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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 16, 2010

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WCC TEAMS ENTER SIXTH WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

WCC men's basketball teams begin the sixth week of conference play with just two weeks remaining before the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Just two games separate the top three teams in the conference standings. Gonzaga regained first place in the WCC standings thanks to wins over Saint Mary's and San Diego. The Gaels are one and a half games behind the Zags, and half a game up on the Portland Pilots. Five of the six games this week will be televised, highlighted by the Saint Mary's at San Diego game, which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TELEVISION
Portland at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
5:00 PM
Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
6:05 PM
Fox Sports Northwest/KAYU Spokane
Saint Mary's at San Diego San Diego, CA
8:00 PM
ESPN2/ESPN360/ESPN Pacific Rim/Australia HD/Brazil HD
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
6:00 PM
Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Northwest/KAYU Spokane
San Francisco at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Comcast Sports California/Comcast Sports Northwest
Portland at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:05 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Portland's T.J. Campbell Earns Weekly Honor
Campbell averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in home wins over San Diego and Saint Mary's. He scored a team-high 24 points with seven assists and three steals in a thrilling 80-75 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday. The senior point guard scored the game-tying layup with 25 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime and then clinched the game with two free throws with eight seconds remaining in OT. Campbell scored a game-high 18 points with four assists in a 70-56 win over San Diego on Thursday. He went 5-for-10 from the three-point line in the game.

Also Nominated: Matt Bouldin, GON; Dior Lowhorn, USF

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).


CONFERENCERECORD VS. BCS SCHOOLSPERCENTAGE

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


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 21-4
WCC Record: 9-1
  • Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary's, 80-61, on Thursday before downing San Diego, 82-65. With its win over the Gaels, the Zags have topped the 20-win mark for the 13th straight season.

  • Gonzaga has traveled over 20,000 miles just during non-conference games.

  • Senior Matt Bouldin tossed in 18 points against the Gaels to move into ninth place on the Zags' career scoring chart. Bouldin, who has 1,571 career points and 409 career assists, is just the fifth player in Gonzaga history with 1,200 points and 400 assists.

  • Mark Few now has the top winning percentage of any active college coach with at least five years experience at .802, a fraction ahead of Roy Williams of North Carolina.

  • Gonzaga travels to Loyola Marymount (2/18) and Pepperdine (2/20) this week.

  • Overall Record: 13-13
    WCC Record: 4-6
  • The Lions earned a regular season sweep of Santa Clara with a 73-67 win at SCU on Thursday evening before dropping a 75-66 decision at USF. The Lions are 13-13 on the season after winning just three games all of last season and have more than doubled their win total in conference play from a year ago.

  • Sophomore forward Drew Viney scored 20 points with six rebounds and four blocks to lead LMU past Santa Clara. It is his fourth 20-point game in the last six contests.

  • Junior Vernon Teel scored a career-high 28 points against San Francisco.

  • 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 Gonzaga (2/18) and Portland (2/20) this week.

  • Overall Record: 7-19
    WCC Record: 3-7
  • Pepperdine dropped a 77-47 decision at San Francisco on Thursday evening before falling at Santa Clara, 62-54.

  • Sophomore guard Keion Bell tossed in 25 points in the Waves setback versus Santa Clara. Bell, the second-ranked scorer in the WCC, reached the 20-point mark for the 13th time this season. He surpassed the 900-point plateau for his career and now needs just 83 more points to become the 35th player in Pepperdine history to surpass 1,000 career points.

  • Bell ranks second in the WCC and 35th in the nation in scoring with 19.4 ppg.

  • Pepperdine, which has no seniors and has a roster where 11 of the 15 players are underclassmen, was led in scoring by its sophomore class for the 25th time in 26 games.

  • The Waves return to Malibu to host Portland (2/18) and Gonzaga (2/20).

  • Overall Record: 16-8
    WCC Record: 7-3
  • The Portland Pilots downed San Diego, 70-56, before earning an 80-75 overtime win versus Saint Mary's on Saturday to move within a half game of the Gaels for second place in the WCC standings.

  • UP's leading scorer Nik Raivio missed his seventh straight game with a strained Achilles.

  • Senior point guard T.J. Campbell matched his career-high with 24 points and added seven assists in the Pilots' win over the Gaels.

  • Junior guard Jared Stohl, the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made, knocked down four more threes in the Pilots' win over Saint Mary's. Stohl, who has 219 career threes, needs just 19 more treys to crack into the WCC all-time three-pointers made top 10 list.

  • The Pilots travel to Southern California to take on Pepperdine (2/18) and LMU (2/20).

  • Overall Record: 21-5
    WCC Record: 8-3
  • Saint Mary's dropped its first two road games of the season, falling at Gonzaga, 80-61, before suffering an 80-75 overtime setback at Portland.

  • Senior center Omar Samhan led the Gaels with double-doubles in both games. Samhan is putting together a fantastic final season, ranking 14th in the nation in scoring (21.5 ppg), 7th in rebounding (11.2 rpg), 13th in blocks (2.9 bpg), and 4th in double-doubles (16).

  • Samhan, who has 235 career blocks, is just four blocked shots behind SMC career record holder Diamon Simpson (239).

  • Freshman Matthew Dellavedova leads the WCC in assists during conference play with 6.1 apg.

  • The Gaels travel to San Diego (2/18) in their lone game this week.

  • Overall Record: 9-18
    WCC Record: 2-9
  • The Toreros dropped a 70-56 decision at Portland on Thursday evening, before falling at Gonzaga, 82-65.

  • Already without the services of senior De'Jon Jackson due to a torn ACL, the Toreros were also without their leading scorer, senior guard Brandon Johnson, in their game versus Portland

  • Johnson returned versus Gonzaga, tossing in a game-high 21 points. Johnson, who is already USD's all-time assists leader with 507 career assists, became the Toreros' career scoring leader and now has 1,742 career points. Johnson, who past his former teammate Gyno Pomare for the top scoring spot, is the only player in WCC history to be his school's career points and assists leader.

  • The Toreros return to San Diego to host Saint Mary's (2/18) in their lone game this week.

  • Overall Record: 11-15
    WCC Record: 6-5
  • San Francisco won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 6-5 in conference play with a 77-47 win over Pepperdine on Thursday and a 75-66 win over LMU on Saturday.

  • Senior forward Dior Lowhorn scored 26 points against Loyola Marymount in his final home game. Lowhorn now has 1,703 career points and passed former USF All-American Winford Boynes (1975-78/1,702) for fourth place on the career scoring list. Next up for Lowhorn is former USF standout Darrell Tucker (1999-03), who sits in third place on the Dons' career scoring list with 1,805.

  • The Dons wrapped up their home schedule with a 9-4 (.692) record at War Memorial Gym, their best mark since posting a 12-4 (.750) mark in back-to-back years from 2004-06.

  • The Dons travel to Bay Area rival Santa Clara (2/20) in their lone game this week.

  • Overall Record: 11-17
    WCC Record: 3-8
  • The Broncos fell to Loyola Marymount, 73-67, on Thursday evening, but bounced back to defeat Pepperdine, 62-54.

  • Freshman Robert Smith scored 21 points, making a career-high five three-pointers against LMU. Smith is enjoying a standout first season at SCU, ranking second among WCC freshmen in scoring and assists.

  • Sophomore Marc Trasolini scored 16 points in both games last week.

  • 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 host Bay Area rival San Francisco (2/20) this weekend.