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Gonzaga selected as preseason favorite to win West Coast Conference

Once again, the coaches expect Gonzaga to battle with BYU and SMC for the conference crown...

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

In a news story that should shock absolutely no one, Gonzaga has been selected to win the West Coast Conference this season by the coaches.  The Zags were a unanimous selection and received the highest possible point total of 81.  BYU was voted as the runner up to the Zags with Saint Mary's coming in third place.  Here is a look at the full poll:

Team (First Place Vote) Pts.
1. Gonzaga (9) 81
2. BYU (1) 69
3. Saint Mary's 62
4. San Francisco 59
5. San Diego 47
6. Portland 45
7. Pepperdine 29
7. Santa Clara 29
9. Loyola Marymount 19
10. Pacific 10

As I said, these results come as little surprise.  BYU should be the only true resistance that the Zags face on their way to a 14th WCC crown in 15 seasons.  The Cougars do feature Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth so those matchups, particularly in Provo, will be a great test for the Bulldogs.  The rest of the conference, however, is still not yet near the level of the 13th ranked Bulldogs.

The preseason All-WCC roster was also released today.  Here's a look at that group:

Name Institution Yr. Pos.
Jared Brownridge Santa Clara So. G
Kyle Collinsworth BYU Jr. G
Stacy Davis Pepperdine Jr. F
Johnny Dee San Diego Sr. G
Tyler Haws BYU Sr. G
Przemek Karnowski Gonzaga Jr. C
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga Sr. G
Kriuze Pinkins San Francisco Sr. F
Thomas van der Mars Portland Sr. C
Brad Waldow Saint Mary's Sr. C

Pangos and Karnowski are the only representatives from the Bulldogs to make the 10-man roster.  It goes without saying that this roster could look considerably different at year end as most of us expect at least one of either Kyle Wiltjer and Byron Wesley (ideally, both) to have All-WCC type seasons.