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WCC Must See TV

Jan. 5, 2007

MEN'S BASKETBALL

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6
Loyola Marymount (8-8, 0-0) at Gonzaga (9-6, 0-0)
Location:
Spokane, Wash. - McCarthey Center
Time: 1:00 PM (PST)
Television: FSN Northwest

Preview: LMU and Gonzaga tip-off the West Coast Conference regular season this Saturday in a rematch of last season's WCC Tournament final. Both teams are looking to snap losing streaks and gain the upper hand in the first week of WCC play. The Lions are coming off of a three-game losing skid after losing their top two leading scorers, guard Brandon Worthy and forward Matthew Knight, to injury. Meanwhile, the Zags have lost four straight for the first time in 10 years and are coming off of a 108-87 loss at Virginia on Wednesday. Despite the recent losses, Gonzaga boasts wins over then-No. 2 North Carolina and then-No. 13 Washington this season. The Zags are looking to continue the nation's longest home winning streak which currently sits at 45 games. The Lions have struggled since losing Worthy and Knight, who made up 50 percent of the team's scoring this year. Senior guard Adoyah Miller has stepped in, leading LMU in scoring in each of the past three games. Although Worthy is out for the remainder of the season, Knight will be re-evaluated and could be back in action as early as Saturday.

Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Matthew Knight - 17.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg; Adoyah Miller - 9.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Gonzaga's Key Players: Derek Raivio - 19.2 ppg, 2.1 apg; Josh Heytvelt - 15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg

MONDAY, JANUARY 8
Loyola Marymount (8-8, 0-0) at Portland (4-12, 0-0)
Location: Portland, Ore. - Chiles Center
Time: 8:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: LMU closes out its trip through the Northwest with a Monday night game at Portland. The Lions will be coming off of their WCC season opener at Gonzaga, while Portland hosts Pepperdine to tip-off conference play. LMU holds a slight advantage, leading the all-time series with Portland 39-33. However, the Pilots have taken three of the last five games against the Lions, including a 71-59 victory in the teams' last meeting in Los Angeles last season. The injury bug has bitten LMU, losing its two leading scorers to injury in the past two weeks. Senior guard Brandon Worthy (18.5 ppg) is out for the remainder of the season, while forward Matthew Knight (17.2 ppg) is questionable for the Lions' opening WCC road trip. Portland, on the other hand, finished its nonconference season with a win, downing Lewis & Clark 74-64, and has benefited from the services of senior guard Darren Cooper, who leads the team in scoring.

Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Matthew Knight - 17.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg; Adoyah Miller - 9.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Portland's Key Players: Darren Cooper - 10.4 ppg, 3.1 ppg; Jamie Jones - 10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg

MONDAY, JANUARY 8
Pepperdine (4-12, 0-0) at Gonzaga (9-6, 0-0)
Location: Spokane, Wash. - McCarthey Center
Time: 9:00 PM (PST)
Television: Big Monday on ESPN2

Preview: In the first ESPN "Big Monday" matchup of the season, the Pepperdine Waves travel to Spokane, WA to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Both teams will be coming off of their first WCC games of the season, with Pepperdine playing Portland and Gonzaga taking on LMU on Saturday night. The Waves hold a one-game advantage in the all-time series against Gonzaga, but the Bulldogs have won 10 straight, including a 29-point rout in Spokane last year. The Waves are entering their first WCC season under Head Coach Vance Walberg, who came to Malibu after taking Fresno City College to four straight postseason appearances and one California State title. This weekend will be the first test of the Zags' 45-game home winning streak since their last game at the McCarthey Center on December 9. Leading scorer Derek Raivio looks to continue a streak of his own during the first week of WCC play; the senior guard has hit 39 consecutive free throws, a streak that dates back to November 22. He shares the Gonzaga University record of 41 straight with former Bulldog Geoff Goss.

Pepperdine's Key Players: Marvin Lea - 17.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg; Chase Griffin - 15.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Gonzaga's Key Players: Derek Raivio - 19.2 ppg, 2.1 apg; Josh Heytvelt - 15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg