#WCChoops Flips the Calendar to 2018
West Coast Conference "Week Two" notes
- #WCChoops columnist John Crumpacker (@crumpackeronwcc) recaps an eventful opening week of WCC action. STORY | CRUMPACKER ARCHIVES
- Senior center Jock Landale of Saint Mary’s was named WCC Player of the Week for the second straight week and the third time this season after lifting the Gaels to a 2-0 start, including a road overtime thriller at BYU. STORY
- Voting Now open for the “Decade in the Desert” All-Time Las Vegas Teams. VOTE HERE
- Gonzaga enters week two of West Coast Conference play ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Zags have been ranked in both polls for 28 consecutive weeks.
- The WCC ranks among national conference leaders in several categories including: scoring (10th/75.0 ppg), free throw percentage (4th/71.88) and field goal percentage (9th/46.02).
- San Diego leads Division I in 3-point field goal percentage defense (24.1). The Toreros are sixth in field goal percentage defense (36.8) and 15th in scoring defense (61.6).
- Saint Mary’s Preseason All-American center Jock Landale ranks in the national top-25 in three major categories: scoring (19th/21.8), rebounding (24th/9.8) and field goal percentage (13th/66.0).
- Saint Mary’s senior guard Emmett Naar ranks in the national top-25 in two major categories: assists (2nd/9.1) and assist/turnover ratio (12th/9.1). Naar leads the nation among active career assists leaders (669) and is sixth in assists per game (5.87).
- Two WCC student-athletes share the national Division I lead for most field goals made in a contest. Saint Mary’sJock Landale (Georgia, 11/26) and Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams (No. 6 Florida, 11/24) each connected for 16.
- Jock Landale of Saint Mary’s and Johnathan Williams of Gonzaga were named to both the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top-50.
- The 2018 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will celebrate its 10-Year Anniversary in Las Vegas in March. The WCC will commemorate the “Decade in the Desert” with special programming including top-moments, all-decade all-tournament teams and more throughout the 2017-18 #WCChoops regular season.
- For the second consecutive season, two #WCChoops teams entered the 2017-18 campaign ranked in the both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.Gonzaga checked in at No. 18/19 and Saint Mary’s was No. 22/22.
WCC WEEK ONE LAYUPS
- Saint Mary’s Jock Landale posted his third 30-point game of the season with 31 in a 74-64 overtime win at BYU (12/30), converting on 13-of-15 from the floor.
- Saint Mary’s Emmett Naar posted his fifth 10 assist game of the season with 10 in a 74-64 overtime win at BYU (12/30).
- Gonzaga posted a 41.0 margin of victory in a pair of home wins against Pacific (81-48) and Santa Clara (101-52). The 101 points against the Broncos was its fifth time reaching the century mark.
- San Francisco hit 15 3-pointers in a 84-61 win at Portland (12/30).
- San Diego’s 2-0 WCC start lifted the Toreros to 11-3 overall - the best Division I start in program history.
- San Diego’s Olin Carter III made seven 3-pointers against Pepperdine (12/30) - tied for the most in the WCC this season.
In 2018, the West Coast Conference will celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of its basketball championships in Las Vegas. The WCC will commemorate the “Decade in the Desert” with special programming throughout the course of the 2017-18 #WCChoops regular season including top-moments, all-decade all-tournament teams and more. The 2018 WCC Men’s Basketball Championship runs from March 2-6, 2018 at the Orleans Arena. Ticket details will be released in January.
HOLZMAN DEPARTING WCC
Veteran collegiate sports administrator Lynn Holzman has been named the NCAA vice president of women’s basketball. Holzman, currently the commissioner of the West Coast Conference, will be making a return to the NCAA national office where she previously spent 16 years. Holzman was named the third full-time Commissioner in the history of the West Coast Conference in June 2014. During Holzman’s tenure, the Conference adopted and implemented a strategic plan that includes a vision to provide premier educational and athletic opportunities to West Coast Conference student-athletes, and to be recognized nationally for achievements in the areas of leadership, student-athlete experience, competitiveness and exposure. Holzman will assume her new duties with the NCAA February 1, 2018.
THIS WEEK’S #WCHOOPS SCHEDULE
Thursday, January 4
Pacific at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
San Diego at Portland - 7:00 p.m.
ROOT NW, NBCS BA+, TheW.tv
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 p.m.
SPEC SN, NBCS CA+, TheW.tv
BYU at San Francisco - 8:00 p.m.
NBCS CA, TheW.tv
Gonzaga at Pepperdine - ESPNU | Watch ESPN - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 6
San Francisco at Pepperdine - WCC Game of the Week - 1:00 p.m.
SPEC SN, NBCS CA, ROOT NW, ATT RM, TheW.tv
BYU at Pacific – BYUtv - 7:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount - ESPNU | Watch ESPN - 7:00 p.m.
Portland at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 7:00 p.m.
San Diego at Saint Mary’s - 8:00 p.m.
NBCS BA, SPEC SN, ROOT NW, TheW.tv