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WCC play nears halfway point with key match-ups

Jan. 18, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Conference play resumes Thursday night for eight West Coast Conference teams, as the halfway point of the conference season quickly approaches. Thursday's schedule is highlighted by San Francisco's visit to Gonzaga at 7p PT on ESPNU.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • On Thursday, San Francisco visits Gonzaga in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. The two teams have split the last four regular season meetings, but the Dons have not won in Spokane since 1989.

  • After a 3-0 week at home, Saint Mary's has moved into both major top 25 polls. The No. 23/24 Gaels host Pepperdine on Thursday and visit rival Santa Clara Saturday night (CSN California).

  • In this week's RPI Report from the NCAA, Gonzaga ranks eighth nationally among 344 Division I schools. Saint Mary's is No. 23, and BYU is ranked 42nd. The RPI is an important factor in helping select at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament in March.

  • The West Coast Conference's only 3-0 road team, Loyola Marymount, visits BYU (3-0 at home) Thursday night.

  • Only eight Division I teams have won at least 25 games in each of the last four seasons. Three of those teams (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's) call the West Coast Conference home.

  • The WCC has a 71-44 (.617) non-conference record this season. In 2010-11, the WCC non-conference winning percentage was .554.

  • Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova is the WCC Player of the Week for January 16. Dellavedova averaged 21 points and over 6 assists per game in a 3-0 week for the Gaels.

  • Seven members of the 2011 All-WCC Team were named to this year's Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team.

  • The WCC's weekly web video show, "The Road to Las Vegas," returns to WCCsports.com on Wednesday. This week, viewers learn about the WCC's ties to the prestigious NCAA men's basketball committee. The show also features a round table discussion with coaches Bill Grier (USD), Max Good (LMU) and Kerry Keating (SCU) on the subject of recruiting.

  • Also on January 18, WCC Live, the popular Internet talk show returns. This week's guests include BYU's Charles Abouo, San Francisco's Angelo Caloiaro, and ESPN analyst Sean Farnham.

    View the PDF above for complete team-by-team notes.