Another week has past by in the West Coast Conference and once again we have some shakeup in our power rankings. The week's biggest jumps came from San Francisco, who moved up five spots this week, and Santa Clara, who found a way out of the bottom spot in the rankings for the first time in weeks.
It's looking more and more like Gonzaga will run away with this season's conference title. The Zags have struggled with injuries (most notably to starting guard Gary Bell Jr.) as of late, but still had no problem dispatching Saint Mary's and Pacific at home. Gonzaga will only play one game this week as they go on the road to face struggling Portland.
San Francisco makes its first appearance in the top four of the rankings after a surprising 3-1 start to conference play. The Dons have played quite well despite the loss of senior guard, Cody Doolin, who left the team in November. With Doolin gone, San Francisco is led by senior forward, Cody Dickerson, who averages 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Dons will get a chance to prove they belong among the conference's elite as they travel to face Pacific and Saint Mary's on the road this week.
BYU made a change to its starting lineup in an attempt to end its losing skid, replacing the struggling Matt Carlino with junior college transfer, Skyler Halford this past week. The move paid off for the Cougars as Halford earned himself WCC Player of the Week honors after leading BYU in a dominant victory over San Diego with 28 points. The Cougars still have a lot of work left to do to get back into the conference race. That work starts this next week as BYU looks for redemption in rematches with the two teams responsible for putting the Cougars near the bottom of the conference standings, Pepperdine and LMU.
WCC Hoops Power Rankings: Week 9
|1||Gonzaga||14-2 (4-0)||90 (9)||1|
|2||Saint Mary's||11-4 (2-1)||80||2|
|4||San Francisco||10-6 (3-1)||60||9|
|7||Santa Clara||9-8 (2-2)||29||9|
|10||San Diego||9-7 (0-3)||11||7|
Week 9 voters (9 total): Mid-Major Madness writer, Will Maupin, Slipper Still Fits writer, Peter Woodburn, and Vanquish the Foe writers, Devin Castleton, Kevin Kennedy, Kevin Schaefer, Nate Kennedy, Nate Mathis, Michael Murray, and Paul Greenhalgh.
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