In this new Monday feature, I’ll take a look at the Northwest’s 11 Division I teams and give a weekly power ranking. The regional schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to Pocatello’s more eastern location.
NORTHWEST 11 WEEK 1
1. Gonzaga (12-3, 2-1 WCC): The WCC has worked hard to build parity within its conference and whether this is the season for it to blossom could be determined this week. The Zags face a competitive lineup in hosting BYU on Thursday and undefeated San Diego on Saturday. The Toreros (15-0, 4-0) defeated now-No. 24 Arizona State to open the season and Saint Mary’s, 80-70, last week. It jumped into the AP poll at N0. 24 on Monday, the program’s first-ever ranking. GU’s sole conference loss was 79-78 in overtime to SMC. So, somebody is good in this conference, maybe two teams are among the nation’s best. But who is it really?
2. Washington State (8-6, 2-0 Pac-12): The Cougs collected its second win against a nationally ranked team, beating No. 24 Arizona State 85-78 in a sweep of the desert schools last weekend. Will that matter in basketball’s Apple Cup this week? WSU has a 36-game losing streak against UW.More