San Diego faces St. Mary’s in WCC finals
San Diego (21-13, 10-9) vs. No. 2 seed Saint Mary’s (20-11, 11-5)
West Coast Conference Tourney Championship, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas; Monday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: San Diego is set to square off against Saint Mary’s in the Championship of the WCC tournament. Saint Mary’s won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 23, when the Gaels shot 46.2 percent from the field while holding San Diego to just 29.4 percent en route to the 20-point victory.
STEPPING UP: Saint Mary’s’ Jordan Ford has averaged 21.5 points while Malik Fitts has put up 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. For the Toreros, Isaiah Pineiro has averaged 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds while Isaiah Wright has put up 13.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
KEY FACILITATOR: Wright has accounted for 47 percent of all San Diego field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 17 field goals and 16 assists in those games.
WINNING WHEN: The Gaels are 9-0 when they block at least four opposing shots and 11-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Toreros are 12-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 40.9 percent or worse, and 9-13 when opponents exceed that percentage.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Toreros have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Gaels. Saint Mary’s has 27 assists on 71 field goals (38 percent) across its past three games while San Diego has assists on 36 of 70 field goals (51.4 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Saint Mary’s is ranked first among WCC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 31.6 percent. The Gaels have averaged 10.1 offensive boards per game.