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WCC Men's Basketball Set to Open Second Half of the League Slate

Jan. 28, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference is set to open the second half of the league schedule starting Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Week five of WCC play featured a 114-110 triple overtime thriller between BYU and Portland and four games decided by two possessions or less. No. 24 Gonzaga maintains its spot on the top of the league standings at 8-1, followed by Saint Mary’s (6-2) and San Francisco (6-3) in WCC play. 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 26, WCC teams boast a strong 67.5 winning percentage (83-40) vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for the complete non-conference breakdown.
  • WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference ranks second among Division I leaders in scoring (76.23), third in field goal percentage (46.30) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (37.49).
  • San Diego’s Johnny Dee is the WCC Player of the Week. The junior guard averaged 23.5 points on 75% shooting in securing a road split for the Toreros. RELEASE
  • Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland ranks third among NCAA active career scoring leaders with 1,985 points.
  • BYU’s Tyler Haws ranks fourth nationally in scoring (23.6) and his 48 points at Portland (1/23/14) are the most by a WCC player since LMU’s Hank Gathers scored 50 in 1990.
  • The WCC ranks ninth nationally in conference RPI in front of the Mountain West (10) and Missouri Valley (11).
  • Three WCC teams rank among the top-50 in RPI - Gonzaga (26), Saint Mary’s (44) and BYU (49).
  • Three WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-52 – Gonzaga (26), BYU (50) and Saint Mary’s (52).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Five member institutions posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recent cohort as released by the NCAA in October.

MORE WCC BULLETS

  • Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland is poised to become the eighth WCC player (fifth Lion) to surpass 2,000 career points and enters this week with 1,985.
  • The last WCC player to reach 2,000 was Santa Clara’s Kevin Foster (2008-13), who scored 2,423 (second all-time).
  • BYU’s Tyler Haws scored a career-high 48 points in a triple overtime game at Portland (1/23/14), the most by a WCC player since Hank Gathers scored 50 against San Francisco (2/4/90).

THIS WEEK’S WCC SCHEDULE
Wednesday, January 29
Portland at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 8:00 p.m.
       CSN Bay Area, ROOT Sports NW/RM, TheW.tv   

Thursday, January 30
Pacific at BYU – BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at San Diego – ESPNU - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 1
Pacific at San Diego - WCC Game of the Week - 1:00 p.m.
       TWC SN, ROOT, CSN CA, TheW.tv
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine - 3:00 p.m.
       TWC SportsNet, CSN CA, TheW.tv
Gonzaga at San Francisco - 7:00 p.m.
       CSN Bay Area, ROOT Sports NW/RM, TWC SN, TheW.tv               
Portland at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at BYU - ESPN2 - 8:00 p.m.

*All times Pacific