We are a month into the season, so where does your team stand?
1. Gonzaga (5-1)
The Bulldogs picked up their first loss of the season last weekend at Illinois but that doesn’t mean they are still not the best team in the WCC.
The best sign for Gonzaga has been the reemergence of Elias Harris. In the last two games, Harris has averaged 15 points and 11.5 rebounds.
With three players averaging double-figures, the Zags will get another test this week when they host Michigan State Saturday.
2. BYU (7-2)
BYU seems to just get better with every passing game and it has a lot to do with Noah Hatsock.
Hartsock was named the WCC Player of the Week and has had double-doubles in each of the past two games, including 19 points and 12 rebounds against Weber State on Wednesday.
Slowly but surely the Cougars are finding life fairly comfortable without Jimmer Fredette.
3. Santa Clara (5-2)
The Broncos did nothing to hurt their status last week, winning their only game after finishing third in the 76 Classic over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Junior Niyi Harrison has been crucial for Santa Clara. The first-year starter leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 per game and has had at least seven rebounds in four of the team’s seven games.
Santa Clara is 4-1 since its 89-56 loss at Santa Barbara.
4. Saint Mary’s (5-1)
All the Gaels do is continue to win but with no marquee opponents at this stage.
Rob Jones was named the WCC Player of the Month and rightfully so, leading the conference in scoring and rebounding.
Jones is averaging 18 points and 11.5 rebounds for the season while shooting a league-best 62 percent from the field.
Saint Mary’s picked up a win against Weber State last Monday but that loss to Denver stings enough to keep them here for now.
5. San Francisco (7-3)
The Dons are off to their best start since the 2004-05 season but have dealt with bouts of inconsistency.
Its win against Pacific Union doesn’t do much to change any sort of perception but the absence of Mikey Williams could.
Williams, who is averaging 12 points per game, has missed the past two games due to academic priorities.
6. Loyola Marymount (5-4)
There is no team that has been more inconsistent than LMU.
They beat UCLA then lose to Middle Tennessee. Beat Saint Louis and lose to Columbia.
The Lions have continued to struggle with injuries as Drew Viney and Ashley Hamilton have missed significant time.
Viney has returned after missing the first month of the season and Hamilton has not played since Nov. 19.
7. Pepperdine (5-3)
Injuries have decimated the Waves.
Lorne Jackson, Dane Suttle and Moriba De Freitas are all out for the season and have struggled to get points on the board.
Pepperdine has only one player averaging double-figure scoring with Taylor Darby at 11.4.
The Waves’ win at Arizona State and its current sixth place standing have them spotted here.
8. San Diego (4-4)
The Toreros has nowhere to go but up and they have managed to pick up a few wins while developing its young talent.
San Diego had only one player average more than 10 points last season and already have two this season.
Freshman guard Johnny Dee is averaging 13.5 points per game, ninth in the WCC, to go along with Chris Manresa’s 11.9.
9. Portland (3-6)
Portland’s tough schedule has not helped the squad much but it is starting to get lighter and may help the Pilots climb out the cellar.
The Pilots have four nonconference games remaining, all against mid-major programs.