This Week in the WCC: Returning Home

Jan 28, 2014 - Posted by knielsen on January 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Updated: January 28, 2014 3:12 pm

The Cougars return home from a four-game road trip to start four straight in the Marriott Center. BYU sits behind Saint Mary's and San Francisco and is now a full three games back of Gonzaga. The Gaels enter the week on a four-game win streak, but have to travel to San Diego before coming to Provo. Saint Mary's just finished a six-game home stand where the Gaels went 5-1. Pacific has beaten Pepperdine and Santa Clara in conference play, while losing to Saint Mary's twice. 

Fun Facts

Pacific head coach Ron Verlin is in his first year as head coach at Pacific. His twin brother, Don Verlin, is the head coach at the University of Idaho. Ron spent 19 years as an assistant coach under former Pacific head coach Bob Thomason, while Don spent 15 years as an assistant coach under Stew Morrill at Colorado State and Utah State before taking the head job at Idaho.

Pacific and Saint Mary's enter this week having only played three away games during conference play, while BYU has already played in twice that many.

On Saturday, Saint Mary's James Walker III will hopefully be on the floor at the same time as Frank Bartley IV.

Standings Conf. Overall
1. Gonzaga 8-1 18-3
2. Saint Mary's 6-2 16-5
3. San Francisco 6-3 5-4
4. BYU 5-4 13-9
5. Pepperdine 5-5 13-9
6. Portland 4-5 12-9
7. San Diego 3-6 12-10
8. Santa Clara 3-6 10-12
9. Loyola Marymount 3-7 11-11
10. Pacific 2-6 11-8


WCC Leaders (league games only)

Scoring School Points/Game
1. Tyler Haws BYU 24.0
2. Jared Brownridge Santa Clara 20.9
3. Brandon Clark Santa Clara 19.7
T-9. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 15.3
22. Matt Carlino BYU 11.9
30. Eric Mika BYU 11.0
Rebounding School Rebounds/Game
1. Stacy Davis Pepperdine 8.8
T-2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.6
T-2. Ryan Nicholas Portland 8.6
6. Nate Austin BYU 7.7
Assists School Assists/Game
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 6.1
2. Christopher Anderson San Diego 5.0
T-3. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 4.9
T-3. Alec Wintering Portland 4.9
6. Matt Carlino BYU 4.1

 

Steals School Steals/Game
1. Anthony Ireland LMU 2.2
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.1
3. James Walker III Saint Mary's 1.9

 

Coming Up

Wednesday, Jan. 29

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

Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Thursday, Jan. 30

Pacific at BYU, 7 p.m. MST, BYUtv

Saint Mary's at San Diego, 8 p.m. MST, ESPNU

Saturday, Feb. 1

Pacific at San Diego, 2 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

LMU at Pepperdine, 4 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Gonzaga at San Francisco, 8 p.m. MST, ROOT Sports

Portland at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST, TheW.tv

Saint Mary's at BYU, 9 p.m. MST, ESPN2