2014–15 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2014–15 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Gonzaga Bulldogs wordmark.svg
WCC regular season champions
WCC Tournament champions
NIT Season Tip-Off champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7
2014–15 record35–3 (17–1 WCC)
Head coachMark Few (16th season)
Assistant coachTommy Lloyd (14th season)
Assistant coachDonny Daniels (5th season)
Assistant coachBrian Michaelson (2nd season)
Home arenaMcCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons
2014–15 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Gonzaga 17 1   .944     35 3   .921
BYU 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
Saint Mary's 13 5   .722     21 10   .677
Pepperdine 10 8   .556     18 14   .563
San Diego 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Portland 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Santa Clara 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
San Francisco 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Pacific 4 14   .222     12 19   .387
Loyola Marymount 4 14   .222     8 23   .258
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014–15 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by head coach Mark Few, who was in his 16th season as head coach. The team played its home games at McCarthey Athletic Center, which has a capacity of 6,000. The Bulldogs (also informally referred to as the Zags) were playing in their 35th season as a member of the West Coast Conference. The Zags were predicted to finish atop of the conference by the West Coast Conference Preseason Poll.[1] The Zags finished in first place in the West Coast Conference Standings for the 18th time with a 17-1 conference record after BYU defeated the Zags in the regular season finale, snapping the nation's longest active home winning streak of 41 games, as well as Gonzaga's school record 22-game winning streak.[2] The Bulldogs then went on to beat BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament, and claimed their 14th WCC tournament title, along with punching their 18th ticket to the NCAA Tournament.[3] Gonzaga entered the 2015 NCAA Tournament as a #2 seed in the South region, and dismantled #15 seed North Dakota State,[4] #7 seed Iowa,[5] and #11 seed UCLA,[6] to gain its second trip to the Elite Eight, as well as Mark Few's first as head coach. The Zags then fell to #1 seed (and eventual national champion) Duke, and finished the season with a 35–3 record, which were the most wins in school history.[7]

Previous season[edit]

The 2013-14 Gonzaga Bulldogs team were predicted to finish atop of the conference by the West Coast Conference Preseason Poll.[8] The Zags finished in first place in the West Coast Conference Standings for the 17th time with a 15-3 conference record.[9] The Bulldogs then went on to beat BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament, and claimed their 13th WCC tournament title, along with punching their 17th ticket to the NCAA Tournament.[10] The team drew an eight seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, where they outlasted ninth-seed Oklahoma State in the round of 64, 85-77,[11] but then lost to Arizona in the round of 32, 84-61.[12] The Zags finished the season with an overall record of 29-7, including a perfect 15-0 record at home.

Preseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Sam Dower 35 C 6'9" 243 Senior (Redshirt) Brooklyn Park, MN Graduated
David Stockton 11 G 5'11" 165 Senior (Redshirt) Spokane, WA Graduated
Drew Barham 43 F 6'7" 200 Senior (Redshirt) Memphis, TN Graduated
Brian Bhaskar 22 G 6'2" 185 Senior Monterey, CA Graduated
Gerard Coleman 0 G 6'4" 170 Junior (Redshirt) Boston, MA Transferred to Georgetown (KY)[13]
Luke Meikle 21 F 6'9" 203 Freshman Tacoma, WA Transferred to Cal Poly[14]
Leo Roese 23 G 6'3" 184 Freshman São Paulo, Brazil Left Team

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous
School
Years
Remaining
Date
Eligible
Byron Wesley G 6'5" 210 Senior Rancho Cucamonga, CA USC 1 Oct. 1, 2014[15]
Eric McClellan G 6'4" 180 Junior (Redshirt) Austin, TX Vanderbilt 1.5 Jan. 6, 2015[16][17]

2014 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Silas Melson[18]
SG
Portland, OR Jefferson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jun 18, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Josh Perkins[19]
PG
Park Hill, CO Huntington Prep 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Aug 24, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 86
Bryan Alberts[20]
SG
Northridge, CA Village Christian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 28, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 70
Domantas Sabonis[21]
PF
Kaunas, Lithuania Sunny View School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 17, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A  247Sports: #14  ESPN: N/A
  • 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:

  • "2014 Gonzaga Rivals Commits". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  • "2014 Gonzaga Scout Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  • "2014 Gonzaga ESPN Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.

2015 recruiting class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 5 Gary Bell Jr. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Sr Kentridge Kent, WA
G 4 Kevin Pangos 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Sr Denison Secondary Newmarket, ON
G 22 Byron Wesley 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Sr Etiwanda
USC
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
G 21 Eric McClellan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 184 lb (83 kg) RS Jr Austin
Vanderbilt
Tulsa
Austin, TX
F 33 Kyle Wiltjer 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Jr Jesuit
Kentucky
Portland, OR
F 2 Angel Nunez 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 202 lb (92 kg) RS Jr Notre Dame Prep
Louisville
Bronx, NY
G 3 Kyle Dranginis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) RS Jr Skyview Nampa, ID
C 24 Przemek Karnowski 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 288 lb (131 kg) Jr Nicolaus Copernicus
Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg
Toruń, Poland
G 15 Rem Bakamus (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 167 lb (76 kg) RS So Mark Morris Longview, WA
G 14 Connor Griffin (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 212 lb (96 kg) So Lake Oswego Lake Oswego, OR
C 25 Ryan Edwards Current redshirt 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 294 lb (133 kg) So Glacier Kalispell, MT
G 55 Dustin Triano (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 178 lb (81 kg) RS Fr New Hampton School Vancouver, BC
G 0 Silas Melson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Fr Jefferson Portland, OR
F 11 Domantas Sabonis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Fr Sunny View School
Unicaja Málaga
Kaunas, Lithuania
G 13 Josh Perkins Injured Current redshirt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Fr Huntington Prep Park Hill, CO
G 10 Bryan Alberts Current redshirt 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Village Christian Northridge, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: February 18, 2015

  • Ryan Edwards has elected to redshirt the 2014-15 season and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining effective in 2015-16.[23]
  • Bryan Alberts has elected to redshirt the 2014-15 season and will have 4 years of eligibility remaining effective in 2015-16.[24]
  • Josh Perkins suffered a broken jaw in a November 2014 game and received a medical redshirt. He was finally cleared to play with full contact in late April 2015.[25][26][27]
  • Angel Nunez won an appeal to grant him one final year of eligibility after the 2014-15 season.[28]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre
[29]
Wk 2
[30]
Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 13 13 10 9 9 8 8 7 6 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 7 7 7 N/A
Coaches 13 11 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 7 7 7 6

Schedule[edit]

Gonzaga's non-conference schedule included home games against SMU, Memphis, Texas Southern, Sacramento State, and Southeastern Louisiana. Gonzaga played true road games at Arizona and UCLA, and also faced off with Washington State at the Spokane Arena. The Zags were invited to be a host in the NIT Season Tip-Off, where they hosted Saint Joseph's and St. Thomas Aquinas and then traveled to Madison Square Garden in New York to play Georgia and ultimately St. John's in the championship game.[31] Gonzaga also played in the 12th annual Battle in Seattle at KeyArena against Cal Poly. Gonzaga played 18 conference games (home-and-home) during the season.[32]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/01/2014*
6:00 PM, KHQ
No. 13 Thompson Rivers W 95–69  -
 15  Wesley   8  Wesley   4  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (-)
Spokane, WA
11/08/2014*
No. 13 vs. Texas
Secret Scrimmage
W 73–56  -
                  GCU Arena (-)
Phoenix, AZ
Regular Season
11/14/2014*
6:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 13 Sacramento State W 104–58  1–0
 18  Wiltjer   8  Sabonis   6  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
11/17/2014*
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 No. 22 SMU
ESPN Tip-Off Marathon
W 72–56  2–0
 17  Pangos   9  Sabonis   7  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
11/19/2014*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 13 Saint Joseph's
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 94–42  3–0
 18  Bell Jr.   11  Sabonis   6  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
11/22/2014*
6:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 13 St. Thomas Aquinas
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 109–55  4–0
 24  Nunez   11  Tied   7  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
11/26/2014*
6:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 vs. Georgia
NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals
W 88–76  5–0
 32  Wiltjer   6  Tied   6  Pangos  Madison Square Garden (5,128)
New York, NY
11/28/2014*
4:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 vs. St. John's
NIT Season Tip-Off Finals
W 73–66  6–0
 14  Sabonis   9  Sabonis   9  Pangos  Madison Square Garden (5,548)
New York, NY
12/02/2014*
6:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 9 Southeastern Louisiana W 76–57  7–0
 20  Wiltjer   9  Karnowski   3  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
12/06/2014*
2:15 PM, ESPN
No. 9 at No. 3 Arizona L 63–66 OT 7–1
 15  Wiltjer   7  Karnowski   6  Pangos  McKale Center (14,655)
Tucson, AZ
12/10/2014*
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 9 vs. Washington State W 81–66  8–1
 22  Karnowski   9  Wesley   4  Wiltjer  Spokane Arena (11,521)
Spokane, WA
12/13/2014*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 9 at UCLA W 87–74  9–1
 24  Wiltjer   9  Wesley   5  Dranginis  Pauley Pavilion (10,006)
Los Angeles, CA
12/15/2014*
6:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 8 Texas Southern W 94–54  10–1
 21  Wiltjer   7  Nunez   6  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
12/20/2014*
7:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 8 vs. Cal Poly
Battle in Seattle
W 63–50  11–1
 16  Tied   8  Karnowski   3  Dranginis  KeyArena (11,741)
Seattle, WA
12/27/2014
3:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 8 at BYU W 87–80  12–1
(1–0)
 24  Wiltjer   10  Tied   7  Pangos  Marriott Center (20,900)
Provo, UT
12/29/2014
8:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 7 at San Diego W 60–48  13–1
(2–0)
 15  Wiltjer   8  Karnowski   4  Pangos  Jenny Craig Pavilion (4,517)
San Diego, CA
01/03/2015
6:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 at Portland W 87–75  14–1
(3–0)
 21  Tied   6  Sabonis   5  Pangos  Chiles Center (4,852)
Portland, OR
01/08/2015
6:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 6 San Francisco W 88–57  15–1
(4–0)
 17  Pangos   9  Sabonis   5  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/10/2015
1:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 6 Santa Clara W 79–57  16–1
(5–0)
 18  Karnowski   9  Tied   4  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/15/2015
7:30 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 at Pepperdine W 78–76  17–1
(6–0)
 24  Wiltjer   12  Sabonis   5  Pangos  Firestone Fieldhouse (3,250)
Malibu, CA
01/17/2015
1:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 at Loyola Marymount W 72–55  18–1
(7–0)
 17  Bell   8  Sabonis   6  Pangos  Gersten Pavilion (4,026)
Los Angeles, CA
01/22/2015
8:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Saint Mary's W 68–47  19–1
(8–0)
 14  Pangos   13  Sabonis   5  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/24/2015
5:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 Pacific W 91–60  20–1
(9–0)
 13  Tied   8  Sabonis   4  Wiltjer  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/29/2015
6:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 Portland W 64–46  21–1
(10–0)
 13  Sabonis   11  Sabonis   4  Karnowski  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
01/31/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 Memphis W 82–64  22–1
 17  Karnowski   11  Sabonis   5  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/05/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 at Santa Clara W 77–63  23–1
(11–0)
 22  Wiltjer   9  Sabonis   7  Pangos  Leavey Center (4,700)
Santa Clara, CA
02/07/2015
8:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 at San Francisco W 81–70  24–1
(12–0)
 29  Wiltjer   11  Wiltjer   4  Pangos  War Memorial Gymnasium (4,000)
San Francisco, CA
02/12/2015
6:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 Loyola Marymount W 80–51  25–1
(13–0)
 21  Wiltjer   10  Wiltjer   8  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/14/2015
5:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 Pepperdine W 56–48  26–1
(14–0)
 19  Pangos   7  Karnowski   3  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/19/2015
8:00 PM, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 at Pacific W 86–74  27–1
(15–0)
 45  Wiltjer   6  Wiltjer   8  Pangos  Alex G. Spanos Center (5,672)
Stockton, CA
02/21/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 at Saint Mary's W 70–60  28–1
(16–0)
 16  Wiltjer   12  Wiltjer   7  Pangos  McKeon Pavilion (3,500)
Moraga, CA
02/26/2015
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 San Diego W 59–39  29–1
(17–0)
 14  Karnowski   8  Karnowski   4  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
02/28/2015
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 BYU L 70–73  29–2
(17–1)
 17  Wesley   9  Wesley   5  Pangos  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
WCC Tournament
03/07/2015
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 vs. San Francisco
Quarterfinals
W 81–72  30–2
 24  Karnowski   8  Wiltjer   5  Pangos  Orleans Arena (8,537)
Las Vegas, NV
03/09/2015
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 vs. Pepperdine
Semifinals
W 79–61  31–2
 25  Wesley   9  Wiltjer   6  Pangos  Orleans Arena (8,546)
Las Vegas, NV
03/10/2015
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 vs. BYU
Final
W 91–75  32–2
 18  Wiltjer   10  Wiltjer   5  Pangos  Orleans Arena (8,585)
Las Vegas, NV
NCAA Tournament
03/20/2015*
7:10 PM, TNT
(2 S) No. 7 vs. (15 S) North Dakota State
Second round
W 86–76  33–2
 23  Wiltjer   11  Sabonis   5  Pangos  KeyArena (14,852)
Seattle, WA
03/22/2015*
4:10 PM, TBS
(2 S) No. 7 vs. (7 S) Iowa
Third round
W 87–68  34–2
 24  Wiltjer   9  Sabonis   4  Tied  KeyArena (14,901)
Seattle, WA
03/27/2015*
4:15 PM, CBS
(2 S) No. 7 vs. (11 S) UCLA
Sweet Sixteen
W 74–62  35–2
 18  Karnowski   10  Wiltjer   4  Wiltjer  NRG Stadium (21,168)
Houston, TX
03/29/2015*
2:05 PM, CBS
(2 S) No. 7 vs. (1 S) No. 4 Duke
Elite Eight
L 52–66  35–3
 16  Wiltjer   5  Tied   2  Tied  NRG Stadium (20,744)
Houston, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South Region.
All times are in Pacific Time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Coast Conference Announces 2014-15 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll, All-WCC Team". October 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "BYU beats No. 3 Gonzaga, ending nation's longest home win streak". February 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "No. 7 Gonzaga cruises past BYU to 14th WCC title". March 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "Gonzaga moves on with 86-76 win over ND State". March 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Gonzaga catches fire in second half, routs Iowa to reach Sweet 16". March 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Gonzaga handles UCLA, reaches Elite Eight for 1st time since '99". March 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Freshmen-led Duke pounds Gonzaga to earn Coach K's 12 Final Four". March 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Coaches Tab Gonzaga to Capture WCC Men's Basketball Title". October 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "Gonzaga beats St. Mary's 75-47 to close WCC season". March 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "Gonzaga holds off BYU comeback to win WCC title". March 11, 2014.
  11. ^ "Gonzaga outlasts Oklahoma State as 61 fouls called, 5 foul out". March 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "No. 1 Arizona dominates Gonzaga to reach Sweet 16". March 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Gerard Coleman headed to Georgetown (Kent.) College". August 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Report: Former Gonzaga forward Lucas Meikle transfers to Cal Poly". July 6, 2014.
  15. ^ "Byron Wesley transferring to Gonzaga". May 18, 2014.
  16. ^ "Eric McClellan transferring to GU". June 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Kraziness in the Kennel This Saturday". October 23, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-11-01. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  18. ^ "Oregon high schooler Silas Melson commits to Gonzaga". June 19, 2013.
  19. ^ "Josh Perkins, highly-touted recruit, picks Zags". August 24, 2013.
  20. ^ "Guard Bryan Alberts from SoCal commits to Gonzaga". October 29, 2013.
  21. ^ "Domas Sabonis Signs Men's Basketball Letter-Of-Intent". April 17, 2014. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014.
  22. ^ "Guard Jesse Wade from Utah commits to Zags". October 4, 2013.
  23. ^ "Zags roll past wolfpack". November 1, 2014.
  24. ^ "Bryan Alberts to redshirt". November 15, 2014.
  25. ^ "Josh Perkins on the mend". March 22, 2015.
  26. ^ "Domantas Sabonis back to Gonzaga". Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  27. ^ "Josh Perkins is cleared for full contact". Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  28. ^ "Angel Nunez won his NCAA appeal". February 18, 2015.
  29. ^ "2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Preseason (Nov. 10)". October 31, 2014.
  30. ^ "2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Preseason (Nov. 17)". November 17, 2014.
  31. ^ "30th Annual NIT Season Tip-Off Features 10-team Field, Six Games At MSG". September 5, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  32. ^ "2014-15 Gonzaga Men's Basketball Schedule". September 17, 2014.