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WCC Men's Basketball Enters Third Week of League Action

Jan. 7, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference opens the third week of the league schedule starting Thursday, January 9, 2014. It was an eventful second week of the season as No. 22/18 Gonzaga rolled to a perfect 4-0 start, while Pepperdine and San Francisco improved to 3-1. With two weeks of league action in the books, the WCC is one of three Division I conferences with every member institution boasting a winning record. The Conference continues to stake its reputation as one of the nation’s elite offensive conferences. See below for more notes on the WCC’s strengths. 


  • Through January 7, WCC teams boast a strong 67.5 winning percentage (83-40) vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for the complete non-conference breakdown.
  • After two weeks of WCC play, all 10 member institutions own a winning record, joining only the Big East and the Big-12. 
  • WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference ranks third among Division I leaders in scoring (76.99) and field goal percentage (46.46) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (37.04).
  • BYU’s Tyler Haws and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos were selected to the Naismith Trophy Early Season Top-50 Watch List. It is the second straight season on the list for Pangos.
  • Three WCC teams rank among the top-40 in RPI - Gonzaga (13), Saint Mary’s (33) and BYU (38). 
  • Two WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-50 – Gonzaga (19) and Saint Mary’s (46).
  • Three WCC players have been named to prestigious preseason watch lists. The Wooden Preseason Top-50 list features BYU’s Tyler Haws and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos. The Bob Cousy Award Watch List lists Pangos and Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland.
  • Five member institutions posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recent cohort as released by the NCAA in October.

The West Coast Conference posted a strong non-conference resume.

  • The WCC is one of just five conferences nationally with every institution posting a winning record entering league play, joining the Big East, Big-12, Big-10 and Pac-12.
  • Five WCC teams rank in the top-50 nationally in scoring offense - BYU (4th/89.2), Gonzaga (16th/85.3), USF (35th/81.5), Portland (42nd/80.8) and LMU (50th/79.8).
  • Three WCC teams rank in the top-15 nationally in free throw percentage - Pacific (6th/77.1), Portland (8th/76.9) and LMU (12th/76.4).
  • Five WCC teams rank in the top-60 nationally in assist/turnover ratio - Gonzaga (18th/1.54); BYU (19th/1.53), Santa Clara (34th/1.38); Portland (38th/1.36) and Saint Mary’s (56th/1.27).
  • Nine of 10 WCC teams convert on at least 45% from the field and nine of 10 connect on at least 35% from 3-point range.

Entering Monday, January 6...

  • No. 22/18 Gonzaga ranks third among Division I in field goal percentage (52.0), leads the country in 3-point field goal percentage (44.3), ranks 20th in scoring (82.9), 18th in 3-pointers (8.7), seventh in total 3-pointers (139), and 15th in scoring margin (16.3).
  • BYU rates sixth nationally in scoring (87.3 ppg), 15th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.55), 10th in assists per game (17.6), fourth in free throw attempts (473), 10th in made free throws (318) and first in total rebounds (706).
  • Four WCC schools are in the top-20 in total assists: BYU (2nd/281), Portland (14th/250), San Francisco (17th/246), Gonzaga (20th/244).
  • San Francisco rates 24th in free throw attempts (409).
  • Loyola Marymount rates ninth nationally among Division I leaders in free throw percentage (76.7), Pacific is 10th (76.7), while Portland is 17th (75.7) at the stripe and 13th in free throws made (305).
  • Saint Mary’s is ninth in 3-point percentage (41.5); Santa Clara is 14th in 3-pointers (132).
  • Three WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 nationally in field goal percentage: Sam Dower, Jr. (11th/61.4) of Gonzaga, Brad Waldow (14th/61.0) of Saint Mary’s and Brendan Lane (17th/60.2) of Pepperdine.

*All statistics through games of Sunday, Jan. 5.

Thursday, January 9
Pepperdine at BYU - BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at San Diego - 7:00 p.m.
       TWC SportsNet, CSN+, TheW.tv   
San Francisco at Pacific - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Saint Mary’s - 7:00 p.m.
       CSN Bay Area, ROOT Sports NW & RM, TheW.tv             
Gonzaga at Portland - ESPNU - 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday, January 11      
Santa Clara at Pacific - WCC Game of the Week - 1:00 p.m.
       TWC SN, ROOT, CSN CA, TheW.tv
San Francisco at Saint Mary’s - 3:00 p.m. 
       CSN California, ROOT Sports NW/RM, TWC SN, TheW.tv            
Loyola Marymount at BYU - BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
Pepperdine at San Diego - 6:00 p.m.
       FOX Sports San Diego, CSN BA, TheW.tv                  

*All times Pacific