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WCC Announces 2010-11 Men's Basketball ESPN Package, Conference Schedule

Aug. 17, 2010

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference has released its 2010-11 men's basketball conference schedule and 24-game national television package as announced by the ESPN family of networks.

"Our unique relationship with ESPN is essential to our efforts to raise the national profile of the West Coast Conference and our institutions," West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said. "In addition to having a weekly slot on `Thursday Night Showcase' during the conference season, we are pleased that our institutions will have the chance to take on some of the elite programs in the nation on the ESPN family of networks."

There will be a total of 17 conference games on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU in 2010-11, including the Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championship semifinals on ESPN2 on Sunday, March 6 and the championship game on ESPN on Monday, March 7.

The West Coast Conference will once again be a centerpiece to ESPN's Thursday night coverage with weekly time slots on both ESPN2 and ESPNU in January and February.

The WCC's "Thursday Night Showcase" coverage will be highlighted by a pair of matchups between 2009-10 conference regular season champion Gonzaga, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and defending Zappos.com WCC Basketball Tournament Champion and NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs will host the Gaels on Thursday, Jan. 27 and will pay a visit to Saint Mary's on the final weekend of the regular season on Thursday, February 24.Conference play tips off on Thursday, January 6 as Saint Mary's visits Loyola Marymount on ESPNU. The first of seven WCC regular season conference games on ESPN2 will be on Thursday, January 13 as Portland hosts Loyola Marymount in a matchup between two programs that reached the postseason in 2009-10.

In addition to the 17-game conference package, ESPN has announced the broadcast of seven non-conference games that are a part of the conference's national television package. Additional WCC non-conference games (tournaments, special events and/or road games) on the ESPN family of networks will be announced at a later date.

Gonzaga leads the way with four non-conference exposures as a part of the WCC package with contests against Illinois (December 4 in Seattle; ESPN), Xavier (December 22; ESPN2), Oklahoma State (December 31; ESPN2), and Memphis (Feb. 5; ESPN or ESPN2). In addition, Saint Mary's will host St. John's as part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on November 16, Portland will take on Kentucky at the Rose Garden on ESPNU on November 19 and Loyola Marymount will host Florida State on ESPNU on December 18.

Additional national and regional men's basketball telecasts will be arranged and announced by the conference and its member institutions in the fall. The dates and times of these broadcasts will be posted on wccsports.com as they become available.

About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership - only two conferences have been together longer - and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.

2010-11 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Schedule
(Television games in parenthesis; dates and time subject to change)(As of August 17, 2010)

WCC/ESPN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
Monday, November 15
St. John's at Saint Mary's, 11:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, November 19
Kentucky vs. Portland @ Rose Garden, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, December 4
Illinois vs. Gonzaga @ Key Arena, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, December 18
Florida State at Loyola Marymount, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Wednesday, December 22
Xavier at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, December 31
Oklahoma State at Gonzaga, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday, February 5
Memphis vs. Gonzaga @ Spokane Arena, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

CONFERENCE GAMES
Thursday, January 6
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount, time TBA (ESPNU)
San Diego at Pepperdine

Saturday, January 8
Portland at Gonzaga
San Diego at Loyola Marymount
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine
San Francisco at Santa Clara

Thursday, January 13
Pepperdine at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at Portland, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
San Francisco at Saint Mary's
Santa Clara at San Diego

Saturday, January 15
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
Pepperdine at Portland
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's
San Francisco at San Diego

Thursday, January 20
San Diego at Saint Mary's
Portland at San Francisco
Gonzaga at Santa Clara, time TBA (ESPNU)

Saturday, January 22
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
Gonzaga at San Francisco
Portland at Santa Clara

Thursday, January 27
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount
Santa Clara at Pepperdine
San Diego at Portland

Saturday, January 29
San Diego at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount
San Francisco at Pepperdine
Saint Mary's at Portland, time TBA (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 3
Gonzaga at Portland, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's
Loyola Marymount at San Diego

Saturday, February 5
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's, time TBA (ESPN2)
Pepperdine at San Diego
Santa Clara at San Francisco

Thursday, February 10
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Portland at Pepperdine
San Diego at San Francisco
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara, time TBA (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 12
Portland at Loyola Marymount
Gonzaga at Pepperdine
Saint Mary's at San Francisco
San Diego at Santa Clara

Wednesday, February 16
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount, time TBA (ESPNU)
Saint Mary's at San Diego, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, February 17
Santa Clara at Gonzaga
San Francisco at Portland, time TBA (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 19
San Francisco at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Portland

Thursday, February 24
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Portland at San Diego
Pepperdine at San Francisco
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara, time TBA (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 26
Portland at Saint Mary's
Gonzaga at San Diego
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco
Pepperdine at Santa Clara

Friday, March 4
Zappos.com WCC Championships Opening Round Game #1, 6:00 p.m.
Zappos.com WCC Championships Opening Round Game #2, 30 minutes after game 1

Saturday, March 5
Zappos.com WCC Championships Quarterfinal #1, 6:00 p.m.
Zappos.com WCC Championships Quarterfinal #2, 30 minutes after game 1

Sunday, March 6
Zappos.com WCC Championships Semifinal #1, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Zappos.com WCC Championships Semifinal #2, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, March 7
Zappos.com WCC Championship Game, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN)