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Zags try to even score with Portland

Gonzaga's lone loss of the WCC season came last month against Portland, 82-73, at the Chiles Center. It wasn't a fluke as the Pilots dominated at both ends of the court, drained eight 3-pointers and snapped a 20-game losing streak in the series.

The rematch is Wednesday night with the first-place Zags trying to maintain a three-game lead in the loss column over their three closest pursuers. Here's my game preview.

—I also checked in with Portland senior forward Ryan Nicholas, the Gonzaga Prep product who has been a model of consistency for the Pilots. More on Nicholas here.


Zags Host Portland In WCC Opener

Portland's Ryan Nicholas, left, reaches for a ball as it goes out of bounds as Saint Louis' Brian Conklin looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 3, in St. Louis, Mo. Nicholas, a former Gonzaga Prep star, has emerged as a top scorer and rebounder for the Pilots. Gonzaga will tipoff another defense of a WCC title tonight when they host Portland. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Question: Is this the year that Gonzaga's consecutive WCC titles comes to an end?