Gonzaga-BYU thread

It’s tournament time in the city. Ring-a-ling. Hear them ring. Soon it will be the Final Four…

A trip to the Sweet Sixteen is on the line when the WCC clashes with the MWC (future WCC) in the Mile High City.

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Kinda like Zags of lore, and kinda not

No. 11 Seed GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (25-9; 11-3 West Coast)

G – 3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX (5.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals)

G – 2 Marquise Carter, 6-4, 178, Jr., San Diego, CA (6.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals)

G – 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA (13.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals)

C – 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C. (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.8 blocks)

F – 20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany (12.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)

HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 316-82 (12th year – 22nd at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same

No. 3 Seed BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY COUGARS (31-4; 14-2 Mountain West)

G – 4 Emory Jackson, 6-3, 190, Sr., Alpine, UT (12.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 assists, 2.7 steals)

G – 31 Kyle Collinsworth, 6-9, 235, So., Provo, UT (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)

G – 32 Jimmer Fredette, 6-2, 195, Sr., Glens Falls, NY (28.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals)

F – 1 Charles Abouo, 6-5, 215, Jr., Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (7.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks)

F – 34 Noah Hartsock, 6-8, 230, Jr., Bartlesville, OK (8.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.7 blocks)

HEAD COACH: Dave Rose (Houston, 1983) BYU RECORD: 158-44 (6th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

This is the first time Gonzaga University has been a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The lowest seed the Bulldogs have ever been is a 14 in their first appearance in 1995 when No. 3 University of Maryland took an 87-63 victory. Gonzaga has been a No. 12 seed once and a No. 10 seed three times for their other double-digit seeds. The best seed the Bulldogs have had was a No. 2 seed in 2004. Gonzaga was a No. 3 seed in back-to- back years of 2005-06.

Saturday’s game between No. 11 seed Gonzaga University and No. 3 seed Brigham Young has plenty of story lines. The much-heralded move for BYU from the Mountain West Conference to the West Coast Conference had several
bystanders looking ahead to this match-up since Selection Sunday. The Cougars will officially leave the MWC June 30 and will move into the WCC in every sport the Cougars currently offer with the exception of football. BYU will
become an independent in football.

— This season marks BYU’s 26th NCAA Tournament appearance in the program’s history. The Cougars have a 13-28 record in the NCAA Tournament.
— This season marks BYU’s second NCAA appearance in Denver. In 2004 the Cougars were a No. 12 seed and lost to No. 5 seed Syracuse 80-75.
— BYU has gone to the NCAA Tournament eight out of the last 11 seasons (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). BYU has earned a postseason tournament invite in 11 of the last 12 years (NIT in 2000, 2002, 2006).
— By earning a No. 3 seed in 2011, the Cougars matched their best seed in program history. BYU was also a No. 3 seed in 1980. BYU was a No. 4 seed in 1988. Other single-digit seeds included being a No. 5 seed in 1979, a No. 6 seed in 1981 (the year the Cougars advanced to the Elite Eight), a No. 7 seed in 1993 and 2010, and No. 8 seeds in 1984, 1995, 2007, 2008 and 2009. BYU has been a No. 12 seed in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
— BYU’s 99-92 win over Florida in double overtime

Comparing the Stats — BYU vs. Gonzaga
Season Averages Overall    BYU Gonzaga
Points Scored/Game 81.4 77.0
Points Allowed/Game 67.5 65.2
Rebounds/Game 38.7 37.6
Rebounds Allowed/Game 35.4 27.6
Assists/Game 14.5 15.4
Steals/Game 7.9 6.8
Blocks/Game 4.1 3.7
Turnovers 11.0 13.5
FG Percentage .451 .480
FG Percentage Defense .413 .400
3FG Percentage .360 .373
3FG/Game 8.2 5.9
3FG Percentage Defense .329 .359
FT Percentage .761 .760

Notes courtesy of gozags.com and byucougars.com

 

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