2009 Recap Bulldogs Among NCAA Regulars Gonzaga made its 11th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. The Bulldogs current streak of 11 straight appearances ranks the Bulldogs tied for fifth for consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with the University of Texas and University of Wisconsin. The University of Arizona heads the list with 25 straight, while the University of Kentucky saw its streak snapped at 17. How Sweet It Is Gonzaga made its fifth trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2009 and head coach Mark Few has been a part of all of them, including his fourth as head coach. The Bulldogs defeated the University of Florida 73-72 in 1999 in their first trip to the Sweet Sixteen when Few was an assistant on Dan Monson’s staff. Gonzaga lost to Purdue University 75-66 in 2000, lost to Michigan State University 77-62 in 2001 and fell to UCLA 73-71 in 2006. Tough Schedule Eight teams that dotted Gonzaga’s 2009 schedule advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Those teams had a combined record of 173-68 for a winning percentage of .718. Gonzaga defeated NCAA participants University of Maryland, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tennessee in winning the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. The Bulldogs also defeated UT later in the season, snapping the Volunteers 37-game home winning streak. Three teams on the Bulldog schedule joined the Zags in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and lost – University of Arizona, University of Connecticut
and University of Memphis. In The Polls Gonzaga finished 10th in the Associated Press poll and 13th in the ESPN/ USA Today balloting in 2009. It’s the fifth time since 2002 the Bulldogs have finished in the Top 10 of the AP rankings. Gonzaga was sixth in 2002, third in 2004, 10th in 2005 and fifth in 2006. The Bulldogs had been as high as fourth in both polls during the season. Conference Title Games Gonzaga appeared in its 12th consecutive West Coast Conference Tournament final in 2009, the second-longest streak of years making a final of a conference tournament among current conferences. The University of Kentucky went to the final of the SEC tournament for 14 successive seasons under Adolph Rupp from 1939-52. Nine Is Fine The nine straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles by Gonzaga University marks the longest current streak in the nation and ranks tied for fourth all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks, the Bulldogs knotting the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats won nine straight Southeastern Conference crowns from 1944-52. UCLA’s 13 Pacific-10 Conference titles from 1967-79 head the list. Winning Big Gonzaga’s lopsided wins in the 2009 West Coast Conference Tournament – 83-58 over Saint Mary’s College in the final and 94-59 over Santa Clara University in the semifinal – made
history. Over the last 10 years only three other schools won consecutive conference tournament games by at least 25 points: Davidson College in 2008, the University of Arizona in 2005 and the University of Kansas in 2002. 12 and 20 Gonzaga hit the 20-win mark for a 12th straight season in 2009. The Bulldogs hit the plateau for the 16th time in the last 18 years. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has been a part of all 16 20-win seasons, including all 10 of his years as head coach. Gonzaga has won at least 23 games in each of those 12 seasons. Few Means More Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few moved into second place on the school’s all-time winningest coaches list with the Bulldogs victory Feb. 5, 2009, at the University of Portland. Few is now 264-66 in 10 years as head coach and moved ahead of Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 years). Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) is the all-time leader. Few is the winningest active coach in West Coast Conference games at 127-13, moving ahead of Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Few also moved ahead of Dick Davey of Santa Clara University (122-88) for second with Gonzaga’s victory at the University of San Francisco Feb. 14. Carroll Williams, SCU (165-137) holds the top spot.
GONZAGA MEN’S ’ BASKETBALL 2009-10
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