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2018–19 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team (also informally referred to as the Zags) represented Gonzaga University, located in Spokane, Washington. in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by head coach Mark Few, in his 20th season as head coach. This was the Bulldogs' 15th season at the on-campus McCarthey Athletic Center and 39th season as a member of the West Coast Conference.

2018–19 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Gonzaga Bulldogs wordmark.svg
Maui Invitational champions
WCC regular season champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 4
2018–19 record33–4 (16–0 WCC)
Head coachMark Few (20th season)
Assistant coachTommy Lloyd (18th season)
Assistant coachDonny Daniels (9th season)
Assistant coachBrian Michaelson (6th season)
Home arenaMcCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons
2018–19 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Gonzaga 16 0   1.000     33 4   .892
Saint Mary's 11 5   .688     22 12   .647
BYU 11 5   .688     19 13   .594
San Francisco 9 7   .563     21 10   .677
Loyola Marymount 8 8   .500     22 12   .647
Santa Clara 8 8   .500     16 15   .516
San Diego 7 9   .438     21 15   .583
Pepperdine 6 10   .375     16 18   .471
Pacific 4 12   .250     14 18   .438
Portland 0 16   .000     7 25   .219
2019 WCC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Bulldogs team finished the 2017–18 season 32–5, 17–1 in WCC play to win the WCC regular season championship. They defeated Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and BYU to become champions of the WCC Tournament. They received the WCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated UNC Greensboro and Ohio State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Florida State.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Johnathan Williams 3 F 6'9" 228 Senior (Redshirt) Memphis, TN Graduated
Silas Melson 0 G 6'4" 195 Senior Portland, OR Graduated
Jacob Larsen 14 F 6'11" 235 Freshman (Redshirt) Holte, Denmark Left team
Jesse Wade 10 G 6'1" 175 Freshman Kaysville, UT Transferred to BYU

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous
School
Years
Remaining
Date
Eligible
Geno Crandall G 6'4" 185 Senior (redshirt) Minneapolis, MN North Dakota 1 Oct. 12, 2018[1]

2018 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Filip Petrušev
PF
Belgrade, Serbia Montverde Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oct 22, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Greg Foster
SG
Thiensville, WI Ed W. Clark High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Nov 8, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Gonzaga Commit List for 2018". Rivals.com.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Future recruitsEdit

Recruiting class of 2019Edit

Recruiting class of 2020Edit

RosterEdit

2018–19 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 22 Jeremy Jones 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 213 lb (97 kg) RS Sr East Central/ Rice San Antonio, TX
G 13 Josh Perkins 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Sr Huntington Prep Park Hill, CO
G 0 Geno Crandall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Sr DeLaSalle/North Dakota Minneapolis, MN
F 15 Brandon Clarke 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr Desert Vista/San Jose State Phoenix, AZ
G 2 Jack Beach (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Jr Torrey Pines San Diego, CA
G 5 Alex Martin (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Blue Valley
Belmont
Johnson County CC
Overland Park, KS
F 33 Killian Tillie 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr INSEP Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
F 21 Rui Hachimura 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Meisei Toyama, Japan
G 23 Zach Norvell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS So Simeon Chicago, IL
F 24 Corey Kispert 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So King's Edmonds, WA
G 11 Joël Ayayi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Fr INSEP Bordeaux, France
F 3 Filip Petrušev 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Montverde Academy Belgrade, Serbia
G 4 Greg Foster 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Ed W. Clark Milwaukee, WI
G 10 Matthew Lang (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Jesuit Portland, OR
G 20 Paul Pennington (W)   5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Boise Boise, ID
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: January 5, 2019

  • Roster is subject to change as/if players transfer or leave the program for other reasons.


Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year at
Gonzaga
Alma Mater (year)
Mark Few Head Coach 20th Oregon (1987)
Tommy Lloyd Associate Head Coach 18th Whitman (1998)
Donny Daniels Assistant Coach 9th Cal State Fullerton (1976)
Brian Michaelson Assistant Coach 6th Gonzaga (2005)
Riccardo Fois Coordinator of Analytics & Video Operations 5th Pepperdine (2009)
Josh Therrien Athletic Trainer 3rd Washington State (2007)
Travis Knight Strength & Conditioning Coach 13th Gonzaga (2000)

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 1, 2018*
6:00 pm, KHQ
No. 3 Central Washington W 108–69 
 23  Hachimura   11  Clarke   4  Crandall  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
Non-conference regular season
November 6, 2018*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 3 Idaho State W 120–79  1–0
 33  Hachimura   9  Clarke   8  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
November 10, 2018*
7:00 pm, SWX/RTNW
No. 3 Texas Southern
Maui Invitational campus-site game
W 104–67  2–0
 19  Tied   13  Clarke   11  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
November 15, 2018*
8:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 3 Texas A&M W 91–74  3–0
 22  Norvell Jr.   11  Clarke   6  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
November 19, 2018*
8:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Illinois
Maui Invitational Quarterfinals
W 84–78  4–0
 23  Hachimura   11  Jones   9  Perkins  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 20, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 3 vs. Arizona
Maui Invitational Semifinals
W 91–74  5–0
 24  Hachimura   10  Norvell Jr.   9  Perkins  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 21, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 3 vs. No. 1 Duke
Maui Invitational Championship
W 89–87  6–0
 20  Hachimura   7  Hachimura   7  Perkins  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
November 26, 2018*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 1 North Dakota State W 102–60  7–0
 18  Tied   8  Clarke   8  Norvell Jr.  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
December 1, 2018*
11:00 am, FOX
No. 1 at Creighton W 103–92  8–0
 28  Norvell Jr.   11  Hachimura   13  Perkins  CHI Health Center Omaha (18,759)
Omaha, NE
December 5, 2018*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 Washington W 81–79  9–0
 26  Hachimura   11  Clarke   7  Norvell  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
December 9, 2018*
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 7 Tennessee
Jerry Colangelo Classic
L 73–76  9–1
 21  Tied   9  Tied   9  Perkins  Talking Stick Resort Arena (10,172)
Phoenix, AZ
December 15, 2018*
4:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 at No. 12 North Carolina L 90–103  9–2
 21  Norvell Jr.   7  Hachimura   8  Perkins  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
December 18, 2018*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 8 UT Arlington W 89–55  10–2
 20  Hachimura   13  Clarke   4  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
December 21, 2018*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 8 Denver W 101–40  11–2
 23  Tied   7  Clarke   5  Jones  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
December 28, 2018*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 7 North Alabama W 96–51  12–2
 20  Norvell Jr.   12  Clarke   5  Norvell Jr.  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
December 31, 2018*
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 7 Cal State Bakersfield W 89–54  13–2
 22  Hachimura   10  Jones   5  Norvell Jr.  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
WCC Regular Season
January 5, 2019
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 7 Santa Clara W 91–48  14–2
(1–0)
 25  Hachimura   6  Clarke   5  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
January 10, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 Pacific W 67–36  15–2
(2–0)
 14  Perkins   8  Clarke   6  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
January 12, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 at San Francisco W 96–83  16–2
(3–0)
 24  Clarke   9  Clarke   4  Perkins  War Memorial Gymnasium (3,008)
San Francisco, CA
January 17, 2019
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 5 Loyola Marymount W 73–55  17–2
(4–0)
 17  Norvell   7  Hachimura   4  Tied  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
January 19, 2019
7:00 pm, RTNW
No. 5 at Portland W 89–66  18–2
(5–0)
 17  Hachimura   9  Hachimura   7  Perkins  Chiles Center (4,852)
Portland, OR
January 24, 2019
8:00 pm, SWX/RTNW
No. 4 at Santa Clara W 98–39  19–2
(6–0)
 18  Perkins   8  Norvell   8  Perkins  Leavey Center (5,094)
Santa Clara, CA
January 31, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 at BYU W 93–63  20–2
(7–0)
 23  Clarke   9  Tied   10  Perkins  Marriott Center (15,396)
Provo, UT
February 2, 2019
5:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 4 San Diego W 85–69  21–2
(8–0)
 32  Hachimura   8  Clarke   6  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
February 7, 2019
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 4 San Francisco W 92–62  22–2
(9–0)
 20  Clarke   16  Clarke   7  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
February 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 Saint Mary's
Rivalry
W 94–46  23–2
(10–0)
 24  Clarke   7  Hachimura   9  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
February 14, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 3 at Loyola Marymount W 73–60  24–2
(11–0)
 22  Hachimura   12  Clarke   4  Tied  Gersten Pavilion (4,213)
Los Angeles, CA
February 16, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 3 at San Diego W 79–67  25–2
(12–0)
 22  Hachimura   10  Hachimura   9  Perkins  Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,132)
San Diego, CA
February 21, 2019
6:00 pm, KHQ/RTNW
No. 2 Pepperdine W 92–64  26–2
(13–0)
 23  Hachimura   11  Clarke   9  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
February 23, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 BYU W 102–68  27–2
(14–0)
 25  Norvell   10  Clarke, Hachimura   7  Perkins  McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
February 28, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 at Pacific W 86–66  28–2
(15–0)
 27  Hachimura   13  Clarke   2  Tied  Alex G. Spanos Center (4,644)
Stockton, CA
March 2, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at Saint Mary's
Rivalry
W 69–55  29–2
(16–0)
 19  Perkins   8  Hachimura   3  Norvell  McKeon Pavilion (3,500)
Moraga, CA
WCC Tournament
March 11, 2019
6:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 1 vs. (8) Pepperdine
Semifinals
W 100–74  30–2
 18  Norvell   7  Clarke   6  Perkins  Orleans Arena (7,642)
Paradise, NV
March 12, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 1 vs. (2) Saint Mary's
Finals/Rivalry
L 47–60  30–3
 16  Clarke   8  Clarke   4  Perkins  Orleans Arena (7,771)
Paradise, NV
NCAA Tournament
March 21, 2019*
7:27 pm, truTV
(1 W) No. 4 vs. (16 W) Fairleigh Dickinson
First Round
W 87–49  31–3
 21  Hachimura   9  Clarke   7  Norvell Jr.  Vivint Smart Home Arena (16,807)
Salt Lake City, UT
March 23, 2019*
4:10 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 4 vs. (9 W) Baylor
Second Round
W 83–71  32–3
 36  Clarke   8  Clarke   6  Perkins  Vivint Smart Home Arena (17,792)
Salt Lake City, UT
March 28, 2019*
4:09 pm, CBS
(1 W) No. 4 vs. (4 W) No. 10 Florida State
Sweet Sixteen
W 72–58  33–3
 17  Hachimura   12  Clarke   5  Perkins  Honda Center (16,145)
Anaheim, CA
March 30, 2019*
5:09 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 4 vs. (3 W) No. 9 Texas Tech
Elite Eight
L 69–75  33–4
 22  Hachimura   12  Clarke   6  Perkins  Honda Center (15,277)
Anaheim, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source[2]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
AP 3 (1) 3 3 1 (32) 1 (43) 4 (1) 8 7 7 5 5 4 4 4 3 2 (6) 1 (44) 1 (42) 1 (41) 4 (1) Not released 
Coaches 4 (1) 4^ (1) 3 1 (17) 1 (21) 6 (1) 9 8 8 6 5 4 4 4 3 2 (4) 1 (26) 1 (27) 1 (28) 3 (3) 6

*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings.
^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll.

ReferencesEdit