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WCC Hoops On TV

Feb. 23, 2007

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Gonzaga (19-10, 9-3) at San Francisco (12-16, 7-5)
Location:
San Francisco, Calif. - War Memorial Gym
Time: 12:30 PM (PST)
Television: ABC (regional)

Preview: Gonzaga and San Francisco kick off the last week of WCC regular season action on ABC this Saturday at USF. The Zags come into the game having locked up a top-two seeding in next week's WCC Tournament, while USF is looking to bounce back from a loss to Saint Mary's last time out. The Dons have secured a top-four conference finish and a first round bye in the tournament. The game will feature a matchup of two of the top scoring guards in the WCC in USF's Antonio Kellogg and Gonzaga's Derek Raivio. Kellogg is sixth in the conference, averaging 15.1 points per game and leads the league with 2.36 steals per game. Raivio is the top scorer in the WCC at 18.4 points per game and is the top free throw shooter in the nation, hitting 95.8 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. The Zags are without suspended forward Josh Heytvelt, their second-leading scorer but have seen the emergence of forward David Pendergraft and guard Matt Bouldin since the suspension. Both are averaging nearly four points more than their season averages over the past four games. The Dons have won four of their last six games and are looking to earn their 21st win all-time against Gonzaga, who leads the series 34-20.

Gonzaga's Key Players: Derek Raivio - 18.4 ppg, 95.8 FT percentage; Jeremy Pargo - 12.6 ppg, 4.83 apg
San Francisco's Key Players: Antonio Kellogg 15.1 ppg, 3.4 apg; Alan Wiggins, Jr. - 14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Santa Clara (20-7, 10-2) at Loyola Marymount (12-16, 4-8)
Location:
Los Angeles, Calif. - Gersten Pavilion
Time: 7:30 PM (PST)
Television: CSTV

Preview: League-leading Santa Clara closes out the regular season with two games in Southern California this weekend, the first featured on CSTV at Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The Broncos will be looking to lock up the top seed in the WCC Tournament with two wins this weekend or a win coupled with a Gonzaga loss. LMU stole a 74-71 victory in the teams' last meeting at Santa Clara and is seeking its first season sweep of the Broncos since 2002-03. The Lions have won three of their last five games and is vying with Portland, San Diego and Saint Mary's for the fourth, fifth and sixth place spots in the final WCC standings. The Broncos are riding a season-long six-game winning streak coming into the final week of the regular season and leads the all-time series 74-50 and has won three of the last five games.

Santa Clara's Key Players: Sean Denison - 12.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg; Scott Dougherty - 14.5 ppg, .420 three-point FG percentage
Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Matthew Knight - 16.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg; Adoyah Miller - 12.0 ppg, .702 FT percentage

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Portland (8-19, 4-8) at San Francisco (12-16, 7-5)
Location:
San Francisco, Calif. - War Memorial Gym
Time: 7:00 PM (PST)
Television: Comcast SportsNet West

Preview: On the final day of the WCC regular season, Portland travels to USF for the teams' last chance to position themselves for the conference tournament. The Dons have secured a first round bye and top-four conference finish, but are looking to rebound after snapping a three-game winning streak with a loss at Saint Mary's last time out. Portland enters the week tied for sixth in the WCC, but fighting Saint Mary's, San Diego and LMU for a spot in the top half of the final standings. USF comes into the final week having won five of its last seven games, while UP has earned just two wins in the past 10 games. The Pilots' senior guard Darren Cooper needs just 15 points to become the 30th Portland player to reach the 1,000-point plateau. USF leads the all-time series 49-21, winning seven straight against the Pilots, including the teams' last meeting on January 29 when USF stole a 66-65 victory. Before clashing on the Hilltop, the Pilots travel to San Diego and the Dons host Gonzaga on Saturday.

Portland's Key Players: Darren Cooper - 13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg; Jamie Jones - 10.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg
San Francisco's Key Players: Alan Wiggins, Jr. - 14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg; Manny Quezada - 12.8 ppg, .790 FT percentage

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Saint Mary's (14-14, 6-6) at Loyola Marymount (12-16, 4-8)
Location:
Los Angeles, Calif. - Gersten Pavilion
Time: 8:00 PM (PST)
Television: ESPNU

Preview: The final matchup of the WCC regular season pits Saint Mary's against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. The game could help decide the final standings in the WCC, as Saint Mary's, LMU, San Diego and Portland are all vying for the fourth through seventh place spots in the conference entering the final week. The Gaels are coming off of a 92-83 victory over USF last week that snapped a four-game losing skid. The Lions have taken three of their last five games and are looking to avenge a 69-54 loss to the Gaels in Moraga on January 29. After surging out to a 4-1 record to start the conference season, SMC has gone 2-5 since January 27. The Gaels are looking to return to top form in the final week leading up to the WCC tournament with the first round bye on the line. Prior to meeting in Los Angeles, Saint Mary's travels to Pepperdine and LMU hosts Santa Clara on Saturday.

Saint Mary's Key Players: Diamon Simpson - 13.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg; Brett Collins - 11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Loyola Marymount's Key Players: Matthew Knight - 16.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg; Damian Martin - 5.1 rpg, 2.07 spg