Mark Pope is the new head coach at BYU. Press release here.
Expect Early Madness Already in March
Let’s cut to the chase. Gonzaga is going to win the West Coast Conference Tournament. Hands down they are the best team in the conference by a fairly sizable gap. After that, each of the other teams is capable of beating the other. For that reason, expect a few mild upsets. Here is how I see the tournament playing out:Continue reading
The 2018-19 West Coast Conference begins as it has for some time now – with Gonzaga tabbed to be the league favorite. However, this year, there could be some changes as to which teams land in the #2 – #6 spots. If someone can separate themselves from what is likely to be a logjam in those five positions, then the conference may land two teams in the NCAA Tournament.
By Go-To Guy, LMU Lions Roar Contributor
The Lions are off to a 5-0 start for only the 4th time in school history. The streak includes the program’s first win over the Big East’s Georgetown Hoyas (4-1) and the first win over the Mountain West’s UNLV Rebels (3-1) in Las Vegas since 1973. Continue reading
Ivan Alipiev | Loyola Marymount | 6-foot-8 | Shot-creator
The 18-year-old Alipiev shined as Bulgaria’s best player in Sofia, creating offense for both himself and his teammates. He’s a smooth ball handler who can operate at different speeds, pull up off the bounce or get into the lane for kickouts to open teammates. He’s still a streaky shooter (30.1 percent), but Alipiev improved in that area since last summer and should have a big freshman season at Loyola Marymount, where he committed after spurning interest from high-level prep schools and high-major colleges.
With average athleticism, Alipiev has to answer questions about his defense before he can be considered a sure NBA prospect, but he should be an instant-impact player in the West Coast Conference.