2011–12 West Coast Conference men's basketball season

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2011–12 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 9
TV partner(s) (national) ESPN2, ESPNU, BYUtv, (regional) 4SD, CSNNW, CSNBA, CSNCA, ROOT, FS West, Prime Ticket
Regular Season
Season champions Saint Mary's
Runners-up Gonzaga
Season MVP Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
Tournament
Champions Saint Mary's
  Runners-up Gonzaga
Tournament MVP Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
Basketball seasons
← 10–11
2011–12 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#24 Saint Mary's 14 2   .875     27 6   .818
Gonzaga 13 3   .813     26 7   .788
BYU 12 4   .750     26 9   .743
Loyola Marymount 11 5   .688     21 13   .618
San Francisco 8 8   .500     20 14   .588
San Diego 7 9   .438     13 18   .419
Pepperdine 4 12   .250     10 19   .345
Portland 3 13   .188     7 24   .226
Santa Clara 0 16   .000     8 22   .267
2012 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament winner
As of March 21, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 West Coast Conference men's basketball season begins with practices in October 2011 and ends with the 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament from February 29- March 5, 2012 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The regular season begins on the weekend of November 11, with the conference schedule starting on December 29.

This is the sixty-first season under the West Coast Conference name. In July 2011, a new faith based, private school joined the conference. BYU came from the Mountain West, the conferences first change since 1980.

Pre-season[edit]

2011–12 West Coast Men's Basketball Media Poll[edit]

Rank, School (first-place votes), Points
1. Gonzaga University (7), 63
2. Saint Mary's College (1), 56
3. Brigham Young University (1), 52
4. University of San Francisco, 42
5. Santa Clara University, 35
6. Loyola Marymount University, 27
7. University of Portland, 25
8. Pepperdine University, 13
9. University of San Diego, 11

2011–12 West Coast Men's Preseason All-West Conference Team[edit]

Player, School, Yr., Pos.
Brandon Davies, BYU, Jr., F
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's, Jr., G
Kevin Foster, Santa Clara, Jr., G
Rashad Green, San Francisco, Sr., G
Elias Harris, Gonzaga, Jr., F
Rob Jones, Saint Mary's, Sr., F
Nemanja Mitrovic, Portland, Sr., G
Robert Sacre, Gonzaga, RS-Sr., C
Drew Viney, Loyola Marymount, RS-Sr., F
Michael Williams, San Francisco, Jr., G

Rankings[edit]

  • Gonzaga was ranked in the pre-season poll at No. 23.
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Pepperdine AP No Poll
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Portland AP No Poll
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Non-Conference games[edit]

  • Loyola Marymount defeated #17 UCLA 69-58 on November 11, 2011.
  • BYU would lose to #11 Wisconsin in the Championship of the Chicago Invitational Challenge 73-56 on November 26, 2011.
  • BYU would lose to #6 Baylor at the Marriott Center 86-83 on November 26, 2011.
  • Portland would lose at #2 Kentucky 87-63 on November 26, 2011.
  • Loyola Marymount defeated #25 Saint Louis 75-68 on November 29, 2011.
  • Saint Mary's would lose to #6 Baylor in the Las Vegas Classic 72-59 on December 22, 2011.
  • Portland would lose at #23 Saint Louis 73-53 on December 3, 2011.
  • The WCC would go 1-1 in BracketBuster games. LMU defeated Valparasio 61-53 while Saint Mary's lost to #16 Murray State 51-65.
  • The WCC posted an overall record of 6-7 against the Pac-12 Conference for the 2011-12 season.

Conference games[edit]

Composite Matrix[edit]

This table summarizes the head-to-head results between teams in conference play. (x) indicates games remaining this season.

  BYU Gonzaga LMU Pepperdine Portland Saint Mary's San Diego San Francisco Santa Clara
vs. Brigham Young 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2
vs. Gonzaga 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2
vs. Loyola Marymount 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2
vs. Pepperdine 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2
vs. Portland 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2
vs. Saint Mary's 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2
vs. San Diego 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2
vs. San Francisco 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2
vs. Santa Clara 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
Total 12–4 13–3 11–5 4–12 3–13 14–2 7–9 8–8 0–16

Conference tournament[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Dave Rose, BYU
Mark Few, Gonzaga
Max Good, Loyola Marymount
Marty Wilson, Pepperdine
Eric Reveno, Portland
Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's
Bill Grier, San Diego
Rex Walters, San Francisco
Kerry Keating, Santa Clara

Post season[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

  • The WCC set a personal record with 3 teams going to the NCAA Tourney. Gonzaga was a 7-seed in the East and Saint Mary's was a 7-seed in the Midwest. BYU was a 14-seed in the West.
  • BYU played in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. During the game, they set a record for the largest comeback in a NCAA tournament game, as they were down by 25 points at one point and came back to beat the Iona Gaels 78–72. The largest previous deficit overcome in the tournament was 22 points by Duke against Maryland in the 2001 national semifinals.[1] BYU advanced to Louisville where they would lose in the second round to the Marquette Eagles 88-68.
  • Gonzaga received a bye to the second round, where they were sent to Pittsburgh. They managed to overwhelm current Big East and future Big 12 member West Virginia with their outside passing 77-54 to advance to the third round. The Big 10's #7 ranked nationally Ohio State Buckeyes proved to be too much for Gonzaga as they squeaked by 73-66. Ohio State would advance to the Final Four.
  • Saint Mary's received a bye to the second round and was sent to Omaha. They faced Big 10 Conference member Purdue and were upset 72-69.

NIT[edit]

  • No WCC teams were selected for the 2012 NIT.

CBI[edit]

  • San Francisco played at Pacific-12 Conference member Washington State in the first round of the CiT. After keeping it within 5 points in the first half, Washington State used speed to pull away in the second half and advance 89-75. Washington State would go on to advance to the CBI championship.

CiT[edit]

  • Loyola Marymount participated in their second consecutive CiT tournament. They would host first and second round games. In the first round they beat Big West member Cal State Fullerton 88-79. In the second round it took overtime, but they managed to get by the Big Sky's Weber State Wildcats 84-78. In the third round they would visit the WAC's Utah State Aggies, and despite a fast paced game, Utah State would use foul shots to pull away in the last 5 minutes 77-69. Utah State would go on to advance to the CiT championship game.

Highlights and notes[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Primetime Performers Honor Roll by Collegesports360.com[edit]

Scholar-Athlete of the Year[edit]

Player-of-the-Week[edit]

Player-of-the-Month[edit]

  • November – Rob Jones, Saint Mary's
  • December – Noah Hartsock, BYU
  • January – Matthew Dellavedova- Saint Mary's
  • February – Rob Jones, Saint Mary's

All-Americans[edit]

All West Coast Conference teams[edit]

[2] Voting was by conference coaches:

ALL CONFERENCE:

Name School Pos. Year
Angelo Caloiaro San Francisco F Senior
Brandon Davies BYU F Junior
Matthew Dellavedova Saint Mary's G Junior
Elias Harris Gonzaga F Junior
Noah Hartsock BYU F Senior
Anthony Ireland Loyola Marymount G Sophomore
Rob Jones Saint Mary's F Senior
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga G Freshman
Robert Sacre Gonzaga C Senior
Drew Viney Loyola Marymount F Senior

HONORABLE MENTION:

Name School
Perris Blackwell San Francisco
Matt Carlino BYU
Johnny Dee San Diego
Rashad Green San Francisco
Stephen Holt Saint Mary's
Corbin Moore Pepperdine

ALL-FRESHMAN

Name School Position
Gary Bell, Junior Gonzaga G
Matt Carlino BYU G
Johnny Dee San Diego G
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga G
Brad Waldow Saint Mary's F

ALL-ACADEMIC [3]

Player, School Year GPA Major
Craig Cusick, BYU Junior 3.59 Accounting
Taylor Darby, Pepperdine Senior 3.37 Integrated Marketing
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's Junior 3.61 Psychology
Cody Doolin, San Francisco Sophomore 3.61 Finance
Michael Hart, Gonzaga Junior 3.63 Business Administration
Beau Levesque, Saint Mary's Sophomore 3.70 Sport Management
Corbin Moore, Pepperdine Senior 3.24 Economics
Ryan Nicholas, Portland Sophomore 3.44 Psychology
Justin Raffington, San Francisco Sophomore 3.50 Advertising
Jay Wey, San Francisco Senior 3.73 Business Administration

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BYU rallies from 25-point deficit to shock Iona". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "WCC announces 2011-12 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". WCCSports.com. February 28, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "WCC announces 2011-12 Men's Basketball All-Academic Team". WCCSports.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.