March 13, 2007
GONZAGA TO FACE INDIANA IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Gonzaga University men's basketball team (23-10) was awarded the No. 10 seed in the San Jose/West Regional. Gonzaga will face No. 7 seed University of Indiana (20-10) during the first round of action on Thursday, March 15 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. This marks Gonzaga's ninth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and tenth appearance overall. The Zags earned the West Coast Conference automatic bid after defeating Santa Clara University 77-68 in the conference tournament final last week. This marks the third time Gonzaga has received a No. 10 seed. The Zags were previously awarded a 10th seed in back-to-back years of 1999 and 2000. This will be Gonzaga's first tournament appearance in Sacramento.
NCAA Tournament West Region - ARCO Arena - Sacramento, Calif.
First Round - Thursday, March 15
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 15 Weber State - 4:25 p.m.
No. 10 Gonzaga vs. No. 7 Indiana - 7:00 p.m.
Second Round - Saturday, March 17
UCLA/Weber State vs. Gonzaga/Indiana - TBA
Times are PST; Times are approximate
WCC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The WCC has a storied history in the NCAA Tournament that spans the last 50 years. Below is a quick look at how WCC teams have fared in the NCAA Tournament.
WCC By The Numbers In The NCAA Tournament
60 - Number of NCAA Tournament appearances
55 - Combined number of wins by current WCC Members
32 - Number of Sweet 16 teams by the WCC since 1952 (WCC's inaugural year)
16 - Number of WCC Elite Eight appearances
4 - Number of Final Four appearances
2 - Number of National Championships
.478 - The WCC's cumulative NCAA record (55-60) by current membership
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-10 / 11-3 WCC)
- Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara, 77-68, in the championship game of the WCC Tournament to advance to its ninth straight NCAA Tournament and 10th overall.
- The Zags, the No. 10 seed in the West Region, will face No. 7 seeded Indiana in a rematch of last season's second round contest, a game won by Gonzaga, 90-80.
- Sophomore Micah Downs has emerged as a key player in Josh Heytvelt's absence, averaging 16.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg per game in the Zags' last five games. Downs, a transfer from Kansas, averaged just 4.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg prior to Heytvelt's suspension, but has developed into GU's second-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in Heytvelt's absence.
- Senior Derek Raivio, the WCC Co-Player of the Year, was named the WCC Tournament MVP, while junior David Pendergraft and Downs joined him on the all-tournament team.
Loyola Marymount Lions (13-18 / 5-9 WCC)
- The Lions ended their season with a 13-18 record after a 55-41 loss to Portland in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
- Senior forward Matthew Knight finished his stellar LMU career with 15 points and seven rebounds. He finishes his career with 1,466 points and 743 rebounds, ranking 10th and sixth, respectively. He his just the fifth player in LMU history to rank in the top-10 in career points and rebounds.
- Senior guard Adoyah Miller went for 12 points, hitting four three pointers versus Portland. He finishes with 73 in his senior season, ranking eighth all-time in LMU history for three-pointers in a single season.
- Junior guard Damian Martin became just the second player in LMU history to earn WCC Defender of the Year.
Pepperdine Waves (8-23 / 4-10 WCC)
- The Waves ended their season with an 8-23 overall record following their 95-82 loss to San Diego in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
- Under first-year Head Coach Vance Walberg, the Waves set a new WCC record for most three-pointers made in a single season with 303 treys. Pepperdine broke the 1989-90 LMU squad's mark of 298 three-pointers made. In addition, the Waves set a new WCC standard for three-pointers attempted, tossing up 843 shots from beyond the arc.
- Senior guard Marvin Lea had 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals versus the Toreros. Lea, who averaged just 2.2 ppg and 0.9 rpg last season, was arguably the most improved player this season, averaging 14.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg.
- Junior center Jarrad Henry blocked 68 shots on the season for the 10th highest single-season mark in WCC history.
Portland Pilots (9-23 / 4-10 WCC)
- The Pilots defeated LMU in the first round of the WCC Tournament, 55-41, before closing their season with an 87-47 loss to Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals. Portland finishes its season with a 9-23 record.
- The win over LMU is Portland's first WCC Tournament win since defeating Gonzaga in the Championship game in 1996 to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
- Freshman point guard Taishi Ito, who was named to the league's all-freshman team, led Portland with a game-high 16 points in the Pilots' win over LMU. Ito capped a solid freshman campaign, ranking third among all WCC freshmen in scoring (8.4 ppg) during conference play and first in assists (3.8 apg) and three-point field goals made (20).
- Senior guard Darren Cooper, who was named to the All-WCC first team, finishes his career ranked 28th on the Pilots' all-time scoring chart with 1,020 career points.
Saint Mary's Gaels (17-15 / 8-6 WCC)
- The Gaels defeated Portland, 87-47, in the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament before falling to Santa Clara, 63-47, in the semifinals.
- Saint Mary's ended its season with a 17-15 overall record. The Gaels have averaged 17 wins a season under sixth-year Head Coach Randy Bennett.
- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson, a first team All-WCC selection, ended the season with 79 blocks, ranking sixth on the WCC's single season charts. In just two seasons, Simpson has already blocked 124 shots and needs just 20 more to crack into the WCC's career top 10 blocks list.
- Freshman Omar Samhan was named to the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Freshmen All-America team. Samhan led all WCC freshmen in scoring (9.2 ppg), rebounds (5.6 rpg), field goal percentage (53.2 percent) and blocks (47). His 47 blocks set a Saint Mary's freshman record.
San Diego Toreros (18-14 / 6-8 WCC)
- The Toreros advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament with wins over Pepperdine (95-82) and San Francisco (77-75), but fell to Gonzaga, 88-70.
- On March 8th, San Diego announced that Head Coach Brad Holland would not return for the 2007-08 season. He leaves USD with a career record of 200-176 (1994-2007), and including his two-year stint at Cal State Fullerton (1992-94), his career record as a NCAA Division I head coach is 223-207.
- Ross DeRogatis, San Diego's senior point guard, had 17 points in the loss to Gonzaga. DeRogatis leaves as the school's all-time three-point shooter with 98 treys this season and 228 for his career. His 98 threes this season is tied for the seventh most in a single season in WCC history. DeRogatis also leaves San Diego tied for 15th on the school's all-time scoring chart with 1,090 points, joining Richard "Buzz" Hartnett (1974-78).
San Francisco Dons (13-18 / 8-6 WCC)
- USF ended its season with a 77-75 loss to San Diego in the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament.
- The Dons, who finished the season with a 13-18 overall record, were paced by 16 points from sophomore guard Manny Quezada, 13 points by senior forward Johnny Dukes and 11 by senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr.
- Sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg, who along with senior guard Armondo Surratt was named All-WCC honorable mention, became the second USF player in the last three seasons to lead the league in scoring (17.2 ppg) during conference play, following John Cox, who accomplished the feat in 2005.
- Wiggins, Jr., who tied for the league lead with eight double-doubles, leaves USF ranked 22nd on the school's all-time scoring chart with 1,103 career points.
Santa Clara Broncos (21-10 / 10-4 WCC)
- Santa Clara defeated Saint Mary's, 63-47, in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament, but fell to Gonzaga, 77-68, in the championship game.
- Despite a 21-10 overall record, the Broncos fell short of a postseason bid.
- In Head Coach Dick Davey's final season at SCU, the Broncos put together one of the best campaigns in school history with 21 wins, good for fifth all-time in school history. Davey, who guided the Broncos to the 17th 20-win season in program history, earned his fourth career WCC Coach of the Year honor. Davey leaves Santa Clara with a career record of 251-190, and ranks second on the WCC's career conference wins list with 122 league victories.
- Senior center Sean Denison, who was named the WCC Co-Player of the Year with Gonzaga's Derek Raivio, was named to the United States Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA) All-District IX team.