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West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Prepared for Fourth Week of League Action

Jan. 14, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference opens the fourth week of the league schedule starting Thursday, January 16, 2014. The third week of the season featured a couple notable upsets as Gonzaga fell at Portland (82-73), snapping a 20-game winning streak against the Pilots and a last second 3-pointer lifted Santa Clara to a win at longtime rival Saint Mary's (57-55).  No. 24 Gonzaga maintains its spot on the top of the league standings at 4-1, followed by Pepperdine and San Francisco at 4-2 in league play. After three weeks of conference action in the books, the WCC is one of just two Division I conferences with every member institution boasting a winning record (Big East). 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.

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WCC QUICK HITS

  • 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 three weeks of WCC play, all 10 member institutions own a winning record, joining only the Big East among conferences. 
  • WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference ranks third among Division I leaders in scoring (76.65) and field goal percentage (46.43) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (37.33).
  • BYU's Tyler Haws is the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Haws averaged 33 point per game in wins against Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. RELEASE.
  • Loyola Marymount's Anthony Ireland ranks third among NCAA active career scoring leaders with 1,917 points.
  • 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-60 in RPI - Gonzaga (26), BYU (49) and Saint Mary's (52).
  • Three WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-60 - Gonzaga (19), BYU (49) and Saint Mary's (53).
  • 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.

WCC AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Entering Monday, January 13...

  • No. 24 Gonzaga ranks second among Division I in field goal percentage (51.5),and in 3-point field goal percentage (43.5), ranks 21st in scoring (82.3), 25th in 3-pointers (8.4), 18th in total 3-pointers (143), and 18th in scoring margin (14.8).
  • BYU rates fourth nationally in scoring (87.3 ppg), 15th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.55), eighth in assists per game (17.4), first in total assists (314), third in free throw attempts (542), fifth in made free throws (371) and first in total rebounds (784).
  • Three WCC schools are in the top-20 in total assists: BYU (1st/314), San Francisco (15th/275) and Portland (21st/266).
  • Pacific rates sixth nationally among Division I leaders in free throw percentage (77.0), Loyola Marymount  is 12th (75.9), while Portland is 13th (75.8) at the stripe.
  • Saint Mary's is sixth in 3-point percentage (41.7), 17th in free throws (331) and 18th in free throw attempts (462); San Francisco rates 24th in free throw attempts (458). 
  • Santa Clara is 14th in 3-pointers (132) and 17th in 3-point attempts (386).
  • Four WCC student-athletes rank in the top-20 nationally in field goal percentage: Brad Waldow (12th/60.8) of Saint Mary's, Sam Dower, Jr. (14th/60.6) of Gonzaga, Dennis Kramer (19th/59.6) of San Diego and Brendan Lane (20th/59.2) of Pepperdine.

*All statistics through games of Sunday, Jan. 12.

THIS WEEK'S WCC SCHEDULE
Thursday, January 16
BYU at San Francisco - ESPNU - 6:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 7:00 p.m.
       TWC SportsNet, ROOT Sports NW & RM, CSN BA, TheW.tv         
Portland at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
San Diego at Santa Clara - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 18
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount - WCC Game of the Week - 1:00 p.m.
       TWC SN, ROOT, CSN BA, TheW.tv
Pacific at Saint Mary's - TheW.tv - 5:00 p.m.
Portland at Pepperdine - 5:00 p.m.
BYU at Santa Clara - 7:00 p.m.
       CSN California, ROOT Sports NW/RM, TWC SN, TheW.tv            
San Diego at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.

*All times Pacific