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Portland, Gonzaga meet top 25 foes on ESPN Networks this week

<I>Pepperdine's Stacy Davis leads all WCC freshmen in scoring and rebounding.</i>
 
Pepperdine's Stacy Davis leads all WCC freshmen in scoring and rebounding.
 
 

Dec. 4, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- West Coast Conference teams will make four appearances on ESPN Networks this week. Portland welcomes UNLV to the Chiles Center Tuesday and will play at Kentucky on Saturday. Gonzaga visits rival Washington State on Wednesday and will host Illinois on ESPN2 on Saturday night.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • Through December 3, WCC teams boast a .621 winning percentage (41-25) vs. non-conference foes. See the attached notes for the breakdown.

  • San Francisco junior forward Cole Dickerson, the WCC Player of the Week, is the nation's leading rebounder through Dec. 2. Over the Dons' first five games, Dickerson is averaging 15 caroms per contest.

  • For the second time in its 60-year history of men's basketball (2008), the West Coast Conference had three teams participating in the NCAA Tournament (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's). In 2012, the WCC also registered five postseason teams for the second straight year (LMU, USF).

  • Only five Division I teams have won at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons. Three of those teams (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's) call the WCC home. The other two: Duke, Kansas.

  • Three WCC players have been named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50: Gonzaga F Elias Harris, BYU F Brandon Davies, and Saint Mary's G Matthew Dellavedova all made the initial cut.

  • Three WCC players have also been named to the Naismith Trophy list: Gonzaga F Elias Harris, Gonzaga G Kevin Pangos, and Saint Mary's G Matthew Dellavedova are all on the initial watch list for the award, handed out in April.

    View the PDF above for complete team-by-team notes.