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Gonzaga Bulldogs
2017–18 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
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University Gonzaga University
Head coach Mark Few (19th season)
Conference West Coast Conference
Location Spokane, Washington
Arena McCarthey Athletic Center
(Capacity: 6,000)
Nickname Bulldogs
Colors Navy Blue, White, and Red[1]
              
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NCAA Tournament runner-up
2017
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2017
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1999, 2015, 2017
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Conference tournament champions
1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Conference regular season champions
1966, 1967, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 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 Gonzaga Bulldogs play home basketball games at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on the university campus.

Gonzaga has had 15 of its players receive the WCC Player of the Year award,[2] and two players, Frank Burgess in 1961 with 32.4 points per game, and Adam Morrison in 2006 with 28.1 points per game, have led the nation in scoring. Adam Morrison was named the Co-National Player of the year for the 2005–06 season.

Since the mid-1990s, Gonzaga has established itself as one of the closest things to a major basketball power in a mid-major conference. They have been to every NCAA Tournament since 1999, a year in which they made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, and have appeared in every final AP poll since the 2008–09 season. They have also appeared in all but one WCC conference title game since 1995, and in every conference title game since 1998, winning 16 of them. This culminated in 2016–17, when the Bulldogs went to their first Final Four in school history, advancing all the way to the national championship game.

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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).[3] 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.[4] Frank McKevitt took over for Mulligan during the 1910–11 basketball season, acquiring an 8–1 (.889) record.[4] From 1944 to 1994 the Bulldogs compiled a record of 628–531 (.542), earning regular season titles in 1965–66, 1966–67 and 1993–94. 1993–94 also saw the team qualify for its first postseason tournament, the NIT. A year later, the 1994–95 team would make the school's first appearance into the NCAA tournament, under coach Dan Fitzgerald.[5]

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.[6] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[6] They trailed eventual national champion UConn by one point with a minute remaining before losing 67–62 in the regional finals.[10]

Mark Few (1999–present)[edit]

Mark Few during a game against San Diego on February 18, 2008

After Dan Monson took the head coaching position at Minnesota,[11] assistant coach Mark Few was named the new head coach on July 26, 1999.[12] In his inaugural season, Few led the Zags to a 26–9 record, which was highlighted by winning the WCC Tournament and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2000 NCAA Tournament with wins over Louisville and St. John's.[13]

In the 2000–01 season, the Bulldogs faced a tough schedule highlighted by games against Arizona, Washington, Florida, and New Mexico.[14] Despite starting the season 5–1, the Zags dropped four of their next five games.[15] Gonzaga rebounded and finished the regular season 15–6[15] before winning their third consecutive WCC Tournament title.[16] The win gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid into the 2001 NCAA Tournament, where they were given a 12-seed.[17] In the first round game against fifth-seeded Virginia, Casey Calvary put back a blocked shot with nine seconds left to give the Zags an 86–85 victory.[18] Gonzaga would go on to beat 13th-seeded Indiana State 85–68 in the second round to advance to their third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.[19] The Zags would go on to lose to defending national champion Michigan State 77–62 and finished the season with a 26–7 record.[20]

Before the 2001–02 season started, the Bulldogs were unanimously favored to win the WCC title in the 2001–02 WCC preseason coaches poll.[21] Few led the Zags to a share of the WCC regular season title, as Pepperdine also had a 13–1 conference record.[22] The Bulldogs would avenge their only conference loss of the season by defeating Pepperdine 96–90 for their fourth straight WCC title.[23] The win gave the Zags an automatic bid as a six-seed in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, where they would face 11th-seeded Wyoming.[24] Despite beating the Cowboys in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament,[24] they would end up losing 73–66, marking the first time the Zags lost in the first round of the tournament in the Mark Few era.[25][26]

In the 2002–03 season, Few led the Bulldogs to their fifth regular season title in six years with a 12–2 conference record.[27] Despite this, Gonzaga lost to San Diego in the WCC Tournament championship game 72–63,[28] marking the first time the Zags had lost in the championship game in four years.[29] Gonzaga garnered a nine-seed in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, where they beat Cincinnati 74–69 to advance to the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in five years.[30] The Bulldogs would go on to lose to Arizona 96–95 in double overtime to finish 24–9.[31][32]

The 2003–04 season marked the first time that the team participated in the annual Battle in Seattle game.[33] Gonzaga faced third-ranked Missouri, who was the highest-ranked regular season opponent that the Zags had played against up to that point; they would go on to win the game in an 87–80 overtime victory.[34] This season marked the last time Gonzaga would play home games in the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre; their last game in the building took place February 28, 2004, where they beat Santa Clara 80–64.[35] The win gave the Bulldogs their first undefeated run through the WCC in school history with a 14–0 conference record.[35] Gonzaga would go on to receive an automatic bid into the 2004 NCAA Tournament with a two-seed, which was the highest seed they had received in school history in seven tournament appearances.[36] The Bulldogs would go on to beat 15th-seeded Valparaiso 76–49[37] before being upset in the second round by tenth-seeded Nevada 91–72, where they finished the season 28–3.[38]

Gonzaga opened up the 2004–05 season with a home game against Portland State in the new 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center on November 19, 2004.[39] Despite losing five seniors, including second-round NBA draft pick Blake Stepp,[40] Few was still able to lead the Zags to their ninth regular season title since 1994 with a 12–2 conference record.[41] The Bulldogs would go on to win their second straight WCC Tournament title,[42] giving them an automatic bid into the 2005 NCAA Tournament as a three-seed.[43] The Zags beat 14th-seeded Winthrop 74–64[44] before falling to Texas Tech 71–69 in the second round, where they ended the season with a 26–5 record.[45]

Before the 2005–06 season got underway, Gonzaga junior Adam Morrison became the first player in team history to be named to the preseason Associated Press All-America team.[46] The Zags also received their highest preseason ranking in program history at number seven in the USA Today/ESPN preseason poll.[47] The Bulldogs captured their third straight WCC Tournament title when they beat Loyola Marymount 68–67 in the championship game.[48] They received an automatic bid into the 2006 NCAA Tournament as a three-seed, where they beat Xavier 79–75 in the first round.[49] The Zags would go on to beat Indiana Hoosiers 90–80,[50] where they would advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001.[26] Despite being ahead by as many as 17 points, the Bulldogs ended their season in the Sweet 16 by losing to UCLA 73–71, finishing 29–4.[51][52]

The 2006–07 season marked the first time that the Zags suffered at least ten losses in a season since the 1997–98 season.[53] Despite this, Few still led the Bulldogs to their seventh straight regular season title with a conference record of 11–3.[54] Gonzaga would go on to win the WCC Tournament for the fourth year in a row, being the only Division I school to do so that year.[55] They received an automatic bid into the 2007 NCAA Tournament, where they were given a 10-seed.[56] The Zags would end their season by losing in the opening round for the first time since 2001, as Indiana beat Gonzaga 70–57.[57]

In 2007–08 the Bulldogs went 25-8, but lost in the Round of 64 to a Davidson team.

The 2008–09 team won both the WCC Regular Season Championship and the WCC Tournament Championship. Entering the NCAA Tournament as a #4 seed, the team reached the Sweet Sixteen, before losing to eventual NCAA Champions North Carolina.

For the next five seasons, The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the Round of 32 each time. The 2012–13 team became the first Gonzaga squad to be ranked as the #1 team in the country and was awarded as a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Zags also won over 30 games for the first time in program history with a 32-3 overall record.


The 2014–15 team advanced all the way to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual national champion Duke. This was the first time since 1999 that Gonzaga had advanced to the Elite Eight. Gonzaga also won the WCC regular-season and tournament championships for the third consecutive season. The 2014–15 also set the school record for wins in a single season with 35.

The 2015–16 team team suffered 4 losses at home and nearly missed the NCAA Tournament entirely, but shared the WCC regular-season crown with Saint Mary's and then won the WCC Tournament. The Zags were awarded a #11 seed and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, dismantling #6 seed Seton Hall and #3 seed Utah, before falling to Syracuse by three points.

The 2016–17 team won its first 29 games, setting a new school record for consecutive games won, before falling to WCC rival BYU.
The Zags made the NCAA tournament as a #1 seed and advanced to the school's first-ever championship game, with wins over South Dakota State, Northwestern, West Virginia, Xavier, and South Carolina. The Zags set a new school record for wins in a single season with 37 and also had the most wins of any team that season.

Facilities[edit]

The McCarthey Athletic Center has been home to Gonzaga's basketball teams since 2004.

Basketball started at Gonzaga in February 1905 after a gymnasium was put in as an addition to the east end of the new college building that was being built.[58] In 1955, the basketball team moved from the gymnasium, nicknamed "the cave",[59] and began to play at the newly constructed Spokane Coliseum.[60] On June 3, 1964, construction began for a new 3,800-seat athletic facility called the John F. Kennedy Memorial Pavilion.[59] To raise money for the $1.1 million project, Gonzaga's student body had each student pay $10 per semester until $500,000 was raised. The university matched that amount, while the remaining $100,000 came from contributions.[59] Gonzaga's first game in the pavilion took place on December 3, 1965 against Washington State, who beat the Bulldogs 106–78.[61][62] In 1986, the facility was renamed the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre after an eponymous donor donated $4.5 million to finance a remodel of the arena that could hold up to 4,000 people.[63][64]

After competing for over 39 years in the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre,[65] Gonzaga trustees approved construction for a new 6,000-seat arena on April 11, 2003.[66] The McCarthey Athletic Center was named after Gonzaga trustee Philip G. McCarthey and Gonzaga regent Thomas K. McCarthey, who contributed a significant portion of the funds needed to build the arena.[67] The first official game took place on November 19, 2004 against Portland State, whom the Zags would beat 98–80 in front of a sold-out crowd.[39][68] The Bulldogs opened the arena with a 38-game winning streak, which was the nation's longest active winning streak at the time.[69] When combined with 12 wins at the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre, the overall home-game winning streak ended at 50 games with a loss to the Santa Clara on February 12, 2007.[69] In February 2015, BYU snapped Gonzaga's 41-game home winning streak in the McCarthey Athletic Center, which was also the longest active home winning streak in the NCAA at the time.[70]

Through the end of the 2016–17 season, the Zags are 177–14 (.927) in the building, which includes a 80–8 (.909) record in non-conference games, a 95–6 (.941) record in conference games, and a 2–0 (1.000) record in the WCC Tournament.[71][72]

Traditions[edit]

Battle in Seattle[edit]

Battle in Seattle Results
Year Opponent Result Score Attendance
2003 #3 Missouri Won 87–80 (OT) 12,831
2004 Massachusetts Won 68–57 10,126
2005 Oklahoma State Won 64–62 13,644
2006 #24 Nevada Lost 74–82 15,110
2007 #11 Tennessee Lost 72–82 15,141
2008 #2 Connecticut Lost 83–88 (OT) 16,763
2009 Davidson Won 103–91 13,176
2010 #20 Illinois Lost 61–73 14,789
2011 Arizona Won 71–60 15,127
2012 Kansas State Won 68–52 16,241
2013 South Alabama Won 68–59 9,140
2014 Cal Poly Won 63–50 11,741
2015 Tennessee Won 86–79 16,770

On December 13, 2003, Gonzaga participated in a neutral court game at KeyArena that would later become an annual event known as the Battle in Seattle.[33] The event marked the first time that a regular season Gonzaga basketball game was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports, as Craig Bolerjack called the action while Clark Kellogg provided commentary.[73] Ranked third in the country, Missouri was the highest ranked regular season opponent that Gonzaga had faced up to that point; the Bulldogs would go on to beat the Tigers 87–80 in overtime.[34]

The 2005 Battle in Seattle is remembered for Adam Morrison's game-winning shot against Oklahoma State that sealed a 64–62 victory for the Bulldogs.[74] Gus Johnson's call at the end of the game with Bill Raftery[75] was ranked fourth on a list of 25 of his most "over-the-top calls" by Complex.[76] Johnson's call at the end of the game:

In 2008, the game broke the state attendance record for a regular season college basketball game, as a sold out crowd of 16,763 watched the Bulldogs play Connecticut.[77]

In the 2016–17 season, Gonzaga failed to schedule the Battle in Seattle, ending an annual tradition of participating in the event every December for 13 consecutive years. Representatives from the Zags cited an inability to find a quality opponent to schedule and wanting to maintain strong résumé.[78] The Zags have compiled an 9–4 (.692) record in the event since they first appeared in it back in 2003.[79]

Rivalries[edit]

Saint Mary's[edit]

Gonzaga's biggest rivalry is with fellow West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's. Many analysts and members of the media have touted the Gaels vs. Zags as one of the best, if not the best, college basketball rivalry on the West Coast,[80][81] as both teams have been consistently the two top teams in the conference over the last 2 decades. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's have combined to win 19 out of the last 23 conference championship games.[82] Currently Gonzaga leads the series 67-29, with the most recent of the meetings coming in the 2017 WCC Championship Game, which the Bulldogs won 74-56.

Arizona[edit]

Since the most recent turn of the century, Gonzaga has developed a budding out-of-conference rivalry with the Arizona Wildcats.[83] The series began in 2000 and has been played a total of 8 times, including once every season since the 2013-14 season and twice in the NCAA Tournament. The 2003 meeting came in the second round of that year's NCAA Tournament, a thrilling 96-95 win for Arizona at the buzzer. Their second and final postseason meeting occurred in 2014, a decisive 84-61 win for the Wildcats in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.[84] Currently, Arizona leads the series 6-2 and is 2-0 in postseason meetings.[85]

Washington State[edit]

Gonzaga also enjoys a regional rivalry with their Washington counterparts, the Washington State Cougars. As of the 2015–16 season, Washington State has a 98–52 lead in the all-time series against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a series that began in 1907 and was most recently played every season from 2002 until 2016, but Gonzaga has won 14 of the last 17 matchups in the series since the 1998–99 season, including each of the last five games.[86] The Gonzaga/WSU game on December 5, 2007 marked the first time the two schools played each other as ranked teams;[87] Washington State, ranked #6 in the AP Poll, won over #19 Gonzaga 51-47.[88]

Impact[edit]

University enrollment[edit]

Freshman enrollment at Gonzaga in the mid-nineties hovered around 500 students annually, including a total of 569 as late as 1998.[89] In 1999, enrollment jumped to 701 five months after the Zags went to the Elite Eight.[89] This trend continued after Gonzaga won five games in the 1999 and 2000 NCAA Tournaments, as freshman enrollment increased to 796 in 2000 and to a then-record 979 in 2001.[89] 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.[90]

Gonzaga has been viewed as reaping benefits from its basketball-related exposure to this day. The university's financial position and fundraising success dramatically improved. This led to a campus building boom; the McCarthey Athletic Center proved to be just the first of a series of major campus buildings that opened between 2004 and 2017. Booming freshman enrollment led Gonzaga to introduce a more selective admissions process in 2003, which led to a significant increase in the academic credentials of incoming freshmen. Even with greater selectivity, freshman enrollment has continued to grow, reaching 1,200 for 2016–17.[91]

Coaching records[edit]

Name Years Record Win %
George Varnell 1908–09 10–2 .833
William Mulligan 1909–10 11–3 .786
Frank McKevitt 1910–11 8–1 .889
Fred Burns 1911–12 4–2 .667
Ed Mulholland 1912–13 4–2 .667
R. E. Harmon 1913–15 10–4 .714
William S. Higgins 1915–16 2–7 .222
John F. McGough 1916–17 4–5 .444
Guy Condon 1917–18 3–2 .600
Edward Geheves 1918–20 9–17 .346
Gus Dorais 1920–25 34–53 .391
Maurice Smith 1925–31 46–59 .438
S. Dagly 1931–32 4–7 .364
Perry Ten Eyck 1932–33 4–15 .211
Claude McGrath 1933–42; 1946–49 129–133 .492
B. Frasier 1942–43 2–9 .182
Charles Henry 1943–44 22–4 .846
Eugene Wozny 1944–45 12–19 .387
Gordon White 1945–46 6–14 .300
L. T. Underwood 1949–51 26–33 .441
Hank Anderson 1951–72 290–275 .513
Adrian Buoncristiani 1972–78 78–82 .488
Dan Fitzgerald 1978–81; 1985–97 252–171 .596
Jay Hillock 1981–85 60–50 .545
Dan Monson 1997–99 52–17 .754
Mark Few 1999–present 503–113 .817

Season-by-season results[edit]

Under Mark Few:

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mark Few (West Coast Conference) (1999–present)
1999–00 Mark Few 26–9 11–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen (10 seed)
2000–01 Mark Few 26–7 13–1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen (12 seed)
2001–02 Mark Few 29–4 13–1 T–1st NCAA Round of 64 (6 seed)
2002–03 Mark Few 24–9 12–2 1st NCAA Round of 32 (9 seed)
2003–04 Mark Few 28–3 14–0 1st NCAA Round of 32 (2 seed)
2004–05 Mark Few 26–5 12–2 1st NCAA Round of 32 (3 seed)
2005–06 Mark Few 29–4 14–0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen (3 seed)
2006–07 Mark Few 23–11 11–3 1st NCAA Round of 64 (10 seed)
2007–08 Mark Few 25–8 13–1 1st NCAA Round of 64 (7 seed)
2008–09 Mark Few 28–6 14–0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen (4 seed)
2009–10 Mark Few 27–7 12–2 1st NCAA Round of 32 (8 seed)
2010–11 Mark Few 25–10 11–3 T–1st NCAA Round of 32 (11 seed)
2011–12 Mark Few 26–7 13–3 2nd NCAA Round of 32 (7 seed)
2012–13 Mark Few 32–3 16–0 1st NCAA Round of 32 (1 seed)
2013–14 Mark Few 29–7 15–3 1st NCAA Round of 32 (8 seed)
2014–15 Mark Few 35–3 17–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight (2 seed)
2015–16 Mark Few 28–8 15–3 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen (11 seed)
2016–17 Mark Few 37–2 17–1 1st NCAA Runner-up (1 seed)
Mark Few: 503–113 (.817) 243–29 (.893)
Total: 1610–1108 (.592)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Record vs. WCC Opponents[edit]

The Gonzaga Bulldogs lead the all-time series vs. all of the nine other current WCC opponents.

Opponent Overall
Record
In the
Mark Few Era
As a WCC
Member
Home Road Neutral Last 5
Meetings
Last 10
Meetings
Current
Streak
First
Meeting
Latest
Meeting
BYU GU, 12–6 (.667) GU, 11–6 (.647) GU, 11–5 (.688) TIED, 3–3 (.500) GU, 4–2 (.667) GU, 5–1 (.833) GU, 3–2 (.600) GU, 6–4 (.600) L 1 W 46–41
(Dec. 16, 1949)[92]
L 71–79
(Feb. 25, 2017)[93]
LMU GU, 69–21 (.767) GU, 37–3 (.925) GU, 66–20 (.767) GU, 38–6 (.864) GU, 27–13 (.675) GU, 4–2 (.667) GU, 5–0 (1.000) GU, 10–0 (1.000) W 16 W 75–71
(1953)[94]
W 90–60
(Feb. 9, 2017)[95]
Pacific GU, 12–1 (.923) GU, 10–0 (1.000) GU, 9–0 (1.000) GU, 6–0 (1.000) GU, 5–1 (.833) GU, 1–0 (1.000) GU, 5–0 (1.000) GU, 10–0 (1.000) W 10 W 85–83
(Feb. 5, 1959)[96]
W 82–50
(Mar. 4, 2017)[97]
Pepperdine GU, 53–31 (.631) GU, 37–2 (.949) GU, 52–31 (.627) GU, 27–12 (.692) GU, 21–17 (.553) GU, 5–2 (.714) GU, 5–0 (1.000) GU, 10–0 (1.000) W 33 W 93–70
(Dec. 11, 1964)[98]
W 96–49
(Jan. 28, 2017)[99]
Portland GU, 100–66 (.602) GU, 35–2 (.946) GU, 65–16 (.802) GU, 47–22 (.681) GU, 40–35 (.533) GU, 13–9 (.591) GU, 5–0 (1.000) GU, 9–1 (.900) W 8 W 58–41
(1947)[100]
W 83–64
(Jan. 23, 2017)[101]
Saint Mary's GU, 67–29 (.698) GU, 40–9 (.816) GU, 64–27 (.703) GU, 31–9 (.775) GU, 22–18 (.550) GU, 14–2 (.875) GU, 4–1 (.800) GU, 8–2 (.800) W 4 W 94–77
(Dec. 17, 1955)[102]
W 74–56
(Mar. 7, 2017)[103]
San Diego GU, 69–22 (.758) GU, 40–4 (.909) GU, 69–21 (.767) GU, 34–6 (.850) GU, 29–13 (.690) GU, 6–3 (.667) GU, 5–0 (1.000) GU, 9–1 (.900) W 6 L 66–69
(Jan. 27, 1968)[104]
W 96–38
(Feb. 23, 2017)[105]
San Francisco GU, 55–22 (.714) GU, 34–4 (.895) GU, 55–18 (.753) GU, 33–3 (.917) GU, 20–18 (.526) GU, 2–1 (.667) GU, 5–0 (1.000) GU, 10–0 (1.000) W 11 W 62–64
(Jan. 28, 1961)[106]
W 96–61
(Feb. 16, 2017)[107]
Santa Clara GU, 59–31 (.656) GU, 39–4 (.907) GU, 58–28 (.674) GU, 31–7 (.816) SCU, 20–23 (.465) GU, 8–1 (.889) GU, 5–0 (1.000) GU, 10–0 (1.000) W 15 L 32–44
(Jan. 2, 1947)[108]
W 77–68
(Mar. 6, 2017)[109]
vs. All Current
WCC Opponents
GU, 496–229 (.684) GU, 283–34 (.893) GU, 449–166 (.730) GU, 250–68 (.786) GU, 188–140 (.573) GU, 58–21 (.734) GU, 4–1 (.800) GU, 9–1 (.900) W 3 vs. SCU[108] vs. SMC[103]
*As of March 8, 2017.[110][111]

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

Since the season of Gonzaga's 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament run to the Elite 8, Gonzaga has played a total of 86 games against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll. Gonzaga has a record of 34–52 (.395) 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.

Year Opponent Score
1998–99
(3–4)
#8 Kansas
#15 Purdue
#22 Washington
#24 TCU
#7 Stanford
#23 Florida
#3 Connecticut
L 80–66
L 83-68
W 82–71
L 90–87
W 82–74
W 73–72
L 67–62
1999–2000
(2–3)
#1 Cincinnati
#19 Temple
#11 UCLA
#9 St. John's
#25 Purdue
L 75–68
L 64–48
W 59–43
W 82–76
L 75–66
2000–01
(1–3)
#5 Arizona
#8 Florida
#16 Virginia
#3 Michigan State
L 101–87
L 85–71
W 86–85
L 77–62
2001–02
(1–1)
#3 Illinois
#21 Fresno State
L 76–58
W 87–77
2002–03
(0–3)
#19 Indiana
#15 Kentucky
#2 Arizona
L 76–75
L 80–72
L 96–952OT
2003–04
(1–2)
#17 St. Joseph's
#3 Missouri
#9 Stanford
L 73–66
W 87–80OT
L 87–80
2004–05
(3–2)
#5 Illinois
#14 Washington
#3 Georgia Tech
#3 Oklahoma State
#24 Texas Tech
L 89–72
W 99–87
W 85–73
W 78–75
L 71–69
2005–06
(2–4)
#23 Maryland
#12 Michigan State
#3 Connecticut
#18 Washington
#4 Memphis
#7 UCLA
W 88–76
W 109–1063OT
L 65–63
L 99–95
L 83–72
L 73–71
2006–07
(3–3)
#2 North Carolina
#13 Washington
#6 Duke
#24 Nevada
#23 Stanford
#8 Memphis
W 82–74
W 97–77
L 61–54
L 82–74
W 90–862OT
L 78–77OT
2007–08
(1–5)
#8 Washington State
#11 Tennessee
#1 Memphis
#25 St. Mary's
#25 St. Mary's
#23 Davidson
L 51–47
L 82–72
L 81–73
L 89–85OT
W 88–76
L 82–76
2008–09
(3–3)
#12 Tennessee
#2 Connecticut
#15 Tennessee
#22 St. Mary's
#14 Memphis
#2 North Carolina
W 83–74
L 88–83OT
W 89–79OT
W 69–62
L 68–50
L 98–77
2009–10
(0–3)
#2 Michigan State
#7 Duke
#4 Syracuse
L 75–71
L 76–41
L 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
L 79–76
L 81–64
L 73–61
L 83–79
W 68–64
W 86–71
L 89–67
2011–12
(1–1)
#16 Saint Mary's
#7 Ohio State
W 73–59
L 73–66
2012–13
(1–2)
#13 Illinois
#22 Oklahoma State
#13 Butler
L 85–74
W 69–68
L 64–63
2013–14
(0–2)
#24 Memphis
#4 Arizona
L 60–54
L 84–61
2014–15
(1–2)
#22 SMU
#3 Arizona
#4 Duke
W 72–56
L 66–63OT
L 66–52
2015–16
(3–3)
#25 Texas A&M
#18 Connecticut
#19 Arizona
#16 SMU
#20 Seton Hall
#13 Utah
L 62–61
W 73–70
L 68–63
L 69–60
W 68–52
W 82–59
2016–17
(6–1)
#21 Iowa State
#16 Arizona
#21 Saint Mary's
#20 Saint Mary's
#19 Saint Mary's
#13 West Virginia
#6 North Carolina
W 73–71
W 69–62
W 79–56
W 74–64
W 74–56
W 61–58
L 71–65

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

WCC Tournament results[edit]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in 20 NCAA Tournaments. The 2017 tournament was the Bulldogs' 19th consecutive appearance. Gonzaga's combined record is 29–20 (.592).

Year Record Seed Round Opponent Result
1995 21–9 #14 Round of 64 #3 Maryland L 87–63
1999 28–7 #10 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Minnesota
#2 Stanford
#6 Florida
#1 Connecticut
W 75–63
W 82–74
W 73–72
L 67–62
2000 26–9 #10 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Louisville
#2 St. John's
#6 Purdue
W 77–66
W 82–76
L 75–66
2001 26–7 #12 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Virginia
#13 Indiana State
#1 Michigan State
W 86–85
W 85–68
L 77–62
2002 29–4 #6 Round of 64 #11 Wyoming L 73–66
2003 24–9 #9 Round of 64
Round of 32
#8 Cincinnati
#1 Arizona
W 74–69
L 96–95 2OT
2004 28–3 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
#15 Valparaiso
#10 Nevada
W 76–49
L 91–72
2005 26–5 #3 Round of 64
Round of 32
#14 Winthrop
#6 Texas Tech
W 74–64
L 71–69
2006 29–4 #3 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Xavier
#6 Indiana
#2 UCLA
W 79–75
W 90–80
L 73–71
2007 23–11 #10 Round of 64 #7 Indiana L 70–57
2008 25–8 #7 Round of 64 #10 Davidson L 82–76
2009 28–6 #4 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Akron
#12 Western Kentucky
#1 North Carolina
W 77–64
W 83–81
L 98–77
2010 27–7 #8 Round of 64
Round of 32
#9 Florida State
#1 Syracuse
W 67–60
L 87–65
2011 25–10 #11 Round of 64
Round of 32
#6 St. John's
#3 BYU
W 86–71
L 89–67
2012 26–7 #7 Round of 64
Round of 32
#10 West Virginia
#2 Ohio State
W 77–54
L 73–66
2013 32–3 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
#16 Southern
#9 Wichita State
W 64–58
L 76–70
2014 29–7 #8 Round of 64
Round of 32
#9 Oklahoma State
#1 Arizona
W 85–77
L 84–61
2015 35–3 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 North Dakota State
#7 Iowa
#11 UCLA
#1 Duke
W 86–76
W 87–68
W 74–62
L 66–52
2016 28–8 #11 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Seton Hall
#3 Utah
#10 Syracuse
W 68–52
W 82–59
L 63–60
2017 37–2 #1 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 South Dakota State
#8 Northwestern
#4 West Virginia
#11 Xavier
#7 South Carolina
#1 North Carolina
W 66–46
W 79–73
W 61–58
W 83–59
W 77–73
L 71–65

NCAA Tournament seeding history[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Year → '95 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17
Seed → 14 10 10 12 6 9 2 3 3 10 7 4 8 11 7 1 8 2 11 1

NIT results[edit]

The Bulldogs have appeared in three National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Gonzaga's combined record is 2–3 (.400).

Year Round Opponent Result
1994 First Round
Second Round
Stanford
Kansas State
W 80–76
L 66–64
1996 First Round Washington State L 92–73
1998 First Round
Second Round
Wyoming
Hawaiʻi
W 69–55
L 78–70

Current roster[edit]

2017–18 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Melson, SilasSilas Melson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Jefferson Portland, OR
G 2 Beach, JackJack Beach (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So Torrey Pines San Diego, CA
F 3 Williams, JohnathanJohnathan Williams 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) RS Sr Southwind
Missouri
Memphis, TN
G 5 Martin, AlexAlex Martin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS So Blue Valley
Johnson County CC
Overland Park, KS
G 10 Wade, JesseJesse Wade 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Davis Kaysville, UT
G 11 Ayayi, JoelJoel Ayayi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 169 lb (77 kg) Fr INSEP Bordeaux, France
G 13 Perkins, JoshJosh Perkins 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Jr Huntington Prep Park Hill, CO
C 14 Larsen, JacobJacob Larsen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 227 lb (103 kg) RS Fr Falkonergårdens Gymnasium
SISU Copenhagen
Holte, Denmark
F 15 Clarke, BrandonBrandon Clarke (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Desert Vista
San Jose State
Phoenix, AZ
F 21 Hachimura, RuiRui Hachimura 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Meisei Sendai, Japan
F 22 Jones, JeremyJeremy Jones (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Jr East Central
Rice
San Antonio, TX
G 23 Norvell Jr., ZachZach Norvell Jr. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Fr Simeon Chicago, IL
F 24 Kispert, CoreyCorey Kispert 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr King's Seattle, WA
F 33 Tillie, KillianKillian Tillie 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So INSEP Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: September 14, 2017

  • Roster is subject to change as/if players transfer or leave the program for other reasons.


WCC and Big Sky Conference Awards[edit]

National Awards[edit]

Academic National Honors[edit]

McDonald's All-Americans[edit]

Four McDonald's All-Americans have played for Gonzaga. Zach Collins was the first of these individuals to have started his college basketball career with the Bulldogs.[224]

Year Player First
College Team
Gonzaga
Seasons
Ref.
2016 Zach Collins Gonzaga 2016–17 [225]
2013 Nigel Williams-Goss Washington 2016–17 [226]
2011 Kyle Wiltjer Kentucky 2014–16 [227]
2005 Micah Downs Kansas 2006–09 [228]

Players in the NBA[edit]

Draft
Year
Round Pick Player Gonzaga
Seasons
Draft Team /
First NBA Team
Pro
Seasons
Ref.
2017 1 10 Zach Collins 2017 Sacramento Kings 2018–present [229]
2017 2 55 Nigel Williams-Goss 2016–17 Utah Jazz [230]
2016 1 11 Domantas Sabonis 2015–16 Orlando Magic 2017–present [231]
2016 Kyle Wiltjer 2014–16 Undrafted; Houston Rockets 2017 [232]
2014 David Stockton 2010–14 Undrafted; Sacramento Kings 2015 [233]
2013 1 13 Kelly Olynyk 2010–13 Dallas Mavericks 2014–present [234]
2013 Elias Harris 2010–13 Undrafted; Los Angeles Lakers 2014 [235]
2012 2 60 Robert Sacre 2008–12 Los Angeles Lakers 2013–16 [236]
2009 1 15 Austin Daye 2006–09 Detroit Pistons 2010–15 [237]
2009 Jeremy Pargo 2006–09 Undrafted; Memphis Grizzlies 2012–13 [238]
2006 1 3 Adam Morrison 2004–06 Charlotte Hornets 2007–10 [239]
2005 2 37 Ronny Turiaf 2002–05 Los Angeles Lakers 2006–15 [240]
2004 2 58 Blake Stepp 2001–04 Minnesota Timberwolves [241]
2002 1 28 Dan Dickau 2000–02 Sacramento Kings 2003–08 [242]
2002 2 40 Mario Kasun 2001 Los Angeles Clippers 2005–06 [243]
2000 Richie Frahm 1997–2000 Undrafted; Seattle SuperSonics 2004–08 [244]
1997 2 53 Paul Rogers 1995–97 Los Angeles Lakers [245]
1987 Mike Champion 1984–87 Undrafted; Seattle SuperSonics 1989 [246]
1984 1 16 John Stockton 1981–84 Utah Jazz 1985–2003 [247]
1980 7 139 Carl Pierce 1979–80 Detroit Pistons [248]
1978 7 141 Jim DeWeese 1977–78 Atlanta Hawks [249]
1977 5 94 Jim Grady 1974–77 New Orleans Jazz [250]
1975 5 77 Ken Tyler 1973–75 Philadelphia 76ers [251]
1971 11 171 Howard Burford 1970–71 Portland Trail Blazers [252]
1971 15 171 Bill Quigg 1970–71 San Diego Rockets [253]
1967 3 113 Gary Lechman 1965–67 Seattle SuperSonics [254]
1961 3 27 Frank Burgess 1959–61 Los Angeles Lakers [255]
1960 9 64 Jean Claude Lefebvre 1958–59 Los Angeles Lakers [256]

Statistical records[edit]

  • Bold: players active in the 2017–18 season
  • Last updated November 18, 2017[104][257]

Individual career records[edit]

Individual season records[edit]

Individual game records[edit]

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