Gonzaga Capsule

Nickname: Bulldogs                       Coach: Mark Few
Location: Spokane, Washington            Record at Gonzaga: 211-51
Conference: West Coast                   Career record: 211-51
Overall Record: 23-10
Conference Record and Finish: 11-3, 1st

Seed, Region and Bid: 10, West, Automatic
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 10
NCAA Tournament Record: 12-9 (.571)
Final Four Appearances: 0
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL FINALIST (1999)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR
Final Associated Press ranking: NR
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 60

Record vs. teams in the field: 4-6

Starters:
F -- Adullahi Kuso (6-9, 228, Jr. -- 4.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
F -- Sean Mallon (6-9, 223, Sr. -- 7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G -- Matt Bouldin (6-5, 214, Fr. -- 8.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G -- Derek Raivio (6-3, 177, Sr. -- 18.2 ppg, 2.6 apg)
G -- Jeremy Pargo (6-2, 219, So. -- 12.2 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.4 rpg)

Key Reserves:
G -- Micah Downs (6-8, 180, Fr. -- 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
G -- David Pendergraft (6-6, 223, Jr. -- 7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: The team that started the nation's love affair with
mid-major programs, the Bulldogs are now burdened by
expectations of past success and, more importantly, the loss of
sophomore center Josh Heytvelt on felony drug charges.
Suspended indefinitely on February 10, Gonzaga has gone 6-2
without the 6-11 Heytvelt and won its last five games in a row.
But that's against West Coast Conference foes, teams hardly the
caliber of North Carolina, Texas and Stanford, who were all
victims of Gonzaga earlier this season behind big games from
Heytvelt.  The Zags are making their ninth consecutive NCAA
Tournament appearance and will pin their hopes on Raivio, who
scored 28 points in the WCC title game and was named tournament
MVP.  Pendergraft showed he can be another offensive option by
scoring 34 points in two WCC tourney games, including 6-of-10
from the arc.  Pargo must take care of the ball (108 turnovers
on the season) or Gonzaga will be hard-pressed to match its rich
NCAA history that has produced some of the tournament's biggest
upsets.

NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. (7) Indiana at Sacramento, California