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#WCChoops Faces Key Non-Conference Contests

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COMPLETE WEEKLY NOTES

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • Junior Santa Clara forward Nate Kratch is the WCC Player of the Week. RELEASE
  • #WCChoops columnist John Crumpacker (@crumpackeronwcc) recaps week four of WCC action. STORY
  • BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth and Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer earned spots on the 2015-16 Wooden Award Preseason Top-50 list. The trio is also on the 2015-16 Naismith Trophy and Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch Lists.
  • Saint Mary’s offense is running efficiently during the non-conference. The Gaels rank in the top-10 in several national team offensive categories: field goal percentage (2nd/54.5%), 3-point field goal percentage (10th/43.5%), 3-pointers (10th/10.7), assist/turnover (4th/1.92); assists per game (8th/20.2); fewest turnovers (8th/63).
  • Loyola Marymount ranks eighth nationally in free throw percentage (77.9%) and is 16th in steals (9.4). Portland ranks 10th in 3-pointers per game (10.7) and 20th in steals (9.0). 
  • Three WCC student-athletes cracked 2015-16 preseason major individual awards watch lists. BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth is on the Bob Cousy Award list (top point guard), Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski is on the Kareem Abdul-Jabaar Award list (top center) and Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer is on the Karl Malone Award list (top power forward).
  • Pepperdine senior forward Stacy Davis ranks 22nd among active career Division I scoring leaders (1,419 points). Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer (30th/1,322) and BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (45th/1,238) also crack the top-45 nationally.
  • BYU senior guard Kyle Collinsworth ranks ninth nationally among active career rebound leaders (803), while Pepperdine’s Davis is 12th (762).
  • San Diego senior center Jito Kok ranks eighth among active career Division I blocked shots leaders (212). Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski is 49th (115).
  • BYU senior guard Chase Fischer ranks fourth among active career Division I 3-pointer leaders (122/2.98), while Santa Clara junior guard Jared Brownridge is ninth (204/2.76). 
  • Gonzaga senior forward Kyle Wiltjer was named Preseason National Player of the Year by CBSSports.com. 

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Tuesday, December 8
Montana at Gonzaga - ROOT NW | KHQ-TV - 6:00 p.m.
Idaho State at Portland - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.

Wesdnesday, December 9
Loyola Marymount at. Boise State - MW Network - 6:00 p.m.
Utah State at BYU - BYUtv - 6:00 p.m.
Long Beach State at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Denver at San Diego - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 12
Pepperdine at Ball State - ESPN3 - 10:00 am
Saint Mary’s at Cal - Pac-12 Network  - 12:30 p.m.
Pacific at Fresno State - MW Network - 4:00 p.m.
BYU at Colorado - Pac-12 Network  - 5:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at CSU-Fullerton - 6:00 p.m.
UCLA at Gonzaga - ESPN2 | WatchESPN - 7:00 p.m.
Sacramento State at Portland - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Pacific Union at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 14
St. Martins at Gonzaga - ROOT NW | KHQ-TV - 6:00 p.m.
Cal Poly at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.

All times Pacific