Jan. 21, 2008
PEPPERDINE (6-13, 0-3) AT SANTA CLARA (9-8, 1-1)
Time: 8:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: Leavey Center - Santa Clara, CA
Preview: Pepperdine, led by interim Head Coach Eric Bridgeland, travels to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos in a contest televised on ESPNU. The Waves-Broncos series has been one of the most competitive in recent years, with the two teams splitting the season series each of the last five years. The Waves boast a youthful, but extremely talented squad. Freshmen are providing most of the Waves' scoring, with 65.0 percent of the points thus far and have scored at least half of the Waves' points in 18 of their 19 games. Freshmen Tyrone Shelley and Malcolm Thomas, high school teammates, have established themselves as two of the top newcomers in the WCC. Shelley leads all WCC freshmen in scoring with 15.8 ppg, while Thomas paces all WCC newcomers in rebounding with 9.1 rpg. While the Waves rely on youth, the Broncos boast one of the more experienced teams in the conference. Santa Clara junior center John Bryant has emerged as arguably the best big man in the WCC and is the only player in the conference to rank in the top five in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg), blocks (1.88 bpg), and field goal percentage (.582).
Pepperdine Players To Watch: Tyrone Shelley (15.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Malcolm Thomas (13.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg)
Santa Clara Players To Watch: John Bryant (17.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Brody Angley (12.1 ppg, 4.8 apg)
SAN FRANCISCO (5-12, 1-1) AT GONZAGA (14-4, 3-0)
Time: 9:00 p.m. (PT)
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane WA
Television: ESPN (Big Monday)
Preview: San Francisco interim Head Coach Eddie Sutton and the Dons will be looking for history when they take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs on ESPN's Big Monday. Sutton needs just one more win to become just the eighth coach in NCAA history to reach 800 career victories. The Dons will have their hands full as Gonzaga owns a 46-2 record in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags are finally healthy and currently riding a WCC-best five-game winning streak. Junior forward Josh Heytvelt continues his recovery from ankle surgery and has reached double figures in scoring in the past six games. During that span, Heytvelt is averaging 14.0 ppg to go along with 5.3 rpg. The Dons counter with the league's leading scorer, Dior Lowhorn. Lowhorn, a sophomore forward is averaging a WCC-best 20.6 ppg, while pulling down 7.5 rpg.
San Francisco Players To Watch: Dior Lowhorn (20.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Manny Quezada (15.5 ppg, 3.8 apg)
Gonzaga Players To Watch: Matt Bouldin (15.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Josh Heytvelt (12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg)