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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 9, 2010

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Several key matchups highlight the fifth week of conference play. Four of the eight games are scheduled to be televised nationally by ESPN's family of networks. On Thursday, Saint Mary's travels to Gonzaga for a showdown for first place on ESPN2 as part of ESPN's Thursday Night Showcase. That same evening, Portland hosts San Diego in a game televised on ESPNU. On Saturday, Saint Mary's wraps up its Pacific Northwest swing at Portland in a game televised on ESPN2, while Gonzaga plays host to San Diego in a matchup on ESPNU.


All Times PST

Pepperdine at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
8:00 PM
ESPN2/ESPN360.com/ESPN Pacific Rim/Australia HD/Brazil HD
San Diego at Portland Portland, OR
8:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland Portland, OR
6:00 PM
San Diego at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM


WCC Co-Players of the Week
Gonzaga's Bouldin and Saint Mary's Samhan Share Weekly Honor
Gonzaga senior guard Matt Bouldin and Saint Mary's senior center Omar Samhan share this week's WCC Player of the Week award after leading their respective teams to a pair of wins. Bouldin averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game, and shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23 ) from the field in the Bulldogs' wins over Portland and Memphis. Samhan led the Gaels to wins over Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco, averaging 23.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.5 blocks, and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 54.2 percent (19-35) from the floor.

Also Nominated: Drew Viney, LMU

WCCTV Presents The Road To Las Vegas
Each week, the Road To Las Vegas will chronicle each WCC men's and women's basketball team's journey through conference play culminating with the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on March 5-8. With your host George Devine, the Road To Las Vegas will provide highlights from the previous week's action, have exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and key basketball personnel, as well as take a look at the upcoming matchups. The WCC's first-ever weekly web-based feature show will provide fans with unprecedented coverage of WCC men's and women's basketball. Check back each week as new episodes will be posted exclusive on WCCsports.com and on the WCC's official YouTube page (www.youtube.com/WCCsports).

WCC Best In The West Against The BCS
West Coast Conference teams are proving to be formidable opponents for teams from the BCS conferences. Of the four conferences primarily located in the West Region - WCC, Pac-10, Big West, and WAC - the WCC owns the most wins and the highest winning percentage against teams from the six BCS conferences with a 14-17 record. The Pac-10 is second with a 9-24 (.272) mark against teams from other BCS conferences, followed by the Big West (2-19; .095), and the WAC (0-7).


1. WEST COAST14-17.4522. Pacific-109-24.2723. Big West2-19.0954. Western Athletic0-7.000

2009-10 WCC Preseason All-Conference Team
If the WCC preseason all-conference team is any indication, it should be a very competitive season as all eight conference schools landed at least one player on the team. Gonzaga and Portland led the way with each team landing two players on the team. In addition, guard play in the WCC should be exciting to watch as eight of the 10 players named to the team play in the backcourt.

2009-10 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference
Keion Bell, PEP
Matt Bouldin, GON
T.J. Campbell, POR
Jared DuBois, LMU
Kevin Foster, SCU
Steven Gray, GON
Brandon Johnson, USD
Dior Lowhorn, USF
Nik Raivio, POR
Omar Samhan, SMC

Zappos.com Named Title Sponsor of the WCC Basketball Championships
The West Coast Conference (WCC) and its multi-media rights partner, IMG College, announced Zappos.com as the official title sponsor of the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. The deal represents the WCC's first-ever title sponsorship. In addition, the WCC and Zappos.com will partner with Soles4Souls to challenge each West Coast Conference campus to collect the most shoes from December to the end of the conference basketball season. The gently used shoes will be distributed internationally through Soles4Souls to individuals in need. Last year's shoe drive resulted in over 5,200 shoes being donated to Soles4Souls by West Coast Conference institutions.

WCC Live To Cover Men's Hoops Season
This season, the West Coast Conference introduced a new internet based radio showcalled "WCC Live" to be hosted by veteran play-by-play announcer Jeff Lampe. The show will feature interviews with coaches and players from around the league as well asspecial guests throughout the year. In addition, fans will be able to participate by dialing in to ask questions of the guests by calling 646-378-1311, submitting questions via a live chat feature or by emailing questions to WCCLive@ymail.com. The program will air live each Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ---- visit wccsports.com/wcclive for up-to-date guest information.

WCC Tournament To Remain At The Orleans Arena Through 2012
On July 22, 2009, the West Coast Conference and the Orleans Arena announced a three-year contract extension that will keep the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas through 2012. The extension comes after the West Coast Conference sold out the Orleans Arena for the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships. The 2009 championship, which was the WCC's first-ever at a neutral site, set conference records for both total championship attendance (33,320) and single session championship attendance (7,845).

Gonzaga Edges Portland For Top Spot in 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
Gonzaga was selected as the favorite to capture an unprecedented 10th consecutiveWest Coast Conference men's basketball regular season title in the 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Zags received six first place votes and tallied 48 points to narrowly edge out Portland, which received the remaining two first place votes and collected 44 overall points. Saint Mary's was picked third with 34 overall points, followed by San Francisco and Santa Clara, which tied for fourth with 26 points. Rounding out this year's poll were San Diego in sixth place with 21 points, followed by Pepperdine in seventh place with 13 points, and Loyola Marymount in eighth place with 12.

2009-10 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga - 48 (6)
2. Portland - 44 (2)
3. Saint Mary's - 34
4. San Francisco - 26
Santa Clara - 26
6. San Diego - 21
7. Pepperdine - 13
8. Loyola Marymount - 12



Overall Record: 19-4
WCC Record: 7-1
  • Gonzaga defeated Portland, 76-49, on Thursday before turning around and earning a 66-58 win at Memphis on Saturday.

  • With their win at Memphis, Gonzaga has traveled over 20,000 miles just during non-conference games.

  • Senior Matt Bouldin averaged 19.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and 2.5 apg in the Zags' wins over Portland and Memphis. Bouldin moved into 10th on the Bulldogs' career scoring list and now has 1,537 points. He also has 403 assists to become just the fifth player in Gonzaga history with 1,200 points and 400 assists.

  • Gonzaga moved up to No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 16 in the AP poll.

  • Gonzaga returns home to host Saint Mary's (2/11) and San Diego (2/13) this week.

  • Overall Record: 12-12
    WCC Record: 3-5
  • The Lions avenged an earlier season loss to rival Pepperdine, defeating the Waves, 77-61.

  • Sophomore forward Drew Viney led all scorers in the Lions' win over the Waves with 22 points, going 9-for-14 from the field. Viney, a transfer from Oregon, has been one of the top newcomers in the conference, ranking fourth in scoring (17.0 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.0 rpg).

  • Junior Vernon Teel added 18 points, seven assists and four steals. Teel leads the WCC and ranks seventh in the nation in assists with 6.3 apg.

  • The Lions, who do not feature a senior on the roster and are starting three sophomores, a freshman and a junior, already have surpassed their win total of the last two seasons combined.

  • The Lions host Southern California rival Pepperdine (2/6) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 7-17
    WCC Record: 3-5
  • Pepperdine dropped a 77-61 decision to rival Loyola Marymount on Saturday night.

  • Junior forward Mychel Thompson led the Waves with 18 points against the Lions, while sophomore guard Keion Bell had 13 points. Sophomore forward Taylor Darby pulled down 10 rebounds and scored eight points.

  • Bell ranks second in the WCC and 33rd in the nation in scoring with 19.5 ppg.

  • Pepperdine, which has no seniors and has a roster where 12 of the 16 players are underclassmen, had been led in scoring by its sophomore class in the previous 24 games this season. The juniors, with 26 points total, led the classes for the first time this season.

  • The Waves play at San Francisco (2/11) and Santa Clara (2/13) this week.

  • Overall Record: 14-8
    WCC Record: 5-3
  • The Portland Pilots had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 76-49 setback at Gonzaga on Thursday evening.

  • The Pilots' leading scorer Nik Raivio missed his fifth straight game with a strained Achilles.

  • Junior guard Jared Stohl, who became the most prolific three-point shooter in school history last week, hit two more threes against Gonzaga and now has 214 career threes.

  • Senior forward Robin Smeulders led the Pilots with 12 points against Gonzaga, while senior forward Ethan Niedermeyer added 11 points.

  • Junior Luke Sikma leads the Pilots and ranks third in the WCC in rebounding (8.0 rpg).

  • The Pilots host San Diego (2/11) and Saint Mary's (2/13) this week.

  • Overall Record: 21-3
    WCC Record: 8-1
  • Saint Mary's moved a half game ahead of Gonzaga in the WCC standings with wins over Santa Clara (74-62) and San Francisco (73-57).

  • Senior center Omar Samhan led the Gaels in both wins, nearly averaging a triple-double with 23.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 7.5 bpg, and 3.0 apg. Samhan is putting together a fantastic final season, ranking 12th in the nation in scoring (21.7 ppg), seventh in rebounding (11.1 rpg), 12th in blocks (3.0 bpg), and fifth in double-doubles (14).

  • Samhan became the second player in school history and the 17th player in the history of the WCC to collect 1,000 rebounds in the Gaels' win over the Dons. Samhan also turned away 15 shots on the week bringing his career total to 230, just nine blocked shots behind SMC career record holder Diamon Simpson (239).

  • The Gaels travel to the Pacific Northwest to play at Gonzaga (2/11) and Portland (2/13).

  • Overall Record: 9-16
    WCC Record: 2-7
  • The Toreros dropped a 72-70 overtime decision to San Francisco on Thursday evening before falling to Santa Clara, 59-43.

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson, who is already USD's all-time assists leader with 504 career assists, also ranks second on the Toreros' all-time scoring chart with 1,721 career points. He needs just five more points to become the school's all-time leading scorer, passing former teammate Gyno Pomare (1,725). If Johnson becomes USD's all-time leading scorer, he would become the only player in WCC history to be his school's career points and assists leader.

  • Senior guard De'Jon Jackson suffered a season-ending injury (ACL tear in left knee) in USD's 72-70 overtime loss to USF. This season, Jackson appeared in 22 games with 21 starts and was second on the team in scoring at 12.0 ppg, while adding 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.3 spg.

  • The Toreros travel to Portland (2/11) and Gonzaga (2/13) this week.

  • Overall Record: 9-15
    WCC Record: 4-5
  • San Francisco earned a 72-70 overtime win at San Diego on Thursday before falling at Bay Area rival Saint Mary's, 73-57.

  • Senior forward Dior Lowhorn tossed in a game-high 26 points on 11-of-18 from the field to go along with six rebounds in the Dons' win over San Diego before adding a game-high 25 points and eight boards against Saint Mary's. Lowhorn moved into seventh place on USF's all-time scoring list with his first shot against the Gaels, passing Naismith Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell with a three-pointer just 69 seconds into the game. Lowhorn finished the game with 1, 659 points and turned in his 49th career game with 20 or more points and his 13th this season.

  • Freshman Michael Williams scored a career-high 20 points against the Toreros, including a four-point play with four seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Dons over USD.

  • The Dons return to the Hilltop to host LMU (2/11) and Pepperdine (2/13).

  • Overall Record: 10-16
    WCC Record: 2-7
  • The Broncos fell at Bay Area rival Saint Mary's, 74-62, before picking up their second conference win with a 59-43 win at San Diego.

  • Freshman Robert Smith turned in a solid week for the Broncos, scoring 16 points in both games. Smith is enjoying a standout first season at SCU, ranking second among WCC freshmen in scoring (trailing only Gonzaga's Elias Harris) with 12.5 ppg, while ranking second in assists among WCC rookies with 3.2 apg (trailing only Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova).

  • Sophomore guard Kevin Foster, the 2008-09 WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year, is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. Foster, who was averaging 19.8 points per game this season, injured his foot in the final minutes of Santa Clara's 79-68 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 1.

  • The Broncos return to the Leavey Center to hot Southern California foes Loyola Marymount (2/11) and Pepperdine (2/13).