Tournament Teams 2004 - NCAA Second Round Gonzaga once again perched itself near the top of the collegiate basketball world running off a 28-3 record for the season and climbing as high as No. 2 in the national rankings. Along the way Gonzaga set a school record with 20 straight wins while earning first-place votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls. Ranked as high as No. 10 in the preseason polls, Gonzaga dropped its opening game of the season against Saint Joseph’s University in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Madison Square Garden. Gonzaga faltered in the polls but never dropped out marking the first time in school history the school has been ranked for an entire season. After a mid-December loss to Stanford University, Gonzaga ran off 20 straight wins to finish the regularseason ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press poll. GU would end the season ranked No. 12 by the coaches poll after a second-round loss to the University of Nevada in the NCAA Tournament. Along the way Gonzaga posted its first undefeated campaign in the West Coast Conference going 14-0. The Bulldogs dominated WCC opponents winning games by an average of 19.1 points-per-game. Their 15.6 points-per-game scoring margin ranked first in the nation ahead of Saint Joseph’s University, the University of Connecticut, Duke University and Oklahoma State University. Gonzaga also posted impressive numbers in several other categories ranking second nationally in field goal percentage behind Oklahoma State; second nationally in rebound margin behind
Connecticut, and third nationally in field goal percentage defense behind Connecticut and the University of Louisville. In addition to team success Gonzaga also had numerous individual honors with Blake Stepp earning his second WCC Player of the Year award. Stepp was also a second team Associated Press AllAmerican and a second team John R. Wooden All-American. Joining Stepp on the All-American stage was junior forward Ronny Turiaf with honorable mention AP honors. That marked the first time in school history two players earned All-America recognition. Cory Violette ended his career with his third straight All-WCC first-team appearance while head coach Mark Few was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
Final 2004 Associated Press Poll Team 1. Stanford (55) 2. Kentucky (9) 3. GONZAGA (2) 4. Oklahoma State (4) 5. Saint Joseph’s (1) 6. Duke 7. Connecticut (1) 8. Mississippi State 9. Pittsburgh 10. Wisconsin 11. Cincinnati 12. Texas 13. Illinois 14. Georgia Tech 15. North Carolina State 16. Kansas 17. Wake Forest 18. North Carolina 19. Maryland 20. Syracuse 21. Providence 22. Arizona 23. Southern Illinois 24. Memphis 25. Boston College Utah State
‘04 Record 30-2 27-5 28-3 31-4 30-2 31-6 33-6 26-4 31-5 25-7 25-7 25-8 26-7 28-10 21-10 24-9 21-10 19-11 20-12 23-8 20-9 20-10 25-5 22-8 24-10 25-4
* The final 2004 rankings with Gonzaga opponents in italics. * Gonzaga was ranked No. 12 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll.
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