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WCC Men's Basketball Teams Begin Postseason Play This Week

March 16, 2010

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    Four WCC Men's Basketball Teams Advance To Postseason Play

    For just the second time in West Coast Conference history, four men's basketball teams advanced to postseason play. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's earned bids to the NCAA Tournament, while Loyola Marymount and Portland will compete in the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The only other time in league history that four teams advanced to the postseason in the same year was in 1989 when LMU and Saint Mary's earned bids to the NCAA Tournament and Santa Clara and Pepperdine went on to play in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

    WCC Postseason Notes

  • The four postseason teams match a league record (4 in 1989).
  • WCC landed just as many teams in the postseason as the Pac-10.
  • The WCC landed multiple teams in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in conference history and the third time in the last six seasons.
  • Saint Mary's is traveling farther than any team in the NCAA Tournament field for the first and second rounds. The distance from Moraga, CA to Providence, RI is 2,668 miles. In fact, the top three teams needing to travel the most miles for the NCAA First and Second rounds all come from the state of California. Following Saint Mary's is San Diego State (2,561 miles), which is also going to Providence, RI and California (2,369 miles), which plays Louisville in Jacksonville, FL on Friday.
  • Gonzaga is traveling the eighth longest distance, covering 1,885 miles from Spokane, WA to Buffalo, NY.
  • Gonzaga is tied with Texas and Wisconsin for the fifth longest active consecutive NCAA Tournament streak with 12 straight appearances.
  • Portland is making its second straight postseason appearance, playing in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament for the second consecutive season.
  • Loyola Marymount is making its first postseason appearance since the Lions' historic run in the NCAA Tournament in the 1989-90 season. The Lions are also hosting a postseason game at Gersten Pavilion for the first time ever.

    WCC POSTSEASON SCHEDULE


    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17
    TEAMS TOURNAMENT
    LOCATION
    TIME (PT)
    Portland at Northern Colorado Collegeinsider.com
    Greeley, CO
    6:05 PM
    Pacific at Loyola Marymount Collegeinsider.com Los Angeles, CA
    7:35 PM
    THURSDAY, MARCH 18
    TEAMS TOURNAMENT
    LOCATION
    TIME (PT)
    Saint Mary's vs. Richmond NCAA Tournament South Regional Providence, R.I. 12:00 PM
    FRIDAY, MARCH 19
    TEAMS TOURNAMENT
    LOCATION
    TIME (PT)
    Gonzaga vs. Florida State NCAA Tournament West Regional Buffalo, NY 4:10 PM
    SATURDAY, MARCH 20
    TEAMS TOURNAMENT
    LOCATION
    TIME (PT)
    Saint Mary's/Richmond vs. Villanova/Robert Morris NCAA Tournament South Regional Providence, R.I. TBA
    SUNDAY, MARCH 21
    TEAMS TOURNAMENT
    LOCATION
    TIME (PT)
    Gonzaga/Florida State vs. Syracuse/Vermont NCAA Tournament West Regional Buffalo, NY TBA

  • AROUND THE WCC

    Saint Mary's Wins 2010 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Tournament
    Tournament MVP Mickey McConnell matched his career high with 26 points, Ben Allen added a career-best 20 and Saint Mary's upset No. 18 Gonzaga in an 81-62 victory in the West Coast Conference tournament title game. Saint Mary's won the WCC tournament for just the second time since it began in 1987, beating Gonzaga for the first time in 10 tourney meetings.

    Zappos.com WCC All-Tournament Team
    Mickey McConnell, Saint Mary's (Tournament MVP)
    Ben Allen, Saint Mary's
    Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
    Steven Gray, Gonzaga
    Omar Samhan, Saint Mary's

    2010 Zappos.com WCC Tournament Results
    FIRST ROUND - Friday, March 5
    #5 Loyola Marymount def. #8 Pepperdine - 87-84
    #6 San Diego def. #7 Santa Clara - 61-59

    QUARTERFINAL ROUND - Saturday, March 6
    #5 Loyola Marymount def. #4 San Francisc - 84-76
    #3 Portland def. #6 San Diego - 72-57

    SEMIFINAL ROUND - Sunday, March 7
    #1 Gonzaga def. #5 Loyola Marymount - 77-62
    #2 Saint Mary's def. #3 Portland - 69-55

    CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Monday, March 8
    #2 Saint Mary's def. #1 Gonzaga - 81-62

    WCC Announces 2010 All-Conference Teams
    The Gonzaga Bulldogs captured their record 10th consecutive WCC regular season title crown and were reward with three of the four yearly conference awards. Gonzaga senior Matt Bouldin was named the WCC Player of the Year, while freshman Elias Harris was named the Newcomer of the Year, and head coach Mark Few was selected as the Coach of the Year. Saint Mary's senior Omar Samhan was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

    2010 WCC Player of the Year
    Matt Bouldin, GON

    WCC Defensive Player of the Year
    Omar Samhan, SMC

    Newcomer of the Year
    Elias Harris, GON

    Coach of the Year
    Mark Few, GON

    2010 All-WCC First Team
    Matt Bouldin, GON
    T.J. Campbell, POR
    Steven Gray, GON
    Elias Harris, GON
    Dior Lowhorn, USF
    Mickey McConnell, SMC
    Omar Samhan, SMC
    Robin Smeulders, POR
    Vernon Teel, LMU
    Drew Viney, LMU

    Honorable Mention
    Keion Bell, PEP
    Matthew Dellavedova, SMC
    Brandon Johnson, USD
    Luke Sikma, POR
    Jared Stohl, POR
    Mychel Thompson, PEP
    Marc Trasolini, SCU

    All-Freshman Team
    Matthew Dellavedova, SMC
    Ashley Hamilton, LMU
    Elias Harris, GON
    Chris Manresa, USD
    Robert Smith, SCU

    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

    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 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).


    WCC TEAM NOTES

    SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

    Overall Record: 26-6
    WCC Record: 12-2
  • Gonzaga, which earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, earned the No. 8 seed in the West Regional and will face No. 9 seeded Florida State in Buffalo at the HSBC Arena on Friday in the first round. The Zags are tied with Texas and Wisconsin for the fifth longest active consecutive NCAA Tournament streak with 12 straight appearances.

  • Gonzaga has now won 10 consecutive WCC regular season titles, extending the nation's longest conference regular season title streak and tying Connecticut (Yankee Conference - 1951-60) and UNLV (Big West - 1983-92) for the second longest streak in NCAA history.

  • Senior Matt Bouldin was named the WCC Player of the Year, while freshman Elias Harris was selected as the conference's Newcomer of the Year and Head Coach Mark Few was tabbed for Coach of the Year honors. Bouldin's selection marks the ninth time in the last 10 years a Bulldog has been named the top player in the conference as voted by the coaches.

  • Overall Record: 18-15
    WCC Record: 7-7
  • For the first time in the history of Gersten Pavilion, the LMU men's basketball program will host a postseason game when they take on Pacific, Wednesday, March 17 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

  • LMU's 15-game improvement from last season is the second best turn-around in the nation this season. Coastal Carolina is tops with a 17-game improvement.

  • Junior Vernon Teel and sophomore Drew Viney were selected to the All-WCC First Team, while freshman Ashley Hamilton was selected to the All-WCC Freshman Team. Viney and Teel become just the 11th LMU duo to take home first-team All-WCC honors.

  • All season the Lions have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1989-90 team that captured the nation's attention with its NCAA tournament run, which is also the last time the Lions were in the postseason.

  • Overall Record: 7-24
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • The Waves fell just short against rival Loyola Marymount, 87-84, in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

  • Sophomore guard Keion Bell led the Waves with 25 points against the Lions, marking his 15th game this season with 20 or more points. Sophomore forward Taylor Darby posted a career-high 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting and added 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

  • Bell and junior forward Mychel Thompson earned All-West Coast Conference honorable mention. Bell needs just 13 more points to become the 35th player in Pepperdine history to surpass 1,000 career points.

  • There are no seniors on Pepperdine's 2009-10 squad, and 11 of the 15 players are underclassmen. The roster features four juniors, seven sophomores and four true freshmen.

  • Overall Record: 21-10
    WCC Record: 10-4
  • The Portland Pilots have accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) for the second consecutive season and will play at Northern Colorado in a first round matchup on Wednesday.

  • UP's leading scorer Nik Raivio, who is expected to be available for the postseason, has missed the last 14 games with a strained Achilles.

  • Portland (21-10) has already matched a school record for wins and placed third in the West Coast Conference standings for the second straight season. The Pilots matched the best WCC record in school history with a 10-4 mark this season.4-95).

  • Seniors T.J. Campbell and Robin Smeulders were named to the All-WCC first team, while juniors Jared Stohl and Luke Sikma earned honorable mention honors. The four players recognized were the most of any school in the league.

  • Overall Record: 26-5
    WCC Record: 11-3
  • Fresh off wining the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Tournament, Saint Mary's earned the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and will take on the Richmond Spiders in the first round on Thursday in Providence, R.I.

  • Senior center Omar Samhan owns the SMC single-season scoring record with 648 points this year. He also moved ahead of David Vann (1,738) for second on the career scoring list with 1,770 career points. To become the school's all-time leading scorer, Samhan will need to add 105 points to his single season record to pass Daniel Kickert's school record of 1,874 points.

  • Samhan was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year and was joined on the All-WCC first team by junior Mickey McConnell, while Matthew Dellavedova was selected to the All-WCC freshman team.

  • Over the past three seasons, SMC ranks fifth in the nation in winning percentage (.806).

  • Overall Record: 11-21
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • The Toreros defeated Santa Clara, 61-59, in the first round of the Zappos.com WCC Tournament before falling to Portland, 72-57, in the quarterfinals.

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson closed out his brilliant career as USD's all-time leader in points (1,790) and assists (525). He is the only player in WCC history to lead his team in both career statistical categories. Johnson's 1,790 career points rank 17th on the WCC's all-time list, while his 525 career assists rank just outside the WCC's top 10.

  • Senior Roberto Mafra set a new USD single-game record with seven blocked shots in the Toreros' win over Santa Clara.

  • Freshman forward Chris Manresa was selected to the WCC All-Freshman team. In WCC play he scored in double-digits four times and notched two double-doubles.

  • Overall Record: 12-18
    WCC Record: 7-7
  • San Francisco ended its season with an 84-76 loss to Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships.

  • Senior forward Dior Lowhorn was named to the All-WCC first team for the third consecutive season. Lowhorn scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his final game in the Green and Gold. For his career, Lowhorn topped 2,000 points, finishing with 2,003. The fifth-year senior scored 230 as a true freshman at Texas Tech in 2005-06. Lowhorn finished his career ranked fourth on the Dons' all-time scoring chart with 1,773 points.

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

  • Sophomore forward Angelo Caloairo provided the Dons with a big lift this season, ranking third on the team in scoring with 8.9 ppg. Caloairo developed into one of the top three-point shooters in the conference, knocking down .491 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

  • Overall Record: 11-21
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • The Broncos ended the season with a 61-59 loss to San Diego in the first round of the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships.

  • Sophomore forward Marc Trasolini and freshman point guard Robert Smith earned league honors. Trasolini was named to the All-WCC honorable mention team and Smith was named to the five-man WCC All-Freshman team. Trasolini led the team with 13.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 1.6 bpg, while Smith is second on the team with 12.1 ppg.

  • Sophomore guard Kevin Foster, the 2008-09 WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year, missed a majority of the season 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 featured the seventh-youngest team in the country (statsheet.com).