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WHAT WE'VE LEARNED - WCC BASKETBALL - NON-CONFERENCE WEEK ONE
By John Crumpacker, WCC Columnist | @CrumpackerOnWCC
After the opening week of the season there is no reason to believe Gonzaga and BYU will not be battling it out for the WCC tournament championship on March 10 in Las Vegas.
How's that for getting ahead of things by, oh, four months?
Gonzaga and BYU both won big in their openers and each had five players in double figures as the Zags ripped poor Sacramento State 104-58 while the Cougars out-pointed Long Beach State 95-90. And then Gonzaga handily defeated SMU and Larry Brown in Spokane on Monday night to confirm its status as a national power.
What we learned from the first week of games
Quote of the week
"I get to sleep in.''
Saint Mary's guard Kerry Carter, talking about an 11:30 a.m. Tuesday class in International Economics while wrapping up a victory over New Mexico State that finished at 2:29 a.m.
Some of the better WCC games this week are Santa Clara at Utah State, Pepperdine at San Jose State and St. Joseph's at Gonzaga, all on Wednesday, Loyola Marymount at Arizona State and Denver at Saint Mary's on Thursday and Pacific at Washington and UC Irvine at Saint Mary's on Sunday.
Tweet of the Week
#UnitedWeZag Gonzaga's women's basketball returns to Associated Press Top 25 rankings, at No. 24.
Stat Line of the Week
Carter, Saint Mary's 6-foot-2 senior guard, opened the season in unusual fashion. In scoring 25 points as the Gaels dispatched Cal State Los Angeles 77-67, Carter attempted no shots inside the 3-point arc. Instead, he stepped behind the 19-foot, 9-inch line and hit 7 of 13 shots to go with 4-of-6 shooting from the free throw line.
"I've never had a game like that,'' Carter said.
That wasn't all he did, however. Carter also found time to collect 12 rebounds, dish off two assists along with a block and a steal.
Then there's Kevin Bailey of Portland. In an 87-59 victory over Concordia, the 6-5 guard hit all eight of his shots inside the 3-point line while sinking 1 of 3 attempts beyond it. He finished with 22 points.
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Because its 2014-15 uniforms from Adidas did not arrive in time for Friday's opener against Cal State Fullerton, Santa Clara wore its road black uniforms in an 89-72 win by the Broncos. The new unis were expected in time for Santa Clara's road game at Utah State on Tuesday. ... Don't get too excited about Pepperdine being named host of the 2018 NCAA West Regional tournament because the games will actually be played at the Staples Center in L.A. rather than on campus in Malibu. ... Pepperdine's Stacy Davis was a busy man as he led the Waves to an 89-74 victory over Fresno State. The 6-6 forward had 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Proving he's not perfect, Davis also had five turnovers.