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West Coast Conference Opens Week Two of League Play

Dec. 31, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference continues the 2013-14 conference schedule with week two starting Thursday, January 2, 2014. It was an eventful opening weekend with No. 24/21 Gonzaga (2-0), Loyola Marymount (2-0), Pepperdine (2-0) and Saint Mary’s (1-0) emerging with undefeated league records. The WCC entered league play as one of just five Division I conferences with every member institution boasting a winning record. The Conference continued to stake its reputation as one of the nation’s elite offensive conferences. See below for more notes on the WCC’s strengths.


  • Through December 31, WCC teams boast a strong 67.2 winning percentage (82-40) vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for the complete non-conference breakdown.
  • Two WCC teams rank among the top-25 in RPI - Gonzaga (22) and BYU (23). Pacific (38) cracked the top-40.
  • WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference ranks third among Division I leaders in scoring (78.46) and second in field goal percentage (47.27) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (37.20).
  • 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.
  • Two WCC member institutions are rated in the KenPom top-60 – Gonzaga (22) and Saint Mary’s (45).
  • 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.

The West Coast Conference posted a strong non-conference resume.

  • The WCC is one of just five conferences nationally with every institution posting a winning record entering league play, joining the Big East, Big-12, Big-10 and Pac-12.
  • Five WCC teams rank in the top-50 nationally in scoring offense - BYU (4th/89.2), Gonzaga (16th/85.3), USF (35th/81.5), Portland (42nd/80.8) and LMU (50th/79.8).
  • Three WCC teams rank in the top-15 nationally in free throw percentage - Pacific (6th/77.1), Portland (8th/76.9) and LMU (12th/76.4).
  • Five WCC teams rank in the top-60 nationally in assist/turnover ratio - Gonzaga (18th/1.54); BYU (19th/1.53), Santa Clara (34th/1.38); Portland (38th/1.36) and Saint Mary’s (56th/1.27).
  • Nine of 10 WCC teams convert on at least 45% from the field and nine of 10 connect on at least 35% from 3-point range.

Entering play Monday, December 30...

  • No. 24/21 Gonzaga ranks third among Division I in field goal percentage (52.0), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (43.2), ranks 18th in scoring (84.5), 22nd in 3-pointers (8.6), and 19th in assist/turnover ratio (1.52).
  • BYU rates fifth nationally in scoring (88.2 ppg), 25th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.50), 10th in assists per game (17.4) and fifth in free throw attempts (420).
  • San Francisco rates sixth nationally in field goal percentage (51.1) and 23rd in total assists (208).
  • San Diego rates 23rd among Division I leaders in field goal percentage defense (38.5) and 22nd in scoring defense (61.8).
  • Pacific rates fourth nationally among Division I leaders in free throw percentage (77.1), Loyola Marymount is eighthth (76.4), while Portland is 17th (75.8) at the stripe.
  • Saint Mary’s is 12th in 3-point percentage (42.5).
  • Four WCC student-athletes rank in the top-25 nationally in field goal percentage. Brad Waldow (6th/65.1) of Saint Mary’s, Brendan Lane (9th/63.2) of Pepperdine, Dennis Kramer (12th/61.7) of San Diego and Sam Dower, Jr. (16th/61.1) of Gonzaga.

*All statistics through games of Sunday, Dec. 29.

Thursday, January 2
Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga - ESPN2 - 6:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Pacific at Portland - 7:00 p.m.
     ROOT Sports NW & RM, FOX Sports SD, TheW.tv
Pepperdine at Santa Clara -TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, January 4
Pepperdine at San Francisco - WCC Game of the Week - 1:00 p.m.
     TWC SN, ROOT, CSN BA, TheW.tv               
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - 3:00 p.m.
     CSN Bay Area, TWC SportsNet, TheW.tv     
Pacific at Gonzaga - ROOT Sports NW & RM, TheW.tv - 5:00 p.m.
San Diego at BYU – BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Portland - 7:00 p.m.
     ROOT Sports NW & RM, TWC SportsNet, CSN BA, TheW.tv          

Monday, January 6
William Jessup at Saint Mary’s - 7:00 p.m.  

*All times Pacific