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WCC Weekly Men's Basketball Notes

Nov. 17, 2009

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ALL EIGHT WCC SCHOOLS ENTER SECOND WEEK OF NON-CONFERENCE PLAY

The WCC jumped out to a 10-4 start in the opening four days of the 2009-10 regular season, highlighted by 2-0 starts by San Francisco, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. Conference Player of the Week honors were shared by Ben Allen of Saint Mary's and De'Jon Jackson of San Diego after Allen led the Gaels to a 32-point win over New Mexico State and Jackson led the Toreros to a 13-point win over Stanford.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
COVERAGE
San Diego at Pacific Stockton, CA
7:00 PM

Dominican at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM

Menlo at Santa Clara Portland, OR
7:00 PM

San Diego State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
11:00 PM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Michigan State East Lansing, MI
5:00 PM
ESPN
Long Beach State at Pepperdine Pepperdine, CA
7:00 PM
Seattle at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Point Loma Nazarene at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
UC Irvine at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
8:00 PM
Fox Sports Prime Ticket
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at San Diego State San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco at Arizona State Tempe, AZ
4:30 PM
IPFW at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM
Fox Sports Northwest/KHQ Spokane
Cal State Bernardino at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Vanderbilt at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
8:30 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount at USC Los Angeles, CA
5:00 PM
Oregon at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at Pacific Stockton, CA
5:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

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

Three WCC Teams Advance To The Postseason For Second Consecutive Season
For just the sixth time in conference history, three WCC men's basketball teams advanced to the postseason. Gonzaga, the WCC regular season and conference tournament champion, earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to eventual National Champion North Carolina. Saint Mary's was a No. 2 seed in the NIT and advanced to the quarterfinals, while Portland earned an invitation to the inaugural Collegeinsider.com Tournament.

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's Matt Bouldin Named 2010 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50
Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Bouldin has been named to the 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy. Bouldin started 33 of 34 games a year ago, his only non-start coming on Senior Night. He averaged 13.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.4 apg and shot 49.1 percent from the field, going 156-for-318. He also shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range, connecting on 55-of-130 from long range. Eleven conferences are represented on the Wooden Award Preseason List. Leading the way is the Big East (11), followed by the ACC (10), Big 10 (8), SEC (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-10 (3), and Atlantic 10, CAA, Horizon, WAC and West Coast with one apiece.

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 three-year deal, effective through the 2011-12 season, marks the WCC's first-ever title sponsorship. In addition to its financial sponsorship, 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.

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

WCC Men's Basketball Teams To Make 31 Appearances On ESPN's Family Of Networks
ESPN recently announced its 2009-10 men's basketball schedule which will feature approximately 1,100 games across the networks multiple platforms. The West Coast Conference is among the featured conferences as WCC teams are scheduled to make 31 appearances, including 14 WCC regular season games, on ESPN's family of networks.

Make sure to download the full release to view the full TV schedule.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 1-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga opened the 2009-10 regular season with a 92-74 home win over Misssisspi Valley State (0-2) on Saturday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Matt Bouldin, who was named to the John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 Watch List, had a game-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers, six rebounds and five assists. Freshman Elias Harris added 18 points and seven rebounds in only 19 minutes in his collegiate debut.

  • The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday at No. 2/2 Michigan State (1-0) on ESPN as part of the Second Annual College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon. Gonzaga then returns home to host Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (0-1) on Friday on Fox Sports Northwest/KHQ Spokane.

  • 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.

  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions opened the season with a 1-2 record at the Karl Tyler Chevrolet Grizzly Basketball Tournament in Mizzoula, Montana with the two losses coming by a combined total of just four points. The Lions missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to fall to Boise State (2-1) 90-87 on Friday before rebounding to defeat North Dakota (0-3) 83-60 on Saturday. The 23-point margin of victory was LMU's largest since a 83-51 win at Northern Colorado on Nov. 24, 2004. The Lions wrapped up the weekend with a 64-63 loss to host Montana (3-0) on Sunday.

  • The Lions do not have a senior on the 2009-10 roster and feature eight freshmen, seven sophomores and three juniors. Junior Larry Davis, a transfer from Seton Hall, scored 22 points in his Lion debut vs. Boise State.

  • Loyola Marymount plays its 2009-10 home opener against UC Irvine (1-1) on Wednesday on Fox Sports Prime Ticket and visits USC (0-0) on Saturday.

  • Overall Record: 0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine opened the 2009-10 season with a 67-64 home double overtime loss to Pacific (2-0) at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Tigers led by 10 points with just over four minutes to play in regulation, but the Waves came all the way back to tie it thanks to a tip-in by Mychel Thompson with 4.9 seconds remaining. The loss was Pepperdine's seventh in its last eight season openers. Keion Bell led the Waves with game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

  • Sophomore guard Keion Bell had his fifth career double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) in the season opener vs. Pacific with the the previous four coming during conference play. The last Pepperdine player to record a double-double in the season opener was Kelvin Gibbs (14 points, 11 rebounds) against Indiana in 2000-01.

  • The Waves continue their season opening three-game homestand by taking on Long Beach State (1-0) on Tuesday and Division II Cal State Bernardino (0-0) on Friday.

  • Overall Record: 1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland, which was the second best 3-point shooting team in the nation in 2008-09, went 7-of-13 from beyond the arc in a 64-58 season opening win at Eastern Washington (0-2). The win snapped a four-game losing streak against Eastern Washington. Luke Sikma (13 points, 14 rebounds) led the way with his fifth career double-double as the Pilots shot 50.0 percent overall (21-of-42) and 60.0 percent in the second half (12-of-20).

  • 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.

  • Portland opens its 2009-10 regular season home schedule against Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle (0-1) on Tuesday and Oregon (3-0) on Friday.

  • Overall Record: 2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's opened the 2009-10 campaign in style with a 100-68 home win over New Mexico State (0-1) on Friday and a nationally-televised 80-58 home victory over 2008-09 NIT semifinalist San Diego State (1-1) on Monday. The San Diego State game, which was highlighted by Mickey McConnell's career-high 24 points, tipped off at 11:00 PM PT and was the second game on ESPN's Second Annual College Basketball Tipoff Marathon.

  • SMC senior Ben Allen earned WCC Co-Player of the Week honors (Nov. 9-15) as he just missed a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the win over New Mexico State. Allen was 5-of-6 from the field (1-of-1 from 3-point range) and 6-of-6 from the line to go along with three steals.

  • The Gaels continue their season-opening five-game homestand when they play host to Vanderbilt (1-0) on Friday night at McKeon Pavilion.

  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego opened the 2009-10 campaign with an impressive 77-64 home win over Stanford (1-1) on Friday. Senior Brandon Johnson had 18 points for USD to move into fourth place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,403 points. The Toreros then dropped a 56-55 decision at Pacific on Monday night at the Spanos Center. USD overcame a 10-point deficit in the final seven minutes but missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

  • Senior guard De'Jon Jackson earned WCC Co-Player of the Week honors for Nov. 9-15 after a 18-point effort in the win over Stanford. Jackson hit 8 of his 13 shots from the floor and had three assists, three steals and two rebounds.

  • The Toreros host NAIA Division I Point Loma Nazarene (1-2) on Wednesday at Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD will then take the weekend off before traveling to Anchorage, Alaska, for the six-team Great Alaska Shootout.

  • Overall Record: 2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons raced out to a 2-0 home start under second-year head coach Rex Walters with a pair of convincing home victories. On Friday, the Dons scored the first 14 points of the game en route to a 73-62 triumph over Cal Poly (0-2). USF followed up the season-opening victory with a 92-66 home win over Division II Dominican (0-1) on Monday. Senior Dior Lowhorn scored 24 points against Dominican and 22 vs. Cal Poly to move into 16th on USF's all-time scoring list with 1,284 points.

  • Senior Dior Lowhorn, who was named to the 2009-10 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. Lowhorn averaged 20.5 points per game in conference play in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.

  • The Dons hit the road for the first time in 2009-10 on Saturday when they visit Arizona State (2-0) at 3:30 p.m. (PT) in Tempe.

  • Overall Record: 2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos opened the season with an 84-81 victory on the road against Cal State Bakersfield (0-1) 84-81 on Friday. Sophomore Kevin Foster led the way for the Broncos by scoring all 21 of his points in the second half. Santa Clara then opened its 2009-10 home season with a 79-55 win over NAIA Division II school Menlo (0-1). The Broncos shot 45 free throws in the win over Menlo, which was the most by a Santa Clara team since Jan. 14, 1993 (47 vs. San Francisco).

  • 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 3-pointers last season when he hit 85 (Nash hit 84 in 1995).

  • The Broncos open play in the five-team West Coast Classic this week on the road against San Diego State (1-1) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Pacific (2-0) on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.