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WCC Weekly Men's Basketball Notes

Dec. 15, 2009

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West Coast Conference Continues Non-Conference Play

Overall, the West Coast Conference is 12-8 against opposition from the `Power 6 Conferences' (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC) this season, including a 6-3 record on Thanksgiving week (November 23-29). Other notable wins this season include San Diego defeating Stanford, Portland and Saint Mary's beating Oregon, and Loyola Marymount taking down USC and Notre Dame.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at Houston Baptist Houston, TX
5:30 PM
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SCU def. Houston Baptist, 68-65
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:05 PM

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at Rice Houston, TX
5:00 PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pacific at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:05 PM
New Mexico State at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:30 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Duke vs. Gonzaga New York, NY
1:00 PM
South Florida vs. San Francisco Las Vegas, NV
2:00 PM
Cal State Bakersfield at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
3:30 PM
Southern Illinois vs. San Diego Las Vegas, NV
4:15 PM
Portland at Washington Seattle, WA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
South Florida vs. San Diego Las Vegas, NV
2:00 PM
Southern Illinois vs. San Francisco Las Vegas, NV
4:15 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Co-Players of the Week
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's, G, 6-4, Fr., Australia
Dellavedova scored a career/season high 21 points, while playing all40 minutes in an 81-76 win at Oregon on Saturday, and scored 14points in the second half after SMC trailed 34-33 at halftime.

Vernon Teel, Loyola Marymount, G, 6-4, Jr., Jamaica Queens,NY
Teel scored 24 points, while adding 11 rebounds, six assists, just twoturnovers and a steal to lead LMU to an 87-85 win at Notre Dame onSaturday.

Also Nominated: Keion Bell (Pepperdine), De'Jon Jackson (SanDiego), Robert Sacre (Gonzaga), Marc Trasolini (Santa Clara)

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

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 Live To Cover Men's Hoops Season
This season, the West Coast Conference introduced a new internet based radio showcalled "WCC Live" to be hosted by veteran play-by-play announcer Jeff Lampe. The show will feature interviews with coaches and players from around the league as well asspecial 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. The program will air live each Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ---- visit wccsports.com/wcclive for up-to-date guest information.

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 Edges Portland For Top Spot in 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
Gonzaga was selected as the favorite to capture an unprecedented 10th consecutiveWest 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 were 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 Returns To The Airwaves "Down Under"
For the second consecutive year, the West Coast Conference has teamed up with ESPNAustralia and ESPN Pacific Rim to televise men's basketball games "Down Under". Thefollowing four games have been confirmed for air in Australia with more games expected to be added to the schedule: San Diego State at Saint Mary's (Nov. 17), Gonzaga at Saint Mary's (Jan. 14), Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (Feb. 11) and Saint Mary's at San Diego (Feb. 18).

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: 8-2
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Bulldogs opened the week with a 79-40 victory over NCAA DivisionIII Augustana (5-2) on Wednesday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. OnSaturday in its annual appearance in the Comcast Battle In Seattle, the Zags led by as manyas 18 points in a 103-91 victory over Davidson (2-7, 1-1 Southern) before 13,746 fans at KeyArena. The Bulldogs converted on 41 of a school record 54 free throw attempts, and had threedifferent players shoot 13 free throws or more. Gonzaga also shot 63.6 (28-of-44) from the floorfor the game, including 66.7 (14-of-21) percent in the first half.

  • Freshman Elias Harris continued his hot start with 27 points, including 11-of-14 from the foulline, five rebounds and two blocked shots against Davidson. Harris is averaging 13.3 points and6.9 rebounds per game to rank 12th in the WCC in scoring and sixth in rebounding.

  • The Zags will take on #7/7 Duke (7-1) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (PT) at the Aeropostale Classicat Madison Square Garden. The game will be telelivsed live nationally by CBS.

  • Overall Record: 4-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions opened the week with an 82-73 home loss to Montana (6-4,1-1 Big Sky) on Thursday, despite 22 points and 10 rebounds from DrewViney. Less than 48 hours later, LMU pulled off a shocking 87-85 win at Notre Dame (9-2) ona 3-pointer by Jarred DuBois with eight seconds remaining. It was the Lions' first win over acurrent member of the Big East since 1988 and Notre Dame's first non-conference home losssince 2005. Just three weeks earlier (Nov. 21), LMU won at USC 67-59 for its first road win overthe Trojans since 1976-77 and first road win overall since Dec. 8, 2007.

  • Junior Vernon Teel continues to show signs of having the best season of his career, and headded more proof by being named WCC Co-Player of the Week on Monday. Teel, who ranks 11thin the nation in assists with 6.2 per game, lifted LMU to an 87-85 win at Notre Dame on Saturday.He finished the week averaging 15.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

  • The Lions will host Cal State Bakersfield (1-6) on Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion.

  • Overall Record: 3-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves have lost five straight after dropping three home games lastweek. The Waves fell to Fresno State (4-5) 80-72 on Tuesday, NAIA Division I California Baptist(6-3, 1-1 GSAC) 67-65 on Thursday and Portland State (5-4, 1-0 Big Sky) 93-81 on Saturday.Keion Bell had 24 points, seven assists and five rebounds against Fresno State, 21 points againstCalifornia Baptist and 16 points, five assists and five rebounds against Portland State.

  • Sophomore Keion Bell, a 2009-10 WCC Preseason All-Conference Team selection, ranks 11thnationally and first in the conference in scoring at 22.2 points per game. He has scored morethan 20 points in eight of his 11 games, including a career-high 34 against Monmouth. On theWCC leaderboard, he is also currently second in steals (2.0), fourth in assists (4.4), eighth in fieldgoal percentage (50.3), 10th in free throw percentage (79.6) and 16th in rebounding (5.2).

  • After final exams this week, the Waves will finish their four-game homestand against NewMexico State (3-5) on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

  • Overall Record: 6-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland improved to 3-1 at home with a 72-62 victory over Denver (6-3)on Saturday afternoon at the Chiles Center. The Pioneers came into thegame ranked third in the nation in field goal percentage at 52.3, but wereheld to 48.1 (25-of-52) percent overall and 42.3 (11-of-26) percent in the second half. Nik Raiviohad 12 points, four rebounds, three assissts and two steals to lead the Pilots.

  • In the first five weeks of the season, junior guard T.J. Campbell has been named WCC Playerof the Month once, WCC Player of the Week twice and was named to the All-Tournament Teamat the prestigious 76 Classic. Campbell also helped lead Portland to its first national ranking in50 years by averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in November.Campbell currentlyranks tied for ninth in the conference in scoring (14.6 pg) and third in assists (5.6 pg).

  • The Pilots hit the road to take on #21/#24 Washington (6-2) on Saturday in Seattle. Portlandis 2-0 against the Pac-10 this year with wins over Oregon (88-81) and UCLA (74-47).

  • Overall Record: 7-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's wrapped up a 3-0 road trip and extended its winning streakto five with an 81-76 win at Oregon (4-4) on Saturday afternoon. It markedthe third straight year that the Gaels have defeated the Ducks, with two of those wins coming inEugene. Omar Samhan had 22 points and eight rebounds in the win, while freshman MatthewDellavedova contributed 21 points and four assists.

  • Saint Mary's freshman Matthew Dellavedova was named WCC Co-Player of the Week afterhe scored a career/season high 21 points, while playing all 40 minutes in the win at Oregon.He scored 14 points in the second half after SMC trailed 34-33 at halftime, including nine of theGaels' final 13 points. For the year, Dellavedova is averaging 14.8 points per game and leadsthe nation in foul shooting thanks to a perfect 21-of-21 clip from the foul line.

  • Saint Mary's returns home for the first time since Nov. 25, and will host Portland State (5-4,1-0 Big Sky) on Tuesday and Pacific (7-2) on Friday.

  • Overall Record: 5-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros scored 14 points in the final 58 seconds, but it wasn't enoughin an 82-78 loss to unbeaten New Mexico (10-0) on Wednesday at the JennyCraig Pavilion. Senior De'Jon Jackson had a season-higih 22 points and fiverebounds for San Diego. On Saturday, USD rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit (27-19)to record a 59-56 victory at Boise State (5-4). Roberto Mafra had 14 points and 12 reboundsto post his first career double-double.

  • Senior De'Jon Jackson continued his strong non-conference play by averaging 18.0 points,4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists last week against New Mexico and Boise State. Jackson shot54.5 (12-of-22) percent from the floor, 50.0 (6-of-12) percent from 3-point range and 85.7 (6-of-7) percent from the foul line.

  • San Diego will take part in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic this weekend and will playSouthern Illinois (5-2) on Saturday and South Florida (7-2) on Sunday at South Point Arena.

  • Overall Record: 3-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons snapped a six-game losing streak with a 76-71 come-frombehindhome win over San Jose State (4-4) on Tuesday night. The Donstrailed by 13 (38-25) with 18:07 remaining, but went on a 39-15 run over thenext 15 minutes to pull away. Dior Lowhorn led the Dons with 26 points and seven rebounds in25 minutes off the bench. San Francisco then dropped a 66-63 decision at Loyola of Chicago(6-2, 1-1 Horizon) on Saturday despite 20 points from Lowhorn.

  • Senior Dior Lowhorn, who was named to the 2009-10 West Coast Conference PreseasonAll-Conference Team, is the first player to lead the WCC in scoring during conference play inback-to-back seasons since Gonzaga's Jeff Brown accomplished the feat in 1992-93 and 1993-94. Lowhorn ranks 12th on USF's all-time scoring list with 1,414 career points

  • San Francisco travels to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic to take on South Florida (7-2)on Saturday and Southern Illinois (5-2) on Sunday at South Point Arena.

  • Overall Record: 6-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos are on a two-game winning streak and have won four oftheir last five. Santa Clara defeated NAIA Division II Dominican (2-6) 69-65on Friday night behind 22 points and 11 rebounds from Marc Trasolini. The double-double wasthe second of the year for Trasolini and the third of his career. Santa Clara then built a 16-pointsecond half lead before holding on for a 68-65 victory at Houston Baptist (1-9) on Monday.

  • Sophomore guard Kevin Foster, the 2008-09 West Coast Conference Co-Newcomer of theYear, is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. Foster, who was averaging 19.8 points per gamethis season, has a fracture of the fifth metatarsal that will require surgery in Santa Clara overthe holidays. Foster, a 6-foot-2 guard from Katy, Texas, injured his foot in the final minutes ofSanta Clara's 79-68 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 1.

  • Santa Clara continues its Texas swing Wednesday at Rice (4-4). The trip to Houston Baptistand Rice marks the Broncos' only non-conference games outside of California this year.