2011–12 West Coast Conference men's basketball season
|2011–12 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Season|
|League||NCAA Division I|
|Number of teams||9|
|TV partner(s)||(national) ESPN2, ESPNU, BYUtv, (regional) 4SD, CSNNW, CSNBA, CSNCA, ROOT, FS West, Prime Ticket|
|Season champions||Saint Mary's|
|Season MVP||Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's|
|Tournament MVP||Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's|
|2011–12 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings|
|#24 Saint Mary's†||14||–||2||.875||27||–||6||.818|
|† 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.
- 1 Pre-season
- 2 Rankings
- 3 Non-Conference games
- 4 Conference games
- 5 Conference tournament
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 Post season
- 8 Highlights and notes
- 9 Awards and honors
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- Pre-season media day was held on October 27, 2011 at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California.
2011–12 West Coast Men's Basketball Media Poll
- 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
- 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
- Gonzaga was ranked in the pre-season poll at No. 23.
|Improvement in ranking|
|Drop in ranking|
|RV||Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll|
|Loyola Marymount||AP||No Poll|
|Saint Mary's||AP||RV||RV||RV||RV||RV||24||21||18||16||21||RV||RV||RV||24||No Poll|
|San Diego||AP||No Poll|
|San Francisco||AP||No Poll|
|Santa Clara||AP||No Poll|
- 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.
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. Loyola Marymount||1–1||2–0||–||0–2||0–2||1–1||1–1||0–2||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||–|
- February 29 – March 5, 2012 – West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV.
- 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
- 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. 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.
- No WCC teams were selected for the 2012 NIT.
- 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.
- 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
Awards and honors
Primetime Performers Honor Roll by Collegesports360.com
- Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's, Week of Jan 9-15
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- November – Rob Jones, Saint Mary's
- December – Noah Hartsock, BYU
- January – Matthew Dellavedova- Saint Mary's
- February – Rob Jones, Saint Mary's
All West Coast Conference teams
 Voting was by conference coaches:
- Player of The Year: Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
- Newcomer of The Year: Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
- Defensive Player of The Year: Robert Sacre, Gonzaga
- Coach of The Year: Max Good, Loyola Marymount
|Angelo Caloiaro||San Francisco||F||Senior|
|Matthew Dellavedova||Saint Mary's||G||Junior|
|Anthony Ireland||Loyola Marymount||G||Sophomore|
|Rob Jones||Saint Mary's||F||Senior|
|Drew Viney||Loyola Marymount||F||Senior|
|Perris Blackwell||San Francisco|
|Johnny Dee||San Diego|
|Rashad Green||San Francisco|
|Stephen Holt||Saint Mary's|
|Gary Bell, Junior||Gonzaga||G|
|Johnny Dee||San Diego||G|
|Brad Waldow||Saint Mary's||F|
|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|
- 2011-12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
- West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
- 2011–12 West Coast Conference women's basketball season
- West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
- 2012 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
- "BYU rallies from 25-point deficit to shock Iona". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
- "WCC announces 2011-12 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". WCCSports.com. February 28, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "WCC announces 2011-12 Men's Basketball All-Academic Team". WCCSports.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.