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Saint Mary's visits Gonzaga in pivotal West Coast Conference showdown

Feb. 7, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- With the 2012 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships just three weeks away, No. 13/16 Saint Mary's will take its unbeaten record and the highest national ranking in school history to the Pacific Northwest on Thursday night, as the Gaels collide with WCC power Gonzaga (8:00 PT, ESPN2). The Bulldogs are looking to extend their streak of 11 consecutive WCC regular season crowns.

On Saturday, Loyola Marymount visits Gonzaga and San Diego hosts San Francisco in key battles for tournament seeding.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • At 11-0 in the WCC and winners of a dozen straight, Saint Mary's is ranked No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and 16th in the A.P. Top 25. The Gaels look for their second straight win at Gonzaga on Thursday night (8p PT, ESPN2).

  • In this week's RPI Report from the NCAA, Saint Mary's ranks 23rd nationally among 344 Division I schools. Gonzaga is No. 26, and BYU is ranked 41st. The RPI is an important factor in helping select at-large bids for the 68-team NCAA Tournament in March.

  • Most major prognosticators have the West Coast Conference as a three-bid league to this year's NCAA Tournament, if the field were selected today.

  • Only eight Division I teams have won at least 25 games in each of the last four seasons. Three of those teams (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's) call the West Coast Conference home.

  • Following BYU's win at Virginia Tech, the WCC has a 72-44 (.621) non-conference record this season. In 2010-11, the WCC non-conference winning percentage was .554.

  • BYU junior Brandon Davies is the WCC Player of the Week for February 6. Davies leads the WCC in scoring and is second in rebounding during conference play.

  • Seven members of the 2011 All-WCC Team were named to this year's Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team.

  • The WCC's weekly web video show, "The Road to Las Vegas," returns to WCCsports.com on Wednesday. This week, viewers get an inside look at Gonzaga senior Robert Sacre, and meet January's Player of the Month.

  • Also on February 8, WCC Live, the popular Internet talk show returns. This week's guests include WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich CBSsports.com Senior Writer Jeff Goodman, and Saint Mary's senior Rob Jones.

    View the PDF above for complete team-by-team notes.