Saint Mary's wouldn't mind beating Gonzaga

MORAGA, Calif. -- I'm live at sold-out McKeon Pavilion tonight, and there's at least one scalper outside braving the California cold (hey, it'll get into the 40s!) to make a living.

Around these parts, this one's been circled on the calendar for a while. Saint Mary's hoped for a bid with its 25-win résumé last season, but didn't make the NCAA tournament.

It didn't help that the Gaels lost to Gonzaga three times, including a 25-point loss in the WCC tournament final.

A win at home tonight for 15-2 Saint Mary's against ranked Gonzaga would do wonders for its at-large possibilities.

It would also probably allow the wife of Gaels assistant coach Kyle Smith to stop having to keep tabs on the team's RPI.