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Gonzaga and Saint Mary's meet in first WCC clash

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's have dominated the West Coast Conference, combining to win 17 straight regular-season championships and 17 of 19 conference tournament titles.

The Zags broke through after sweeping both titles last season, making an unprecedented run to the Final Four.

The Gaels were the preseason favorite this year after returning nearly everyone from a team that won 29 games and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Round 1 of their annual two-game road to the WCC title comes Thursday at The Kennel in Spokane.

"Obviously it's two of the top teams in league and it's going to be much anticipated," Gonzaga guard Silas Melson said...