For years, seven teams in the West Coast Conference have hoped that Gonzaga would have a down season. With Saint Mary's and San Diego much improved, can they challenge the Zags atop the league?
San Diego 86, Loyola Marymount 65
For 16 seasons, Bill Grier enjoyed life on the top as part of the Gonzaga staff. Now he's taken over San Diego, and he's chasing the Zags, writes Ed Graney.
San Diego 79, Loyola Marymount 74
New Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg brings his uptempo style from the juco ranks to the West Coast Conference.