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Defending WCC champ Saint Mary's set to visit No. 8/9 Gonzaga

Jan. 8, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- West Coast Conference play is off to a fast start, with four WCC teams sporting unbeaten conference records through the first weekend of WCC play. This week's marquee match-up pits defending WCC champ Saint Mary's at No. 8/9 Gonzaga. That game will be played on Thursday night at 8 p.m. PT in Spokane, and televised on ESPN2. Saturday's West Coast Conference Game of the Week pits BYU at Santa Clara.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • The popular Internet talk show WCC Live returns with the season premiere on January 9. Hosted by Jeff Lampe, the weekly show features live interviews with WCC coaches and student athletes. Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, the reigning WCC Player of the Week, is among this week's guests. Listen at blogtalkradio.com/wccsports Wednesday at 8p PT.

  • The WCC is one of only two conferences featuring three Top 25 scorers nationally: Tyler Haws (13th), Anthony Ireland (17th), Kevin Foster (24th). The Big East is the other.

  • This week's West Coast Conference Game of the Week pits BYU at Santa Clara on 1:30 Saturday. The contest will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show, and can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Comcast SportsNet California, and ROOT Sports.

  • 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.

  • San Diego senior forward Chris Manresa is averaging nearly 12 points and over 10 rebounds per game over his last five contests.

  • Four WCC games will be produced by Campus Insiders this week on the WCC Digital platform. All can be seen live at WCCsports.com via the link above.

  • Gonzaga redshirt junior Kelly Olynyk is the WCC Player of the Week. Olynyk is third in the nation in field goal percentage, and scored over 23 points per game in three road wins last week.

  • San Francisco is 5-0 when shooting 50% or better from the field.

  • The San Francisco at Saint Mary's game on Jan. 12 has been moved to an 8 p.m. PT start.

  • 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.