Since Randy Bennett took over at Saint Mary's back in 2001, his school's yearly matchups with Gonzaga have been among the best rivalries not only in the West Coast Conference, but on the entire west coast. Late Tuesday night, the two teams delivered yet another masterpiece.
The Wooden Award has released its Midseason Top-25 List for the 2015-16 season, and largely it features many of the names that you would expect, including Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Ben Simmons and Denzel Valentine.
Kyle Wiltjer had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Domantas Sabonis added 17 points and nine rebounds as the Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated in-state competitor Washington 80-64 in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The John R. Wooden Award is given annually to the nation's top college basketball player. Kentucky and Indiana both have three players on the preseason Top 50 list. Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky won the award last season.
The AP has released its preseason All-American team, with three seniors, a junior and a freshman making the squad. Gonzaga senior Kyle Wiltjer was the leading vote-getter among all players, tallying 51 of a possible 65 votes.