WCC Basketball power rankings: Pacific, Santa Clara gain surprising wins

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 11: San Diego Toreros cheerleaders hold up signs during a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WCC Basketball standings have Gonzaga on top. But how do the rest of the teams’ rank, two weeks into conference play?

WCC Basketball league play began on Jan. 2 and the biggest question was how would Saint Mary’s respond to forward Matthias Tass’s torn ACL.  Saint Mary’s battled through the first two weeks going 2-2 to reside in the middle of the standings.

The rest of the standings show Gonzaga on top with a 4-0 record and San Diego on the bottom, 0-4.  In between, eight teams are sandwiched between 2-1 and 1-2, with no team besides Gonzaga having more than a two-game winning streak.

Both BYU and Saint Mary’s are likely battling for at-large berths to the NCAA tournament and are also battling injuries.  Are the other teams taking advantage?

Let’s take a look at the updated West Coast Conference power rankings and see.

10. San Diego Toreros (7-12, 0-4) NET: 233

The Toreros got off to a horrible start in conference play.  San Diego’s offense continues to struggle even when starting with a couple games they on paper had a chance of winning.  San Diego only scored 58 points on the road in their WCC opener at Loyola Marymount and it didn’t improve much in the games following.

San Diego has an inexperienced team that is resulting in the Toreros being ranked #292 in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency.  Shooting has been less than desirable.  The Toreros shooting only 47.1% in two-point field goals, 31.2% in three-pointers, and 67.9% from the free-throw line.

Redshirt junior Braun Hartfield (13.1 ppg) and redshirt freshman Joe Calcaterra (12.4 ppg) are leading the scoring for the Toreros.

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