With the first weekend of West Coast Conference play in the books, take note — this is not the conference of pushovers.
Gonzaga has been the story of the West Coast Conference up to now. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 8 in the USA Today coaches poll and No. 9 in the Associated Press poll.
The last time Gonzaga was ranked that high was in 2010. During that season, the Bulldogs went two weeks as the No. 9 team in the nation in the USA Today coaches poll.
The Bulldogs haven't taken the easy road on the way to the premier ranking. They defeated West Virginia on Nov. 12, Clemson on Nov. 22, Oklahoma on Nov. 25, Washington State on Dec. 5, Kansas State on Dec. 15, Baylor on Dec. 28 and Oklahoma State on New Year's Eve.
BYU has played a schedule nearly as difficult as the Bulldogs, but the Cougars dropped their high-profile contests of the preseason, suffering losses to Iowa State, Baylor, Notre Dame and Florida State.
Still, following the first weekend of play, the Cougars are riding a four-game winning streak and have also won seven of their last eight games — their only loss coming against Baylor.
Meanwhile, defending regular-season and tournament champion St. Mary's College has struggled in the early going, but has defeated a few notable opponents.
The Gaels became one of the few teams in the Stew Morrill era to beat Utah State twice in nonconference contests in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. That win Nov. 15 is the Aggies' only loss of the season, and it was the second time St. Mary's has won in Logan in the last two years.
The surprise of the WCC has been the Santa Clara Broncos. They finished dead last in the WCC last year — losing every single conference game.
This year they've already surpassed their overall win total from last year, though they did lose to Gonzaga in the early going of conference play.
San Diego, Loyola Marymount, and San Francisco are also fighting to also have successful conference seasons.
Here are the WCC standings through the first weekend of conference play:
1. No. 8 Gonzaga, 2-0 (15-1)
1. BYU, 2-0 (12-4)
3. St. Mary's, 1-0 (12-3)
3. San Diego, 1-0 (8-8)
5. Pepperdine, 1-1 (9-6)
5. Santa Clara, 1-1 (12-4)
7. Loyola Marymount, 0-2 (7-8)
7. Portland, 0-2 (7-10)
7. San Francisco, 0-2 (7-8)
West Coast basketball conference play enters its second week with top players looking to lift their teams to victory in search of a conference championship.
Team: St. Mary's
Dellavedova does it all for the Gaels and leads his team in points (17.1) and in assists (6.7) per game. He's a feisty player who controls the game on both ends of the court better than any backcourt player in the conference.
Davies is the best big man in the league and is playing the best basketball of his career this season. He averages 18.7 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field. He's also averaging 2.7 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
Olynyk wasn't pegged as one of Gonzaga's best players in the preseason, but he leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game. He's proving to be a dominant post player who can also hit shots from the perimeter and shoots an astonishing 67.5 percent from the field.
Haws has taken the court by storm just one year after returning from his LDS mission. He leads the Cougars in scoring at 20.9 points per game while shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range.
Harris averages 15.1 points per game and shoots 52.1 percent from the field for the No. 8-ranked Zags. Harris has shown a very potent inside-out game that should give opponents all they can handle during conference play.
Team: Loyola Marymount
Ireland is second in the league in scoring at 20.1 points per game and also averages 4.1 assists. He was shut down by BYU in what proved to be his worst game of the year, but he's gone off against most everyone else.
Team: San Francisco
Dickerson averages 15.9 points per game and is second in the WCC in rebounding at 11.7 per game. He can kill a team from the paint and behind the 3-point line, where he shoots 44.2 percent.
Team: Santa Clara
Foster has arguably been Santa Clara's best player going on four years and is currently averaging 19.7 points per game. He also averages 4.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
Team: San Francisco
Doolin is having a great year for the Dons and currently averages 12.9 points and 6.5 assists per game.
Team: San Diego
Dee can go for big numbers at any time and leads the Toreros at an average of 14.8 points per game. He's also shooting just above 40 percent from behind the arc.