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WCC Tournament primer: Zags need win for NCAA bid

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By Ken Cross Gonzaga has generally ruled the WCC with a vengeance in the Mark Few era as mascot Spike the Dogs was just a pup when the Bulldogs weren’t an entity on the WCC scene.  St. Mary’s wrestled away the top seed for this weekend’s WCC extravaganza and many bracketologists have placed the Bulldogs squarely on the bubble, needing …

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WCC Basketball: Zags shed Pepperdine, acknowledge rise of the Waves

In News, WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Embed from Getty Images The West Coast Conference has been a dog fight all season, where both Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s are beginning to feel the wrath of the rest of the teams. Most of the teams in the WCC are focused on a tough home environment from the Pepperdine Waves when they enter Firestone Fieldhouse, adjacent to the …

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Pepperdine Basketball: Waves flexing in WCC with win over BYU

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The BYU Cougars knew that joining the West Coast Conference would not be a walk in the park. Entering last night’s game they had lost three of four at the Firestone Fieldhouse. The frustration continued where the Waves not only contained the Cougars from hitting shots as they went only 6-for-22 beyond the arc. Some unsung heroes emerged for Pepperdine …

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BYU Basketball: Cougars establish themselves in second half in staving off hungry Lions

In College Basketball, WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez BYU survived quite the scare last night against Loyola Marymount as the Lions accentuated a 17-0 run which included nine three pointers that gave them a 19-point lead nearing the end of the half. Steven Haney and Joshua Spiers combined for six of those in a  4:19 stretch that turned a 31-29 deficit into a 48-31 lead. The story though …

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WCC Basketball: Gaels, Cougars, Waves will test Zags’ vulnerability

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez After so many WCC teams succeeded during non-conference play, most of them have now settled into the conference wars and after BYU’s 69-68 win at The Kennel over Gonzaga on Thursday evening, this league may possibly see Gonzaga knocked from it’s throne. Kyle Collinsworth continues to make a push for WCC Player of the Year as he leads …

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Pepperdine Basketball: Playing desperate, Waves deliver in clutch

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez For both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, sluggish starts have been the norm. After having strong non-conference performances, both teams fell apart in their first two West Coast Conference games, and the results weren’t even close. Both teams were in must win mode Saturday night in Pepperdine’s 68-65 overtime win  as it postured Pepperdine back into the WCC race. The tenacious Waves’ attack …

LMU Basketball: Three new shooters help Dunlap build offense

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Since the early 1990’s, Loyola Marymount has gone through countless cycles of frustration. Just three times have Lions finished second in the West Coast Conference, and just once in 2006. That same year they were a layup away from making it to the NCAA Tournament; consequently though, the Lions have been seeking consistency from within the program and …

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Pepperdine Basketball: Waves roll UL Lafayette, ready for WCC opener

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Gonzaga has been the gold standard in the West Coast Conference, especially in the 17-year Mark Few era even though BYU and Saint Mary’s have been challengers, but not stalwarts.  Meanwhile, Pepperdine wallowed in the depths of the league as they went nine years without a winning season until coach Marty Wilson led the Waves to an 18-15 record …

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Zags’ depth, efficiency lacking without injured Karnowski

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez In Mark Few’s 16-year reign as the coach of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, he has reached the NCAA tournament in all 16 years and has only lost the regular season title twice as St. Mary’s has been most the primary challenger to the Zags’ WCC throne. Kyle Wiltjer is now the next Gonzaga player who is in line to be the …

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Fab Five: College basketball’s opening night features must see action

In AAC, ACC, Big 12, College Basketball, CUSA, Pac-12, SEC, WCC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Over the next five months, college basketball offers something that no other sport can – must watch games on every night of the season from Nov. 13 through the National Championship game on the first Monday night in April.  The sport continues to flourish although skeptics try to accuse it of being ravaged by the one-and-done methodology. …