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West Coast Conference Heads into Busy Thanksgiving Week

Nov. 26, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference heads into a Thanksgiving Week dominated by tournament play. The WCC owns a record of 40-14 (74.1%) heading into action on Tuesday. See below for more notes on the WCC’s strong start. 

  • Through November 25, WCC teams boast a strong 74.1 winning percentage (40-14) vs. non-conference foes.
  • BYU’s Tyler Haws and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos were selected to the Naismith Trophy Early Season Top-50 Watch List. It is the second straight season on the list for Pangos.
  • Four WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-100, including three in the top-50 – Gonzaga (11), BYU (37) and Saint Mary’s (59). San Diego checks in at 99.
  • Three WCC players have been named to prestigious preseason watch lists. The Wooden Preseason Top-50 list features BYU’s Tyler Haws and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos. The Bob Cousy Award Watch List lists Pangos and Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland.
  • The top-five teams in the WCC enter action Tuesday with a 23-3 (88.5%) overall record and no league team owns a losing record in 2013-14.
  • Entering play Monday, No. 11 Gonzaga rates third among Division I leaders in field goal percentage (55.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (48.4).
  • Entering play Monday, BYU leads the nation in assist/turnover ratio (2.13) and is 10th in assists per game (19.2).
  • Entering play Monday, San Diego rates third among Division I leaders in field goal percentage defense (32.9) and is 10th in scoring defense (63.2).
  • Entering play Monday, Pacific rates second nationally among Division I leaders in free throw percentage (83.3).
  • The WCC is the second-highest scoring conference in Division I (81.7 PPG). The Pac-12 is first (81.9 PPG), through games of Nov. 24.
  • WCC member institutions have posted four games with 100 or more points and have scored 90 or more in 10 of 54 overall games this season and 85 or more in 19 contests.