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WCC Weekly Wrap: BYU takes another hit

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The Cougars started out looking like one of the better teams in the WCC, but another loss early in the season has revealed a few questions.

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The BYU Cougars started out the season as one of the darlings of the NCAA. Now, after their fourth loss on the season, the question of which team is going to show up is now a legitimate thing. Overall, the WCC had a rather rough week. Let's take a quick look around the WCC to see what happened last week.

BYU Cougars (8-4)

def. Prairie View, 100-52; lost @ Utah, 81-64

BYU is a confusing team to peg this year. Between Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino they have two of the better players in the WCC. They now also have four losses. Granted, three of the losses were to ranked teams, but the fourth to Utah has to leave a sour taste in the mouth. Eric Mika was ejected with a flagrant two in a game where the Cougars looked absolutely frustrated offensively. It was an emotionally charged game against their in-state rivals, but BYU needs some consistency soon. It'll be tough to find it this week with their lone game on the road against the Oregon Ducks.

Loyola Marymount Lions (6-4)

lost @ Valparaiso, 80-73

The Lions have now dropped three of four, with those three losses coming against rather good competition. In their lone game of the week, shooting fouls buried the Lions. LMU shot 44 percent from the field, led by Anthony Ireland's 18 points. The defense held Valparaiso to 38 percent from the floor, but the Crusaders made it to the free-throw line a staggering 41 times in the win.

Pacific Tigers (8-1)

def. Menlo, 84-73

The Pacific Tigers debut WCC season continued on a good note as they grabbed their eighth win with a win over NAIA member Menlo College. Despite the differing collegiate level, the Tigers still had to work for the win, needing every bit of Khalil Kelley's career high 27 point. Menlo College opened the game with a 23-16 lead, but Pacific came back and never relinquished.

Pepperdine Waves (6-4)

lost @ Washington State, 78-61

This game would've been an absolute bloodbath if the Cougars tried to hit their free-throws. The Waves couldn't get a stop on defense as Washington State shot 53 percent from the floor, but were merely 13-for-30 from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Jeremy Major had a solid game for the Waves with 17 points, but the high points were few and far between. Only Stacy Davis scored in double-digits as well as Pepperdine's up and down season continues.

Portland Pilots (6-3)

lost Montana State, 72-69

Portland started out in the first half holding an 11-point lead, but Montana State went on a 15-6 run to close the half with a two-point deficit. Portland pulled with three points thanks to Kevin Bailey with one minute left but couldn't quite get over the hump. Tanner Riley missed a three-pointer and Bailey missed the first end of a one-and-one as Montanta State pulled away. Bailey continued his high-scoring output as of late, finishing with a game high 26 points.

Saint Mary's Gaels (8-0)

def. @ Boise State, 82-74

The Gaels don't have a lot of room for error with a pretty typical Randy Bennett crafted non-conference schedule, so a win on the road at Boise State was pretty much a must for their March dreams. Saint Mary's stepped up, led by Stephen Holt's 24 points, to hold one of the better scoring teams in the nation to 74 points. Holt played the entire game, but also needed 21 shots to get his points. On the season he is averaging a career high 35.9 minutes, but might be getting winded out there with a career low 38 percent from the floor.

Also, here is a rather nice article from Jeff Eisenberg at Yahoo! Sports detailing how and why Saint Mary's is just as good this year.

San Diego Toreros (8-3)

def. Pacifica, 84-47; lost UC Santa Barbara, 72-61

We'll give San Diego the benefit of the doubt for falling to Santa Barbara, mainly because UCSB is actually pretty decent this year. They won on the road at UNLV and defeated Cal at home. San Diego's slide continued now that they have hit the meat of their non-conference schedule. The Toreros opened the season 7-1 against largely middling opponents, but have gone 1-3 in their past four games.

San Francisco Dons (6-4)

def. Nicholls State, 77-48

The Dons dusted off the cobwebs of nearly two weeks for a win in their first game of December. The wealth was spread with four players scoring in double digits, led by Cole Dickerson's 20 points. San Francisco made the extra pass each time, notching 17 assists on 23 field goals while shooting 57.5 percent from the floor.

Santa Clara Broncos (3-5)

no games this past week