Through two weeks of basketball, the West Coast Conference has continued its hot start to the season. Seven of the conference's ten men's basketball programs remain unbeaten and the conference's overall record is an impressive 30-5.
Week two saw a lot of shakeup in our power rankings from the four to ten spots with two teams, San Diego and Pepperdine, taking big jumps up the rankings. The Toreros, led by junior guard Johnny Dee, have impressed our voters with their 4-0 start jumping from the eighth spot all the way up to number five. The combined record of San Diego's opponents so far is an underwhelming 2-13, but Dee and company will have a chance to prove they belong near the top of the WCC when they face the 19th-ranked New Mexico Lobos at the end of the month.
Pepperdine dug its way out of the week 1 cellar and into the seven spot with a 3-0 start. The Waves have gotten huge production from sophomore forward, Stacy Davis, who was the WCC Player of the Week. Davis is averaging 23.7 points and 7 rebounds on the season.
There were no surprises among the top few spots with the 13th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs once again grabbing all of the first place votes and BYU and Saint Mary's holding onto the second and third spots respectively. Things could get really interesting between the Zags and Cougars in the next few weeks as both teams' schedules will allow them to make some noise nationally.
The Bulldogs will face Washington State Thursday before heading off to Hawaii for the EA Sports Maui Invitational where they face Dayton in the first game of the championship round. If things go well for Gonzaga they could end up facing 20th-ranked Baylor Bears and ninth-ranked Syracuse Orangemen before leaving Maui at the end of the month.
The Cougars get things started with a tough matchup with the 21st-ranked Iowa State Cyclones tonight at the Marriott Center. BYU then heads to Kansas City for the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic where they play Texas on Monday and then either DePaul or 14th-ranked Wichita State on Tuesday. The Cougars finish off the month with a talented in-state rival in the Utah State Aggies. BYU's leading scorer and best player, Tyler Haws has missed the Cougars' last two games due to injury, but is expected to play tonight.
Looks like we can look forward to an exciting few weeks of basketball to close out November.
WCC Hoops Power Rankings: Week 2
Week 2 voters (9 total): Mid-Major Madness writer, Will Maupin, Slipper Still Fits writers, Peter Woodburn and Zach Bell, Land-Grant Holy Land and Vanquish the Foe writer, Matt Brown, and Vanquish the Foe writers, Jordan Edwards, Kevin Schaefer, Nate Kennedy, Nate Mathis, and Michael Murray.