NCAA Tournament 2001 - Gonzaga


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Gonzaga
RECORD: 25-7  REGION: South  SEED: 12
COACH: Mark Few  CONFERENCE: West Coast
RESULTS| STATS | HISTORY | MESSAGE BOARD

Road to the Final Four.............................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES LEADERS
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT POINTSREBOUNDSASSISTS
Virginia 1st Round W 86 - 85 Mason Jr 30 Calvary 15 Dickau 5
Indiana St 2nd Round W 85 - 68 Calvary 24 Gourde 8 Calvary 7
Michigan St Sweet 16 L 77 - 62 Bell 21 Calvary 11 Reason 5


with Digger Phelps


In the last two years, the Zags have won five NCAA Tournament games. Casey Calvary is the undisputed leader and a member of both teams that had tournament runs. Players who can really make it happen for the Bulldogs are Blake Stepp, who was the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and had 21 points in the WCC championship game, and Dan Dickau. Both of them have picked up on the perimeter where Richie Frahm and Matt Santangelo left off after graduation. Gonzaga is on a roll after winning 18 of its last 19 and is one team that you don't want to play in the first round.
Team Statistics
 TEAM
Points Per Game 82.4
Rebounds Per Game 34.7
Assists Per Game 16.2
Steals Per Game 5.8
Blocks Per Game 4.2
Turnovers Per Game 13.9
Field Goal % .510
Free Throw % .681
3-Point % .404
3-Pointers Per Game 7.4
Scoring Margin 13.6
How They Got Here
Gonzaga is entering the NCAA Tournament on a roll. And anyone who watches March Madness knows this team can roll right through the first few rounds no matter who it gets matched up against.

The Zags claimed their third West Coast Conference regular-season championship in the last four years and an unprecedented third straight conference tournament title. What was supposed to be a rebuilding season after the loss of Richie Frahm, Matt Santangelo, Mike Nilson and Axel Dench to graduation, turned into just a reloading process.

Casey Calvary was the lone returning starter, but continuing the tradition of great point guard play in Spokane -- started by John Stockton -- is Dan Dickau. Just think what the Zags' record could have been with this 6-0 junior transfer in the lineup all season.

Dickau broke his finger against Arizona on Nov. 29 and missed nine games. Gonzaga went 5-4 without Dickau, but Dickau's return ignited a late-season streak. The Bulldogs wound up losing just once when Dickau finished a game and enter the NCAAs having won 18 of their last 19 games.

Gonzaga still finished with at least 21 wins for the seventh time in eight seasons and avenged that lone late-season loss in the WCC with an 80-77 win over Santa Clara in the championship game of the WCC tournament.

Although they entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 12 seed, the 'Zags are proving once again that they belong with the big boys. After knocking off Virginia in Round 1, Gonzaga put away a pesky Indiana State team to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season.

Player to Watch
Dan Dickau did not lead the Zags in scoring -- that honor went to Casey Calvary (19.0 ppg) -- but he is their hottest player entering the NCAA Tournament. Dickau was named the WCC tournament MVP after averaging 21.7 points in three tournament games. Dickau remains the Zags' X factor: they lost just once this season when he finished a game. The 6-foot junior transfer, who started two seasons for Washington, led the team in 3-point shooting (47.1 percent), free throws (.882) and minutes (32.8). Dickau averaged 18.3 ppg this season, which would have been good for third in the WCC had he played enough games to qualify for the list of league leaders.

With the Ball
Gonzaga led the WCC in scoring this season, averaging an even 83 points a game. About a fourth of their points come off 3-pointers (7.4 per game). Senior Casey Calvary led the team and was second in the conference with a 19.2 ppg average to go along with Dickau's 18 points a night. Freshman Blake Stepp is a sniper behind the arc and averages 10.4 ppg. Calvary also finished third in the conference in field goal percentage (.553) and fifth in the league in rebounding (6.4). Dickau is the most accurate 3-point shooter in the WCC, but when he isn't scoring he's finds his friends within the offense (6.7 apg). The Bulldogs simply outran teams all season, as evidence by their plus-14.8 scoring average.

Defending the Ball
The Zags' outstanding scoring margin has as much to do with defense as it does with offense. Mark Spink and Zack Gourde were physical forces, helping Gonzaga finish first in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.390) and second in 3-point percentage defense (.330). Mark Few's troops finished third in the WCC in overall scoring defense (68.2) and were second in blocks per game (4.1). The Zags also do the little things like boxing out with a vengeance, topping the league with an average of 27.5 defensive rebounds per game.

Seed Analysis
Exceeding the Seed
  • 2000: No. 10 seed, West Region, lost in Sweet 16.
  • 1999: No. 10 seed, West Region, lost in Elite Eight.
    Playing to Expectations
  • 1995: No. 14 seed, West Region, lost in first round.
    Falling Short
    None.
    BRACKETOLOGY SCORE: 2.667 (1.000 is playing exactly to a team's historical seeding)

    Bracketology Report
    1985-2000: Talk about mid-majors who earn their keep. Both Gonzaga and the West Coast Conference have done their part to make March Madness great. The 'Zags of 1999 and 2000 played to the Elite Eight and Sweet 16, respectively. Santa Clara (1996, 1993) and Loyola Marymount (1990, 1988) have also shined under the NCAA spotlight in the 64-team era. Overall, the WCC is an impressive 50-55 in its long tournament history.

    Roster
    NO NAME HT WT YR  PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3PT%
    21 Dan Dickau 6-0  170 Jr. 18.93.36.233.7.485.866.480
    10 Blake Stepp 6-4  190 Fr. 10.33.63.531.0.398.771.376
    31 Casey Calvary 6-8  235 Sr. 19.06.71.730.6.549.605.420
    23 Mark Spink 6-8  200 Sr. 7.55.61.321.0.580.690.000
    32 Zach Gourde 6-8  249 So. 8.53.90.820.6.630.505.000
    25 Anthony Reason 6-5  200 Jr. 4.53.51.417.2.541.684.188
    15 Alex Hernandez 6-4  204 Jr. 6.82.51.115.7.562.728.412
    24 Kyle Bankhead 6-3  195 Fr. 5.61.81.115.4.482.815.500
    11 Germayne Forbes 6-0  181 So. 3.91.40.512.2.396.643.368
    33 Cory Violette 6-8  250 Fr. 3.62.90.211.6.500.537.211
    22 Jimmy Tricco 6-7  180 So. 1.50.70.67.4.308.714.208
    34 Jay Sherrell 6-8  220 Fr. 1.51.40.25.0.500.600.000
    14 Kenny Williams 5-9  170 So. 0.30.00.72.0.000.250.000

    VS TOURNEY TEAMS (1-2) LEADERS
    OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
    @ ArizonaL, 101-87Wright 25Walton 9Jefferson 7
    @ FloridaL, 85-71Haslem 27Haslem 10Haslem 4
    Monmouth NJW, 95-69Gourde 21Reason 11Reason 7
    LAST 5 GAMES LEADERS
    OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
    Santa ClaraW, 80-77Dickau 25Gourde 7Stepp 4
    San DiegoW, 76-68Dickau 24Spink 6Dickau 7
    St Marys CAW, 105-65Stepp 20Sherrell 7Dickau 6
    @ San DiegoW, 72-69Gourde 22Calvary 8Dickau 8
    @ Santa ClaraL, 84-71Dickau 39Spink 10Stepp 6



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