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WCC Hoops On TV

Jan. 25, 2007

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
San Diego (12-8, 2-3) at Portland (6-15, 2-3)
Location:
Portland, Ore. - Chiles Center
Time: 2:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: The San Diego Toreros travel to Portland to take on the Pilots in a matchup of teams tied for fifth place in the conference standings. The Toreros and the Pilots enter the week with identical 2-3 conference records. The host Pilots, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Eric Reveno, started WCC play with two straight wins, but have faltered of late, dropping their last three conference matches. San Diego boasts three of the top players at their respective positions in senior guard Ross DeRogatis (15.0 ppg) and sophomores Gyno Pomare (16.0 ppg) and Brandon Johnson (13.8 ppg). One of the three stars has led the Toreros in scoring in every game this season. On the other side of the court, Portland returns one of the best players in the WCC in senior guard Darren Cooper (12.6 ppg) and one of the best young forwards in the conference in sophomore Jamie Jones (10.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg).

San Diego's Key Players: Gyno Pomare - 16.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg; Ross DeRogatis - 14.9 ppg, 2.75 apg.
Portland's Key Players: Darren Cooper - 12.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg; Jamie Jones - 10.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
San Francisco (7-13, 3-2) at Gonzaga (13-7, 4-1)
Location:
Spokane, Wash. - McCarthey Athletic Center
Time: 5:00 PM (PST)
Television: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)

Preview: San Francisco travels to Gonzaga looking to move up the conference standings. The Dons sit just one game back of the Zags, who are tied atop the conference standings with Saint Mary's and Santa Clara with a 4-1 WCC record. The Dons jumped out of the gates with a 3-0 record in WCC play but have stumbled, dropping their last two conference games. Three of USF's five conference games have gone into overtime, including a dramatic 103-100 double-overtime win versus San Diego to start league play. The Dons will be without the services of their leading scorer, Antonio Kellogg. The sophomore guard is sitting out the Dons' next two games to focus on academics and will return to the court on Feb. 3. Gonzaga dropped a conference match for the first time in nearly two years, falling to Saint Mary's on Jan. 15. The Zags, who have played arguably the toughest schedule in the nation, have started WCC play strong, posting a conference-best margin of victory of 13.4 ppg.

San Francisco's Key Players: Armondo Surratt - 15.0 ppg, 3.3 apg; Alan Wiggins, Jr. - 13.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg.
Gonzaga's Key Players: Derek Raivio - 19.2 ppg, 1.55 spg; Josh Heytvelt - 15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
Pepperdine (5-16, 1-4) at Saint Mary's (12-9, 4-1)
Location:
Moraga, Calif. - McKeon Pavilion
Time: 7:00 PM (PST)
Television: Comcast SportsNet West

Preview: The Pepperdine Waves bring their high octane offense to Northern California as they travel to Moraga to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels. The Gaels are the hottest team in the WCC, riding a four-game winning streak. After dropping their conference-opener, the Gaels have reeled off four straight WCC wins, including an 80-75 win over Gonzaga. Saint Mary's enters the week in a three-way tie with Gonzaga and Santa Clara for first place in the conference standings. SMC sophomore forward Diamon Simpson has emerged as a leading candidate for WCC Player of the Year honors, averaging 16.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and 1.8 bpg during conference play. The Waves are one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the country, having knocked down a conference-best 213 threes.

Pepperdine's Key Players: Marvin Lea - 16.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg; Chase Griffin - 15.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg.
Saint Mary's Key Players: Diamon Simpson - 14.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg; Omar Samhan - 10.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29
Pepperdine (5-16, 1-4) at Santa Clara (14-6, 4-1)
Location:
Santa Clara, Calif. - Leavey Center
Time: 8:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: Pepperdine travels to Santa Clara in a matchup of conflicting styles of play. The Waves rank second in the conference in scoring with 78.1 ppg, while the Broncos lead the league in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 61.5 ppg. The Broncos are off to their best start (14-6) since the 1997-98 season when the team also posted a 14-6 record through 20 games. Santa Clara's frontline of senior center Sean Denison (10.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and sophomore center John Bryant (10.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg) give the Broncos a formidable tandem in the post. On the other side of the court, the Waves spread out their opponents and attack with four guards. Leading the way is senior guards Marvin Lea (16.5 ppg) and Chase Griffin (15.7 ppg), who are both ranked in the top five in the WCC in scoring, making them the only teammates in the WCC ranked in the top five.

Pepperdine's Key Players: Marvin Lea - 16.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg; Chase Griffin - 15.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg.
Santa Clara's Key Players: Sean Denison - 10.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg; John Bryant - 10.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29
San Diego (12-8, 2-3) at Gonzaga (13-7, 4-1)
Location:
Spokane, Wash. - McCarthey Athletic Center
Time: 9:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPN2

Preview: The San Diego Toreros travel to Gonzaga to take on the Bulldogs in the fourth WCC Big Monday showdown of the season. San Diego and Gonzaga each boast two of the top young players in the conference. USD sophomores Brandon Johnson and Gyno Pomare are both enjoying breakout seasons and already rank as two of the top players in the league. The Zags counter with a pair of sophomore standouts of their own in Josh Heytvelt and Jeremy Pargo, who are also considered two of the top players at their respective positions. Also on display will be two of the top sharp shooters in the conference in Gonzaga senior Derek Raivio and San Diego senior Ross DeRogatis. They rank 1-2 in the conference in three-point field goals made per game with Raivio leading the WCC with 3.10 treys per game, and DeRogatis right behind him with 2.75 threes per game.

San Diego's Key Players: Gyno Pomare - 16.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg; Ross DeRogatis - 14.9 ppg, 2.75 apg.
Gonzaga's Key Players: Derek Raivio - 19.2 ppg, 1.55 spg; Josh Heytvelt - 15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg.