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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 26, 2010

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WCC TEAMS BEGIN FOURTH WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

WCC men's basketball teams enter the fourth week of conference play with big matchups this week. Gonzaga improved to 5-0 in conference play with wins over Southern California schools Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The Zags are one game ahead of Saint Mary's, which owns a 4-1 league mark, and two games ahead of Portland and Pepperdine. San Francisco is in fifth with a 2-3 WCC record, while Loyola Marymount, San Diego, and Santa Clara are tied for sixth with identical 1-4 conference records. Five of the eight games this week will be televised, highlighted by two national broadcasts. On Thursday, the Portland at San Francisco game will be televised on ESPNU, while the Gonzaga at Santa Clara matchup will be televised on ESPN2.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TELEVISION
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:05 PM
Portland at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
8:00 PM
ESPNU
Gonzaga at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
8:00 PM
ESPN2
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
6:30 PM
Fox Sports Northwest/KHQ Spokane
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Comcast Sports California/Fox Sports West
San Diego at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Portland at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin Earns Weekly Honor
Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin was named the WCC Player of the Week after leading the Zags to wins over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Bouldin started the week by scoring a career-high 32 points against Pepperdine, going 10-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range, and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. The Highlands Ranch, CO native came back with 19 points and 6 rebounds against Loyola Marymount, going 6-for-12 from the field, 3-for-7 from 3 and 4-for-4 from the line. For his efforts, Bouldin was named the ESPN.com National Player of the Week.

Also Nominated: Ben Allen, SMC; Keion Bell, PEP

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

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: 16-3
WCC Record: 5-0
  • Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine, 91-84, and Loyola Marymount, 85-69. Gonzaga is now 69-4 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004. The Zags have also won 21 straight games against WCC rivals.

  • Senior guard Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 32 points in the win over the Waves, before tossing in 19 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists in the win versus LMU. For his efforts, Bouldin was named ESPN.com's National Player of the Week.

  • Bouldin's big week gives him 1,464 career points and moved him ahead of Derek Raivio and into 12th place on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring chart.

  • Freshman Elias Harris leads the league in rebounding during WCC play with 10.0 rpg.

  • Gonzaga travels to Santa Clara (1/28) and San Francisco (1/30) this week.

  • Overall Record: 10-11
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • The Lions dropped a 79-39 decision at Portland on Thursday before falling at Gonzaga, 85-69.

  • LMU featured its eighth different line-up of the season due to a rash of injuries. Star guard sophomore Jarred DuBois became the Lions' fourth starter to miss a game due to injury, sitting out due to dehydration that had him in a Portland hospital for fluids on Wednesday afternoon. He was at the game but held out as still recovers.

  • Sophomore Drew Viney, who missed both games last week and missed the entire week of practice due to their injuries, returned to the Lions' line-up and finished with 18 points against Portland and tossed in 20 points against Gonzaga. Viney, a transfer from Oregon, has enjoyed a standout season, leading the Lions in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).

  • The Lions return home to host San Diego (1/28) and Saint Mary's (1/30).

  • Overall Record: 7-14
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • Pepperdine dropped a 91-84 decision at Gonzaga, before falling at Portland, 80-64.

  • Sophomore guard Keion Bell exploded for 34 of his career-high 37 points in the second half to help give Pepperdine one of its best performances at Gonzaga in years. Bell's 37 points surpassed his previous high of 34 set earlier this season against Monmouth. The last time a Pepperdine player scored more points was in January 2001 when Brandon Armstrong notched 40 against Loyola Marymount. Bell's 37 points are the most by an opponent in Gonzaga's 6-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center.

  • 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 20 of 21 games this season.

  • The Waves return to Malibu to host Saint Mary's (1/28) and San Diego (1/30).

  • Overall Record: 12-7
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • The Portland Pilots improved to 3-2 in conference play with a 79-39 win over visiting LMU and an 80-64 win over Pepperdine.

  • The Pilots' leading scorer Nik Raivio was sidelined with a strained Achilles.

  • Junior guard Jared Stohl, starting in place of the injured Raivio, scored 14 points against the Lions, knocking down 4-of-6 from beyond the arc against LMU, before tossing in 22 points, including 6-for-12 from the three-point line, in UP's win over the Waves. Stohl, who has 202 career three-pointers, moved past Pooh Jeter (200, 2002-06) into second place in school history and only needs 10 more to pass Casey Frandsen (211, 2000-04) on the all-time list.

  • Senior T.J. Campbell logged a career-high 24 points in the win over Pepperdine.

  • The Pilots travel to San Francisco (1/28) and Santa Clara (1/30) this week.

  • Overall Record: 17-3
    WCC Record: 4-1
  • Saint Mary's moved into second place in the conference standings with a 71-56 win over San Diego.

  • Senior center Omar Samhan once again led the Gaels with a game-high 20 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field. He finished one rebound shy of a double-double, notching nine rebounds and four blocks. Samhan is one of two players (Artsiom Parakhouski-Radford) to rank in the top-20 nationally in scoring and rebounds.

  • Freshman guard Matthew Dellavedova has been unbelievable distributing the ball during conference play. He has been near perfect passing the ball during WCC play, handing out 37 assists, while committing just five turnovers. Dellavedova ranks seventh among all freshmen in the NCAA in assists (4.5 apg) and first among all rookies in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.81).

  • The Gaels play at Pepperdine (1/28) and Loyola Marymount (1/30) this week.

  • Overall Record: 8-13
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • The Toreros dropped a 71-56 decision at Saint Mary's to fall to 1-4 in conference play.

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson, who is already USD's all-time assists leader with 486 career assists, also ranks second on the Toreros' all-time scoring chart with 1,676 career points. He needs just 50 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.

  • As a team the Toreros rank 16th in the nation (out of 334 teams) in free throw accuracy (.747). USD's single-season team record for free throw accuracy is .750 (2004-05; 469x625).

  • The Toreros look to snap their four-game conference losing skid when they hit the road this week to play at Southern California rivals Loyola Marymount (1/28) and Pepperdine (1/30).

  • Overall Record: 7-13
    WCC Record: 2-3
  • San Francisco rallied but dropped a hard-fought 66-65 decision to Bay Area rival Santa Clara.

  • Senior forward Dior Lowhorn notched a double-double against Santa Clara, scoring 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Lowhorn enters the week ranked eighth on the Dons' all-time scoring list with 1,574 career points. Lowhorn needs just 63 more points to pass Naismith Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell (1953-56) for seventh place on USF's career scoring chart.

  • Sophomore guard Kwame Vaughn scored a team-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals against Santa Clara. Vaughn has emerged as one of the top young players in the WCC, ranking sixth in the conference in scoring during league play with 16.8 ppg, while ranking seventh in field goal percentage (.519), and 13th in rebounding (5.0 rpg).

  • The Dons host Portland (1/28) and Gonzaga (1/30) this week.

  • Overall Record: 9-13
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • The Broncos picked up their first conference win, edging Bay Area rival San Francisco, 66-65.

  • Sophomore Marc Trasolini scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Trasolini is enjoying a standout second season, ranking in the top 10 in the conference in scoring (9th-14.2 ppg), rebounding (7th-6.5 rpg), field goal percentage (6th-.530), and blocks (2nd-1.6 bpg). Trasolini and Saint Mary's Omar Samhan are the only players in the WCC to rank in the top 10 in the aforementioned categories.

  • 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 host No. 8 Gonzaga (1/28) and Portland (1/30) this week.