2007–08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2007-08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Zags Wordmark.jpg
Championship WCC vs. San Diego L, 69-62
1st Round NCAA vs. Davidson, L, 82-76
Conference West Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #-
AP #20
2007-08 record 25-8 (13-1 WCC)
Head coach Mark Few
Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti
Assistant coach Leon Rice
Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd
Home arena McCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons
« 2006-07 2008-09 »

Roster[edit]

No. Position Year Player
2 United States G Jr Jeremy Pargo
5 United States F Fr Austin Daye
11 United States G Fr Andrew Sorenson
15 United States G So Matt Bouldin
20 United States F So Larry Gurganious
21 Canada C Fr Robert Sacre
22 United States G Jr Micah Downs
No. Position Year Player
25 United States G Sr David Pendergraft
31 Nigeria F Sr Abdullahi Kuso
32 United States G Fr Steven Gray
42 United States F Jr Josh Heytvelt
45 United States C So Will Foster
50 United States F Jr Ira Brown


Season build-up[edit]

Coach Mark Few hit the recruiting trail hard in the offseason with the Coach proclaiming it's "the best we've ever had here". Few managed to recruit sought-after forward Austin Daye, Junior College transfer Ira Brown, Robert Sacre (a 7 foot Center from Vancouver, Canada) and Steven Gray, a prized point/shooting guard. Also returning from a suspension would be the team's leading scorer from the season before Josh Heytvelt, and Theo Davis. The team entered the season ranked 14th in the AP Poll.

Tournament build-up[edit]

Gonzaga received a 7 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, and were paired against the 10 seed Davidson College, a sleeper pick by many experts. During the season the Bulldogs played ten teams that eventually made it to the tournament, and played a total of 13 games against teams who made it into the tournament. The Zags won seven of those thirteen games beating a 10 seed in Saint Mary's, a 13 seed in San Diego (Gonzaga won twice against San Diego), an 11 seed in Saint Joseph's, WKU, a 12 seed, a 14th seeded Georgia team, and a 4 seed in UConn. Gonzaga also lost six games against eventual tournament teams, they lost to Saint Mary's on the road, San Diego in the WCC Conference tournament, and also lost to a 1 seed in Memphis, a 2 seed in Tennessee, a 6th seeded Oklahoma Sooners team, and a 4 seed in Washington State at home.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
11/11/2007* 1:00 PM Montana #14 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA FSN W 77–54  6,000 1–0
11/13/2007* 8:00 PM Idaho #14 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA FSN W 80–43  6,000 2–0
11/17/2007* 5:00 PM UC-Riverside #14 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA KHQ W 84–48  6,000 3–0
2007 Great Alaska Shootout
11/22/2007* 8:30 PM vs. WKU #14 Sullivan ArenaAnchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
ESPNU W 74–71  8,383 4–0
11/23/2007* 9:00 PM vs. Texas Tech #14 Sullivan ArenaAnchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
ESPN360 L 73–63  8,700 4–1
11/24/2007* 7:00 PM vs. Virginia Tech #14 Sullivan ArenaAnchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
ESPN360 W 82–64  8,576 5–1
11/29/2007* 5:00 PM at Saint Joseph's #19 Alumni Memorial FieldhousePhiladelphia, PA ESPNU W 70–65 OT 3,200 6–1
12/01/2007* 12:30 PM at UConn #19 TD Banknorth GardenBoston
(Basketball HOF Challenge)
ESPN W 85–82  18,007 7–1
12/05/2007* 8:00 PM #8 Washington State #17 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA ESPNU L 51–47  6,000 7–2
12/08/2007* 5:00 PM Cal State Northridge #17 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA KHQ W 85–59  6,000 8–2
12/17/2007* 5:00 PM Northern Colorado #18 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA FSN W 77–57  6,000 9–2
12/20/2007* 6:00 PM vs. Oklahoma #18 Ford CenterOklahoma City, OK
(All-College Challenge)
ESPN2 L 72–68  13,135 9–3
12/29/2008* 5:00 PM vs. #11 Tennessee KeyArenaSeattle, WA
(Battle in Seattle)
ESPN2 L 82–72  15,141 9–4
12/31/2008* 5:00 PM Utah McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA FSN W 61–59  6,000 10–4
01/05/2008* 5:00 PM vs. Georgia Spokane ArenaSpokane, WA
(Ronald McDonald House Charities)
FSN W 75–67  12,064 11–4
01/12/2008 5:30 PM at Loyola Marymount Gersten PavilionLos Angeles, CA FSN W 91–68  3,692 12–4 (1–0)
01/14/2008 9:00 PM at Pepperdine Firestone FieldhouseMalibu, CA ESPN W 92–57  2,954 13–4 (2-0)
01/19/2008 1:00 PM San Diego McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA FSN W 80–70  6,000 14–4 (3–0)
01/21/2008 9:00 PM San Francisco McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA ESPN W 72–64  6,000 15–4 (4–0)
01/26/2008* 9:00 AM at #1 Memphis FedEx ForumMemphis, TN ESPN L 81–73  18,152 15–5
01/28/2008 5:00 PM Portland McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA FSN W 79–41  6,000 16–5 (5–0)
02/02/2008 4:00 PM at Santa Clara Leavey CenterSanta Clara, CA KHQ W 87–82 2OT 4,500 17–5 (6–0)
02/04/2008 8:00 PM at #21 St. Mary's McKeon PavilionMoraga, CA ESPN2 L 89–85 OT 3,500 17–6 (6–1)
02/09/2008 5:00 PM Pepperdine McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA KHQ W 101–59  6,000 18–6 (7–1)
02/11/2008 5:00 PM Loyola Marymount McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA FSN W 83–50  6,000 19–6 (8–1)
02/16/2008 5:00 PM at San Francisco War Memorial GymnasiumSan Francisco, CA ESPNU W 83–63  4,500 20–6 (9–1)
02/18/2008 8:00 PM at San Diego Jenny Craig PavilionSan Diego, CA ESPN2 W 59–55  5,100 21–6 (10–1)
02/25/2008 8:00 PM at Portland #24 Chiles CenterPortland, OR ESPN2 W 73–51  4,527 22–6 (11–1)
03/01/2008 5:00 PM #25 St. Mary's #24 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA KHQ W 88–76  6,000 23–6 (12–1)
03/03/2008 8:30 PM Santa Clara #22 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA ESPN2 W 88–54  6,000 24–6 (13–1)
2008 West Coast Conference Tournament
03/09/2008* 6:30 PM Santa Clara #22 Jenny Craig PavilionSan Diego, CA
(Semifinals)
ESPN2 W 52–48  5,100 25–6
03/10/2008* 6:00 PM San Diego #20 Jenny Craig PavilionSan Diego, CA
(Finals)
ESPN L 69–62  5,100 25–7
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/21/2008* 9:25 AM vs. #23 (10) Davidson #20 (7) RBC CenterRaleigh, NC
(NCAA Tournament Round of 64)
CBS L 82–76  N/A 25–8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.