EL SEGUNDO (CBS/AP) — Gonzaga has been chosen to win the West Coast Conference by the league’s coaches.

The Zags received eight of 10 first-place votes ahead of the WCC’s tipoff event Thursday, with charter conference member Pacific back in the league this season.

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Gonzaga is coming off a 32-3 season and its 15th straight trip to the NCAA tournament, eliminated by Wichita State to miss the round of 16. The Bulldogs lost 7-foot forward Kelly Olynyk to the NBA but have a strong core returning.

BYU is picked to finish second, followed by Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Santa Clara, Portland and Pepperdine.

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Pacific reached the NCAA tournament after winning the Big West championship. Coach Ron Verlin, a 19-year Pacific assistant, was promoted to replace retired Bob Thomason.

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