2007–08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2007-08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
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 Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Regular Season
11/11/2007* #14 Montana W 77–54  1–0 McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
11/13/2007* #14 Idaho W 80–43  2–0 McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
11/17/2007* #14 UC-Riverside W 84–48  3–0 McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
2007 Great Alaska Shootout
11/22/2007* #14 vs. WKU
(Great Alaska Shootout)
W 74–71  4–0 Sullivan Arena (8,383)
11/23/2007* #14 vs. Texas Tech
(Great Alaska Shootout)
L 73–63  4–1 Sullivan Arena (8,700)
11/24/2007* #14 vs. Virginia Tech
(Great Alaska Shootout)
W 82–64  5–1 Sullivan Arena (8,576)
11/29/2007* #19 at Saint Joseph's W 70–65 OT 6–1 Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (3,200)
12/01/2007* #19 at UConn
(Basketball HOF Challenge)
W 85–82  7–1 TD Banknorth Garden (18,007)
12/05/2007* #17 #8 Washington State L 51–47  7–2 McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
12/08/2007* #17 Cal State Northridge W 85–59  8–2 McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
12/17/2007* #18 Northern Colorado W 77–57  9–2 McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
12/20/2007* #18 vs. Oklahoma
(All-College Challenge)
L 72–68  9–3 Ford Center (13,135)
12/29/2008* vs. #11 Tennessee
(Battle in Seattle)
L 82–72  9–4 KeyArena (15,141)
12/31/2008* Utah W 61–59  10–4 McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
01/05/2008* vs. Georgia
(Ronald McDonald House Charities)
W 75–67  11–4 Spokane Arena (12,064)
01/12/2008 at Loyola Marymount W 91–68  12–4 (1–0) Gersten Pavilion (3,692)
01/14/2008 at Pepperdine W 92–57  13–4 (2-0) Firestone Fieldhouse (2,954)
01/19/2008 San Diego W 80–70  14–4 (3–0) McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
01/21/2008 San Francisco W 72–64  15–4 (4–0) McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
01/26/2008* at #1 Memphis L 81–73  15–5 FedEx Forum (18,152)
01/28/2008 Portland W 79–41  16–5 (5–0) McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
02/02/2008 at Santa Clara W 87–82 2OT 17–5 (6–0) Leavey Center (4,500)
02/04/2008 at #21 St. Mary's L 89–85 OT 17–6 (6–1) McKeon Pavilion (3,500)
02/09/2008 Pepperdine W 101–59  18–6 (7–1) McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
02/11/2008 Loyola Marymount W 83–50  19–6 (8–1) McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
02/16/2008 at San Francisco W 83–63  20–6 (9–1) War Memorial Gymnasium (4,500)
02/18/2008 at San Diego W 59–55  21–6 (10–1) Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
02/25/2008 #24 at Portland W 73–51  22–6 (11–1) Chiles Center (4,527)
03/01/2008 #24 #25 St. Mary's W 88–76  23–6 (12–1) McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
03/03/2008 #22 Santa Clara W 88–54  24–6 (13–1) McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
2008 West Coast Conference Tournament
03/09/2008* #22 Santa Clara
(Semifinals)
W 52–48  25–6 Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
03/10/2008* #20 San Diego
(Finals)
L 69–62  25–7 Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/21/2008* #20 (7) vs. #23 (10) Davidson
(NCAA Tournament Round of 64)
L 82–76  25–8 RBC Center (N/A)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.