West Coast Conference Power Rankings: Gonzaga, USF battle for league lead
WCC Power Rankings (1/9/2019)
1. Gonzaga 1-0, 14-2
Now at full strength, Bulldogs bludgeoned Santa Clara by 43 points.
2. San Francisco 2-0, 14-2
War Memorial Gym will be packed as Dons host Gonzaga on Saturday.
3. Loyola Marymount 1-1, 13-3
Lions upset at Pepperdine, but rebounded with win vs. Portland.
4. San Diego 1-1, 12-5
Toreros will miss guard Isaiah Wright, out four weeks with a wrist injury.
5. Saint Mary’s 1-1, 10-7
Gaels proved against BYU they can still turn it on at McKeon Pavilion.
6. BYU 1-1, 9-8
Cougars finally at home for a pair of games after five straight on the road.
7. Santa Clara 1-1, 9-7
Loss to Gonzaga ended a six-game winning streak for the Broncos.
8. Pepperdine 1-1, 8-8
Waves proved they will be tough in Malibu with upset of LMU.
9. Pacific 0-2, 10-7
Two home losses put Tigers in a difficult spot in league race.
10. Portland 0-1, 7-9
Pilots having trouble scoring enough points to scare anybody.
Player of the Week
Pepperdine sophomore guard Jade’ Smith averaged team highs of 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds along with 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Waves won two of three games last week. He shot 58.6 percent (17-for-29) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from three.
He had a career-high 19 points in a win against Alabama A&M. He had 15 points and eight rebounds in the Waves’ WCC-opening victory over Loyola Marymount. After an outstanding defensive performance that limited the Lions’ high-scoring guard James Batemon, Pepperdine Coach Lorenzo Romar credited Jade’s effort and said “he is about as good a defensive guard that I’ve coached.”
This Week’s Schedule
Portland at BYU, 7 p.m. MT (BYUtv)
Pacific at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
Pepperdine at Santa Clara, 9 p.m. MT (NBCS BA, ROOT NW, ATT RM, SPEC SN, TheW.tv)
Pepperdine at San Diego, 2 p.m. MT (SPEC SN, NBCS BA, ROOT NW, ATT RM, TheW.tv)
Santa Clara at BYU, 7 p.m. MT (BYUtv)
Gonzaga at San Francisco, 8 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
Pacific at Portland, 8 p.m. MT (ROOT NW, NBCS BA+, SPEC SN, ATT RM, TheW.tv)
Saint Mary’s at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m. MT (Spectrum SportsNet)