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West Coast Conference Closes Out Non-Conference Play This Week

Dec. 17, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference heads into the final week of the non-conference schedule with an overall record of 71-32 (68.9%) entering play on Tuesday. The Conference has established itself as one of the elite offensive conferences in the country. See below for more notes on the WCC’s strong non-conference campaign.

WCC QUICK HITS  

  • Through December 16, WCC teams boast a strong 68.9 winning percentage (71-32) vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for the breakdown.
  • Four WCC teams rank among the top-25 in RPI - Saint Mary’s (11) Gonzaga (17), BYU (22) and Pacific (25).
  • WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (37.1) and ranks second among Division I leaders in scoring (79.8) and field goal percentage (47.3).
  • 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.
  • Three WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-50 – Gonzaga (17), Saint Mary’s (28) and BYU (49).
  • 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.
  • Five member institutions posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recent cohort as released by the NCAA in October.

WCC AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • The top-five teams in the WCC enter action Tuesday with a 42-10 (80.8%) overall record.

Entering play Monday, December 16...

  • No. 21/15 Gonzaga ranks fifth among Division I in field goal percentage (52.6), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (44.4), ranks 11th in scoring (87.5), 14th in 3-pointers (9.1) and 17th in assist/turnover ratio (1.57).
  • BYU rates eighth nationally in scoring (88.6 ppg), 12th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.63) and is ninth in assists per game (17.9), while Portland is 21st (16.7).
  • San Francisco rates 22nd nationally in both field goal percentage (49.7) and scoring (84.4)
  • San Diego rates 14th among Division I leaders in field goal percentage defense (37.7),  18th in scoring defense (61.5) and 13th in 3-point defense (26.3).
  • Pacific rates seventh nationally among Division I leaders in free throw percentage (77.9), while Saint Mary’s is 22nd (75.2) in free throws, and eighth in 3-point percentage (43.6).
  • Santa Clara rates 15th nationally among Division I leaders in assist/turnover ratio (1.59), while Saint Mary’s is 25th (1.44).

THIS WEEK’S WCC SCHEDULE
Tuesday, December 17
Cal Poly at Loyola Marymount, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18  
San Francisco at St. John’s (FOX Sports 1), 5:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Santa Clara, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 19      
American at Saint Mary’s, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 20           
Bradley vs. Portland, 5:00 p.m.
Pacific vs. Princeton, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 21      
Gonzaga at Kansas State (ESPN2), 12:30 p.m.
Houston Baptist at Pepperdine, 1:00 p.m.
Southern Utah at San Diego, 2:00 p.m.
Pacific vs. Bradley, 5:30 p.m.
La Sierra at Loyola Marymount, 6:00 p.m.
BYU at Oregon (Pac-12 Networks), 7:30 p.m.
Princeton vs. Portland, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 22
American at San Francisco, 2:00 p.m.      
Santa Clara vs. UNLV, 7:30 p.m.                
Saint Mary’s vs. South Carolina (ESPNU) , 9:00 p.m.

Monday, December 23
Saint Mary’s vs. TBD (ESPN2 or ESPNU), TBA
Santa Clara vs. TBA (CBS Sports Network/TBA), TBA

All times Pacific (PT)