Herewith, the second edition of the 2014-15 Northwest 11, covering the states of Oregon and Washington, plus Idaho and Boise State. The highlights of the week were major upsets by Washington State and Oregon State, making for a competitive scrap behind Gonzaga.
1. Gonzaga (16-1) . . . Salty Pepperdine next Zags challenge Thursday night in Malibu
2. Oregon (12-4) . . . Well, somebody’s got to have this spot
3. Washington (11-4) . . . RPI went from 17 to 77 in four easy steps
4. Oregon State (11-4) . . . Who’d have thunk it? A 94 RPI in mid-January
5. Eastern Washington (12-4) . . . Only Big Sky unbeaten meets Sac State (3-1) on road Saturday
6. Washington State (8-7) . . . Now, can Cougars capitalize on momentum at home?
7. Boise State (10-6) . . . Loser of four straight, hasn’t won since Dec. 22
8. Portland (11-6) . . . Got G Bailey back, but lost C Barker (knee) for the season
9. Idaho (7-7) . . . O’Dea grad Sekou Wiggs: 13 points, 7 assists in EWU heartbreaker
10. Portland State (8-6) . . . Tough Eastern-Idaho one-two this week at home
11. Seattle U. (7-8) . . . Little hope when Umipig (3 for 11 at Utah Valley) not scoring