MORAGA (CBS/AP) – Shaggy haired, do-everything guard Matthew Dellavedova is quick to point out he has little time to concern himself with appearances.

A scruffy face and wild hair, who cares? Dellavedova has more important priorities at Saint Mary’s College: He’s determined to maintain a strong men’s basketball tradition at the mid-major school, which year in and year out is in the NCAA tournament conversation even emerging from the same conference as perennial power Gonzaga.

These 16th-ranked Gaels are on the cusp of capturing the West Coast Conference title with the Zags still standing in the way.

Saint Mary’s (22-2, 11-0 WCC) takes its 12-game winning streak to Gonzaga on Thursday night after already winning the first meeting of the rivals in commanding fashion — 83-62 at home in McKeon Pavilion last month.

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