBulldogs
Student sectionKennel Club
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Blue and White

            
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1999
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009
NCAA Tournament appearances
1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
Conference regular season champions
1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
 
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Gonzaga Bulldogs
2013–14 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Gonzaga Bulldogs athletic logo
UniversityGonzaga University
ConferenceWCC
LocationSpokane, WA
Head coachMark Few (15th year)
ArenaMcCarthey Athletic Center
(Capacity: 6,000)
NicknameBulldogs
Student sectionKennel Club
Colors

Blue and White

            
Uniforms
Kit body thinsidesonwhite.png
Home jersey
Kit shorts blanksides2.png
Team colours
Home
Kit body thinwhitesides.png
Away jersey
Kit shorts whitesides.png
Team colours
Away
Kit body.png
Alternate jersey
Kit shorts redsides.png
Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1999
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009
NCAA Tournament appearances
1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
Conference regular season champions
1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

The Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Gonzaga University. The school competes in the West Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Bulldogs play home basketball games at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on the university campus.

Gonzaga has had 13 of its players receive the WCC Player of the Year award in its history.[1]

Team history[edit]

Early years[edit]

Gonzaga introduced a basketball program during the 1907–08 basketball season. During that season, they had no coach, but managed to achieve a record of 9–2 (.818).[2] In the 1908/09 season, George Varnell became the first official coach for Gonzaga, earning a 10–2 (.833) record during his only season with Gonzaga. Varnell was replaced by William Mulligan the following season, who acquired an 11–3 (.786) record.[3] Frank McKevitt took over for Mulligan during the 1910–11 basketball season, acquiring an 8–1 (.889) record, which was the highest winning percentage for Gonzaga basketball at the time.[3] From 1944 to 1994 the Bulldogs compiled a record of 628-531 (0.542), earning regular season titles in 1965-66, 1966–67 and 1993-94. A year later, the 1994-95 team would make the school's first appearance into the NCAA tournament.[4]

Dan Monson (1997–1999)[edit]

In 1997, Gonzaga assistant coach Dan Monson, the son of veteran Oregon and Idaho basketball coach Don Monson, became head coach of Gonzaga as Dan Fitzgerald wanted to focus on his athletic director's duties.[5] During his first season, Monson led the Zags to a 24–10 record and a WCC regular-season title, which was not enough to land Gonzaga an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.[5] However, the Bulldogs would earn a bid into the 1998 National Invitation Tournament, where they beat Wyoming 69–55 in the first round before falling to Hawai'i 78–70 in the second round.[6]

During the 1998–99 season, the Bulldogs finished with a 28–7 record and the conference tournament championship, which gave Gonzaga a 10-seed into the 1999 NCAA Tournament.[7] In what would be the tournament's "Cinderella" run and Gonzaga's "coming out party" (Gonzaga has made the NCAA Tournament each year since) the Zags beat seventh-seeded Minnesota 75–63 in the first round and followed it with an 82–74 win over second-seeded Stanford to advance to the regional semifinals.[8] The Zags would go on to beat Florida 73–72 to advance to the regional finals after Casey Calvary tipped in the winning basket with four seconds remaining.[5] They trailed eventual national champion UConn by one point with a minute remaining before losing 67–62 in the regional finals.[9]

Mark Few (1999–present)[edit]

Exposure from Gonzaga's Elite Eight run in the NCAA Tournament caused Monson to take a head coaching position at Minnesota, at which time Gonzaga assistant coach Mark Few became the head coach in the 1999–00 season.[5][10] After attaining status as the number one on March 4, 2013 [11] for the first time in school history, Gonzaga fell to number 9 seed Wichita State in the round of 32 in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

McCarthey Athletic Center[edit]

Gonzaga home games have been played at the McCarthey Athletic Center since 2004. The Bulldogs opened the arena with a 38-game winning streak, the longest in the NCAA at the time. The streak ended in February 2007 with a loss to the Santa Clara Broncos. When combined with 12 wins at home in the old Charlotte Y. Martin Centre "Kennel", the overall home-game winning streak ended at 50 games.[12] Between 1999 and 2009, Gonzaga compiled a 120–9 record at home, and a 33–2 record in conference. As of 24 February 2013 (2013-02-24), the team's record for all games played in the McCarthey Athletic Center was 119-8.[13]

The State Farm Battle in Seattle[edit]

Gonzaga plays their annual State Farm Battle in Seattle game in the 17,072 seat KeyArena.

The State Farm Battle in Seattle is the annual game that the Bulldogs play at KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. It is considered a neutral site game, considering that Seattle is about 300 miles (480 km) from Gonzaga's hometown of Spokane, but it is essentially a home game for Gonzaga due to a typically heavy fan turnout. The first State Farm Battle in Seattle was in 2003.

Gonzaga is 7–4 in State Farm Battle in Seattle games.

YearWinning TeamScoreLosing TeamScore
2003#17 Gonzaga87#3 Missouri80 (OT)
2004Gonzaga68UMass57
2005#9 Gonzaga64Oklahoma State62
2006#24 Nevada82Gonzaga74
2007#11 Tennessee82Gonzaga72
2008#2 UConn88#8 Gonzaga83 (OT)
2009#21 Gonzaga103Davidson91
2010#20 Illinois73Gonzaga61
2011Gonzaga71Arizona60
2012#14 Gonzaga68Kansas State52
2013#20 Gonzaga68South Alabama59

Impact on the University[edit]

Gonzaga University has experienced an inflow of students since the men's basketball team's 1998–99 season brought the school national attention. A 65-percent increase in the size of the freshman class between 1997 and 2003 is part of a phenomenon called the Flutie Effect, the increase in attention and applications for admission that results after a particularly notable and unexpected sporting victory by a school's athletic team. Gonzaga University president Rev. Robert Spitzer said that the team's success was responsible for the school receiving the $23 million required to build the McCarthey Athletic Center, most of which was received through major gifts.[14]

Gonzaga vs. the AP Top 25 (since 1998–99)[edit]

Since the season of Gonzaga's 1999 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament run to the Elite 8, Gonzaga has played a total of 68 games against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll. Gonzaga has a record of 24–45 against such teams. They have beaten a team ranked #3 on three occasions (2003-04 season against Missouri, and the 2004-05 season against Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State), and beat a 2nd ranked North Carolina in November 2006.

YearOpponentScore
1998–99
(3-4)
#8 Kansas
#15 Purdue
#22 Washington
#24 TCU
#7 Stanford
#23 Florida
#3 Connecticut
Lost 80–66
Lost 83-68
Won 82–71
Lost 90–87
Won 82–74
Won 73–72
Lost 67–62
1999–2000
(2-3)
#1 Cincinnati
#19 Temple
#11 UCLA
#9 St. John's
#25 Purdue
Lost 75–68
Lost 64–48
Won 59–43
Won 82–76
Lost 75–66
2000–01
(1-3)
#5 Arizona
#8 Florida
#16 Virginia
#3 Michigan State
Lost 101–87
Lost 85–71
Won 86–85
Lost 77–62
2001–02
(1-1)
#3 Illinois
#21 Fresno State
Lost 76–58
Won 87–77
2002–03
(0-3)
#19 Indiana
#15 Kentucky
#2 Arizona
Lost 76–75
Lost 80–72
Lost 96–95
2003–04
(1-2)
#17 St. Joseph's
#3 Missouri
#9 Stanford
Lost 73–66
Won 87–80
Lost 87–80
2004–05
(3-2)
#5 Illinois
#14 Washington
#3 Georgia Tech
#3 Oklahoma State
#24 Texas Tech
Lost 89–72
Won 99–87
Won 85–73
Won 78–75
Lost 71–69
2005–06
(2-4)
#23 Maryland
#12 Michigan State
#3 Connecticut
#18 Washington
#4 Memphis
#7 UCLA
Won 88–76
Won 109–106
Lost 65–63
Lost 99–95
Lost 83–72
Lost 73–71
2006–07
(3-3)
#2 North Carolina
#13 Washington
#6 Duke
#24 Nevada
#23 Stanford
#8 Memphis
Won 82–74
Won 97–77
Lost 61–54
Lost 82–74
Won 90–86
Lost 78–77
2007–08
(1-5)
#8 Washington State
#11 Tennessee
#1 Memphis
#25 St. Mary's
#25 St. Mary's
#23 Davidson
Lost 51–47
Lost 82–72
Lost 81–73
Lost 89–85
Won 88–76
Lost 82–76
2008–09
(3-3)
#12 Tennessee
#2 Connecticut
#15 Tennessee
#22 St. Mary's
#14 Memphis
#2 North Carolina
Won 83–74
Lost 88–83
Won 89–79
Won 69–62
Lost 68–50
Lost 98–77
2009–10
(0-3)
#2 Michigan State
#7 Duke
#4 Syracuse
Lost 75–71
Lost 76–41
Lost 87–65
2010–11
(2-5)
#25 San Diego State
#3 Kansas State
#20 Illinois
#23 Notre Dame
#9 Baylor
#18 St. John's
#10 BYU
Lost 79–76
Lost 81–64
Lost 73–61
Lost 83–79
Won 68–64
Won 86–71
Lost 89–67
2011–12
(1-1)
#16 Saint Mary's
#7 Ohio State
Won 73–59
Lost 73–66
2012–13
(1-2)
#13 Illinois
#22 Oklahoma State
#13 Butler
Lost 85–74
Won 69–68
Lost 64–63
2013–14
(0-1)
#24 MemphisLost 60–54

Teams in bold represent games Gonzaga played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

WCC Tournament results[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in sixteen NCAA Tournaments, including fifteen straight times. Gonzaga's combined record is 18–16.

YearRecordSeedRoundOpponentResult/Score
199521-9#14Round of 64#3 MarylandL 87–63
199928-7#10Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet 16
Elite 8
#7 Minnesota
#2 Stanford
#6 Florida
#1 Connecticut
W 75–63
W 82–74
W 73–72
L 67–62
200026-9#10Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet 16
#7 Louisville
#2 St. John's
#6 Purdue
W 77–66
W 82–76
L 75–66
200126-7#12Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet 16
#5 Virginia
#13 Indiana State
#1 Michigan State
W 86–85
W 85–68
L 77–62
200229-4#6Round of 64#11 WyomingL 73–66
200324-9#9Round of 64
Round of 32
#8 Cincinnati
#1 Arizona
W 74–69
L 96–95 (2OT)
200428-3#2Round of 64
Round of 32
#15 Valparaiso
#10 Nevada
W 76–49
L 91–72
200526-5#3Round of 64
Round of 32
#14 Winthrop
#6 Texas Tech
W 74–64
L 71–69
200629-4#3Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet 16
#14 Xavier
#6 Indiana
#2 UCLA
W 79–75
W 90–80
L 73–71
200723-11#10Round of 64#7 IndianaL 70–57
200825-8#7Round of 64#10 DavidsonL 82–76
200928-6#4Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet 16
#13 Akron
#12 Western Kentucky
#1 North Carolina
W 77–64
W 83–81
L 98–77
201027-7#8Round of 64
Round of 32
#9 Florida State
#1 Syracuse
W 67–60
L 87–65
201125-10#11Round of 64
Round of 32
#6 St. John's
#3 BYU
W 86–71
L 89–67
201226-7#7Round of 64
Round of 32
#10 West Virginia
#2 Ohio State
W 77–54
L 73–66
201332-3#1Round of 64
Round of 32
#16 Southern
#9 Wichita State
W 64–58
L 76–70
2014-#8Round of 64#9 Oklahoma StateTBA

NCAA Tournament Seeding History[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years →'95'99'00'01'02'03'04'05'06'07'08'09'10'11'12'13'14
Seeds →14101012692331074811718

NIT results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in thee National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Gonzaga's combined record is 2–3.

YearRoundOpponentResult/Score
1994First Round
Second Round
Stanford
Kansas State
W 80–76
L 66–64
1996First RoundWashington StateL 92–73
1998First Round
Second Round
Wyoming
Hawaiʻi
W 69–55
L 78–70

Awards[edit]

West Coast Conference Players of the Year[edit]

See: West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
YearPlayer
1984John Stockton
1994Jeff Brown
1998Bakari Hendrix
2001Casey Calvary
2002Dan Dickau
2003Blake Stepp
2004Blake Stepp
2005Ronny Turiaf
2006Adam Morrison
2007Derek Raivio
2008Jeremy Pargo
2010Matt Bouldin
2013Kelly Olynyk

West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors (since 2001)[edit]

YearCoach
2001Mark Few
2002Mark Few
2003Mark Few
2004Mark Few
2005Mark Few
2006Mark Few
2008Mark Few/Randy Bennett (St. Mary's)
2010Mark Few
2013Mark Few

National team players[edit]

Croatia national basketball team player Mario Kasun moved in 2000 to the Gonzaga University, but was subsequently suspended by the Croatian Basketball Federation for this abrupt move, and spent two seasons on the bench.

All-Americans[edit]

National Player of the Year
First Team
Second Team
Honorable Mention

First-round NBA picks[edit]

Coaching records[edit]

NameYearsRecordWin %
George Varnell1908–0910–2.833
William Mulligan1909–1011–3.786
Frank McKevitt1910–118–1.889
Fred Burns1911–124–2.667
Ed Mulholland1912–134–2.667
R. E. Harmon1913–1510–4.714
William S. Higgins1915–162–7.222
John F. McGough1916–174–5.444
Guy Condon1917–183–2.600
Edward Geheves1918–209–7.563
Gus Dorais1920–2650–60.455
Maurice Smith1926–3146–59.438
S. Dagly1931–324–7.364
Perry Teneyck1932–334–15.211
Claude McGrath1933–42; 1946–49129–133.492
B. Frasier1942–432–9.182
Charles Henry1943–4422–4.846
Eugene Wozny1944–4512–19.387
Gordon White1945–466–14.300
L. T. Underwood1949–5126–33.441
Hank Anderson1951–72290–275.513
Adrian Buoncristiani1972–7878–82.488
Dan Fitzgerald1978–81; 1985–97252–171.596
Jay Hillock1981–8560–50.545
Dan Monson1997–9952–17.754
Mark Few1999–present399–99.801

Individual career records[edit]

As of March 7, 2014.[15]

Career points leaders[edit]

1. Frank Burgess – 2,196
2. Jim McPhee – 2,015
3. Adam Morrison – 1,867
4. Elias Harris – 1,857
5. Matt Santangelo – 1,810
6. Ronny Turiaf – 1,723
7. Matt Bouldin – 1,683
8. Blake Stepp – 1,670
9. Jeff Brown – 1,646
10. Richie Frahm – 1,621
11. Jerry Vermillion – 1,547
12. Casey Calvary – 1,509
13. Rich Evans – 1,507
14. Derek Raivio – 1,456
15. Gary Lechman – 1,452
16. Steven Gray – 1,432
17. Doug Spradley – 1,427
18. Bill Suter – 1,354
19. Cory Violette – 1,342
20. John Stockton – 1,340
21. Kevin Pangos – 1,318 (Currently Active)
22. Robert Sacre – 1,270
23. Jeremy Pargo – 1,245
24. Bill Wilson – 1,226
25. Sam Dower – 1,206 (Currently Active)
26. Josh Heytvelt – 1,172
27. Matt Stanford – 1,171
28. Greg Sten – 1,168
29. Zach Gourde – 1,143
30. Dan Dickau – 1,125
31. Jack Curran – 1,121
32. Frank Walter – 1,083
33. Jon Kinloch – 1,071
34. Bryce McPhee – 1,060
35. Jarrod Davis – 1,054
36. John Rillie – 1,038
37. Jeff Condill – 1,004

Career rebound leaders[edit]

1. Jerry Vermillion – 1,670
2. Elias Harris - 979
3. Gary Lechman – 910
4. Cory Violette – 880
5. Ronny Turiaf – 859
6. Greg Sten – 783
7. Casey Calvary – 757
8. Robert Sacre - 679
9. Jim Dixon – 666
10. Charlie Jordan – 642
11. Jim Grady – 634
12. Bill Quigg – 630
13. Larry Brown – 604
14. Frank Burgess – 595
15. Joe Clayton – 593

Career assist leaders[edit]

1. Matt Santangelo – 668
2. Blake Stepp – 640
3. Jeremy Pargo – 589
4. John Stockton – 554
5. Matt Bouldin – 444
6. David Stockton – 399 (Currently Active)
7. Derek Raivio – 356
8. Kevin Pangos – 348 (Currently Active)
9. Steven Gray – 339
10. Geoff Goss – 335
11. Doug Spradley – 324
12. Don Baldwin – 313
13. Jim McPhee – 304
14. Kyle Dixon – 303
15. Dan Dickau – 299
16. Jamie Dudley – 293
17. Jeff Condill – 284
18. Tim Wagoner – 280
19. Ken Tyler – 255

Career steal leaders[edit]

1. John Stockton – 262
2t. Jeremy Pargo - 170
2t. Matt Bouldin - 170
4. David Stockton – 161 (Currently Active)
5. Doug Spradley – 159
6. Derek Raivio – 158
7. Steven Gray - 155
8. Blake Stepp – 152
9. Geoff Goss – 139
10. Tim Wagoner – 131
11. Kevin Pangos – 125 (Currently Active)
12. Elias Harris - 123
13. Jeff Condill - 116
14. Matt Santangelo - 115
15. Mike Nilson - 112
16. Quentin Hall - 109
17. Cory Violette - 101
18. Kyle Dixon - 97
19. Mike Leasure - 96

Career blocked shots leaders[edit]

1. Casey Calvary – 207
2. Robert Sacre - 186
3. Ronny Turiaf – 179
5. Austin Daye – 124
5. Tim Ruff – 99
6. Josh Heytvelt – 95
7. Zach Gourde – 86
8. Cory Violette – 85
9. Mark Spink – 80
10. Abdullahi Kuso – 77
11t. Paul Rogers – 72
11t. Elias Harris – 72
13. Sam Dower – 71 (Currently Active)
14. Marc Armstead – 70
15t. Przemek Karnowski – 67 (Currently Active)
15t. Axel Dench – 67
17. Brian Fredrickson – 60

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Zag Record Book. Gonzaga University. 2008. p. 51. 
  3. ^ a b 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. Gonzaga University. 2008. p. 134. 
  4. ^ "Gonzaga Bulldogs Index". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Boling 2004: xi
  6. ^ "National Invitation Tournament History". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  7. ^ Bradley 2009: 195
  8. ^ "NCAA Basketball Tournament History: Gonzaga Bulldogs". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  9. ^ Katz, Andy (2008-12-20). "Andy Katz: The game that changed Connecticut and Gonzaga forever". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  10. ^ "Gonzaga's Monson Hired by Minnesota". The New York Times Company. 1999-07-25. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
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  12. ^ "College Basketball Roundup: Zags' home winning streak is snapped at 50". The Seattle Times (Seattle: The Seattle Times Company). Associated Press. 2007-02-13. ISSN 0745-9696. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  13. ^ Geranios, Nicholas K. (2010-02-12). "Zags blow out Gaels, take control of WCC". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco: Hearst Communications). Associated Press. ISSN 1932-8672. 
  14. ^ Lieber, Ron (2004-03-14). "Score! Gonzaga University was struggling financially. Then it started winning basketball games.". The Wall Street Journal (New York: Dow Jones). Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
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