2007-08 Gonzaga Bulldogs Men's Basketball Team
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2007%E2%80%9308 Gonzaga Bulldogs Men's Basketball Team
2007-08 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Gonzaga Bulldogs wordmark.svg
WCC regular season champions
NCAA Tournament, Round of 64
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. -
APNo. 20
2007-08 record25-8 (13-1 WCC)
Head coachMark Few (9th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaMcCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons
← 2006-07
2008-09 →
2007-08 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 20 Gonzaga 13 1   .929     25 8   .758
Saint Mary's 12 2   .857     25 7   .781
San Diego + 11 3   .786     22 14   .611
Santa Clara 6 8   .429     15 16   .484
San Francisco 5 9   .357     10 21   .323
Pepperdine 4 10   .286     11 21   .344
Portland 3 11   .214     9 22   .290
Loyola Marymount 2 12   .143     5 26   .161
+ 2008 WCC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

During the 2007-08 season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team, from Gonzaga University in Washington state, played in the West Coast Conference and the Great Alaska Shootout. The team won 25 matches and lost 8, but lost in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Preseason

Coach Mark Few hit the recruiting trail hard in the offseason with the Coach proclaiming it's "the best we've ever had here". Few managed to recruit sought-after forward Austin Daye, Junior College transfer Ira Brown, Robert Sacre (a 7-foot Center from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Steven Gray, a prized point/shooting guard. Also returning from a suspension would be the team's leading scorer from the season before Josh Heytvelt, and Theo Davis. The team entered the season ranked 14th in the AP Poll.

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Sean Mallon 32 F 6'9" 223 Senior (Redshirt) Spokane, WA Graduated
Derek Raivio 5 G 6'3" 177 Senior Vancouver, WA Graduated
Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes 4 G 6'0" 182 Junior Montreal, QC Graduated; Transferred to Marshall
David Burgess 33 F 6'10" 270 Sophomore (Redshirt) Irvine, CA Transferred to Azusa Pacific
Jordan Mast 13 G 6'2" 180 Freshman (Redshirt) Hillsboro, OR Left Team

Incoming transfers

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous
School
Years
Remaining
Date
Eligible
Ira Brown F 6'4" 235 Junior Conroe, TX Phoenix College 2 Oct. 1, 2007[2]

2007 recruiting class

[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Steven Gray
G
Bainbridge Island, WA Bainbridge 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 93
Robert Sacre
C
North Vancouver, BC Handsworth 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 93
Austin Daye
F
Irvine, CA Woodbridge 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg)
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: 17  ESPN: 17
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2007 Gonzaga Rivals Commits". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2007.
  • "2007 Gonzaga Scout Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2007.
  • "2007 Gonzaga ESPN Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2007.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2007.

Roster

Tournament build-up

Gonzaga received a 7 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, and were paired against the 10 seed Davidson College, a sleeper pick by many experts. During the season the Bulldogs played ten teams that eventually made it to the tournament, and played a total of 13 games against teams who made it into the tournament. The Zags won seven of those thirteen games beating a 10 seed in Saint Mary's, a 13 seed in San Diego (Gonzaga won twice against San Diego), an 11 seed in Saint Joseph's, WKU, a 12 seed, a 14th seeded Georgia team, and a 4 seed in UConn. Gonzaga also lost six games against eventual tournament teams, they lost to Saint Mary's on the road, San Diego in the WCC Conference tournament, and also lost to a 1 seed in Memphis, a 2 seed in Tennessee, a 6th seeded Oklahoma Sooners team, and a 4 seed in Washington State at home.

Schedule

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
*
W   1–0
(6,000)
*
W   2–0
(6,000)
*
W   3–0
(6,000)
2007 Great Alaska Shootout
*

W   4–0
(8,383)
*

L   4–1
(8,700)
*

W   5–1
(8,576)
*
W  OT 6–1
(3,200)
*

W   7–1
(18,007)
*
L   7–2
(6,000)
*
W   8–2
(6,000)
*
W   9–2
(6,000)
*

L   9–3
(13,135)
*

L   9–4
(15,141)
*
W   10–4
(6,000)
*

W   11–4
(12,064)

W   12–4 (1–0)
(3,692)

W   13–4 (2-0)
(2,954)

W   14–4 (3–0)
(6,000)

W   15–4 (4–0)
(6,000)
*
L   15–5
(18,152)

W   16–5 (5–0)
(6,000)

W  2OT 17–5 (6–0)
(4,500)

L  OT 17–6 (6–1)
(3,500)

W   18–6 (7–1)
(6,000)

W   19–6 (8–1)
(6,000)

W   20–6 (9–1)
(4,500)

W   21–6 (10–1)
(5,100)

W   22–6 (11–1)
(4,527)

W   23–6 (12–1)
(6,000)

W   24–6 (13–1)
(6,000)
2008 West Coast Conference Tournament
*

W   25–6
(5,100)
*

L   25–7
(5,100)
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
*

L   25–8
(N/A)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

References


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