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#WCChoops Launches Into Second Half

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WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

  • Junior forward Adom Jacko of Loyola Marymount is the #WCChoops Player of the Week. STORY
  • #WCChoops columnist John Crumpacker (@crumpackeronwcc) recaps week four of WCC action. COLUMN  |  ARCHIVES
  • Online Credentialing for the West Coast Conference Basketball Championships is open. CLICK HERE.
  • In the latest Lunardi ESPN Bracketology, Saint Mary’s is a No. 7 seed and Gonzaga is a No. 9. (As of 1/25/16.)
  • Gonzaga senior forward Kyle Wiltjer was named Preseason National Player of the Year by CBSSports.com. 
  • 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).
  • Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer* ranks 20th among active career Division I scoring leaders (1,606). Pepperdine senior forward Stacy Davis ranks 23rd among (23rd/1,582 points), Santa Clara’s Jared Brownridge (35th/1,483) and BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth (43rd/1,452) also crack the top-45.
  • BYU senior guard Kyle Collinsworth ranks eighth nationally among active career rebound leaders (914), while Pepperdine’s Davis is 12th (871).
  • Two WCC student-athletes rank in the top-30 among active career assists leaders. BYU senior guard Kyle Collinsworth ranks sixth nationally (582). Portland junior Alec Wintering is 26th (428). 
  • San Diego senior center Jito Kok ranks sixth among active career Division I blocked shots leaders (241). 
  • BYU senior guard Chase Fischer ranks fourth among active career Division I 3-pointer leaders (169/3.07), while Santa Clara junior guard Jared Brownridge is sixth (248/2.88). Brownridge is 30th in 3-point accuracy (42.2%), while Gonzaga senior Kyle Wiltjer is 32nd (42.0%). 

*Wiltjer’s NCAA career tally includes two seasons at Kentucky (535 points)   
All NCAA Stats as of 1/25/16

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The West Coast Conference rates 12th in conference RPI according to the latest KenPom rankings.
  • Accoring to current KenPom rankings, the West Coast Conference ranks second nationally in efficiency (109.3), second in 3-point field goal percentage (37.4) and third in free throw percentage (73.1). 
  • The West Coast Conference ranks sixth nationally in conference 3-point field goal percentage (36.02). 
  • The West Coast Conference owns a non-conference record of 63-49 (.563). See complete conference breakdown on page two.
  • Saint Mary’s ranks in the top-three among Division I leaders in multiple team offensive categories: field goal percentage (1st/53.7%) and assist/turnover (1st/1.93), second in both 3-point field goal percentage (44.5%) and scoring margin (19.3).
  • Portland ranks 10th in 3-pointers (206) and ninth in 3-point attempts (555). Saint Mary’s ranks third in scoring defense (59.3), and 17th in rebound margin (8.8). 

WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Thursday, January 28
Santa Clara at Gonzaga - ROOT NW, KHQ - 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Portland - CSN NW, TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Pepperdine at San Diego - TWC SN, CSN BA - 7:30 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at BYU - ESPNU | WatchESPN - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 30
Loyola Marymount at San Diego ! - TWC SN, CSN CA - 1:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Gonzaga - HQ, ROOT NW - 5:00 p.m.
Pepperdine at BYU - ESPN2 | WatchESPN - 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara at Portland - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Pacific - CSN CA, ROOT NW - 8:00 p.m.

! WCC Game of the Week  All times PACIFIC TIME (PT)

WCC MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ADJUSTED BRACKET RELEASED
On the Web: http://bit.ly/1OLsbcJ
SAN BRUNO, Calif. — The 2016 West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Championship bracket has been revised to a nine-team format. The WCC membership reconfigured its men’s basketball tournament bracket due to University of the Pacific’s withdrawal from the 2016 conference championship. 

#WCCHOOPS AT THE MIDWAY POINT
By Saturday,  all 10 WCC teams will reach (or surpass) the “midway point in the conference slate. Here is a breakdown of how the midway point compares with the final standings. 

Since 2003-04…

  • The top half of the WCC at the midpoint has been the same four (4-4) or five (5-5) teams in the final standings eight times in the last 12 seasons.
  • This includes scenarios where there has been a tie for fourth or fifth place in either the midway or final standings.
  • Only one “new” team has infiltrated the top four (4-4) or top five (5-5) spots in the final standings over the last 12 seasons. Two teams have never entered the top half after reaching the midway point in the bottom half.
  • Gonzaga has been first at the midway point 10 times; Saint Mary’s has been first five times. Both tallies include ties.