The long wait will soon be over when the first official NCAA basketball game of the 2012-13 season will tip-off on Nov. 15. Some of our favorite players have moved on the ranks of professional athletes, new recruits have been polishing their games in gyms with recognizable logos on the court, and schools have switched conference allegiances. Through a series of conference previews, the BDD crew will do its best to prepare you for the next 4.5 months of collegiate hoops.
|Will Gonzaga or St. Mary's again claim a conference title, or will a darkhorse steal the show in 2012-13? (ESPN.com)|
Add BYU into the mix in its second year in the league and the WCC is not a mid-major conference to be reckoned with. The league is top-heavy, but Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and BYU all have the potential to be dangerous in March. Here’s how we think the WCC will shape up this season.
Conference Champion - Gonzaga
|Sophomore Kevin Pangos will be a key member of the Zags 2012-13 campaign. (goldandbluezone.com)|
Darkhorse Team to Watch - Loyola Marymount
|Don't sleep on Loyola Marymount to make a run at the WCC's top teams. (sfgate.com)|
Player of the Year - Matthew Dellavedova (St. Mary’s)
|Dellavedova is the ultimate playmaker for the Gaels. (zimbio.com)|
Newcomer of the Year - Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga)
|Prezemek Karnowski should make an immediate impact on Gonzaga's post game. (eurohopes.com)|
Coach of the Year - Rex Walters (San Francisco)
|Rex Walters has a difficult task replacing four starters from a last season. (usf.usfca.edu)|
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