Oct. 24, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - In preparation for the start of the 2008-09 collegiate men's and women's basketball seasons, wccsports.com will host "Countdown To Tipoff" from Oct. 24-Nov. 14.
Countdown to Tipoff will feature exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with all 16 WCC men's and women's basketball coaches and commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. The interviews are hosted by longtime University of San Francisco radio voice George Devine and will focus on the key personnel on each roster and a look at how the WCC men's and women's races will stack up this season.
Last season, the West Coast Conference advanced a record three schools into the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. San Diego, which defeated Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, received the automatic bid by virtue of winning the WCC Tournament, while Gonzaga and Saint Mary's each received at-large selections. On a percentage basis, the WCC qualified 37.5 percent of its teams for the NCAA Tournament, which ranked fifth in the nation behind only the Pac-10, Big East, Big 12 and the SEC.
The 2007-08 women's basketball season was also a success as the WCC finished with the highest RPI of any non-BCS conference. The women's season concluded with third-seeded San Diego defeating top-seeded Gonzaga 70-66 in the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament to advance to its first NCAA Tournament in eight years. The conference also earned two post-season bids for the 10th straight year as Gonzaga advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
Please use the following link to access interviews: WCC All-Access at Media Day
2008-09 WCCSPORTS.COM Countdown to Tipoff
(Posted by 1:00 p.m. each day)
|Friday, October 24||WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich|
|Monday, October 27||Gonzaga men's basketball coach Mark Few|
|Tuesday, October 28||Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves|
|Wednesday, October 29||Loyola Marymount men's basketball coach Bill Bayno|
|Thursday, October 30||Loyola Marymount women's basketball coach Julie Wilhoit|
|Friday, October 31||Pepperdine men's basketball coach Tom Asbury|
|Monday, November 3||Pepperdine women's basketball coach Julie Rousseau|
|Tuesday, November 4||Portland men's basketball coach Eric Reveno|
|Wednesday, November 5||Portland women's basketball coach Jim Sollars|
|Thursday, November 6||Saint Mary's men's basketball coach Randy Bennett|
|Friday, November 7||Saint Mary's women's basketball coach Paul Thomas|
|Saturday, November 8||San Diego men's basketball coach Bill Grier|
|Monday, November 10||San Diego women's basketball coach Cindy Fisher|
|Tuesday, November 11||San Francisco men's basketball coach Rex Walters|
|Wednesday, November 12||San Francisco women's basketball coach Tanya Haave|
|Thursday, November 13||Santa Clara men's basketball coach Kerry Keating|
|Friday, November 14||Santa Clara women's basketball coach Jennifer Mountain|