Beyond Gonzaga, the league could end up having a fairly rough season without some improvement from the middle of the league.
For all the reasons cited for college basketball's lack of scoring and excitement, the one you don't hear about is the actual coaching.
Payne averaged 18.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a sophomore in 2014-15.
A less exciting slate than you'd expect, considering there are over 60 games.
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.
Wisconsin faces its first road test outside of its home state when it travels to Cal to face the Golden Bears on Monday night.
Mike Dunlap, formerly coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and St. John's, seeks to carve out a new identity for the basketball program at his alma mater.
Gonzaga looks poised to dominate the league again, but can anyone creep up and get a second bid?
Former Marquette forward Gabe Levin will transfer to Long Beach State after never suiting up for Steve Wojciechowski.

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