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WCC Men's Basketball: Five For Friday

Dec. 5, 2008

1. Saint Mary's Earns Big Win At Kent State
The Saint Mary's Gaels earned a big non-conference road win last night at Kent State, defeating the Golden Flashes, 75-69. Kent State had won 18 straight at home and 26 of their last 27 at the MAC Center.

2. WCC No. 6 In Conference RPI
The WCC enters the weekend ranked No. 6 in the latest conference RPI rankings, according to CollegeRPI.com. The WCC trails only the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, and the SEC, and is ranked ahead of the Pac-10, MVC, MWC, the A-10, and C-USA. Gonzaga enters the weekend ranked No. 2 overall in the RPI, headlining five WCC teams ranked in the RPI top 100.

3. No. 5 Gonzaga Faces Indiana In Hall Of Fame Showcase
The Zags put their No. 5 ranking on the line when they travel to Indianapolis to take on Indiana in the Hall of Fame Showcase this Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Gonzaga leaped to No. 5 in both polls after capturing the tournament title at the Old Spice Classic.

4. WCC Ranked No. 1 In Strength Of Schedule
WCC teams have combined to play the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation, according to the latest CollegeRPI.com strength of schedule rankings. Despite playing the most demanding schedule in the nation, five WCC teams (GON, POR, SMC, USD, USF) have better than .500 records and the conference has already notched impressive wins over Tennessee, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Providence, Kent State, Nevada, and Washington.

5. San Diego Battles San Diego State For City Bragging Rights
San Diego travels to cross-town rival San Diego State this Saturday with city bragging rights on the line. The Aztecs have won two straight in the series, but San Diego owns a 9-6 advantage in the last 15 meetings. The Toreros enter the game with a two-game winning streak and are 4-2 since the return of senior forward Gyno Pomare, while the Aztecs are off to a 6-1 start.