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WCC Men's Basketball: Five For Friday

Feb. 6, 2009

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ESPN College GameDay Comes To Spokane This Saturday
ESPN's weekly College GameDay Driven by State Farm men's college basketball series and the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecast will be in Spokane this Saturday for the No. 18 Gonzaga-No. 14 Memphis contest. The morning portion of College GameDay will be aired from the McCarthey Athletic Center on the Gonzaga campus as it was in 2006. The two one-hour College GameDay shows will air at 8 a.m. Pacific Time and 5 p.m. Pacific Time, the second show from the Spokane Arena leading up to the 6 p.m. tip-off between the Bulldogs and Tigers.

Gonzaga's Pargo and Saint Mary's Mills Named Finalists For Bob Cousy Award
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in conjunction with The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., announced this year's finalists for the Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford, an honor presented annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Saint Mary's sophomore point guard Patrick Mills and Gonzaga senior Jeremy Pargo were selected among the 13 finalists for the Division I award. With two players selected, the WCC had the third most players named to the final list. The Big East led the way with four players, followed by the ACC with three and the WCC with two. College basketball fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate online at www.cousyaward.com. The top vote-getter from the on-line poll will receive the "Fan Vote", representing one vote to be cast by the Blue Ribbon committee selecting the award winner.

Santa Clara's Bryant Notches Sixth 20+ Rebound Game
Santa Clara senior John Bryant continued to prove that he is the most dominant rebounder in the nation, hauling down 20 boards to go along with a game-high 23 points in the Broncos' 64-62 overtime win at San Diego on Thursday evening. The 20-rebound game was Bryant's sixth 20+ rebound game of the season, tops in the nation, and his fourth 20+ point/20+ rebound effort this season, also tops in the nation. Bryant also topped the 1,500 career points mark (1,504) to become just the 12th player in WCC history to reach 1,500 career points and grab 1,000 rebounds.

Gonzaga Remains Unbeaten In Conference Play
No. 18 Gonzaga remained unbeaten in conference play with a 93-78 win at Portland on Thursday evening. The Zags improved to 17-4 overall and 8-0 in WCC games, and extended their winning streak to nine games, tying them for the ninth longest active streak in the nation. The Zags put their winning streak on the line this weekend when they host No. 14 Memphis, which enters the game with the second longest winning streak in the country at 13 games.

Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson Looks To Reach Rebounding Milestone
Saint Mary's senior forward Diamon Simpson is closing in on a historic rebounding milestone. Simpson, the Gaels' all-time leading rebounder with 991 career boards, needs just nine more rebounds to reach the 1,000 career rebound mark. Simpson would become just the 15th player in WCC history to reach the rebounding mark and the second player this season, joining Santa Clara's John Bryant, who cleared the milestone on Jan. 31st. When Simpson reaches 1,000 career rebounds, the WCC will be the only conference in the country with two active players with 1,000 career boards. Simpson and Bryant go head-to-head this weekend as the Saint Mary's Gaels travel to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos on Saturday (Feb. 7) in a matchup broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California.