Gonzaga's streak of 11 consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season titles, the second-longest run in Division I history, is in danger of being snapped.
With only six games left, Gonzaga (18-4, 8-2 WCC) is three games behind No. 16 Saint Mary's heading into Thursday night's showdown between the league's top two teams.
Saint Mary's (22-2, 11-0) crushed Gonzaga at home 83-62 a month ago. The Zags realize this is a must-win game if they want to keep their faint hopes of a 12th consecutive league title alive.
''We have a lot to lose,'' Gonzaga center Sam Dower said. ''They (Saint Mary's) really don't have anything to lose.''
While a Saint Mary's loss would still leave the Gaels in first place, a Gonzaga loss could drop the Bulldogs into third in the WCC.
UCLA holds the Division I record by winning 13 consecutive regular-season titles from 1967-79. After Gonzaga's 11, Connecticut and UNLV are tied for third with 10 each.
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