2007–08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2007–08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Gonzaga Bulldogs wordmark.svg
WCC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, Round of 64
Conference West Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. -
AP No. 20
2007–08 record 25–8 (13–1 WCC)
Head coach Mark Few (9th year)
Assistant coach Leon Rice (9th year)
Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd (7th year)
Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti (1st year)
Home arena McCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons

Preseason[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, British Columbia, 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.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Mallon, SeanSean Mallon 32 F 6'9" 223 Senior (Redshirt) Spokane, WA Graduated
Raivio, DerekDerek Raivio 5 G 6'3" 177 Senior Vancouver, WA Graduated
Altidor-Cespedes, Pierre MariePierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes 4 G 6'0" 182 Junior Montreal, QC Graduated; Transferred to Marshall
Burgess, DavidDavid Burgess 33 F 6'10" 270 Sophomore (Redshirt) Irvine, CA Transferred to Azusa Pacific
Mast, JordanJordan Mast 13 G 6'2" 180 Freshman (Redshirt) Hillsboro, OR Left Team

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous
School
Years
Remaining
Date
Eligible
Brown, IraIra Brown F 6'4" 235 Junior Conroe, TX Phoenix College 2 Oct. 1, 2007[1]

2007 Recruiting Class[edit]

[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Steven Gray
G
Bainbridge Island, WA Bainbridge 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 11, 2005 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Robert Sacre
C
North Vancouver, BC Handsworth 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Oct 12, 2005 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Austin Daye
F
Irvine, CA Woodbridge 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) May 16, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: 17  ESPN: 17
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 31 Kuso, AbdullahiAbdullahi Kuso 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 241 lb (109 kg) RS Sr Rimi
Rutgers
Tallahassee CC
Kaduna, Nigeria
G 22 Pendergraft, DavidDavid Pendergraft 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Sr Brewster Brewster, WA
F 42 Heytvelt, JoshJosh Heytvelt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) RS Jr Clarkston Clarkston, WA
G 11 Sorenson, AndrewAndrew Sorenson (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 172 lb (78 kg) RS Jr Olympia Olympia, WA
G 22 Downs, MicahMicah Downs 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Juanita
Kansas
Kirkland, WA
G 2 Pargo, JeremyJeremy Pargo 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Jr Robeson Chicago, IL
F 50 Brown, IraIra Brown 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Willis
Phoenix College
Conroe, TX
G 20 Gurganious, LarryLarry Gurganious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 199 lb (90 kg) RS So Saint Mary's Berkeley, CA
C 45 Foster, WillWill Foster 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So White River Bonney Lake, WA
G 15 Bouldin, MattMatt Bouldin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 214 lb (97 kg) So ThunderRidge Highlands Ranch, CO
F 34 Davis, TheoTheo Davis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 207 lb (94 kg) RS Fr Lutheran Christian Academy Brampton, ON
G 32 Gray, StevenSteven Gray 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Bainbridge Bainbridge Island, WA
F 5 Daye, AustinAustin Daye 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Woodbridge Irvine, CA
C 21 Sacre, RobertRobert Sacre 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr Handsworth North Vancouver, BC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/11/2007*
1:00 PM, FSN
No. 14 Montana W 77–54  1–0
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
11/13/2007*
8:00 PM, FSN
No. 14 Idaho W 80–43  2–0
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
11/17/2007*
5:00 PM, KHQ
No. 14 UC-Riverside W 84–48  3–0
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
2007 Great Alaska Shootout
11/22/2007*
8:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 14 vs. WKU
Great Alaska Shootout
W 74–71  4–0
Sullivan Arena (8,383)
Anchorage, AK
11/23/2007*
9:00 PM, ESPN360
No. 14 vs. Texas Tech
Great Alaska Shootout
L 73–63  4–1
Sullivan Arena (8,700)
Anchorage, AK
11/24/2007*
7:00 PM, ESPN360
No. 14 vs. Virginia Tech
Great Alaska Shootout
W 82–64  5–1
Sullivan Arena (8,576)
Anchorage, AK
11/29/2007*
5:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 19 at Saint Joseph's W 70–65 OT 6–1
Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (3,200)
Philadelphia, PA
12/01/2007*
12:30 PM, ESPN
No. 19 at UConn
Basketball HOF Challenge
W 85–82  7–1
TD Banknorth Garden (18,007)
Boston
12/05/2007*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 17 No. 8 Washington State L 51–47  7–2
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
12/08/2007*
5:00 PM, KHQ
No. 17 Cal State Northridge W 85–59  8–2
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
12/17/2007*
5:00 PM, FSN
No. 18 Northern Colorado W 77–57  9–2
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
12/20/2007*
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 18 vs. Oklahoma
All-College Challenge
L 72–68  9–3
Ford Center (13,135)
Oklahoma City, OK
12/29/2008*
5:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 11 Tennessee
Battle in Seattle
L 82–72  9–4
KeyArena (15,141)
Seattle, WA
12/31/2008*
5:00 PM, FSN
Utah W 61–59  10–4
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/05/2008*
5:00 PM, FSN
vs. Georgia
Ronald McDonald House Charities
W 75–67  11–4
Spokane Arena (12,064)
Spokane, WA
01/12/2008
5:30 PM, FSN
at Loyola Marymount W 91–68  12–4 (1–0)
Gersten Pavilion (3,692)
Los Angeles, CA
01/14/2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
at Pepperdine W 92–57  13–4 (2-0)
Firestone Fieldhouse (2,954)
Malibu, CA
01/19/2008
1:00 PM, FSN
San Diego W 80–70  14–4 (3–0)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/21/2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
San Francisco W 72–64  15–4 (4–0)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/26/2008*
9:00 AM, ESPN
at No. 1 Memphis L 81–73  15–5
FedEx Forum (18,152)
Memphis, TN
01/28/2008
5:00 PM, FSN
Portland W 79–41  16–5 (5–0)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/02/2008
4:00 PM, KHQ
at Santa Clara W 87–82 2OT 17–5 (6–0)
Leavey Center (4,500)
Santa Clara, CA
02/04/2008
8:00 PM, ESPN2
at No. 21 St. Mary's L 89–85 OT 17–6 (6–1)
McKeon Pavilion (3,500)
Moraga, CA
02/09/2008
5:00 PM, KHQ
Pepperdine W 101–59  18–6 (7–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/11/2008
5:00 PM, FSN
Loyola Marymount W 83–50  19–6 (8–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/16/2008
5:00 PM, ESPNU
at San Francisco W 83–63  20–6 (9–1)
War Memorial Gymnasium (4,500)
San Francisco, CA
02/18/2008
8:00 PM, ESPN2
at San Diego W 59–55  21–6 (10–1)
Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
San Diego, CA
02/25/2008
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 24 at Portland W 73–51  22–6 (11–1)
Chiles Center (4,527)
Portland, OR
03/01/2008
5:00 PM, KHQ
No. 24 No. 25 St. Mary's W 88–76  23–6 (12–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
03/03/2008
8:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 22 Santa Clara W 88–54  24–6 (13–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
2008 West Coast Conference Tournament
03/09/2008*
6:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 22 Santa Clara
Semifinals
W 52–48  25–6
Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
San Diego, CA
03/10/2008*
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 20 San Diego
Finals
L 69–62  25–7
Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100)
San Diego, CA
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/21/2008*
9:25 AM, CBS
No. 20 (7) vs. No. 23 (10) Davidson
NCAA Tournament Round of 64
L 82–76  25–8
RBC Center (N/A)
Raleigh, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

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