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WCC Men's Basketball Teams Open 2009-10 Season This Weekend

Nov. 10, 2009

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ALL EIGHT WCC SCHOOLS OPEN THE SEASON THIS WEEKEND

The 2009-10 men's basketball season officially gets underway this weekend as all eight WCC schools will take the court for the first time this weekend. Six of the eight schools will be in action on Friday, while the other two, WCC front-runners Gonzaga and Portland, open their seasons on Saturday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TV
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT vs. Boise State (Univ. of Montana Tournament) Missoula, MT
5:05 PM
Stanford at SAN DIEGO San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
4SD
Cal Poly at SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
SANTA CLARA at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM
Pacific at PEPPERDINE Malibu, CA
7:30 PM
New Mexico State at SAINT MARY'S Moraga, CA
8:30 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TV
PORTLAND at Eastern Washington Cheney, WA
1:00 PM
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT vs. North Dakota (Univ. of Montana Tournament) Missoula, MT
5:05 PM
Mississippi Valley State at GONZAGA Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
KHQ/FSN Northwest
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
TV
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at Montana (Univ. of Montana Tournament) Missoula, MT
2:05 PM

AROUND THE WCC

Gonzaga Edges Portland For Top Spot In 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
Gonzaga was selected as the favorite to capture an unprecedented 10th consecutive West 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 is 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

2009-10 WCC Preseason All-Conference TeamIf 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

WCC Live To Cover Men's Hoops Season
This season, the West Coast Conference introduced a new internet based radio show called "WCC Live" to be hosted by veteran play-by-play announcer, Jeff Lampe. The next WCC Live show will be this Wednesday (Nov. 11) and will feature San Francisco Head Coach Rex Walters and Dons' senior forward Dior Lowhorn as well as Saint Mary's Head COach Randy Bennett and senior Omar Samhan. Each week, the show will feature interviews with coaches and players from around the league as well as special 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. As each episode approaches, we will list the upcoming guests here as well as have an audio player you can use to listen to previous episodes of the show.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 0-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga graduated four of its top five scorers from a year ago, accounting for 60 percent of the Zags' points and 56.9 percent of their rebounds.

  • Gonzaga has won nine consecutive WCC regular season titles, tying the University of Kentucky teams of 1944-52 for the fourth-longest conference title winning streak in NCAA history. UCLA holds the record with 13 straight league titles from 1967-79.

  • Last season, the Zags posted their third undefeated conference record, becoming the only school since the WCC moved to its current eight team alignment in 1980-81 to accomplish the feat three times.

  • Matt Bouldin was named to the John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 Watch List.

  • Gonzaga opens the season by hosting Mississippi Valley State (11/14).

  • Overall Record: 0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions return their top four scorers, three of which are sophomores.

  • Leading the way for the Lions is preseason All-WCC selection Jarred DuBois. The sophomore became the first freshman in LMU history to score more than 400 points in a season.

  • Sophomore Kevin Young returns after setting LMU freshman records for rebounds (224), rebounds per game (7.2), rebounds in a game (19), steals (51) and blocks (34).

  • The Lions don't have a senior on the roster but should get solid leadership from juniors Vernon Teel, Larry Davis, and Drew Viney. Teel was the Lions' leading scorer last season with 14.6 ppg, while Davis is a transfer from Seton Hall and Viney is a transfer from Oregon.

  • Loyola Marymount opens the season at the University of Montana Tournament where the Lions will face Boise State (11/13), North Dakota (11/14), and the host Grizzlies (11/15).

  • Overall Record: 0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The 2009-10 Waves have 11 returning lettermen, among the most in school history.

  • Pepperdine returns its top four scorers from last season, three of which were freshman and the other was a sophomore.

  • Sophomore guard Keion Bell was named to the preseason all-conference team. Bell was selected to the WCC's All-Freshman team last season, as the 6-foot-3 guard averaged team highs of 12.9 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals.

  • Junior forward Mychel Thompson, who was named team captain, sank five three-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Waves in their exhibition win over Westmont.

  • The Waves host Pacific (11/13) in their season opener.

  • Overall Record: 0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland was picked to finish second behind Gonzaga in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. It is the highest preseason listing ever for the Pilots.

  • Portland returns 12 letterwinners, including its top 10 scorers from last season's team that posted a 19-13 record and advanced to postseason play for the first time since 1996. It was the third best season in Portland's 51-year history at the NCAA Division I level. In all, Portland welcomes back 99.1 percent of its scoring from last season and 99.3 percent of its rebounding.

  • Senior guards T.J. Campbell and Nik Raivio were both named to the WCC preseason all-conference team as Portland and Gonzaga were the only two schools with more than one representative.

  • Portland opens the season at Eastern Washington (11/14) this weekend.

  • Overall Record: 0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's, coming off a school-record 28 wins, was picked third in the WCC preseason coaches poll.

  • The Gaels will look toward returning starters Omar Samhan, Wayne Hunter and Mickey McConnell to lead the squad this season. The trio helped propel SMC to 9-2 record in the final 11 games of the 2008-09 season, while leading the Gaels to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament.

  • Samhan, named preseason All-WCC, enjoyed a standout junior season in which he averaged 14.1 point and 9.4 rebounds, en route to All-WCC first team honors. Samhan has had a stellar career for Saint Mary's and enters his final season as a Gael ranked second in blocked shots (152), sixth in career rebounds (738), and 19th in career scoring (1,124).

  • Saint Mary's hosts New Mexico State (11/13) to open the 2009-10 season.

  • Overall Record: 0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros return nine players and three starters from last year's squad that posted a 16-16 record.

  • The Toreros should be bolstered by the return of senior guard Brandon Johnson, who was granted a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury early last season. Johnson, who was named to the preseason all-conference team, looks to regain the form that made him a first team All-WCC selection in 2008.

  • Johnson enters the season with 1,385 points and 425 assists, second all-time at USD.

  • Senior guard De'Jon Jackson led five Toreros in double-digit scoring with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field in their exhibition win over Occidental.

  • San Diego opens the 2009-10 season by hosting Stanford (11/13) this Friday.

  • Overall Record: 0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco returns six players from the 2008-09 season, and add seven new players to the program along with transfer Rashad Green, who sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules.

  • Headlining the list of returners is senior forward Dior Lowhorn, who has led the conference in scoring the past two seasons. Lowhorn, who was named to the WCC preseason all-conference team, became the first player to lead the WCC in scoring during conference play in back-to-back seasons since Gonzaga's Jeff Brown accomplished the feat from 1993-94.

  • Sophomore forward Angelo Caloiaro finished with a double-double, totaling 15 points, 10 rebounds and three steals after playing a game-high 33 minutes in the Dons' exhibition win over Cal State Monterey Bay.

  • The Dons tip-off the 2009-10 season by hosting Cal Poly (11/13).

  • Overall Record: 12-6-1
    WCC Record: 4-2-0
  • The Broncos, who tied for fourth in the WCC preseason coaches poll, welcome in six new faces, including five freshmen this season. The youthful Broncos have no seniors on their roster and nine underclassmen.

  • Sophomore guard Kevin Foster (14.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg last year), the 2009 WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year, was named to the preseason All-WCC team. Foster broke former Bronco Steve Nash's single-season record for three-pointers last season when he hit 85 (Nash hit 84 in 1995). Foster also broke former Bronco Kurt Rambis' freshman school record for points scored with 486 (Rambis scored 414 in 1976-77).

  • Sophomore Marc Trasolini, who was named to the All-WCC Freshman team last season, tied John Bryant's freshman school record for blocks with 37.

  • Santa Clara opens the season on the road at Cal State Bakersfield (11/13).