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#WCChoops Enters Penultimate Week

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WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Freshman guard Nick Emery of BYU is the #WCChoops Player of the Week. STORY
  • Emery named USBWA Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week. STORY
  • #WCChoops columnist John Crumpacker (@crumpackeronwcc) recaps week seven of WCC action. COLUMN  |  ARCHIVES
  • The WCC unveiled the 2016 Hall of Honor Class. RELEASE | CRUMPACKER PROFILE 1/5
  • Online Credentialing for the West Coast Conference Basketball Championships is open. CLICK HERE.
  • In the latest Lunardi ESPN Bracketology, Gonzaga is a No. 9 seed, while Saint Mary’s is a No. 12. (As of 2/16/16.)
  • The West Coast Conference is 12th in conference RPI according to the latest KenPom rankings (2/16/16) behind the Missouri Valley (11th) and ahead of the Mid-American (13th).
  • According to current KenPom rankings, the West Coast Conference ranks second nationally in efficiency (107.2), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (35.9) and ninth in free throw percentage (71.4). 
  • Saint Mary’s ranks in the top-three among Division I leaders in multiple team offensive categories: field goal percentage (1st/51.0%) and assist/turnover (1st/1.80) and third in scoring margin (15.7). SMC rates sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (42.1). 
  • The Gaels rank fifth nationally among Division I leaders in scoring defense (59.8 ppg).
  • BYU ranks eighth nationally among Division I scoring leaders (84.3 ppg) and are ninth in rebounds (41.52).

All NCAA Stats as of 2/16/16

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • Gonzaga senior forward Kyle Wiltjer was named Preseason National Player of the Year by CBSSports.com and is on the Wooden Late Season Top-20 list. 
  • BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award  (top point guard), while Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer is on the midseason  list for the Oscar Robertson Award (National Player of the Year) and is a Karl Malone Award Finalist (top power forward). Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis is a finalist for the Kareem Abdul Jabaar (top center).
  • Gonzaga’s Wiltjer* ranks 20th among active career Division I scoring leaders (1,721). Pepperdine’s Stacy Davis ranks 22nd (1,693 points) while Santa Clara’s Jared Brownridge (35th/1,589) and BYU’s Collinsworth (44th/1,545) also crack the top-45.
  • BYU’s Collinsworth ranks eighth nationally among active career rebound leaders (957), while Pepperdine’s Davis is 11th (927).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-30 among active career assists leaders. BYU senior guard Kyle Collinsworth ranks fifth nationally (627). Portland junior Alec Wintering is 27th (454). 
  • San Diego senior center Jito Kok ranks seventh among active career Division I blocked shots leaders (255). 
  • BYU’s Chase Fischer ranks sixth among active career Division I 3-pointer leaders (187/3.07), while Santa Clara’s Brownridge is seventh (261/2.87). Portland’s Alec Wintering is 28th in 3-point accuracy (42.3%) and teammate D’Marques Tyson is 30th (42.2%). Brownridge is 35th (42.0%), while Gonzaga’s Wiltjer is 36th (41.9%).
  • Gonzaga leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.6), fifth in defensive rebounds (29.77),16th in field goal percentage (48.6), 25th in field goal percentage defense (39.5), 10th in scoring margin (14.0) and 18th in rebound margin (8.2).

 *Wiltjer’s NCAA career tally includes two seasons at Kentucky (535 points)
All NCAA Stats as of 2/16/16

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Thursday, February 18
Pacific at Gonzaga - ROOT NW, KHQ - 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Pepperdine - TWC SN, CSN BA - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Portland - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
BYU at San Diego - ESPNU | WatchESPN - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 20
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount ! - CSN CA, TWC SN - 1:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Pepperdine - TWC SN, CSN CA - 5:00 p.m.
San Diego at BYU – BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
Pacific at Portland - ROOT NW, CSN CA - 7:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga - ESPN2 | Watch ESPN - 7:00 p.m.

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