WCC PREVIEWS

Men

1. Gonzaga: If wins over West Virginia, Oklahoma and K-State weren't convincing, the Zags (13-1) posted a New Year's Eve victory at Oklahoma State.

2. BYU: Back from a two-year mission, soph Tyler Haws scored 42 points vs. Virginia Tech last week for the Cougars (10-4).

3. Saint Mary's: The Gaels (11-3) are much more than Matthew Dellavedova, as comeback vs. Harvard showed.

4. Santa Clara: Seniors Kevin Foster, Marc Trasolini eager to show Broncos (11-3) have put last season's 0-16 WCC wreck in past.

5. Pepperdine: The best we can say for the Waves (8-5) is they beat Washington State in overtime.

6. USF: De'End Parker and Cole Dickerson have been stout, but Dons (7-6) have won just two of their past seven.

7. Loyola Marymount: The Lions (7-6) were supposed to be better than this, but have no quality wins and lost to Alaska-Anchorage.

8. Portland: The Pilots (7-8) have beaten five DI teams with a combined total of 20 wins.

9. San Diego: A disappointment so far, the Toreros' 7-8 record includes two non-DI wins.

-- JEFF FARAUDO

Women

1. Gonzaga: Haiden Palmer (12.4 points per game) leads the 10-4 Bulldogs, who allow only 56 points per game, best in the WCC. Three of Gonzaga's defeats came against ranked teams, including then-No. 1 Stanford.

2. Brigham Young: The Cougars (9-4) have won five in a row since leading scorer Lexi Eaton (15.6 ppg) was lost for the season with an ACL injury Dec. 4.

3. Saint Mary's: Junior Jackie Nared (19.1 ppg, 9.8 rebounds) leads all WCC scorers while fellow junior Danielle Mauldin leads the league in rebounding (10.8). The Gaels are off to 8-4 start.

4. San Diego: The Toreros (8-4) have the WCC's top offense (69.2 ppg) led by 6-foot guard Amy Kame (16.2 ppg).

5. Santa Clara: The Broncos (8-5) have talent with Meagan Fulps, Ricki Radanovich, Ruta Zurauskyte and Lindsay Leo. The eight nonconference victories are the most since 2007-08.

6. Loyola-Marymount: Senior Alex Cowling (15.5 ppg) of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High-Vallejo leads the inconsistent Lions (6-7).

7. Portland: The Pilots (5-8) ended a four-game win streak Saturday with a close defeat to pedestrian Portland State.

8. USF: Coach Jennifer Azzi is making progress on the hill, as Mel Khlok (16.8 ppg) is the WCC's second-leading scorer. USF (7-6) could leapfrog Portland, LMU and possibly Santa Clara.

9. Pepperdine: The Waves (3-8) enter WCC play without a quality victory and some bad defeats, which doesn't bode well in a competitive atmosphere.

-- Elliott Almond