Legacy of success: Gonzaga's NCAA tournament appearances through the years
Legacy of success: Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament appearances through the years
Gonzaga University has made 18 consecutive appearances in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Here’s a look back at how the Zags have performed through the years on college basketball’s grandest stage.
1995: Gonzaga earns the first NCAA tournament berth in school history
Lost to Maryland in first round, 87-63
Maryland’s Joe Smith slams on GU’s Scott Snider (34) in the first half of their NCAA West Region game Thursday, March 16, 1995, in Salt Lake City. Maryland won 87-63.
1999: Gonzaga advances to the West Regional final in its first of 18 consecutive appearances
Defeated Stanford in second round, 82-74
The Gonzaga bench can smell the Sweet 16 in the final minute of a second-round 82-74 win, as Stanford goes on a foul-a-thon at Key Arena in Seattle in 1999.
Defeated Florida in regional semifinal, 73-72
Gonzaga top scorer Richie Frahm is held aloft by teammate Axel Dench (30) as other Bulldogs celebrate their 73-72 upset of Florida in the NCAA West Regionals in Phoenix, Thursday, March 18, 1999. The win sent the Zags into the Elite Eight.
Lost to Connecticut in regional final, 67-62
Mike Nilson contemplates the game as he and teammate Quentin Hall walk off the court after losing to Connecticut 67-62 on Saturday, March 20, 1999, in the NCAA West Regional championship game in Phoenix.
2000: The Zags make a three-round appearance
Defeated Louisville in first round, 77-66
Gonzaga’s Axel Dench lays down the law against Louisville in an NCAA first-round, 77-66 win in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, March 16, 2000.
Defeated St. John’s in second round, 82-76
Gonzaga coach Mark Few gets a hug from Matt Santangelo after the Zags defeated St. John’s in the NCAA West second-round game in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, March 18, 2000. Santangelo scored 26 points in Gonzaga’s 82-76 upset.
Lost to Purdue in regional semifinal, 75-66
Matt Santangelo reflects in the empty hallway leading to the team locker room after losing to Purdue 75-66, Thursday, March 23, 2000, in the NCAA West Regional semifinals in Albuquerque, N.M.
2001: Gonzaga reaches the regional semifinals
Defeated Virginia in first round, 86-85
Gonzaga guard Dan Dickau celebrates a last-second, 86-85 victory over Virginia the NCAA South Regional in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, March 16, 2001. Dickau scored 29 point for the Zags.
Lost to Michigan State in regional semifinal, 77-62
Gonzaga coaches Billy Grier, Mark Few and Scott Snider encourage the Zags in a 77-62 loss to Michigan State in Atlanta on March 23, 2001, in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.
2002: Gonzaga suffers its first, first-round NCAA tournament loss in the Mark Few era
Corey Violette puts a towel to his head after fouling out in the final seconds of Gonzaga’s loss to Wyoming, 73-66, in the first round of the NCAA West Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday, March 14, 2002.
2003: Gonzaga reaches the second round
Defeated Cincinnati in first round, 74-69
The Zags’ Winston Brooks reacts to a growing Gonzaga lead over Cincinnati in the first half of the first round of the NCAA West Regional, Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Salt Lake City. Gonzaga won 74-69.
Lost to Arizona in second round, 96-95
The Zags’ Tony Skinner and Cory Violette try to rebound the final shot by Blake Stepp in the final second of a double-overtime, 96-95 loss to Arizona in the NCAA West Regional second-round game Saturday, March 22, 2003, in Salt Lake City.
2004: Zags earn a No. 2 seed, best in school history
Defeated Valparaiso in first round 76–49
Ronny Turiaf and Sean Mallon exchange high fives above Adam Morrison in the first half of their 76-49 first-round win over Valparaiso in Seattle, Thursday, March 18, 2004.
Lost to Nevada in second round, 91–72
Gonzaga’s Erroll Knight and Sean Mallon walk off the court after their 91-72 upset loss to Nevada in the second round in Seattle, Saturday, March 20, 2004.
2005: The Zags make a two-round appearance
Defeated Winthrop in first round, 74-64
Gonzaga guard Erroll Knight and Winthrop guard Torrell Martin chase a second-half loose ball in their NCAA first-round game in Tucson, Thursday, March 17, 2005. The Zags won 74-64.
Lost to Texas Tech in second round, 71-69
GU senior Ronny Turiaf and the Zags acknowledge Gonzaga fans and say goodbye after losing to Texas Tech in the second round, 71-69, in Tucson, Ariz, March 19, 2005.
2006: The Zags make it back to the third round
Defeated Xavier in first round, 79-75
Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison triumphantly leaves the Huntsman Center after scoring 35 points in a 79-75 win over Xavier in their NCAA opener in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday, March 16, 2006.
Defeated Indiana in second round, 90-80
Gonzaga guard Derek Raivio crashes into Indiana guard Roderick Wilmont in the second half of their second-round game in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, March 18, 2006. Ravio finished with 13 points and made several clutch free throws to ice a 90-80 win over the Hoosiers.
Lost to UCLA in regional semifinal, 73-71
Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison collapses to the court after UCLA defeated the Zags 73-71 on Thursday, March 23, 2006, in the regional semifinals in Oakland, Calif.
2007: Gonzaga falls in the first round as Indiana avenges its 2006 defeat
Lost to Indiana in first round, 70-57
The ball and the game get away from Gonzaga’s Derek Raivio on Thursday night, March 15, 2007, during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Indiana in Sacramento, Calif. The Hoosiers ousted the Zags, 70-57.
2008: Zags taste a first-round defeat
Lost to Davidson in first round, 82-76
Gonzaga coaches Tommy Lloyd, Leon Rice and Mark Few work the sidelines against Davidson, March 21, 2008 in Raleigh, N.C., in the first-round Midwest Regional game. The Bulldogs were eliminated, 82-76.
It wasn’t the best of days for Gonzaga Coach Mark Few as he watches the Zags fall 30 points behind Syracuse in Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 21, 2010. Syracuse prevailed 87-65.
Gonzaga’s Steven Gray tries to stop BYU’s Jimmer Fredette in the first half of a Southeast Regional second-round game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Denver. Fredette scored 34 points in an 89-77 BYU win.
2013: Wichita State sends No. 1 seed Gonzaga home in the second round
Lost to Wichita State in second round, 76-70
Coach Mark Few of the top-seeded Zags walks arm-in-arm with players Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk, with Mike Hart trailing, after losing to No. 9 seed Wichita State 76-70 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 23, 2013.
Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) and North Dakota State guard Paul Miller (2) compete for a rebound in the second half of a second-round game, Friday, March, 20, 2015, at KeyArena in Seattle. GU won 86-76.
Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) blocks a shot by UCLA forward Kevon Looney during the second half of an NCAA Sweet Sixteen game at NRG Stadium, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The Zags reached the Elite Eight with a 74-62 win.
Duke forward Justise Winslow (12) and center Jahlil Okafor (15) keep Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski from a rebound during the second half of an NCAA Elite Eight game at NRG Stadium, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Houston, Texas. Duke won 66-52 to reach the Final Four.