The cinderella. So successful at being one that now its a power with a respected national profile. And now, it's time for the rematch from last year's dance. Get to know Gonzaga in this week's edition of Know The Foe.
Name: Gonzaga University
Location: Spokane, Washington
Venue: McCarthey Athletic Center ("The Kennel"), cap. 6,000
Tourney Appearances: 14 (16-14), including the last 13 years straight
Best season: 1998-99 -- Where it all started. Matt Santagelo, Casey Calvary ... man, those names almost are March Madness to me. The Zags won the WCC regular season and tournament, finished 28-7, and made it to the Elite 8, where they lost by five to eventual-national-champ Connecticut.
Player-Alumni: John Stockton (1980-84), only the NBA's all-time assists and steals leader. Ronny Turiaf (2001-05) is a tenured NBA player, and Austin Daye (2007-09) was a recent NBA first-round draft pick.
Coach: Mark Few, 13th season. 333-86 (.795)
Last 5 Years: 122-34 (.782)
Record: 17-3 (7-1 WCC)
Point Averages: score 73.8, allow 62.7
Points: F Elias Harris, 13.7 PPG; G Kevin Pangos, 13.3 PPG
Rebounds: Harris, 8.0 RPG; C Robert Sacre, 6.7 RPG
Assists: Pangos, 3.6 APG