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West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Rolls Into the Final Stretch

Feb. 18, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference surges into the penultimate week of the regular season with more key matchups on the docket for week nine, starting Thursday, Feb. 20. With a home sweep last weekend, No. 25/22 Gonzaga secured at least a share of the 2014 WCC regular season championship and maintains its spot on the top of the league standings at 13-1, followed by BYU (10-5), Saint Mary’s (9-5) and San Francisco (9-5). The Conference continues to stake its reputation as one of the nation’s elite offensive leagues. See below for more notes on the WCC’s strengths.

BYUtv TO TELEVISE 12 GAMES FROM THE 2014 WCC BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The West Coast Conference announced that BYUtv will produce and televise a record 12 games from the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  BYUtv will broadcast the men’s and women’s first round on Thursday, March 6, the women’s quarterfinals on Friday, March 7, a pair of men’s quarterfinals on Saturday, March 8, and the women’s semifinals on Monday, March 10.  In addition, all 12 games produced by BYUtv will be streamed live on the West Coast Conference’s new platform, TheW.tv. RELEASE

WCC QUICK HITS

  • Through Feb. 17, WCC teams boast a strong 66.9 winning percentage (83-41) vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for the complete non-conference breakdown.
  • San Francisco’s Kruize Pinkins is the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. The junior forward scored a career-high 26 points in a win at Santa Clara. FULL RELEASE
  • WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference ranks third among Division I leaders in scoring (74.94), field goal percentage (45.91) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (37.08).
  • Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland ranks third among NCAA active career scoring leaders with 2,077 points and is 17th in assists 531. Ireland is the only active Division I player with 2,000 points and 500 assists.
  • Santa Clara’s Evan Roquemore ranks 13th among NCAA active career assists leaders with 565 .
  • The WCC ranks ninth nationally in conference RPI in front of the Mountain West (10) and the Missouri Valley (11). 
  • BYU’s Tyler Haws ranks third nationally in scoring (24.6) and his 48 points at Portland (1/23/14) were the most by a WCC player since LMU’s Hank Gathers scored 50 in 1990.
  • Three WCC teams rank among the top-60 in RPI - Gonzaga (22), BYU (40) and Saint Mary’s (60). 
  • Two WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-55 – Gonzaga (28) and BYU (54). Saint Mary’s (65) is in the top-65.
  • Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos is one of 23 national finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award. Both Pangos and Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland were named to the preseason watch list.
  • Five member institutions posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recent cohort as released by the NCAA.

MORE WCC BULLETS

  • Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland became the eighth WCC player (fifth Lion) to surpass 2,000 career points and enters this week with 2,077.
  • The last WCC player to reach 2,000 was Santa Clara’s Kevin Foster (2008-13), who scored 2,423 (second all-time).
  • BYU’s Tyler Haws scored a career-high 48 points in a triple overtime game at Portland (1/23/14), the most by a WCC player since Hank Gathers scored 50 against San Francisco (2/4/90).

WCC PLACES FOUR ON DISTRICT 8 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
West Coast Conference men’s basketball student-athletes dominated the 2014 Capital One District All-Academic First Team as announced by CoSIDA. Of the six-member District 8 first team, four compete in the WCC: Johnny Dee (San Diego), Malte Kramer (Pepperdine), Beau Levesque (Saint Mary’s) and Thomas van der Mars (Portland). COMPLETE RELEASE