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Gonzaga’s pre-Thanksgivingtournament in Kansas Citycould launch the Bulldogs upthe rankings, orout of them. GUfaces No. 3Kansas State atthe SprintCenter, roughly120 miles from KSU’s campus.The winner will probably meetdefending national championDuke, which hammered GU76-41last season. As forgames in our region, No. 25San Diego State, No. 13 Illinois(in Seattle) and No. 19Memphis should beentertaining.
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.................7-0, Jr.Points: 10.3; Rebounds: 5.4
....................6-7, So.Points: 14.9; Rebounds: 7.1
..................6-5, Sr.Points: 13.6; Rebounds: 4.0
........6-0, Jr.Points: 6.4; Assists: 1.8
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.................7-0, So.Points: 3.8; Rebounds: 2.7
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..........6-4, Jr.Junior college transfer
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6-7, Fr.High school recruit
Home games in boldDateOpponentTime
San Diego St.
8pmNov. 22Kansas State*6:30 pmNov. 23Duke/Marquette*TBANov. 30
2:15 pmDec. 8WSU8pmDec. 11Notre Dame5:30 pmDec. 16
6pmDec. 18Baylor+1:30 pmDec. 22
5:30 pmDec. 31
7pmJan. 2Wake Forest10 amJan. 8
5:30 pmJan. 13
5pmJan. 20Santa Clara6pmJan. 22San Francisco5pmJan. 27
5pmFeb. 3Portland8pmFeb. 5
1pmFeb. 10Loyola8pmFeb. 12PepperdineTBAFeb. 17
5pmFeb. 24Saint Mary’s8pmFeb. 26San Diego6pmFeb. 28
Las Vegas*Spring Center in Kansas City, Mo.%KeyArena in Seattle+American Airline Arena in Dallas#Spokane Arena
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2009-10 Overall Record:
2009-10 Final ranking:
22(AP), 23 (ESPN/USA Today)
Mark Few, 12thseason
Record at Gonzaga:
TommyLloyd, 10th season
RayGiacoletti, Fourth season
DonnyDaniels, First seasonGonzaga is “built from theinside out,” according to headcoach Mark Few.The Bulldogs have multipleinterior options, including7-foot junior Rob Sacre, 7-footsophomore Kelly Olynyk, 6-7sophomore Elias Harris and6-9 redshirt freshman SamDower, as it pursues its 13thstraight NCAA Tournamentappearance.“I think this is going to be alunch pail type of team,” Fewsaid, “so rebounding andbeing efficient with thebasketball on offense (aregoing to be important). Ourdefense was very good lastyear and I don’t see anyreason why is can’t be reallygood again.”The backcourt returns StevenGray, GU’s lone senior and aWCC player of the yearcandidate, Demetri Goodsonand Manny Arop.
Jim Meehan’spredicted order offinish in the WestCoast Conference:1.
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NationalAssociation of BasketballCoaches (NABC) All-District 9first team; WCC Newcomer ofthe year; first team all-WCC,WCC all-freshman team
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NationalAssociation of BasketballCoaches (NABC) District 9coach of the year; WCC coachof the year
The Gonzaga core consists of Gray, Harris, Sacre,Goodson, Olynyk, Arop and Dower. What about the newcomers?
Marquise (Carter) is a great shooter; hehas a nice feel for the game. (Mathis) Monninghoff is an outstandingshooter and he’s also very athletic. I threw him an oop the other dayand he went up and grabbed it. Kind of shocked me a little bit.
It’s still too early to tell. They’re not quite up where weneed them to be yet. Marquise has shot the ball pretty well. He’s gotto pick his game up in some other areas. Monninghoff has showedsigns of being able to knock down shots and that’s what we needthose guys to do.
Arop is healthy again after breaking his foot in theWCC Tournament last year.
He’s really worked hard on his shooting and it shows.He was coming on (last season). He was a major part of how wefunctioned.
Who’s primed for a big year? Gray’s scoring averagehas gone from 8.1to 9.1to 13.6 in three seasons. Harris had a bigfreshman year. Sacre could be dominant. Gotta believe Olynyk willblossom after playing so well for Canada in the world championships.
That helped me a lot, gave me some confidence. Ihad a great chance to compete against great players from aroundthe world.
It could be any of us. Rob has been playingreally well. ‘E’ is ‘E’, and Steve is awesome as well.
Any of the returning players catch your eye?
‘Meech’ (Goodson). He’s pushing the ball well, he’slooking up the floor, he’s leading and he’s making shots, everythingwe want him to do. He’s the most improved.
Steven’s pretty darn good.
I was telling an NBA scout of all the guys we’ve had,he doesn’t necessarily have a weakness. It’d be a shame if he doesn’tpursue this to the fullest. He can really move. Our strength andconditioning guys do a bunch of agility tests and he just tops thecharts in all of those.
Quite the collection of bigs.
I think we have the best front court. We’re all skilledbig guys, we all can go to work. We’re not afraid to be physical,that’s the best part about it.
We should be able to take those guys night in andnight out against anybody in the country. They all bring something alittle bit different.
Olynyk has gained 23 pounds. Dower put on 30pounds during his redshirt year. Harris weighs 245 after playing at215 a year ago. Sacre added 10 pounds.
It’s kind of like your kids. When you’re around themevery day you don’t notice it until somebody says ‘Boy, he surelooks taller.’
Olynyk has really filled out.
The game is all about physicality. I’m lookingforward to seeing just how much it will help because everybodytalks so much about weight room, weight room, quickness.
How does the WCC shape up this year?
Saint Mary’s guards were really good. Samhan didn’treally play good in that (WCC Tournament) championship gamewhen they whipped us. Those guards tore us up. I think LMU is reallyloaded and their perimeters can hurt you in a lot of ways.
ESPN’s Len Elmore
picks the Zags – still pursuing their first FinalFour – to win the national championship.
He must not have seen us practice.
I heard something about that, but it doesn’t reallymatter. That’s so far from where we’re at right now. We just need tofocus on ourselves.
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