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February 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Gonzaga wins big at home; Seattle U returns to the top and a TV alert

Much like Washington on Friday against Oregon, Gonzaga (22-5, 12-1 West Coast Conference) beat up on the little guy in the conference for a fun offensive outing.

In a 101-65 home win against San Francisco on Saturday, the Zags shot a season-best 55 percent (44 for 80) from the field and reached triple figures for the first time since November 2011, against Hofstra. GU is on a 10-game win streak and holds a 2.5-game lead in WCC standings. USF dropped to 10-16, 3-10.

Here are some highlights.

BACK ON TOP: Seattle University returned home with some welcomed extra baggage. It defeated UT Arlington 78-64 in its final road game of the season, sweeping the two-game trip overall. And because Utah State lost to New Mexico 106-94 on Saturday, SU is back on top of Western Athletic Conference standings with a half-game lead.

The Redhawks (15-9, 12-3) close the regular-season with three home games, hosting Texas State (9-15, 3-11) at Connolly Center at 7pm on Feb. 28. Utah State (14-11, 11-3), which split games with SU this season, has four games remaining. USU hosts Louisiana Tech (12-13, 8-6) on Feb. 28.


TV ALERT: No. 4 Stanford (23-2, 12-1) plays at No. 15 UCLA (19-5, 10-3) at 12:30 pm Sunday on ESPNU. UCLA lost bad to No. 6 Cal (22-2, 12-1) on Friday, which could impact the conference’s tournament bids.

Pac-12 coaches believe the league is worthy of five NCAA bids, Washington (18-6, 10-3) possibly being the fifth. The conference has shown its strength with wins against No. 1 Baylor, No. 10 Louisville, and No. 22 Oklahoma in non-league play. But those ranked teams, outside of Baylor, also had rough outings in their respective conference play to show parity.

The Pac-12 hasn’t shown that due to a slew of expected outcomes outside of Cal upsetting Stanford. UCLA’s last chance to grab a win against one of the heavyweights is Sunday, already getting swept by Cal and losing to Stanford on the road in January. An upset would add weight to other games in Pac-12 play this season — like the Huskies losing to the Bruins by four at home.

After Sunday, UCLA wraps its regular-season against rival USC and the desert schools.

The Pac-12 tournament is in March at KeyArena. If Cal and Stanford win out, the Card will be the top seed in the tournament based on a better overall winning percentage.


FOR TRICKS: This video has made its way around the web but its worthy of a replay. Here’s Lewis-Palmer junior G Anna Olson’s full-court shot.

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