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WCC Men's Basketball: Monday Morning Storylines

Feb. 16, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

Gonzaga Clinches Top Two Seed For WCC Tournament
Gonzaga improved to 10-0 in conference play with its road sweep through the Bay Area, clinching at least a top two finish in the regular season standings and earning one of the top two seeds for the upcoming WCC Tournament held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. With one of the top two seeds locked up, the Zags will have a double bye until the semifinals of the WCC Tournament. This marks the 12th straight season that Gonzaga has finished either first or second in the WCC regular season standings. The Zags can clinch the regular season title outright with one more win or a loss by Portland. Gonzaga, which hosts Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine this week, will be looking to lock up its ninth consecutive regular season conference crown, easily the longest active streak in the nation, and tie Kentucky (1944-52) for the second longest streak in NCAA history (UCLA won 13 straight regular season titles from 1967-79).

Saint Mary's Hosts No. 23 Utah State In ESPNU BracketBusters Showdown
With the announcement of the match-ups for the ESPNU BracketBusters on Feb. 2, Saint Mary's will host the No. 23 ranked Utah State Aggies on Feb. 21 in a nationally televised game. The game between SMC and Utah State will tip-off at 2 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion, and will be televised on ESPN2.

Pepperdine's Keion Bell Earns WCC Player of the Week Honors
Freshman guard Keion Bell averaged 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 steals in leading Pepperdine to victories over Santa Clara and San Diego. Against the Broncos, Bell helped the Waves rally back from a second-half 15-point deficit and sunk two free throws to give Pepperdine the lead for good. He then recorded his third double-double of the season in the game against San Diego, scoring 12 of the Waves' final 15 points and ending the Waves' nine-game losing streak to the Toreros. Pepperdine now has five conference wins, its most since the 2005 season.

Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson Tops 1,000 Career Rebounds; Joins Santa Clara's John Bryant
Saint Mary's senior forward Diamon Simpson collected 24 rebounds over the week to top the 1,000 career rebounds plateau, becoming just the 15th player in WCC history to accomplish the feat. Simpson joins Santa Clara's John Bryant, who cleared the rebounding milestone earlier this season. The WCC is the only conference in the country with two active players who have grabbed over 1,000 career rebounds. Simpson needs just 42 more points to become just the 13th player in WCC history to reach 1,500 career points and grab 1,000 rebounds.