The top of the ranking shave had some big shifts even without a lot of games being played.
BYU takes over the top spot after Gonzaga really was the best since the beginning of the season.
The biggest drop was Santa Clara from second to fifth.
1. BYU (8-2)
The Cougars have done nothing but get better with each passing game.
The catalyst to this has been Noah Hartsock who has been nothing but stellar for BYU. But the Cougars are getting consistent contributions of Anson Winder, Brock Zylstra and Stephen Rogers.
Winder leads the team averaging more than 3.5 assists, whereas Zylstra is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc.
Rogers is averaging nearly 10 points in less than 20 minutes.
2. Gonzaga (6-2)
Gonzaga lost to a Michigan State team that has had one of the toughest schedules in the nation.
While there is no shame in that they fell a spot more due to how well BYU has played recently. Gonzaga remains the most talented team in the league and should be the best by season’s end.
Center Robert Sacre, whose season average is over seven rebounds per game, has been less dominant on the glass recently having grabbed an average of 5.0 rebounds in his past four games.
3. Saint Mary’s (7-1)
Saint Mary’s began a stretch of games on Tuesday where they will play seven in 11 days.
While it would seem the Gaels’ out of conference schedule has not been even remotely decent, the numbers say different.
The Gaels entered its game against Jackson State Tuesday with the nation’s best RPI and the second best strength of schedule next to Coppin State.
Baylor is up next week.
4. San Francisco (8-3)
The Dons’ offense has been terribly inconsistent but they find a way to win.
They have won three in a row without junior guard Mikey Williams in large part to WCC Player of the Week Angelo Caloiaro.
The senior scored a career-high 29 points against Pacific last Saturday.
5. Santa Clara (6-3)
Washington State had its way with the Broncos last weekend, so Santa Clara takes the biggest dip by moving three spots in this week’s rankings.
Kevin Foster remains third in the league with 16 points per game but has struggled shooting at 35 percent.
6. LMU (6-4)
LMU starts a two-game East coast trip headlined by Florida State.
The Lions have had incredible highs and lows to this point and are still in search of some consistency.
Forward Drew Viney will not make the road trip due to soreness in his foot, which held him out for a month to begin the season.
7. Pepperdine (5-4)
The Waves continue to suffer due to a slew of injuries but has managed to stay in games.
Pepperdine has averaged seven more rebounds than its opponents but has only shot 38.6 percent as a team.
8. San Diego (5-5)
The Toreros gave UC Santa Barbara a run for their money Tuesday night, falling 65-61.
San Diego has played well at times but consistency has been its issue. Chris Manresa is averaging a near double-double with 12 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
9. Portland (3-7)
Ryan Nicholas is the only Pilot to have started all 10 games and leads the team in scoring (11.2) and rebounding (7.3).
He, along with Tim Douglas, is one of only two players to be averaging 10 or more points.
Portland has lost three in a row.
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