This Week in the WCC

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by knielsen on February 25, 2014 at 11:38 am | Updated: February 25, 2014 11:59 am

The final week of the regular season has arrived, as has the laundry list of permutations for the final conference standings and subsequent WCC tournament seeding. Let's take that team-by-team:

No. 1 Gonzaga (23-6, 13-3) at Pacific, at Saint Mary's 

No. 1 Seed: One win or one BYU loss

No. 2 Seed: Two losses and losing tiebreaker on RPI

No. 2 BYU (20-10, 12-5) at San Diego

No. 1 Seed: Needs two Gonzaga losses and a win vs. San Diego then a win on RPI tiebreaker

No. 2 Seed: A win vs. San Diego or one San Francisco loss

No. 3 Seed: Loss vs. San Diego and two San Francisco wins

No. 3 San Francisco (18-10, 11-5) at Pepperdine, at LMU

No. 2 Seed: Two wins and one BYU loss

No. 3 Seed: Two wins or Saint Mary's loss

No. 4 Seed: One loss and two Saint Mary's wins or two losses and a Saint Mary's win against Gonzaga

No. 4 Saint Mary's (20-9, 10-6) vs. Portland, vs. Gonzaga

No. 3 Seed: One San Francisco loss and two Saint Mary's wins

No. 4 Seed: Own tiebreaker over Pepperdine for No. 4 seed

No. 5 Pepperdine (15-13, 8-8) vs. San Francisco, vs. Santa Clara

No. 5 Seed: Two wins or one win and a Portland loss

No. 6 Seed: One loss and two Portland wins or Two losses and one Portland win

No. 6 Portland (15-13, 7-9) at Saint Mary's, at Pacific

No. 5 Seed: Two wins and one Pepperdine loss or one win and two Pepperdine losses

No. 6 Seed: One win or San Diego loss vs. BYU

No. 7 Seed: Two losses and San Diego win

No.  7 San Diego (16-14, 7-10) vs. BYU

No. 6 Seed: Win vs. BYU and two Portland losses

No. 7 Seed: Own tiebreaker over Pacific and Santa Clara

No. 8 Pacific (14-13, 5-11) vs. Gonzaga, vs. Portland

No. 8 Seed: At least match Santa Clara with one or two wins and owns the tiebreaker

No. 9 Seed: One loss and two Santa Clara wins or two losses and one Santa Clara win

No. 10 Seed: Two losses and two LMU wins

No. 9 Santa Clara (12-17, 5-11) at LMU, at Pepperdine

No. 8 Seed: Two wins and one Pacific loss or one win and two Pacific losses

No. 9 Seed: Two Pacific wins or one Pacific win and one Santa Clara loss

No. 10 Seed: Two losses and two LMU wins

No. 10 LMU (12-17, 3-13) vs. Santa Clara, vs. San Francisco

No. 8/9 Seed: Two wins and two losses by Santa Clara or Pacific wins tiebreaker w/ wins over BYU and San Francisco

No. 10 Seed: One loss or one win by Santa Clara and Pacific

 

Fun Facts

Saturday's game against San Diego will be the 50th career conference game for Nate Austin, Anson Winder, Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino. The Cougars are 34-15 in each of the 49 WCC games Austin, Winder and Carlino have played in. Haws' record in conference games is 35-14 including games in the Mountain West Conference his freshman year.

Winder has started four games this season and while he averages six points per game over the 30 games played so far he averages 18 as a starter. If you include his pseudo start against Santa Clara, coming off the bench after Haws picked up two fouls in 44 seconds, he has scored 14 or more points every time he's "started" a game. In his starts, Winder has shot 62 percent, more than nine points better than his season average.

BYU now has the top two players in steals in West Coast Conference play. Kyle Collinsworth and Matt Carlino average a combined 3.9 steals per game. Collinsworth is the only player in the WCC who averages more than two steals per game in conference games this season.

The Cougars have taken the same number of shots as their opponents, 1,887, and have made 81 more shots from the field. BYU is shooting 47.1 percent from the field, while its opponents shoot 42.8. Opponents have taken 243 more 3-pointers than the Cougars, while BYU has shot 233 more free throws than its competition and pulled down 258 more rebounds.

 

Coming Up

Thursday, Feb. 27

Portland at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at Pacific, 8 p.m. MST, ESPNU

San Francisco at Pepperdine, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount, 9 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Saturday, March 1

BYU at San Diego, 2 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Portland at Pacific, 4 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Santa Clara at Pepperdine, 6 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

San Francisco at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv 

 

Scoring School PPG
1. Tyler Haws BYU 23.4
2. Anthony ireland LMU 18.6
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 17.9
12. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 14.4
19. Matt Carlino BYU 12.5
29. Eric Mika BYU 10.7

 

Rebounding School RPG
1. Brad Waldow Saint Mary's 8.6
2. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.3
3. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.1
4. Nate Austin BYU 7.9
5. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 7.8
15. Eric Mika BYU 6.1

 

Assists School APG
1. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.6
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 5.5
3. Alec Wintering Portland 5.3
4. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.6
6. Matt Carlino BYU 4.2

 

Steals School SPG
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.1
2. Matt Carlino BYU 1.8
3. Anthony Ireland LMU 1.8

 

National Scoring School PPG
1. Antoine Mason Niagara 26.0
2. Doug McDermott Creighton 25.7
3. Billy Baron Canisius 24.8
4. Tyler Haws BYU 23.3