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West Coast Conference play tips off Wednesday night

Jan. 1, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The long wait is over. West Coast Conference play begins Wednesday night, as San Francisco visits Santa Clara (7 p.m. PT, ESPNU). On Thursday, six more teams see action, including Loyola Marymount at BYU (7 p.m. MT, BYUtv).

WCC QUICK HITS

  • West Coast Conference teams boast a .648 winning percentage (81-44) vs. non-conference foes, an improvement over last year's .605 mark. See the attached notes for the conference-by-conference breakdown.

  • The West Coast Conference is one of six Division I conferences with four or more 10-win teams through the end of December (ACC, A10, Big East, Big 10, Mountain West, Pac-12).

  • The first West Coast Conference Game of the Week hits the airwaves at 1:30 on Saturday, when LMU plays at Saint Mary's. The contest will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show, and the telecast can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Comcast SportsNet California, and ROOT Sports, along with WCCsports.com.

  • Three WCC guards have been nominated for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard: Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos, Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova, and Santa Clara's Evan Roquemore.

  • WCC teams posted a record of 56-11 (.836) at home during non-conference play.

  • Santa Clara is the only Division I team with three 1,000 point scorers in its starting lineup.

  • For the second time in its 60-year history of men's basketball (2008), the West Coast Conference had three teams participating in the NCAA Tournament (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's). In 2012, the WCC also registered five postseason teams for the second straight year (LMU, USF).

  • BYU sophomore Tyler Haws is the WCC Player of the Week. Haws scored 42 points in a win over Virginia Tech -- the most points scored in a game by a DI player so far this season.

  • Only five Division I teams have won at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons. Three of those teams (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's) call the WCC home. The other two: Duke, Kansas.

  • Three WCC players have been named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50: Gonzaga F Elias Harris, BYU F Brandon Davies, and Saint Mary's G Matthew Dellavedova all made the initial cut.

  • Three WCC players have also been named to the Naismith Trophy list: Gonzaga F Elias Harris, Gonzaga G Kevin Pangos, and Saint Mary's G Matthew Dellavedova are all on the initial watch list for the award, handed out in April.

    View the PDF above for complete team-by-team notes.