RECORD : 13-2 overall, 3-0 WCC
COMING UP: Tonight at Saint Mary’s, 8 (ESPN2); Saturday at Loyola Marymount, 5 p.m. (KHQ)
OUTLOOK: Gonzaga faces its toughest conference road trip, beginning with Saint Mary’s tonight. The Gaels are receiving votes in both polls and could crack the Top 25 with a victory. After answering numerous questions about the Gaels, GU coach Mark Few brought up Saturday’s game against Loyola Marymount. “That’s a dangerous one,” he said. The Lions have more returning letter-winners (13) than anyone in the WCC. Forward Drew Viney, who averaged 17.2 points last season, returned from a stress fracture in his foot Dec. 27 and forward Ashley Hamilton is back from a foot injury after missing 12 games.