The Gonzaga Bulldogs did not make their first trip to the NCAA Tournament until 1995. They have now gone to the Big Dance 18 times. They have advanced as far as the Elite Eight twice (1999 and 2015), and the Sweet Sixteen six times. The Bulldogs have won the conference tournament 14 times and been the regular season conference champions 20 times. The Bulldogs have also made three trips to the NIT as well, all since 1994.
Since that 1994 season, Gonzaga has been one of the nation’s best college basketball teams. Their claim to fame before that was being the alma mater of the NBA’s all-time assist leader, John Stockton. Now they have added many more reasons to brag.
The Bulldogs had the National Player of the Year in Adam Morrison in 2006. They have had 13 different players win the West Coast Conference Player of the Year on 14 occasions, including back to back for Blake Stepp. Some of these greats include Kevin Pangos, Kelly Olynyk, Matt Bouldin, Jeremy Pango, Derek Raivio, Morrison, Ronny Turiaf, Dan Dickau, and Casey Calvary. Nakari Hendrix and Jeff Brown have won the award since Stockton took it home in 1984.
Dickau, Morrison and Olynyk were First Team All-Americans and six Bulldogs have been second team All-Americans including Kyle Wiltjer last season. Wiltjer was the WCC Tournament MVP as well. That is the third straight year a Bulldog has won the award.
Five Bulldogs have been picked in the first round of the NBA Draft. Those players are Stockton, Dickau, Morrison, Austin Daye and Olynyk.
Gonzaga has played in some very memorable NCAA Tournament games including a thrilling Sweet Sixteen win in 1999 over the Florida Gators by one point, a classic Sweet Sixteen game in 2006 resulted in a loss to UCLA and a one point upset of #5 seed Virginia in the first round in 2001. The 2013 Bulldogs went to the NCAA Tournament as a #1 seed and were upset in the Round of 32 by Wichita State who wound up going all the way to the Final Four.
The Bulldogs have been playing their home games at McCarthey Athletic Center since 2004. This sparkling new arena seats 8,000 Bulldogs fans for home games and rarely will you find an empty seat. Nicknamed “The Kennel”, the atmosphere at Gonzaga games is about as good as you will find anywhere in the nation. With 8,000 seats, all of them have a close up view of the action.
You will be watching one of the greatest college basketball programs in the NCAA as you enjoy your favorite concession items such as nachos, hot dogs, paninis and pretzels while watching a great college basketball game.
This season’s home schedule for the Zags includes Northern Arizona, Mount St. Mary’s, Arizona, Montana, UCLA, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Portland, BYU, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Pacific, St. Mary’s and more.
Don’t miss out on going to see a great college basketball team hosting many other great teams in one of the newest Arenas on the West Coast, the McCarthey Athletic Center.
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