With the exception of the WCC and its trio of Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and BYU, many of the teams leading the mid-major and low-major conferences out West are relative unknowns. One team has won more games than it’s ever won at the Division I level. Another is leading the nation in scoring … while yet another has the nation’s leading scorer in Tyler Harvey, pictured above. Two teams are clear-cut favorites, while most of the others are battling for a shot at a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament. As we head toward the final week of the regular season, here’s a primer to bring you up to speed before the conference tournaments get underway.
Kentucky and Virginia, the top two teams in the nation, have gotten it done this season by staying consistent on defense. No. 3 Gonzaga is no slouch on defense, but it is better known for its offensive prowess. While it’s all but certain that the Bulldogs will reach their 17th-consecutive NCAA Tournament, what makes this West Coast team seem especially strong this season?
This is the battle between number one and two in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. Earlier this season Gonzaga dominated St. Mary’s, 68-47.
The Bulldogs of Gonzaga are ranked No. 3 in the nation and not looking to tarnish their record this season. St. Mary’s, on the other hand, has nothing to lose and hopes to derail the Bulldogs and make a late run in the WCC. Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET tonight.