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WCC Basketball on ESPN

Feb. 4, 2008

WCC Basketball On ESPN2

Gonzaga at #23 Saint Mary's on ESPN2 Monday night (2/4).

Date: Monday, February 4th.

Gonzaga (17-5, 6-0) at #23 Saint Mary's (18-3, 5-1)

Location: Moraga, California -- McKeon Pavilion


Time: 8:00 PM (PST)


Television: ESPN2

Preview: Gonzaga survived a double-overtime scare Saturday at Santa Clara, defeating the Broncos 87-82 to keep their WCC slate clean, while Saint Mary's bounced back from its only WCC loss to San Diego to rout Portland 86-49 in Moraga. Saturday's win over the Pilots marked the Gaels' first victory as a ranked team since late in the 1988-89 season, while Gonzaga is off to a 6-0 start in WCC play for the seventh time since 1999.

Match-Up History: Dating back to the 1976-1977 season, Gonzaga leads the series 44-22 overall, and 38-20 in WCC action.

Gonzaga's Key Players: Matt Bouldin: averages 13.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game; Austin Daye: scored a career-high 22 points in the double-overtime win over Santa Clara and ranks seventh nationally in free throw percentage at 91.0 percent; Jeremy Pargo: ranked 20th nationally in assists per game, averaging 6.1.

Saint Mary's Key Players: Patrick Mills: scored 37 points against then No. 12 Oregon and averages 14.9 points per game; Diamon Simpson: ranked first in the WCC, 31st in the nation, with 9.4 rebounds per game; Omar Samhan: averages 12.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and leads the Gaels with a 55.3 field goal percentage.

WCC Basketball On ESPNU

Portland at Santa Clara on ESPNU Monday night (2/4).

Date: Monday, February 4th.

Portland (7-15, 1-5) at Santa Clara (11-10, 3-3)

Location: Santa Clara, California -- Leavey Center

Time: 8:00 PM (PST)


Television: ESPNU

Preview: The Broncos dropped a tough 87-82 double overtime decision to the Gonzaga on Feb. 2 at the Leavey Center, while the Pilots dropped an 86-49 decision at then-No. 20 Saint Mary's on Saturday, the second straight road defeat for Portland.

Match-Up History: Santa Clara leads the series with Portland 52-22 since their first meeting on December 27, 1946. The Broncos have won 18 of the last 22 meetings, including the past five.

Portland's Key Players: Nik Raivio: leads the Pilots with 12.4 points per game and has reached double figures in 13 of the last 19 games, including three 20-point outings; Robin Smuelders: contributes 9.9 points per game off the bench along with 6.1 rebounds. Over the last 10 games, he's averaging 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game; Luke Sikma: fifth in the WCC in rebounding with 7.7 per game; also leads the Pilots in steals (22) and blocked shots (22).

Santa Clara's Key Players: Brody Angley: scored 28 points in the double-overtime loss to Gonzaga to bring his career total to 991 points; John Bryant: leads the WCC with nine double-doubles on the season and is the only player in the conference to average a double-double in WCC games (17.3 ppg and a WCC-high 10.3 rpg); Jonathan Gunderson: leads the Broncos with a .475 three-point percentage and hit a career high five three-pointers against Gonzaga.