A closer look at Gonzaga/Arizona

SALT LAKE CITY-They are two of the best basketball schools on the west coast, but they are very, very different. One is a large state school, the other a small Jesuit school. One is in a mjor conference, the other gave rise to the term "mid-major". A closer look at Arizona and Gonzaga.

[This story was originally a Premium story available to Cat Tracks Club members. Subscribe Now! ] COMMON OPPONENTS: Gonzaga is 2-1 against Pac-10 opponents. They beat Washington and Washington State and fell to Stanford 81-71. The Wildcats are 5-1 against those same teams.

NBA PLAYERS: Gonzaga has two former players in the NBA (John Stockton-Utah, Dan Dickau-Atlanta). Arizona has 10 former players in the NBA (Gilbert Arenas-Golden State, Mike Bibby-Sacramento, Michael Dickerson-Memphis, Richard Jefferson-New Jersey, Steve Kerr-San Antonio, Chris Mills-Golden State, Sean Rooks-Clippers, Damon Stoudamire-Portland, Jason Terry-Atlanta, Loren Woods-Minnesota)

FAMOUS ALUMS: The Bulldogs can boast Bing Crosby (entertainer), Lenn Sakata (athlete), Carl Pohlad (sports owner) and Thomas Foley (politician) as an alum. Arizona has the likes of Craig T. Nelson (actor), Mo Udall (politician), Garry Shandling (entertainer), Richard Scobee (astronaut), Stanley G. Feldman (Supreme Court Justice) and Greg Kinear (entertainer).

DIFFERENT STARTS: Gonzaga was formed by Jesuit priests at the urging of Spokane town leaders. The school is named for Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, a 16th century Jesuit Priest from Rome who is the Patron Saint of Youth. Arizona was founded by two gamblers and a saloon owner. The three used $25,000 that was the consolation prize when Phoenix was named as the new territorial capital.

*For the second straight year Arizona and Gonzaga have been placed in the same bracket with a chance to meet in the second round. Last year Wyoming upset the Bulldogs to prevent such a meeting.

*The Bulldogs went to three straight Sweet-16's before losing in the first round a year ago. The Wildcats have advanced to the Sweet-16 or better the past two seasons and five times since 1996.

*In the five years that Gonzaga has been in the NCAA Tournament they are 133-35 overall and 8-4 in NCAA play. Arizona is 127-35 overall and 9-4 in tournament in the same five year span. In the last four years the teams have won an identical 105 games, fifth best in the NCAA.

*Blake Stepp won the Oregon 4A Player-of-the-Year award over Salim Stoudamire when Stepp was a senior and Stoudamire was a junior.

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PG-Blake Stepp, 6-4, 192, Jr., Eugene, OR
SG-Winston Brooks, 6-0, 198, Sr., Richmond, VA
SF-Tonny Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
PF-Ronny Turuaf, 6-10, 243, So. Le Robert, Martinique
C-Zach Gourde, 6-8, 245, Sr. Vancouver, WA
Key Subs:
G-Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 193, Jr., Walla Walla, WA
F/C-Cory Violette, 6-8, 265, Jr., Boise, ID

PG-Jason Gardner, 5-10, 191, Sr., Indianapolis, IN
SG-Salim Stoudamire, 6-1, 176, So., Portland, OR
F-Luke Walton, 6-8, 245, Sr., San Diego, CA
F-Rick Anderson, 6-9, 225, Sr. Long Beach, CA
C-Channing Frye, 6-10, 238, So., Phoenix, AZ
Key Subs:
F-Andre Iguodala, 6-6, 200, Fr., Springfield, IL
G-Hassan Adams, 6-4, 195, Fr., Los Angeles, CA
C-Isaiah Fox, 6-9, 270, So. Santa Monica, CA









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