Gonzaga, who was leading Saint Mary’s in the pre-season basketball world rankings

As part of its coverage of the 2022–23 men’s basketball season, Sports Illustrated Previews are rolled out for each of the top 10 conferences. Next is the WCC.

WCC is Gonzaga And everyone, and that won’t change anytime soon. However, last year represented a major milestone for the league (especially as we entered the final year before BYU headed into the Big 12): San Francisco became the first WCC team to win an NCAA tournament in a major way outside of the Bulldogs, Cougars and Saint Marys in two decades. The program’s continued growth from the likes of Dons, Santa Clara (which produced the first round of the NBA in 2022), San Diego and Portland makes this league closely related outside of Gonzaga and St. Mary’s at the top.

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