Team of the Week
Guard: Ronnie Boyce — San Francisco Dons
Another week, another career high for Boyce. This time, it came in both points (31) and rebounds (10).
Guard: Jarvis Pugh — Santa Clara Broncos
Pugh scored a career-high 26 points on 9 of 10 shooting (4-5 from three) in the Broncos’ win over Northern Colorado. He played 40 minutes and posted an offensive rating of 188.
Forward: Lamond Murray Jr. — Pepperdine Waves
Murray was the best player on the floor in both of the Waves’ games this past week. Murray went for 33 points and eight rebounds against Weber State, then 27 and seven against Life Pacific.
Forward: Zach Collins — Gonzaga Bulldogs
The freshman phenom went 6 of 7 inside the arc against San Diego State, then he went 6 of 7 again against Bryant.
Center: Eric Mika — BYU Cougars
The sophomore center must’ve shaken off the rust from his two-year LDS mission before the season. Through BYU’s first three games, he’s averaging 21 points and 11.3 rebounds.
1. Saint Mary’s Gaels (3-0)
Last week: W 110-72 vs. Prairie View A&M, W 61-57 at Dayton
This week: 11/22 vs. San Jose State, 11/27 vs. UAB
The Gaels played a quality Dayton team on the road. It is 2,030 miles from Moraga, California to Dayton, Ohio. Last season the Gaels needed six road games to rack up that kind of mileage. They’re also averaging 84 points per game despite playing at the third slowest tempo in the nation according to KenPom.
2. Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-0)
Last week: W 69-48 vs. San Diego State, W 109-70 vs. Bryant
This week: 11/24 vs. Quinnipiac, 11/25 vs. Seton Hall/Florida, 11/27 vs. TBD
Sophomore point guard Josh Perkins (10.5 ppg) was suspended for the season opener. He’s come off the bench in the past two games, but on Friday against Bryant logged more minutes than any of his teammates. Scary depth in Spokane.
3. BYU Cougars (3-0)
Last week: W 82-73 vs. Princeton, W 96-59 vs. Coppin State, W 81-65 vs. Coastal Carolina
This week: 11/21 vs. Saint Louis, 11/23 vs. Alabama/Valparaiso
The Cougars are averaging 81.7 possessions over their first three games. These possessions have averaged at just 12.9 seconds. A trip to Las Vegas this week will show how well the BYU offense travels on the road.
4. Portland Pilots (3-0)
Last week: W 79-66 at San Jose State, W 98-52 vs. Lewis and Clark
This week: 11/24 vs. UCLA, 11/25 vs. Dayton/Nebraska, 11/27 vs. TBD
Terry Porter is off to a solid start in his first season as head coach. His Pilots have a good number of weapons and each game has seen a different leading scorer. Up next for this veteran-laden team is a challenging trip to the Wooden Legacy.
5. Pepperdine Waves (3-0)
Last week: W 69-68 vs. Weber State, W 85-79 vs. Life Pacific
This week: 11/21 vs. Central Michigan, 11/22 vs. Little Rock, 11/23 vs. St. Bonaventure
All three of the Waves’ games this season have been at home and all three, including one against a non-Div. I program, have been single-digit victories. Senior forwards Lamond Murray Jr. and Chris Reyes have been great so far.
6. San Francisco Dons (2-0)
Last week: W 75-63 at UC Santa Barbara
This week: 11/23 vs. Troy, 11/26 vs. Sacramento State, 11/27 at Eastern Washington
They’re not a good three point shooting team (30.8%), but the Dons are incredibly efficient inside the arc (60.3%). On the road against UC Santa Barbara, San Francisco hit 20-of-28 two point field goals.
7. Santa Clara Broncos (2-2)
Last week: W 88-72 vs. Northern Colorado
This week: 11/21 vs. Sacred Heart, 11/24 vs. Arizona, 11/25 vs. Butler/Vanderbilt
Senior guard Jared Brownridge, a reasonable preseason pick for WCC Player of the Year, has hit just 17-of-56 field goals this season. The Broncos aren’t going to beat good teams without a good Brownridge; so far this season they’ve only managed to beat bad teams.
8. Loyola Marymount Lions (1-2)
Last week: L 79-64 at Nevada, L 65-62 vs. Connecticut
This week: 11/25 vs. Portland State
Give Mike Dunlap credit, he’s scheduled aggressively. LMU’s only win this season is against a non-Div. I program, but the Lions did manage to get UConn to visit Gersten Pavilion.
9. Pacific Tigers (1-2)
Last week: W 76-58 vs. Green Bay, L 72-65 at UC Irvine
This week: 11/22 vs. Wyoming, 11/29 at Nevada
The Tigers picked up a win over a quality Green Bay program in the tip-off marathon. Not a particularly talented offense, but a balanced one so far.
10. San Diego Toreros (1-3)
Last week: L 83-65 vs. Samford, L 88-68 at UCLA, W 81-72 vs. Nicholls State
This week: 11/22 vs. Bethune Cookman, 11/26 vs. New Mexico State
A bad offense and a bad defense, but the Torreros got a win because they played a bad team.