Banged-up Zags face USF

Injured Sam Dower – in street clothes – passed to his Gonzaga Bulldogs teammates during pregame warmups on Saturday. (Jesse Tinsley)

It's probably a good thing I don't predict WCC games because I would have gone 1-3 on opening night. I would have correctly predicted Gonzaga to defeat Santa Clara, but I would have taken BYU over LMU, Portland over USF and San Diego over Pepperdine.

Now it's on to Monday's games and Gonzaga, which hasn't lost to San Francisco in Spokane since 1989, entertains the Dons at 6 p.m. It's anybody's guess who will be in Gonzaga's starting lineup, though it's probably a safe bet Kevin Pangos, David Stockton and Przemek Karnowski will be with the first unit. After that, it depends on the health of Sam Dower Jr. (lower back) and Gary Bell Jr. (right hand).

My game preview here.


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