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Blanchette: Zags hum along without ho-hum

If this is February, then the Gonzaga votary must be aggrieved that the objects of his devotion aren’t 50 points better than the Little Dons of the Poor, if not pitching a shutout. If this is February, Mark Few must be lamenting the outsized mandate under which his program labors.

At a glance: Gonzaga Bulldogs

RECORD: 19-5 overall, 10-0 WCC COMING UP: Today vs. Loyola Marymount, 6 p.m., KHQ; Saturday vs. Pepperdine, 8:30 p.m., ESPNU

Gonzaga guard Bouldin MVP favorite with Bryant looming

These streaks usually go hand in hand. With one win or one Portland loss, Gonzaga will wrap up its ninth consecutive West Coast Conference men’s basketball title. The Bulldogs also have won eight straight WCC player of the year awards.

Morrison traded to Lakers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats traded managing partner Michael Jordan’s first draft pick on Saturday, sending struggling forward Adam Morrison and reserve guard Shannon Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers for forward Vladimir Radmanovic.

Bulldogs have become bullish on defense

PORTLAND – Portland men’s basketball coach Eric Reveno was watching tape of last month’s game against Gonzaga when a play caught his eye. Pilots center Kramer Knutson had worked for an opening inside and attempted a short, left-handed hook. Knutson’s shot missed, in part because the 6-foot-9 sophomore had to account for the wing span of 7-5 Bulldog Will Foster.

Zags defeat St. Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Patty Mills put on a show in the first half. Unfortunately for the Gaels, the sharp-shooting sophomore guard had to put on an ice bag for the second half.

Premier matchup arrives for GU, Gaels

The wait is finally over. Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s collide tonight in one of the most highly anticipated West Coast Conference men’s basketball games of the season. Both bring national rankings, winning streaks, similar stats, up-tempo offenses, marquee players and a bit of a chip on their shoulder to the showdown for first place in the WCC at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Zags get a big recruit

Gonzaga has gone north of the border for another men’s basketball recruit. Kelly Olynyk, a versatile 6-foot-10, 205-pound Canadian, has verbally committed to the Bulldogs. Olynyk joins friend and fellow Canadian Mangisto Arop, a 6-5 guard; Elias Harris, a 6-7 forward from Speyer, Germany; and 6-9 forward Sam Dower, from Osseo, Minn., in Gonzaga’s 2009 class. GU’s current roster includes sophomore center Robert Sacre, of North Vancouver, B.C.

Heytvelt rides Waves for 25

MALIBU, Calif. – Senior forward Josh Heytvelt scored the game’s first nine points, Gonzaga the first 17 and the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs went on to an 83-69 men’s basketball victory over Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday. Gonzaga (13-4, 4-0 WCC) won its fifth straight and joins Saint Mary’s (18-1, 5-0) as the only unbeatens in conference play. The Gaels crushed San Diego 65-42, dropping the Toreros to 12-8, 4-1.

At a glance: Gonzaga Bulldogs

RECORD: 12-4 overall, 3-0 WCC COMING UP: Today at Pepperdine, 6 p.m.; Saturday at Loyola Marymount, 5 p.m.

Early WCC schedule favors Zags

The schedule-maker didn’t take it easy on Gonzaga in the non-conference, but that’s changed in West Coast Conference play. Gonzaga has opened its WCC slate with three home wins by an average of 31 points. The Zags face Pepperdine tonight and Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Those teams are a combined 5-33. The Bulldogs will complete the first half of the conference season next week with showdowns against Saint Mary’s (17-1, 4-0) and San Diego (12-7, 4-0) at the McCarthey Athletic Center.