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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 12, 2010

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WCC TEAMS BEGIN SECOND WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

After an exciting first week of conference play, WCC teams prepare for what could be a pivotal second week of league games. Gonzaga, Pepperdine, and Saint Mary's went undefeated in the first weekend, sweeping their respective rivals. The Bulldogs and the Gaels go head-to-head this week as No. 14/17 Gonzaga travels to Saint Mary's on Thursday in a showdown televised nationally on ESPN2. Pepperdine looks to keep its WCC record unbeaten as the Waves host the Santa Clara Broncos in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. In all, six of the eight league games will be televised this week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TELEVISION
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:05 PM
Portland at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:30 PM
Channel 4 San Diego/Comcast Sports Northwest
Santa Clara at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
8:00 PM
ESPNU
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
8:00 PM
ESPN2/ESPN360/ESPN Pacific Rim/Australia HD/Brazil HD
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA
6:00 PM
Channel 4 San Diego/Fox Sports Northwest/KHQ Spokane
San Francisco at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM
Comcast California/Comcast Northwest/ESPN Pacific Rim
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
8:00 PM
Fox Sports West

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Co-Player of the Week
GON's Matt Bouldin & PEP's Mychel Thompson Share Weekly Honor
Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin and Pepperdine's Mychel Thompson share this week's WCC Player of the Week award after leading their respective teams to conference-opening wins. Bouldin scored 20 points, had a season-high nine assists and did not commit a turnover while playing all 40 minutes in the Zags' 71-68 win at Portland. Thompson scored a game-high 22 points, making a career-high six three-pointers on seven attempts (the school record for percentage is 1.000 at 6-for-6). He also pulled down a game-high-tying eight rebounds while adding three assists and three blocks.

Also Nominated: De'Jon Jackson (USD) & Omar Samhan (SMC)

WCC Best In The West Against The BCS
West Coast Conference teams are proving to be formidable opponents for teams from the BCS conferences. Of the four conferences primarily located in the West Region - WCC, Pac-10, Big West, and WAC - the WCC owns the most wins and the highest winning percentage against teams from the six BCS conferences with a 14-17 record. The Pac-10 is second with a 9-24 (.272) mark against teams from other BCS conferences, followed by the Big West (2-19; .095), and the WAC (0-7).


CONFERENCERECORD VS. BCS SCHOOLSPERCENTAGE

1. WEST COAST14-17.4522. Pacific-109-24.2723. Big West2-19.0954. Western Athletic0-7.000

WCC Ranked No. 7 In Non-Conference Strength Of Schedule
West Coast Conference men's basketball teams have played very challenging non-conference schedules, leading to the WCC's No. 7 non-conference strength of schedule rating, according to the latest Collegiate Basketball News report. Over half the league -- Gonzaga (32), Portland (55), San Francisco (70), San Diego (76), and Saint Mary's (105) -- is ranked in the top 110 in strength of schedule.

2009-10 WCC Preseason All-Conference Team
If the WCC preseason all-conference team is any indication, it should be a very competitive season as all eight conference schools landed at least one player on the team. Gonzaga and Portland led the way with each team landing two players on the team. In addition, guard play in the WCC should be exciting to watch as eight of the 10 players named to the team play in the backcourt.

2009-10 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference
Keion Bell, PEP
Matt Bouldin, GON
T.J. Campbell, POR
Jared DuBois, LMU
Kevin Foster, SCU
Steven Gray, GON
Brandon Johnson, USD
Dior Lowhorn, USF
Nik Raivio, POR
Omar Samhan, SMC

Zappos.com Named Title Sponsor of the WCC Basketball Championships
The West Coast Conference (WCC) and its multi-media rights partner, IMG College, announced Zappos.com as the official title sponsor of the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. The deal represents the WCC's first-ever title sponsorship. In addition, the WCC and Zappos.com will partner with Soles4Souls to challenge each West Coast Conference campus to collect the most shoes from December to the end of the conference basketball season. The gently used shoes will be distributed internationally through Soles4Souls to individuals in need. Last year's shoe drive resulted in over 5,200 shoes being donated to Soles4Souls by West Coast Conference institutions.

WCC Live To Cover Men's Hoops Season
This season, the West Coast Conference introduced a new internet based radio showcalled "WCC Live" to be hosted by veteran play-by-play announcer Jeff Lampe. The show will feature interviews with coaches and players from around the league as well asspecial guests throughout the year. In addition, fans will be able to participate by dialing in to ask questions of the guests by calling 646-378-1311, submitting questions via a live chat feature or by emailing questions to WCCLive@ymail.com. The program will air live each Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ---- visit wccsports.com/wcclive for up-to-date guest information.

WCC Tournament To Remain At The Orleans Arena Through 2012
On July 22, 2009, the West Coast Conference and the Orleans Arena announced a three-year contract extension that will keep the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas through 2012. The extension comes after the West Coast Conference sold out the Orleans Arena for the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships. The 2009 championship, which was the WCC's first-ever at a neutral site, set conference records for both total championship attendance (33,320) and single session championship attendance (7,845).

Gonzaga Edges Portland For Top Spot in 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
Gonzaga was selected as the favorite to capture an unprecedented 10th consecutiveWest Coast Conference men's basketball regular season title in the 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Zags received six first place votes and tallied 48 points to narrowly edge out Portland, which received the remaining two first place votes and collected 44 overall points. Saint Mary's was picked third with 34 overall points, followed by San Francisco and Santa Clara, which tied for fourth with 26 points. Rounding out this year's poll were San Diego in sixth place with 21 points, followed by Pepperdine in seventh place with 13 points, and Loyola Marymount in eighth place with 12.

2009-10 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga - 48 (6)
2. Portland - 44 (2)
3. Saint Mary's - 34
4. San Francisco - 26
Santa Clara - 26
6. San Diego - 21
7. Pepperdine - 13
8. Loyola Marymount - 12


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 12-3
WCC Record: 1-0
  • Gonzaga opened conference play with an 81-78 road win at Portland on Saturday.

  • Seven of Gonzaga's 12 wins have come away from the McCarthey Athletic Center as the Zags own a 7-2 mark in road and neutral site games.

  • Gonzaga has won nine consecutive WCC regular season titles, tying the University of Kentucky teams of 1944-52 for the fourth-longest conference title winning streak in NCAA history. UCLA holds the record with 13 straight league titles from 1967-79.

  • Matt Bouldin, a John R. Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30 Watch List member, scored 20 points and handed out nine assists with no turnovers in the win over the Pilots.

  • Gonzaga travels to Saint Mary's (1/14) and San Diego (1/16) this week.

  • Overall Record: 9-8
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • The Lions had their six-game winning streak snapped, falling in their conference opener to rival Pepperdine, 79-75.

  • Four Lions reached double figures against the Waves. Vernon Teel led the Lions with 17. Jarred DuBois added 14 points and a career-best eight rebounds. Ashley Hamilton and Drew Viney added 13 points each.

  • Teel is one of the nation's leaders in assists, ranking third in the country with 6.4 assists per game. Teel trails only Siena's Ronald Moore (8.6 apg), and Kentucky's John Wall (7.1 apg).

  • Oregon transfer Drew Viney is one of the biggest reasons for the Lions' turnaround this season, leading the team in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg).

  • LMU returns home to host San Francisco (1/14) and Santa Clara (1/16) this week.

  • Overall Record: 5-12
    WCC Record: 1-0
  • The Waves earned a 79-75 win over rival Loyola Marymount in their conference opener.

  • Junior forward Mychel Thompson scored a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks in the Waves' win over the Lions. Thompson had one of the best three-point performances in school history as he made a career-high six three pointers on seven attempts (the school record for percentage is 1.000 at 6-for-6). For his performance, Thompson, who moved into Pepperdine's career top 10 in three-pointers made (115), earned his first career WCC Player of the Week honor, sharing the award with Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin.

  • Pepperdine, which has no seniors and has a roster where 12 of the 16 players are underclassmen, has been led in scoring by its sophomore class in 16 of 17 games this season.

  • The Waves host Santa Clara (1/14) and San Francisco (1/16) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 9-6
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • Portland dropped an 81-78 decision to Pacific Northwest rival Gonzaga to open conference play.

  • The Pilots gave the No. 18 Gonzaga Bulldogs all they could handle as Jared Stohl's three-pointer at the buzzer fell short. Stohl, who finished with 18 points on 6-of-9 three-pointers, ranks 12th in the nation in three-point percentage with 46.7 percent clip.

  • Senior Robin Smeulders led Portland against Gonzaga tying a career-high with 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field.

  • Senior point guard T.J. Campbell, the 2009 WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year, had eight points and a career-high 12 assists with no turnovers.

  • The Pilots travel to California to take on San Diego (1/14) and Saint Mary's (1/16).

  • Overall Record: 15-2
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Saint Mary's opened conference play with a pair of road wins over Bay Area rivals San Francisco (83-62) and Santa Clara (80-72).

  • Senior center Omar Samhan scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Gaels' win over Santa Clara. With six first-half rebounds, Samhan (919) moved past Tom Mesherry (916) and into second place on the Gaels' career rebounds list. Diamon Simpson, who graduated in 2009, holds the school record with 1,130 rebounds.

  • Freshman guard Matthew Dellavedova was near perfect distributing the ball over the weekend, handing out 17 assists, while committing just two turnovers in the Gaels' wins. Dellavedova ranks 10th among all freshmen in the NCAA in assists (4.1 apg) and first among all rookies in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.41).

  • The Gaels host No. 14 Gonzaga (1/14) and Portland (1/16) this week.

  • Overall Record: 8-10
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • The Toreros' earned a split on their conference-opening Bay Area road trip, defeating Santa Clara, 55-46, before falling at USF, 87-71.

  • Senior guard De'Jon Jackson turned in a big weekend for the Toreros. Jackson led all scorers with 19 points in USD's win over Santa Clara and tossed in 20 points to go along with four assists and four steals against San Francisco.

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson, who is already USD's all-time assists leader with 476 career assists, also ranks second on the Toreros' all-time scoring chart with 1,636 career points. He needs just 90 more points to become the school's all-time leading scorer, passing former teammate Gyno Pomare (1,725). If Johnson becomes USD's all-time leading scorer, he would become the only player in WCC history to be his school's career points and assists leader.

  • San Diego hosts Pacific Northwest foes Portland (1/14) and No. 14 Gonzaga (1/16).

  • Overall Record: 6-11
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • San Francisco split its conference-opening games, falling to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's, 83-62, before bouncing back to defeat San Diego, 87-71.

  • Sophomore guard Kwame Vaughn enjoyed a strong weekend for the Dons, scoring a team-high 15 points against the Gaels, before going for 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting with nine rebounds and three assists in the USF's win over San Diego. After his big weekend, Vaughn ranks 10th in the WCC in scoring with 13.7 points per game.

  • Senior forward Dior Lowhorn tossed in a team-high 24 points to move into sole possession of ninth place on the USF career scoring list with 1,535 points in 77 career game (19.9 ppg). Lowhorn moved past two NBA Dons - Phil Smith (1971-74/1,523 points) and Wallace Bryant (1978-82/1,529 points) and USF Hall-of-Famer Orlando Smart (1990-94/1532)

  • The Dons travel to Southern California to take on LMU (1/14) and Pepperdine (1/16).

  • Overall Record: 8-11
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • The Broncos dropped their first two WCC games, falling to San Diego, 55-46, and to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's, 80-72.

  • Freshman guard Robert Smith turned in a strong performance against Saint Mary's, scoring a career-high 23 points, to go along with three assists and three rebounds. Smith is enjoying a strong first season for the Broncos, ranking third among all WCC freshmen in scoring with 12.1 ppg and second in assists with 2.9 apg.

  • Sophomore guard Kevin Foster, the 2008-09 WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year, is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. Foster, who was averaging 19.8 points per game this season, injured his foot in the final minutes of Santa Clara's 79-68 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 1.

  • The Broncos look for their first conference win on the road as they travel to Pepperdine (1/14) and Loyola Marymount (1/16) this week.