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#WCChoops Set for Busy Thanksgiving Week

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  • #WCChoops columnist John Crumpacker (@crumpackeronwcc) details “What We’ve Learned” after week two of non-conference play.     COLUMN  |  ARCHIVES
  • Check out the 2016-17 #WCChoops Preview from Campus Insiders. VIDEO
  • So far the West Coast Conference owns a 2016-17 non-conference record of 24-10 (.706). Complete breakdown of non-conference records vs. opposing conferences is listed on page three
  • Santa Clara’s Jared Brownridge ranks fifth among active career Division I scoring leaders (1,696). Portland’s Alec Wintering (38th/1,254) also cracks the top-40.
  • Brownridge also ranks eighth in field goals per game (2.87), while BYU’s Nick Emery is 19th (2.58).
  • Saint Mary’s junior guard Emmett Naar ranks 12th nationally among active career assists leaders (5.41) and is 12th among 3-point field goal percentage leaders (13th/42.7). Senior SMC guard Joe Rahon (11th/5.42), Wintering (15th/5.17) and Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss (18th/5.09) all appear in the top-25.
  • Wintering is third overall among active assists leaders (491), while Pepperdine’s Jeremy Major (16th/392) and Naar (24th/368) own spots in the top-25.For the first time in West Coast Conference history, two #WCChoops teams entered the 2016-17 season ranked in the 2016-17 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. Gonzaga checks in at No. 13 and Saint Mary’s is No. 19.
  • In another conference first, two #WCChoops programs made the AP Preseason poll: Gonzaga (No. 14) and Saint Mary’s (No. 17).
  • Gonzaga has now cracked the top-15 in the preseason polls the last four consecutive seasons - 2016-17 (13), 2015-16 (11), 2014-15 (13) and 2013-14 (14).
  • Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss earned a spot on the 2016-17 Naismith Watch List. RELEASE
  • Four WCC student-athletes have cracked preseason major individual awards watch lists for 2016-17. Gonzaga junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss is on the Bob Cousy Award list (top collegiate point guard), BYU sophomore center Eric Mika is on the Kareem Abdul-Jabaar Award list (top collegiate center) while BYU sophomore guard Nick Emery and Gonzaga’s Jordan Mathews made the Jerry West Award list (top collegiate shooting guard).
  • A minimum of 40 men’s basketball games involving West Coast Conference programs will air nationally on an ESPN network this season, including additional exposure during the 2017 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship in Las Vegas.
  • For the third straight year, the West Coast Conference will establish yet another record this season by broadcasting every game during league play on a national or regional level, and/or produced for broadcast on the conference’s digital network, TheW.tv.


Tuesday, November 22
Little Rock vs. Pepperdine^ - 5:30 p.m.
Wyoming at Pacific - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
San Jose State at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv | Twitter  - 7:00 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman at San Diego - TheW.tv | Sling TV - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 23
Valparaiso vs. BYU% - SPN2 | WatchESPN - 9:00 p.m.
St. Bonaventure vs. Pepperdine^ - 3:00 p.m.
Troy at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 24
Quinnipiac vs. Gonzaga# - ESPN2 | WatchESPN - 3:30 p.m.
Arizona vs. Santa Clara& - FS1 - 7:30 p.m.
Portland vs. UCLA$ - ESPN2 | WatchESPN - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 25
Santa Clara vs. TBA& - FS1 - TBA
Gonzaga vs. TBA# - ESPN Networks | WatchESPN -  TBA
Portland vs. TBA$ ESPN - Networks | WatchESPN -  TBA
Portland State at LMU - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 26
Santa Clara vs. TBA& - TBA - TBA
New Mexico State at San Diego  - TheW.tv - 2:00 p.m.
Utah Valley at BYU - TheW.tv - 3:00 p.m.
Sacramento State vs. San Francisco - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 27
Gonzaga vs. TBA# - ESPN Networks | WatchESPN - TBA
Portland vs. TBA$ ESPN Networks | WatchESPN  - TBA
UAB at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 2:00 p.m.
Portland State at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 2:30 p.m.
San Francisco at Eastern Washington - 6:00 p.m.

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