Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We believe in Cleve!

And apparently so does the rest of the country. Gannon SSID (Super Sports Information Director) Dan Teliski sent me these stats yesterday before the GU women's team was named #1 in Division II hoops:

(1) It is assumed we will be ranked No. 1 in the new USA Today ESPN Top 25 poll that will be released Tuesday afternoon
a. It will be the first time a Gannon basketball team will be No. 1 in school history
b. The highest women’s ranking prior to this season was No. 5 on January 30, 2002
c. The highest men’s ranking prior to this season was No. 3 on February 8, 1988

(2) The women’s team will be only the second program in school history to be ranked No. 1 in the country
a. The Gannon women’s lacrosse team was ranked No. 1 nationally in 2000 and 2001

(3) Gannon has won 28 consecutive games
a. It’s the second-longest winning streak in all of the NCAA, behind only UConn’s 66-game winning streak

(4) Gannon has won 38 consecutive regular-season games
a. It’s the second-longest winning streak in all of the NCAA, behind only UConn’s 65-game streak that dates back to the 2007-08 campaign

(5) Gannon is the only undefeated team left in NCAA Division II
a. It is one of only five undefeated teams left in all of the NCAA
i. Division I undefeated teams include UConn (27-0) and Nebraska (25-0)
ii. Division III undefeated teams include Amherst (25-0) and Christopher Newport (25-0)

(6) Gannon has already clinched the PSAC Western Division regular-season title and home-court advantage throughout the PSAC Tournament

(7) Gannon has already broken the school record for victories in a season (28), breaking the old record of 26 set by the 1987-88 and 2008-09 teams

(8) Gannon will break the school’s record for single-season winning percentage (.867 with a 26-4 record in 1987-88) even if it loses its final two regular-season games and PSAC and NCAA first-round games

(9) Gannon has broken the school record for most victories to begin a season (28) and longest overall winning streak (28)

(10) Gannon is averaging 79.6 points per game and is on pace to shatter the school record of 77.4 in 1980-81

(11) Gannon has a scoring margin of 21.6 and is on pace to shatter the school record of 18.7 in 1987-88

(12) Head coach Cleve Wright is the program’s all-time leader in career wins (158) and winning percentage (.681)

(13) Gannon has won 44 straight games when leading at halftime


  1. I just heard that the top-ranked team in Division II will playing at the Hammermill Center tomorrow. Anyone want to go? :-)

    Even though it was highly anticipated that GU would be ranked #1, it didn't make any less thrilling. What a great accomplishment and a great day for Gannon and the women's basketball program. I remember when a crowd (OK, group) of 100 fans for a women's game was a well-attended contest.

    Yes, regional rankings are king and the national poll is just a beauty contest, but it's still special. But there's still a long way to go and anything still can happen.

    What a night we have in store tomorrow ... the GU women's first game as the #1 team in the nation -- interesting to see how they'll react -- I'm encouraged by their maturity and I think they'll be fine. AND the men have a critical game for making the playoffs AND playoff positioning. Oh yes, and it's also against rival Mercyhurst. I can't wait.

  2. Just thinking ...

    When was the last time that the #1 team in Division II basketball played at the Hammermill Center? The last I can recall was the 1991 Porecco Cup final when Gannon beat #1 Virginia Union when Juan Rankin's last-second three-pointer broke a 51-51 tie and gave Gannon a 53-52 lead. (The scoreboard was later corrected to 54-51 Gannon)

    Uh oh. The top-ranked team is on a losing streak at the HC. Hope it doesn't continue tomorrow. I'm encouraged that Juan Rankin isn't on the Mercyhurst women's roster.

    Last #1 team in anything at the HC? Unless a GLIAC volleyball team came in at #1 (and that's a very realistic possibility) it was probably at the McDonald's classic in the early 1990's when #1 Dunbar won the Classic (beating Jerry Stackhouse's #3 Oak Hill in the first round)

    Any others that I'm forgetting?

  3. Were Kentucky Wesleyan, Findlay, or Grand Valley ever ranked nationally #1 when playing at the Audi?

  4. How about Tennessee State in the 70's with Truck Robinson, Teddy McClain and that group? Gannon beat them, as I remember, but I'm not sure they were #1 at the time.

    Cheyney State maybe?

    I'm pretty sure that Gannon beat a #1 Ky Wesleyan team back in the '68-'69 or '69-'70 season.

  5. Don't forget a "White Out" has been declared for tonight's game against them people from 38th street.

  6. Not sure about Findlay. Positive that Millersville came in co-#1 for 1987 Eastern Regionals....and left finishing second in the regionals after an amazing game vs. the Golden Knights.