Pacific basketball players Sami Eleraky, Alec Kobre and Eric Thompson were all held out of Saturday night's loss to Nevada. That's the result of an ongoing NCAA investigation into Pacific's program, and it's unclear when, or even if, Eleraky, Kobre and Thompson will play again.
Pacific is still without three rotation players because of an NCAA investigation. So Eric Musselman's Nevada Wolf Pack should be able to win by at least four points in Stockton, Calif., late Saturday.
The NCAA's case against SMU, just like its case against Pacific, is rooted in academic fraud allegedly committed via online courses. And there's no reason to believe more cases aren't on the way.
The NCAA is investigating, among other things, allegations of academic misconduct committed by former assistant Joe Ford within Pacific's men's basketball program, a source has told CBS Sports.
Gonzaga is still the team to beat in the WCC while it looks like St. Mary's, BYU and Pepperdine will have a fierce battle for second place.
Former Pacific men's basketball assistant Joe Ford has resigned from his position on Don Verlin's staff at Idaho, a school official told CBS Sports on Friday. This development comes two weeks after CBS Sports reported an independent investigator had been hired to look into claims that Ford had acted inappropriately while on Ron Verlin's staff at Pacific.
Beyond Gonzaga, the league could end up having a fairly rough season without some improvement from the middle of the league.
Gonzaga is among the best teams in the nation, but BYU, Saint Mary's and Portland are also off to strong starts as the West Coast Conference race begins.

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