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WCC Preview

Posted on: October 23, 2008 1:28 am
Edited on: November 7, 2008 6:09 pm
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In what was arguably the best season for the WCC since Bill Russell and his back-to-back NCAA Championships in the 50s, the WCC proved it was coming along as one of the best mid-major conferences in the country. Three teams Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and San Diego all got into the tournament last season. A good thing for the conference is:

  • Most of the better players are back for another season
  • All of the teams will improve greatly from last year
  • Sweet Sixteen and Final Four talk is surrounding three teams again. (Yeah you probably know who)

Well in my preview, I am going to start with the top team in the WCC and make my way down, like most regular people do. My preview is unlike most others as I try to make you laugh as well as give quality information, so that YOU THE FAN can make an ACCURATE prediction yourself in who is going to do great in this so-called "Mediocre conference."

The Best of the Best in the WCC

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs logoGonzaga Bulldogs - Stepping in first with their dancing shoes ready are the Gonzaga Bulldogs, the long lost Cinderella Team from 1998, who beat Florida to get to the Elite Eight. From then on, they have only made the Sweet Sixteen a couple of times. Well this year, they return what could and I strees the word could be the best team in Gonzaga history. Jeremy Pargo, a playmaker will have you saying "He just did what?" and Josh Heytvelt is what I call underrated in terms of the BIG men. What people fail to realize is that Gonzaga has the talent to do well every year, however, just falls short due to injuries or just plain out choking. I don't believe that is what is going to happen this year. This team is loaded, probably not going to the Final Four, but can make thier case for an Elite Eight Appearance. Remember, Mark Few has NEVER led "his" team to the Elite Eight. That was a different coach. If you are that desperate to know the name, GOOGLE it.....lol
  2. San Diego Toreros logoSan Diego Toreros - Yes I have the nerve to say San Diego will finish #2 in the WCC. THIS San Diego team is just plain looking a lot better than last year. They return everyone who went to the Round of 32 last year. People like Brandon Johnson and Gyno Pomare are two outstanding players that completely dominated Gonzaga in the WCC tourney finals. In a one game scenario I really would not want to face this team at all. I think this team will make the NCAA Tourney and might beat Gonzaga a time or two since Bill Grier knows Mark Few's tendencies so well. San Diego will also challenge Gonzaga for the WCC Regular Season crown, however, I feel that they will fall a game or two short since they play Gonzaga and Saint Mary's twice. These three teams will absolutely beat each other up. Lets not forget that other teams in this conference can pull off upsets as well.....

  3. St. Mary's (Ca.) Gaels logoSaint Mary's Gaels - The Gaels have two incredible shooting guards who, in turn will end up splitting their time with each other. Carlin Hughes and Wayne Hunter are going to be pretty darn good in the second chapter of the WCC. This story book team from last year beat Gonzaga once last year, and may very well do it twice as they also return a solid guard in Patrick Mills who was the bread and butter for the Gaels. The Gaels may have only MADE the tourney last year, but expect them to potentially do some damage. Yes, they were only a 10 seed, however, they were very underrated.

  4. Santa Clara Broncos logoSanta Clara Broncos - This is one of the more pesky "lower bottom feeders" in the WCC. A guy I really like from this team is John Bryant who averaged nearly a double double every single game. He averaged 18 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, while nearly leading to an upset over Gonzaga in Santa Clara's last game of the season losing by 4 points. John Bryant, let me tell ya, Is pretty damn good, and very entergetic on the court, and can really play with the best of the conference. One downfalll of the team is the loss of Brody Angley who was the Broncos second leading scorer averaging 11.5 points per game and just over 4 assists. If you are a fan of a WCC team, watch out for the Broncos of Santa Clara.

The Not-So Best of the Best. These teams are the ones that make you wonder why Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and San Diego get all the hype leading up to tourney day. These teams are not very good, thus landing in the NOT so Best of the Best in the WCC. These teams are just awful, but you wanna watch out for them. You play horrible one game, and this could be a blemish that you don't wanna have on your tournament resume.

To start off the Not-So Best of the Best, I will introduce you to the first team that could be on the rise, but is still as bad as those horror movies in the Movie Theatre. These teams are scary, also only because they play within the conference, but to some pollsters, they are do-nothing teams that should be so-called "pushovers" Lets get to the teams.

  1. San Francisco Dons logoSan Franscisco Dons - One Major factor that could help San Franscisco get outta the Not-So Best of the Best, is Dior Lowhorn. He plays well, usually the whole team does. Granted Eddie Sutton coached this team the last half of the season, but a coach can't fill all the holes needed to succeed in such a tough (at least for USF) conference. This team is on the rise, but don't expect too much of a turnaround. The Dons will be lucky to finish .500 in the WCC.
  2. Portland Pilots logoPortland Pilots - A game here and there prevented Portland from being a better than face value program. Finishing with an abismal 3-11 record in the WCC, the Pilots suffered through a great deal of pain watching their team lose not only blowouts, but the heartbreakers that made the poor Pilots fans cry. I kinda feel sorry for the Pilots fans. They were sincerely in about 5 of the WCC games that they didn't win. Oh so close! Can they turn around some of those games this year? We will find out near Martin Luther King Day.
  3. Pepperdine Waves logoPepperdine Waves - Yes this team is bad, but that is not the question. Will they improve from their 4-10 conference record from last season? I really don't think so. They lost their two best scorers in Tyrone Shelley and Malcolm Thomas. This team will be improved in a few years, but I know this team wants to reclaim the glory they once had in the 80s and early 90s from this conference. Trust me Pepperdine. You will be back. But I don't know how soon.
  4. Loyola-Marymount Lions logoLoyola Marymount Lions - From pesky WCC team, to the bottom of the pit in total obscurity. I am not sure what to say to you guys except congratulations? You guys are number one in playing horrible in the WCC. You have also lost your two top scorers, but I don't think you Lions fans will be suffering for too long. Once your freshman and sophmores turn into Juniors and Seniors, then you can all call up the doctor to see if you are good enough for a higher ranking.

That is it for the preview. Next time you guys might wanna check out the next few blogs titled:

Final Four and Sweet Sixteen Talk.
WCC vs. other conferences
Dead or Alive
Vacuuming Sucks
I love Lamp
Roll Tide, Oh!
Doh!
Can't say I didn't tell you so.
Ohio St. hyped up once again in the media AND
Cambells Chunky Soup Commercials NOT featuring Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb's real Mom, Donovan McNabb's TV Mom, or Donovan McNabb's GrandMom.

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Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2008 4:46 pm
 

WCC Preview

I know you do, but there are others who don't. Don't worry, zagfan, I'm not questioning your knowledge of your team



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2008 11:22 am
 

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Yes, I think I would know that Wizardking....



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2008 2:25 am
 

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The Gonzaga coach who led them to the Elite Eight was Dan Monson, the coach at Minnesota before Tubby took over.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2008 3:55 pm
 

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I'd like to start off and say very nice write up.  I'm very intrested who ends up winning this conferene and gets in the Big Dance. Looks like the Bulldogs are the team too beat this season, they also have a nice team overall.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2008 5:16 am
 

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If you can tell from my name, I've got a certain team I root for in the WCC, and you described the team perfectly.  Talk about heart-breaking games.  I watched San Diego nail a three as time expired to win the game.  And perhaps the worst moment of my sporting-fan-life came watching Pepperdine (yes, that Pepperdine) overcome an 18 point deficit with 9 minutes left to beat us at home.  You know things are bad when our entire student section was actually LAUGHING as it was happening.  People were actually placing bets as to whether they would actually hold on to the lead.  I bet they would and lost.  For the last four years I went to every single home game, and by God did they manage to squander leads only to lose by 1, 2, or 3 points more times than I can count.  That being said, I wish I was still there to watch my heart break for one more season.

You've got the Pilots about where they should be, but I will say that they're a young team who is returning LITERALLY everybody NEXT year and at least maybe we've got a shot at .500 then.  It's sort of sad when you're rooting for mediocrity.



Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 7:43 pm
 

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Thanks for the preview!.....Just FYI San Diego did not make it to the sweet 16 they lost to Western Kentucky in the round of 32



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2008 7:59 pm
 

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Way to go gonzagafan. We know Gonzaga, San Diego and St. Mary's, but challenge someone to even name the other teams in the conference, and they might not do so well. Thanks for shedding some light on some teams that aren't so well known.




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2008 2:36 pm
 

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I'm a lover of the little-guy school in both major college sports, and I don't really like how a few coferences get all the credit.  There is always at least one good WCC team, which is more than can be said for a lot of conferences.  The thing is, if it wants to be considered better than "Mediocre" the fourth best team has got to be better than Santa Clara will be this year.  The way things are structured, I don't know if that can ever happen for more than a year at a time. The top 3 here are very solid teams...the bottom five, not so much.

Thanks for the preview.  I am itching for college basketball, and it's great to read some details about teams I'm less familiar with.  I want to see who comes out on top of Gonzaga-UConn this year.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2008 1:48 am
 

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Nice one.  It should be noted that Gonzaga lost to the best team not to make the Final 4 last year, Davidson.  They even had a 6 point lead in the second half.  They should be very good this year barring injury or a total collapse.


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