Previewing WCC basketball

By Bruce Marshall  () 

Once again, it looks like Gonzaga and the rest in the West Coast Conference. But before fawning over Mark Few’s latest national contender, it’s a good idea to remember that many programs in this league have at one time or another lived in the high-rent district of college basketball. Some historic teams and names associated with the WCC have nothing to do with Gonzaga. There was a time when San Francisco was the dominant name in the sport. Bill Russell-led Dons teams won a pair of national titles in the 1950s and for nearly 20 years held a record believed almost as untouchable as Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak: USF’s 60-game win streak stood alone until John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins broke the record in 1973.
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