March 18, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- With two teams selected for the 2014 NCAA Tournament – No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 10 BYU – the West Coast Conference made history with two member institutions earning bids to the NIT Postseason Tournament. Saint Mary’s College and the University of San Francisco each captured No. 4 seeds in the event and will host opening round games. Pacific and San Diego will compete in the 2014 College Insiders Postseason Tournament (CIT).
WCC QUICK HITS
- Two WCC member institutions - No. 10 BYU and No. 8 Gonzaga will compete in the NCAA Tournament, marking the third straight year and the fourth time in five years the WCC has been a multi-bid league. Saint Mary’s and San Francisco both earned NIT berths.
- The WCC matched a league record with four total teams competing in the NCAA and NIT fields with four, matching 1989 when Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s (NCAA) and Pepperdine and Santa Clara (NIT) accomplished the feat.
- Pacific and San Diego each accepted bids into the College Insiders Postseason Tournament (CIT).
- Through March 17, WCC teams boast a strong 66.9 winning percentage (83-41) vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for the complete non-conference breakdown.
- WCC Teams can really shoot and score the basketball. The Conference ranks fifth among Division I leaders in scoring (73.89) and field goal percentage (45.52), fourth in free throw percentage (71.29) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (36.67).
- Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland ranks fourth among NCAA active career scoring leaders with 2,169 points and is 18th in assists 555. Ireland is the only active Division I player with 2,000 points and 500 assists.
- Santa Clara’s Evan Roquemore ranks 14th among NCAA active career assists leaders with 578.
- BYU’s Tyler Haws ranks sixth nationally in scoring (23.4) and his 48 points at Portland (1/23/14) were the most by a WCC player since LMU’s Hank Gathers scored 50 in 1990.
- Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos is one of 23 national finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award. Both Pangos and Loyola Marymount’s Anthony Ireland were named to the preseason watch list.
- Five member institutions posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recent cohort as released by the NCAA.
WCC SENDS TWO TEAMS TO THE BIG DANCE… AGAIN
For the third straight season and for the fourth time in five seasons, the West Coast Conference will send multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament, as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee revealed its bracket on Sunday. Two WCC teams – BYU and Gonzaga - will compete in the field of 68 both in the West Region. WCC regular season and tournament champion Gonzaga University (28-6 overall, 15-3 WCC) earned the No. 8 seed and will open play against No. 9 Oklahoma State Friday in San Diego. The Bulldogs won the WCC Tournament with a 75-64 victory over No. 2 seed BYU. The No. 10 Cougars (23-11 overall, 13-5 WCC) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA field for the second time in three seasons and will face No. 7 Oregon on Thursday in Milwaukee.
WCC PLACES THREE ON CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Three West Coast Conference men’s basketball student-athletes were named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America men’s basketball team as announced by CoSIDA - the most by any conference in the country. Malte Kramer (Pepperdine), Beau Levesque (Saint Mary’s) and Thomas van der Mars (Portland) all earned third team honors. San Diego’s Johnny Dee was joined the trio as an all-district 8 First Team selection.
THIS WEEK’S WCC SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 18
Portland State at San Diego (CIT) - 7:00 p.m.
Utah at Saint Mary’s (NIT) - ESPN2 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19
Louisiana State at San Francisco (NIT) – ESPNU - 7:00 p.m.
Pacific at Grand Canyon (CIT) - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 20
Oregon vs. BYU (NCAA - Milwaukee) - TruTV - 12:10 p.m.
Friday, March 21
Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State (NCAA - San Diego) – TNT - 1:40 p.m.
*All times Pacific