Odell Johnson – from humble roots to one of the Gaels’ best ever

Former Saint Mary’s men’s basketball standout Odell Johnson will be inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor next weekend during the league’s annual basketball championships in Las Vegas.

WCCSports.com’s John Crumpacker wrote this great piece detailing Johnson’s inspirational life story and his contributions to Saint Mary’s College.

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Grantland.com writer calls McKeon experience “insane”

McKeon PavilionAs Saint Mary’s fans have known for years, McKeon Pavilion is one of the best places in the country to watch a college basketball game.  It isn’t a huge palace with a ton of amenities, bells & whistles.  Its a throwback to an era when the game was the most important thing in the building and the passion of rivalry and competition made the fans tick.

Grantland.com writer Mark Titus attended last weekend’s exciting rivalry game between Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga and filed this report.  He  had several absolutely spot-on observations.  Before you give it a full read, here are a couple of comments from his story:

“In an instant, I went from thinking the Gaels needed an upgrade to hoping they never get a new gym. That’s because — and I don’t care if you don’t believe me — McKeon Pavilion on Saturday night was as insane of a college basketball atmosphere as I have ever experienced.”

“The claustrophobic chaos made it feel like I was watching a pickup game at a legendary park in New York City.”

“No matter how loud you think it gets in McKeon, it gets twice as loud as that.”

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No 1 ranked Saint Mary’s rugby hosts BYU Saturday

The defending champion and currently No. 1 ranked Saint Mary’s rugby team hosts highly-regarded BYU in a battle of undefeated teams Saturday at 12 Noon in beautiful Saint Mary’s Stadium.  The “A” side plays at 12 Noon, followed by an intra-squad contest between the Gaels’ “B” and “C” teams.

Tickets are available at the Stadium for $5 per person.  Youth ages 13 and under are admitted free of charge.

The “A” game will be streamed live online and can be watched by clicking here.

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WBK | SMC Signee Raggio Named WCAL Player Of The Year

Saint Mary’s women’s basketball signee Sydney Raggio has been named the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) Player of the Year, it was announced by the league office.

Raggio will be a freshman in 2015-16 for the Gaels. The 6-foot-1 forward has continued to improve each year and has led St. Ignatius to a 20-4 record and 10-2 WCAL mark. According to MaxPreps, Raggio is averaging nearly a double-double with 11.1 ppg and 9.6 rpg, while shooting 59 percent from the field.

The WCAL Player of the Year is expected to fit right in with the Gaels as SMC will lose three forwards to graduation in 2015 (Amanda Arter, Hayley Hendricksen and Carli Rosenthal).

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#WCCHoops announces expanded tournament television coverage

The West Coast Conference has announced expanded television broadcast coverage of its 2015 basketball championships, set to take place March 5-10 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. For the second straight year, all 18 men’s and women’s tournament games can be seen on national television as well as on-line through TheW.tv or WatchESPN.

Thursday, March 5
Women’s Opening Round Game 1, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Opening Round Game 2, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Quarterfinal No. 1, 6:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Quarterfinal No. 2, 8:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)

Friday, March 6
Women’s Quarterfinal No. 3, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Quarterfinal No. 4, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Men’s Opening Round Game 1, 6:00 p.m. ((BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Men’s Opening Round Game 2, 8:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)

Saturday, March 7
Men’s Quarterfinal No. 1, 12:00 p.m. (TWC SportsNet, CSN California, ROOT Northwest, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Men’s Quarterfinal No. 2, 2:00 p.m. (TWC SportsNet, CSN California, ROOT Northwest, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Men’s Quarterfinal No. 3, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Men’s Quarterfinal No. 4, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)

Monday, March 9
Women’s Semifinal No. 1, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Semifinal No. 2, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Men’s Semifinal No. 1, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)
Men’s Semifinal No. 2, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)

Tuesday, March 10
Women’s Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (ESPNU, WatchESPN)
Men’s Championship Game, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)

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WBK | Rosenthal Providing Senior Leadership With The Gaels

Carli Rosenthal of the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team was recently interviewed by her hometown paper by sports editor Mark Nelke. The interview updates us on the importance of Rosenthal to the Gaels and the success of the program.

The Gaels have been on the NCAA bubble in each of Rosenthal’s four seasons, with this year proving no different as SMC enters the big showdown with Gonzaga with an RPI of 47 (second in the WCC to only Gonzaga at 41). SMC has 86 wins and counting in the four seasons Rosenthal has been at SMC.

The Gaels enter the week with an 18-7 overall mark and a 11-3 second-place standing in the West Coast Conference.

Next week is senior week with the week concluding on Saturday, February 28th against Santa Clara. Fans are encouraged to come out and see Rosenthal, along with seniors Amanda Arter and Hayley Hendricksen, honored in a ceremony before the 1:00 p.m. tip in McKeon Pavilion.

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Delly added to NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Cavaliers coach David Blatt announced today that former Saint Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova has been added to the World squad for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge this weekend at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Obviously it’s a great honor,” Dellavedova told the paper’s Cavs writer Chris Haynes. “I didn’t think I would ever go to All-Star Weekend so it will be cool to check it out.”

According to NBA.com, the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent will debut a format that pits 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. The game, set for Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will be televised live by TNT at 6 p.m. PT, part of Turner Sports’ 30th year of All-Star coverage.

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