MBK | Saint Mary's, BYU Set for Third Clash of the Season
The Gaels and three-seed Cougars will play for a spot in the WCC Championship game on Monday night in the Orleans Arena.
Game 33: vs BYU presented by Diablo Valley Insurance, Monday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. PT
All-time Series: 13-12
Talents: Bob Wischusen (PxP), Caron Butler (Color), Gene Wojiechowski (Sideline)
Audio: TuneIn Radio (Saint Mary’s IMG Sports Network)
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3 Quick Bites
- The Gaels have been nationally-ranked in nine weeks of the season and a total of 35 weeks since 2016-17.
- Saint Mary’s is 11-11 all-time in the semifinals of the WCC Championships. The Gaels have advanced to semifinals in 15 of the last 16 seasons.
- SMC has won the last five meetings versus BYU. The Gaels defeated the Cougars last year in the semifinals, 81-50.
Number to Know: 28
With now 28 wins on the year, Saint Mary’s has six years with at least 28 wins in program history.
2008-09: (28-7, 10-4 WCC)
2009-10: (28-6, 11-3 WCC)
2012-13: (28-7, 14-2 WCC)
2015-16: (29-6, 15-3 WCC)
2016-17: (29-5, 16-2 WCC)
2017-18: (28-4, 16-2 WCC)
Recent History Versus the Cougars
Saint Mary’s has won five in a row versus BYU. The teams have met in the WCC Tournament one time. The Gaels dominated last year’s semifinal with the 81-50 victory.
History as No. 2 Seed
Saint Mary’s has been seeded No. 2 seven times in the last ten years. The Gaels hold a 13-8 overall as the second seed in the conference tournament.
Milestone for Hermanson
Calvin Hermanson became just the 8th Gael all-time to have at least 100 games started (100th versus Pepperdine, 3-3-18).
Landale In the Running for National Awards
Landale remains in the hunt for six national awards from his talent to his leadership on the court. Landale ranks in the Top-10 nationally in field-goals made (267), field-goal percentage (63.9), double-doubles (18) and total rebounds (336). Landale was recently named one of the Top-10 finalists for the Citizen Naismith Trophy. He remains on the watchlist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbaar, John R. Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Lute Olson and Lou Henson awards.
About the Cougars
BYU has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament in six of the seven seasons BYU has been in the WCC, including each of the last five years.
Bryant scored 27 points and Childs had 22 versus San Diego. It was the fifth time this season, and first time away from home both players scored 20-plus in the same game.
BYU placed two on the All-WCC First Team with Elijah Bryant and Yoeli Childs.
TJ Haws also earned All-WCC Honorable Mention. Since joining the WCC in 2011, the
Cougars have had two players on the All-WCC First Team each year.
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