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WCC Hoops On TV

Feb. 2, 2007

Gonzaga (16-7, 6-1) at Pepperdine (6-17, 2-5)

Location: Malibu, Calif. - Firestone Fieldhouse
Time: 12:30 PM (PST)
Television: Fox Sports Net West

Preview: First-place Gonzaga travels to Pepperdine this Saturday for an afternoon meeting to kick off the second half of the WCC season. The Bulldogs pulled off a 90-86 double-overtime upset of No. 23 Stanford on Wednesday and are riding a four-game winning streak since their only conference loss to Saint Mary's on January 15. Gonzaga enters the week leading the league in nine statistical categories including scoring (80.3 ppg) and shooting (48.7 percent). The Waves return home after splitting a Bay Area road trip where they topped Saint Mary's before falling to Santa Clara last week. Pepperdine has won two of its last three and is looking to equal its win total from last year of seven games. The Waves will benefit from keeping Gonzaga away from the free throw line, as it ranks second in the nation with a 78.4 shooting percentage from the charity stripe. Saturday's game will give Gonzaga the opportunity to tie the all-time series at 31 wins apiece. The Zags have posted 10 straight wins over the Waves, dating back to 2002.

Gonzaga's Key Players: Derek Raivio - 18.6 ppg, .948 FT percentage; Josh Heytvelt - 14.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Pepperdine's Key Players: Marvin Lea - 15.8 ppg, 3.04 apg; Chase Griffin - 14.7 ppg, 1.7 spg

Santa Clara (15-7, 5-2) at Saint Mary's (13-10, 5-2)

Location: Moraga, Calif. - McKeon Pavilion
Time: 4:05 PM (PST)
Television: Comcast SportsNet West

Preview: Saturday afternoon, Santa Clara makes the trip to Moraga for a matchup with long-standing Bay Area rival Saint Mary's. The 190th meeting between the teams takes on even more meaning this weekend as both jockey for the second-place position in the WCC. With both the Gaels and Broncos at 5-2 in league play entering this week, the winner of Saturday's game will take outright possession of second place. Both teams are coming off of splits last week as Santa Clara topped Pepperdine but fell to last-place LMU and Saint Mary's beat out the Lions but lost to the Waves. In their last meeting on January 6, the Broncos came away with a 76-69 win, but since then, the Gaels are 5-1 and are 11-3 at McKeon Pavilion this season. Saturday's matchup should be a defensive battle with SCU and Saint Mary's ranked first and second, respectively, in the WCC in scoring defense. The Broncos have swept the yearly series with Saint Mary's in five of the last eight seasons and holds a 127-62 advantage all-time.

Santa Clara's Key Players: Sean Denison - 10.6 ppg, 59.5 FG percentage; John Bryant - 10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Saint Mary's Key Players: Diamon Simpson - 14.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg; Omar Samhan - 9.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Portland (6-17, 2-5) at Pepperdine (6-17, 2-5)

Location: Malibu, Calif. - Firestone Fieldhouse
Time: 7:00 PM (PST)
Television: FSN Prime Ticket

Preview: The first of three televised games on Monday features Portland and Pepperdine. Both teams are sitting at 6-17 overall and 2-5 in the WCC and are looking to turn their seasons around during the second half of conference play. Pepperdine knocked off second-place Saint Mary's last week before falling to Santa Clara and faces league leader Gonzaga prior to hosting Portland on Monday. The Pilots have struggled since opening the WCC season with back-to-back wins, losing five straight since January 8. UP travels to LMU on Saturday, looking to get back on track this week against the two teams they beat in the first half of WCC play. The last time the Waves and Pilots met on January 6, Portland came away with a 73-69 win at the Chiles Center. However, Portland is winless on the road this season and Pepperdine has won two of its last three. The Pilots will look to senior guard Darren Cooper to lead the offense after posting 19 points and seven rebounds in the teams' last meeting. On the other side of the ball, Chase Griffin leads the Waves, averaging 14.7 ppg this season. Although Pepperdine leads the all-time series 49-24, Portland has won three straight.

Portland's Key Players: Darren Cooper - 12.2 ppg, 91.0 FT percentage; Jamie Jones - 10.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Pepperdine's Key Players: Kingsley Costain - 12.5 ppg, 43.8 three point FG percentage; Chase Griffin - 14.7 ppg, 1.7 spg

San Francisco (8-14, 4-3) at Santa Clara (15-7, 5-2)

Location: Santa Clara, Calif. - Leavey Center
Time: 8:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: The second Bay Area rivalry game of the week will feature San Francisco traveling south to Santa Clara's Leavey Pavilion. The Broncos face Saint Mary's in a battle for second place and USF travels to San Diego before the two teams meet on Monday night. Santa Clara and USF both split their two games last week and are entering this week coming off of wins over Pepperdine and Portland, respectively. The last time the Broncos and Dons met, Santa Clara pulled out a three-point victory in San Francisco, with Scott Dougherty's game-high 19 points and Sean Denison's 10-point, 10-board double-double pushing SCU over the edge. Four Dons hit double digits in scoring against the Broncos, including Manny Quezada's team-high 16 points. Monday will mark the 192nd matchup between the two teams, with Santa Clara leading the all-time series by a margin of 98-93.

San Francisco's Key Players: Armondo Surratt - 14.0 ppg, 3.45 apg; Alan Wiggins, Jr. - 13.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg
Santa Clara's Key Players: Danny Pariseau - 9.5 ppg, 4.68 apg; Sean Denison - 10.6 ppg, 59.5 FG percentage

Gonzaga (16-7, 6-1) at Loyola Marymount (9-14, 1-6)
Location: Los Angeles, Calif. - Gersten Pavilion
Time: 9:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPN2

Preview: The fifth WCC game to be featured on ESPN's Big Monday will highlight a rematch of last year's conference tournament title game, pitting Gonzaga against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. The circumstances have changed since last year's tournament, as LMU has struggled since losing their leading scorer for the season. The Lions picked up their first WCC win last week over Santa Clara, snapping an eight-game losing streak and shooting at a 60.9 percent clip from the field, their best shooting game since 1999. LMU followed their streak-ending win with a loss on Monday at Saint Mary's and will take on Portland before hosting Gonzaga. The Zags have reeled off four-straight wins, including a 90-86 upset of No. 23 Stanford, since their only conference loss of the season on January 15. The last time the two teams met, Gonzaga earned a 97-62 rout over the Lions on January 6. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 47-19 and, including last year's tournament final, have taken eight straight games from LMU.

Gonzaga's Key Players: Jeremy Pargo - 12.7 ppg, 4.65 apg; Derek Raivio - 18.6 ppg, .948 FT percentage
Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Matthew Knight - 17.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg; Adoyah Miller - 11.0 ppg, 39.1 three point FG percentage