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1. Saint Mary's (19-2, 8-0)

The Gaels are hammering people, though that's to be expected of good teams in the WCC. The week ahead could be a bit more challenging with games at Loyola Marymount and BYU.

2. San Diego State (18-2, 3-0)

The winning streak has reached 11 games now, and the Aztecs have beaten the other two best teams in the Mountain West Conference. Looks like they're for real.

3. UNLV (18-3, 2-1)

The Rebels are back to runnin' all right, as one of the nation's highest-scoring teams that just took care of preseason Mountain West favorite New Mexico. It's easy street for a while now.

4. Gonzaga (16-3, 6-1)

Well-balanced Zags have steadied themselves with three straight victories since the loss to Saint Mary's. But you still wonder whether they have quite enough to do serious damage in March.

5. Long Beach State (14-6, 7-0)

Casper Ware and Larry Anderson have been terrific for the athletic 49ers, who might have opened some eyes with an impressive beatdown of UC Santa Barbara on the road.

6. Cal (16-5, 6-2)

Road loss at Washington State showed two things — that the Golden Bears don't have much depth behind their starting five, and that the Pac-12 is a jumbled mess of mediocre teams.

7. BYU (17-5, 6-2)

The Cougars allowed middling Loyola Marymount to run 'em out of their own gym last week, showing what ugliness can happen when they hit only 2 of their 25 3-point attempts.

8. Nevada (16-3, 5-0)

That's a 13-game winning streak now for the Wolfpack, who really can hit the 3-pointers. Here's the thing, though: They stink at the line, hitting just 63.6 percent, 300th in the country.

9. Wyoming (16-3, 2-1)

The Cowboys hope to challenge for the MWC title with good shooting, few turnovers, and one of the nation's best defenses — only 53.1 points allowed.

10. New Mexico (15-4, 1-2)

Wow, back-to-back losses to the Mountain West's two ranked teams, after 13 consecutive wins? That's gonna happen when your defense allows 41 and 45 points in the second half.