There’s a few surprises in Gonzaga’s conference foes so far this season.
One loss Santa Clara, currently at the top of the conference standings with one more win than GU, is 2-1 versus the PAC-12(2). That one loss was by 30 to Oregon State though. Their overall SOS seems above average for the WCC while not playing any ranked teams yet.
Most of the conference seems to be averaging out where they have been in conference standings. All but one team is .500 or above.
San Francisco seems one of the only that have built a decent non-con schedule. While also not including a ranked team it does have some recent NCAA Tournament teams. Mixed results include a loss to Boise State. Win over Minnesota is probably only good in that it’s a so-called Power 5 conference member
St Mary’s, picked by the coaches to win the conference, is in 8th place at 3-3 with their two Division 1 wins against New Mexico and Davisdon. No shame in losing to San Diego State or Xavier, but by 25 and 17 isn’t a good look. Losing to Weber State isn’t as bad as it sounds as they have a stud in Dillon Williams who hung 29 points on them, but sure doesn’t look good on paper. I think most people were expecting more from Mahaney than the 13.8 PPG he’s had so far.
The only WCC team currently with a losing record is of course Pepperdine at 3-5. Two Division 1 wins by 35 against winless Long Island and by one point versus Big West powerhouse UC Davis. They only beat NAIA Concordia by 12 and were down by 5 at the half. None of the losses were to big name teams excepting a 19 point loss New Mexico (whom St Mary’s beat by 14). Is this the year Romar finally gets the hook?