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Men's Basketball Opens 2014 WCC Championship Play Thursday in Las Vegas

March 4, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --  The 2014 West Coast Conference Championships begin Thursday, March 6 and will continue through the men's championship game Tuesday, March 11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. All nine games will be televised live nationwide and all will be streamed online.

Gonzaga won its 13th WCC men's regular season title in the last 14 years, posting a 15-3 conference mark. BYU and San Francisco tied for second place with identical 13-5 marks. The Cougars will be the second seed by virtue of their head-to-head-sweep of the Dons. Saint Mary's is the fourth seed, and will open tournament play against fifth seed Pepperdine in Saturday's quarterfinal round. San Diego and Portland finished with a 7-11 record in conference play, and the Toreros earn the sixth seed and accompanying opening round bye due to their head-to-head sweep of the Pilots. 

West Coast Conference newcomer Pacific and Santa Clara tied for eighth place, and the Tigers will be the eight seed as a result of their win over second seed BYU. Pacific and Santa Clara will square off in Thursday's opening round. Loyola Marymount is the tenth seed and will face Portland on Thursday night. 

WCC QUICK HITS

  • The West Coast Conference unveiled its 2013-14 All-WCC Teams and Individual Award Winners Tuesday. Junior guard Tyler Haws (BYU) was named Player of the Year, senior forward Brendan Lane (Pepperdine) earned Defensive Player of the Year, freshman guard Jared Brownridge (Santa Clara) was named Crons Newcomer of the Year and Rex Walters (San Francisco) captured Coach of the Year honors. COMPLETE RELEASE .
  • San Francisco's Avry Holmes is the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. The sophomore guard helped the Dons to a road sweep at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. RELEASE .
  • WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference ranks fourth among Division I leaders in scoring (74.04), fifth in field goal percentage (45.63) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (36.84).
  • Loyola Marymount's Anthony Ireland ranks fourth among NCAA active career scoring leaders with 2,136 points and is 18th in assists 545. 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 578 .
  • The WCC ranks ninth nationally in conference RPI in front of the Mountain West (10) and the Missouri Valley (11). 
  • Tyler Haws ranks sixth nationally in scoring (23.4) 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.
  • Two WCC teams rank among the top-35 in RPI - Gonzaga (25), BYU (35). Saint Mary's (61) and San Francisco (66) crack the top-65. 
  • Two WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-50 - Gonzaga (20) and BYU (46). Saint Mary's (74) is in the top-75.
  • 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.

WCC PLACES THREE ON CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Three West Coast Conference men's basketball student-athletes were named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America men's basketball team as announced by CoSIDA - the most by any conference in the country. Malte Kramer (Pepperdine), Beau Levesque (Saint Mary's) and Thomas van der Mars (Portland) all earned third team honors. San Diego's Johnny Dee was joined the trio as an all-district 8 First Team selection.

THIS WEEK'S WCC SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 6
Loyola Marymount vs. Portland - BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
Santa Clara vs. Pacific - BYUtv - 8:00 p.m.  

Saturday, March 8
San Diego vs. San Francisco - BYUtv - 12:00 p.m.
BYU vs. TBD - BYUtv - 2:00 p.m.
Gonzaga vs. TBD - ESPN2 - 6:00 p.m.
Pepperdine vs. Saint Mary's - ESPN2 - 8:00 p.m.  

Monday, March 10
2014 WCC Basketball Tournament Semifinals - ESPN - 6:00 p.m.
2014 WCC Basketball Tournament Semifinals - ESPN2 - 8:00 p.m.  

Tuesday, March 11
2014 WCC Basketball Championship - ESPN - 6:00 p.m.

*All times Pacific