Ever since the WCC expanded in the 2011-12 season, the overall standings have stayed pretty much the same. This season looked like it would be different but then things changed.
Since the 2011-12 season, these have been the average finishes of every team in the WCC compared to the current standings:
2. Saint Marys/BYU
3. BYU/Saint Mary’s
4. San Fransisco/San Fransisco
5. San Diego/San Diego
6. Pepperdine/Loyola Marymount
7. Santa Clara/ Santa Clara
8. Loyola Marymount/Pepperdine
For the most part, these have been the same yearly standings, and the averages and current standings show that. As a note, on some websites it will show Saint Mary’s and San Fransisco flipped but the tie breaker goes to Saint Mary’s for margin of victory. Overall, the theme of WCC play has been: Don’t expect anything new.
Just one month ago, it looked like this may be the year to change everything. As a reminder, going into WCC play, these were the overall standings:
San Fransisco 12-2
Loyola Marymount 12-2
San Diego 11-4
Saint Mary’s 9-6
Santa Clara 8-6
It appeared that for the first time in eight years the WCC would not have the same general order of teams. It looked like it was going to be really competitive. Most believed that Saint Mary’s and BYU would improve and would be in a five team battle for the two seed in the WCC Tournament. At the time, these two teams were much further behind everyone else in the WCC and Loyola Marymount and Pacific were doing much better than normal.
And yet here we are back to normal, just like every other year.
So if there is one lesson you can learn from the WCC, it is this: Don’t expect anything new, regardless of what happens before WCC play.