Coming up: Portland's men (9-21, 3-11 West Coast Conference) plays Pepperdine (10-20, 4-10) at 8 tonight in San Diego in the first round of the WCC tournament. The teams won on each other's floor - UP winning 82-78 Jan. 12, the Waves winning at the Chiles Center 71-66 on Feb. 11.
• UP beat Loyola Marymount in the WCC tournament first round last year, its first victory since 1996. The Pilots are 7-19 all-time in the tourney. … The Pilots have one senior (Sherrard Watson) and two juniors who don't play much (Walter Thompson, Marcus Carter). … Sophomore Nik Raivio leads in scoring (12.7 points) and freshman Luke Sikma in rebounding (7.4 rebounds). … Freshman guard Jared Stohl has started the past eight games. He's shooting .411 from 3-point range. … Point guard Taishi Ito is .264 overall, (.202 on 3s). … Big men Sikma (.540), Kramer Knutson (.519) and Robin Smeulders (.473) have shot well, and the Pilots had a plus rebounding margin. … Watson ranked fifth in the WCC in free-throw shooting (.797). … In Portland's nine wins, the Pilots have held opponents to 37 percent shooting (28 percent on 3-pointers). In 21 losses, it's 49 percent and 42 percent.
- Jason Vondersmith