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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 23, 2010

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WCC TEAMS ENTER FINAL WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

After seven exciting weeks of conference play, WCC teams enter the eighth and final week of WCC games. Gonzaga sits atop the conference standings with a 10-2 record and can clinch a share of its record 10th WCC regular season title with one win in their final two home games. The Zags have already locked up one of the top two seeds in the upcoming Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships and will have a bye until the semifinals of the tournament. Saint Mary's is one game behind the Bulldogs and has already clinched one of the top four seeds for the WCC Tournament and a first round bye. Portland, San Francisco, and Loyola Marymount are still in the hunt for the remaining two top four seeds.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TELEVISION
San Francisco at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Comcast Sports California/Comcast Sports Northwest
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:05 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:30 PM
ESPNU
Santa Clara at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
8:00 PM
ESPN2/ESPN360/ESPN Pacific Rim/Australia HD/Brazil HD/Latin America North
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
Fox Sports Northwest/KAYU Spokane
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
6:00 PM
Comcast Sports California/ESPN Pacific Rim
Pepperdine at San Diego Los Angeles, CA
6:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland Portland, OR
8:00 PM
Comcast Sports Northwest/Comcast Sports California

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Loyola Marymount's Vernon Teel Earns Weekly Honor
Junior Vernon Teel led LMU to a pair of wins against two of the top teams in the WCC standings, including a 74-66 win over No. 13/9 Gonzaga on Thursday and a 77-68 overtime win over Portland. Teel averaged 16 points, 4.5 assists and 7.0 rebounds in the wins. Against Portland, he went for 24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals; scoring eight of the Lions' 15 points in overtime. In the Lions' first win over a ranked opponent at Gersten Pavilion and first in 20 years, Teel delivered the assist with no time on the shot clock and up only four on the Zags with less than 30 seconds left in the contest.

Also Nominated: N/A

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: 22-5
WCC Record: 10-2
  • Gonzaga dropped a 74-66 decision at Loyola Marymount on Thursday evening, before rebounding to defeat Pepperdine, 72-54, on Saturday.

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

  • Gonzaga needs just one win in its final two conference games to clinch a share of their record 10th WCC regular season title. Should the Zags clinch the title, they would extend the nation's longest conference regular season title streak and tie Connecticut (Yankee Conference - 1951-60) and UNLV (Big West - 1983-92) for the second longest streak in NCAA history.

  • The Zags have topped the 20-win mark for the 13th straight season and for the 16th time in the last 17 years.

  • Gonzaga closes out WCC play by hosting Santa Clara (2/25) and San Francisco (2/27).

  • Overall Record: 15-13
    WCC Record: 6-6
  • The Lions defeated No. 9 Gonzaga, 74-66, on Thursday evening before edging Portland in overtime, 77-68. The Lions' 15 wins are the most since LMU finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 15-14 mark.

  • The Lions' win over Gonzaga was their first over a ranked opponent since March 23, 1990 when they beat No. 23 Alabama 62-60 in the NCAA West Regional on March 23, 1990. It snaps a 35-game skid against ranked teams for the Lions.

  • Vernon Teel had 24 points, 11 boards, four assists, and four steals in the win over UP.

  • 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 wrap up the regular season at San Diego (2/25) and Saint Mary's (2/27).

  • Overall Record: 7-21
    WCC Record: 3-9
  • Pepperdine dropped an 83-62 decision to Portland on Thursday evening before suffering a 72-54 setback to Gonzaga.

  • Sophomore guard Keion Bell led the Waves with his second double-double of the season as he posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Waves' loss to the Zags. Bell, who has scored 20 or more points 14 times this season, needs just 43 more points to become the 35th player in Pepperdine history to surpass 1,000 career points.

  • Dane Suttle Jr. (7.7 ppg) will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.

  • 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 27th time in 28 games.

  • The Waves close out WCC play at Saint Mary's (2/25) and San Diego (2/27).

  • Overall Record: 17-9
    WCC Record: 8-4
  • The Portland Pilots earned a road split on their Southern California trip, defeating Pepperdine, 83-62, on Thursday, but falling at LMU in overtime, 77-68.

  • UP's leading scorer Nik Raivio has missed the last nine games with a strained Achilles.

  • The Pilots currently sit in third place, just one game behind second place Saint Mary's. With one more win, the Pilots can clinch a top four seed in the WCC Tournament and a first round bye.

  • Junior guard Jared Stohl, the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made, knocked down 10 more threes last week. Stohl, who has 229 career threes, needs just nine more treys to crack into the WCC all-time three-pointers made top 10 list.

  • The Pilots close out conference play by hosting USF (2/25) and Santa Clara (2/27).

  • Overall Record: 22-5
    WCC Record: 9-3
  • Saint Mary's moved to within half a game of first place Gonzaga in the WCC standings with a 61-49 win at San Diego.

  • Senior center Omar Samhan registered a double-doubles with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the Gaels' win over San Diego. Samhan, who also added two blocks, now has 237 career blocks and is just two blocked shots behind SMC career record holder Diamon Simpson (239).

  • Samhan leads the WCC and is tied for fifth in the nation in double-doubles with 17.

  • Freshman Matthew Dellavedova handed out six assists, while committing just one turnover against the Toreros. Dellavedova leads all NCAA freshmen and ranks 18th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.57).

  • SMC closes out the regular season at home against Pepperdine (2/25) and LMU (2/27).

  • Overall Record: 9-19
    WCC Record: 2-10
  • The Toreros dropped a 61-49 decision to Saint Mary's on Thursday evening.

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson was the lone Torero to reach double-digits in points against Saint Mary's, scoring a team-high 15 to go along with his four rebounds and two steals.

  • Johnson, who is USD's all-time assists (508) and career scoring leader (1,757 career points), is the only player in WCC history to lead his school in both categories.

  • 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.

  • USD wraps up the regular season at home against LMU (2/25) and Pepperdine (2/27).

  • Overall Record: 12-15
    WCC Record: 7-5
  • San Francisco won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 7-5 in conference play with a 71-68 overtime win at Bay Area rival Santa Clara.

  • Senior forward Dior Lowhorn scored 28 points against Santa Clara. Lowhorn now has 1,731 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.

  • USF's seven WCC triumphs are the most since going 8-6 in 2007.

  • USF's Bay Area players, Angelo Caloiaro (San Jose), Lowhorn (San Francisco) and Kwame Vaughn (Oakland), are combining for 41.0 ppg, 15.1 rpg, and 3.8 apg during WCC play.

  • The Dons travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on Portland (2/25) and Gonzaga (2/27).

  • Overall Record: 11-18
    WCC Record: 3-9
  • The Broncos rallying from 16 points down against Bay Area rival San Francisco to send the game into overtime before falling, 71-68.

  • Freshman Robert Smith is enjoying a standout first season at SCU, ranking second among WCC freshmen in scoring and assists. Smith has been steadily climbing the Broncos' freshman scoring and assists charts. With nine points and seven assists against USF, Smith moved into fourth place on SCU's freshman scoring chart (368) and second on the Broncos' freshman assists list (93).

  • 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 close out the regular season at Gonzaga (2/25) and Portland (2/27).