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WCC Hoops on TV

Feb. 9, 2007

Saint Mary's (13-12, 5-4) at Gonzaga (17-8, 7-2)
Location: Spokane, Wash. - McCarthey Center
Time: 5:00 PM (PST)
Television: FSN Northwest, FSN Bay Area

Preview: Gonzaga looks to defend its home court and extend its nation's best home winning streak to 50 games when it hosts Saint Mary's on Saturday evening. The Gaels enter the sixth week of WCC play tied for third place in the conference after dropping back-to-back games to Santa Clara and USF last week. The Zags are coming off of a 67-61 loss to Loyola Marymount on Monday, just their second league loss in the past 37 games against conference opponents. Saint Mary's snapped the Bulldogs' league winning streak when the teams last met on January 15 in Moraga. A 43-point second half for Saint Mary's combined with Gonzaga's 30.8 percent three-point shooting night to give the Gaels the win. Although SMC proved it was up to the challenge at home, traveling to Spokane will present a new set of challenges. The Gaels are just 2-7 away from McKeon Pavilion this year and are averaging 67.89 points per game on the road, while Gonzaga posts over 83 points per game at the McCarthey Center. The Zags also hold opponents just under 62 points per game this season at home. Gonzaga leads the all-time series with the Gaels 43-22 and has won four of the last five.

Saint Mary's Key Players: Diamon Simpson - 14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg; Omar Samhan - 9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Gonzaga's Key Players: Josh Heytvelt - 15.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg; Derek Raivio - 18.4 ppg, .951 FT percentage

Loyola Marymount (11-14, 3-6) at San Francisco (9-15, 5-4)
Location: San Francisco, Calif. - War Memorial Gym
Time: 8:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: The first of two televised matchups on Monday features Loyola Marymount at San Francisco. The Lions are tied for sixth place in the WCC, but are coming off of a 67-61 upset win over Gonzaga on Monday, their first win over the Zags since 2003. Since starting the conference season with three-straight wins, USF has lost four of its last six games including 74-62 loss to Santa Clara last time out. LMU is looking to prove itself in the second half of league play after going 1-6 to start the WCC season. The Lions went 3-9 after losing leading scorer Brandon Worthy to a season-ending injury and have featured 10 different starting lineups in past 15 games. The Dons play host this week in search of a season sweep of both LMU and Pepperdine. USF topped the Lions 68-61 in overtime at Gersten Pavilion in the teams' last meeting on January 13. In the overtime period, the Dons held LMU to just 20 percent shooting from the field, while shooting 71.4 percent themselves. The Lions trail San Francisco 91-32 in the all-time series, but have won four of the last five games.

Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Matthew Knight - 16.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg; Adoyah Miller - 11.7 ppg, .411 three-point FG percentage
San Francisco's Key Players: Alan Wiggins, Jr. - 14.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg; Antonio Kellogg - 15.2 ppg, 2.33 spg

Santa Clara (17-7, 7-2) at Gonzaga (17-8, 7-2)
Location: Spokane, Wash. - McCarthey Center
Time: 9:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPN2

Preview: This week on ESPN's Big Monday, Santa Clara and Gonzaga will battle for first place position in the sixth week of the WCC season. Entering the week, the two teams are tied for first, with Santa Clara traveling to Portland and Gonzaga hosting Saint Mary's before tangling on Monday night. In the first meeting this season, the Zags came away with a 77-69 win at the Leavey Center on January 13. The Broncos have been surging of late, reeling off three consecutive wins and taking six of their last seven. Gonzaga's 67-61 loss to LMU on Monday, combined with San Diego's win over Saint Mary's, pushed Santa Clara into first place. As the visitors at the McCarthey Center, the Broncos have a tough task ahead of them. The Zags are looking to extend their nation's best 50-game home winning streak this week and are outscoring opponents by nearly 16 points per game at the McCarthey Center. Santa Clara is 5-3 overall on the road this season, but has been effective away from the Leavey Center during WCC play, going 3-0. Gonzaga will be seeking its 14th consecutive win over the Broncos which would even out the all-time series at 33 wins apiece.

Santa Clara's Key Players: Sean Denison - 11.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg; Danny Pariseau - 9.8 ppg, 4.71 apg
Gonzaga's Key Players: Jeremy Pargo - 12.4 ppg, 4.8 apg; Derek Raivio - 18.4 ppg, .951 FT percentage