March 11, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs pose with the championship trophy against the Brigham Young Cougars after the game in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Best WCC Pictures of the Season


As bloggers, words are what we do. Although a picture usually accompanies our stories, it most likely will not make up most of the content.

The WCC featured some great moments this year, and I thought it would be great to compile some of the great pictures of the WCC this season, courtesy of USA Today Images.

 

Action Shots

Nov 22, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Santa Clara Broncos guard Brandon Clark (3) shoots a three point basket as Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Pat Connaughton (24) defends in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Clark fired a 3-pointer at Purcell Pavilion.

Nov 26, 2013; Lahaina, HI, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) shoots a free throw against the Chaminade Silverswords during the second round of the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Pangos takes a free throw with the beautiful Lahaina Civic Center.

Nov 26, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Kyle Collinsworth (5) shoots and is fouled by Wichita State Shockers guard Tekele Cotton (32) during the first half of the game at Sprint Center. Wichita won 75-62. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Collinsworth’s aggressive nature earns him a trip to the foul line.

Dec 7, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) tries to save the ball from going out of bound during a game against the New Mexico State Aggies during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Pangos attempts to save a ball from going out of bounds.

Przemek Karnowski is blocked by the 7’5″ Sim Bhullar.

Beau Levesque successfully boxes out Gerard Coleman.

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves forward Brendan Lane (21) fouls Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kyle Dranginis (3) in the second half at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Dranginis needs to reverse sides of the backboard in order to avoid the outstretched arm of Brendan Lane.

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Drew Barham (left), guard Kevin Pangos (center) and Pepperdine Waves guard Nikolas Skouen (right) battle for a loose ball in the second half at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Nikolas Skouen appears to be practicing his jazz hands while the ball is loose. 

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves forward Stacy Davis (5) and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Drew Barham (43) fight for the ball in the second half at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Barham and Stacy Davis tussle for the ball. I think I would take Davis in this one.

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves guard Austin Mills (13) with the ball in the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Mills surveys the Gonzaga defense. We wish him luck in his future endeavors, as he is leaving Pepperdine next season.

Jan 18, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Angel Nunez (2) dunks in the first half against the Loyola Marymount Lions at Gersten Pavilion. Gonzaga defeated Loyola Marymount 82-72. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Angel Nunez throws down and shows off his athleticism at Loyola Marymount.

Jan 18, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Toreros forward Thomas Jacobs (15) and San Francisco Dons forward Kruize Pinkins (15) dive for the ball during the second half at War Memorial Gymnasium. The San Francisco Dons defeated the San Diego Toreros 64-62. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Kruize Pinkins leaves it all on the floor.

Jan 18, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Toreros guard Duda Sanadze (10) falls to the floor in an attempt to rebound the ball against the San Francisco Dons during the first half at War Memorial Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Looks like there was a slippery spot on the floor…

Jan 25, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (00) grabs a rebound against Gonzaga Bulldogs center Sam Dower (35) during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Mika throws down a dunk to attempt to silent the crowd at the Kennel.

Jan 29, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Santa Clara Broncos forward Nate Kratch (43) knocks the ball away from Gonzaga Bulldogs forward/center Sam Dower (35) during the first half at Leavey Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Kratch takes a fall against Gonzaga.

Kerry Carter, Karate Kick!

Feb 5, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Portland Pilots guard Bobby Sharp (11) pas the ball against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) during the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs beat Pilots 71-66. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Sharp takes a break from drilling 3-pointers to perform a bounce pass.

Feb 13, 2014; Stockton, CA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Matt Carlino (2) shoots over Pacific Tigers guard Sama Taku (3) during the first half at Alex G. Spanos Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Carlino takes yet another deep 3-pointer.

Feb 15, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Loyola Marymount Lions guard Anthony Ireland (3) tries to get by Gonzaga Bulldogs guard David Stockton (11) during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

WCC legend Anthony Ireland shows off his handles.

Feb 22, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Gerard Coleman (0) makes a layup during the first half against the San Diego Toreros at Jenny Craig Pavillion. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Gerard Coleman makes an elusive move toward the basket, a very typical move for the senior-to-be.

Feb 22, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Gary Bell, Jr. (5) tries to steal the inbounds pass from San Diego Toreros guard Johnny Dee (1) during the second half at Jenny Craig Pavillion. The Toreros won 69-66. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Dee hustles for a loose ball in USD’s upset victory over Gonzaga this season.

Kevin Pangos prepares to shoot a free throw. A great piece of photography right here.

March 8, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco Dons forward Cole Dickerson (25) shoots against San Diego Toreros forward Dennis Kramer (40) during the first half in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Kramer and Cole Dickerson meet at the rim in a WCC quarterfinal game.

Stacy Davis shows off his jumper he developed in the offseason.

March 8, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3, left) and guard Anson Winder (20) fight for the ball with Loyola Marymount Lions forward Marin Mornar (42) during the second half in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Marin Mornar evidently loses a fight for the ball against a trio of BYU defenders.

March 8, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) shoots against Loyola Marymount Lions forward Nick Stover (11) during the first half in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Haws shows off his pure jumpshot against LMU.

Przemek Karnowski appears terrified of Matt Hodgeson.

Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Damyean Dotson (21) fights for a rebound with Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (00) during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

As usual, Eric Mika is in the middle of all the pile.

Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Damyean Dotson (21) fights for a rebound with Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (00) during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Mika is put in a headlock by an Oregon player.

Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Richard Amardi (13) shoots a layup over Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (00) during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Mika challenges Richard Amardi’s shot. Apparently the freshman center is photogenic. Who knew. 

 

The Students

Nov 20, 2013; Provo, UT, USA; A Brigham Young Cougars fan tries to talk to one of the officials during the second half at Marriott Center. Iowa State Cyclones won 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Face paint is always a good time.

Dec 7, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; New Mexico State Aggies guard Daniel Mullings (23) looms to inbounds the ball again the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga fans reach out to New Mexico State guard Daniel Mullings as he attempts to inbound, Cameron Crazy Style.

Dec 14, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars fans before the game against the Utah Utes at Jon M. Huntsman Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

BYU students show out at the Huntsman Center for a rivalry game against Utah.

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves fans during the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves fans during the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Pepperdine fans show their spirit.

Jan 25, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs students pose for a shot during a game against the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Kennel Club getting rowdy.

San Diego vs. Saint Mary’s

San Diego’s student section attempts to distract Brad Waldow’s concentration on a free throw by holding up head cutouts of Christopher Anderson and Johnny Dee.

Feb 13, 2014; Stockton, CA, USA; Pacific Tigers fans hold up signs during the second half of the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Alex G. Spanos Center. The Pacific Tigers defeated the Brigham Young Cougars 89-82. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacific fans display a bevy of signs.

Kelly Olynyk returns to the Kennel.

Feb 20, 2014; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars fans hold up signs before the start of the game between the Brigham Young Cougars and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Marriott Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

BYU fans show their school spirit.

 

Emotional

Nov 20, 2013; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Kyle Collinsworth (5) lays on the floor after missing the last second shot of the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones at Marriott Center. Iowa State Cyclones won 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Collinsworth can’t believe a BYU to Iowa State.

Dec 5, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Toreros player Duda Sarbaugh (10) reacts after missing the game winning shot against the San Diego State Aztecs at Jenny Craig Pavillion. The Aztecs won 65-64. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

“Duda Sarbaugh,” like the caption says, dwells on the game-winning shot that was just off against crosstown rival San Diego State.

Jan 29, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward/center Sam Dower (35) reacts after scoring a basket against the Santa Clara Broncos during the second half at Leavey Center. The Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the Santa Clara Broncos 54-52. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Dower celebrates his game winning shot against Santa Clara.

Feb 15, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few gives his daughter Julia Few a kiss after a game against the Loyola Marymount Lions at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs beat Lions 86-67. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few gives his daughter a kiss on senior night.

Feb 15, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard David Stockton (left) is introduced with his father John Stockton before a game againt the Loyola Marymount Lions at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Stockton’s celebrate on senior night.

Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Anson Winder (20) watches the clock wind down as Oregon Ducks forward Richard Amardi (13) celebrates in the background during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Anson Winder watches the clock strike zero on the Cougars season.

Mar 23, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) is assisted off the court in the first half of a men

Kevin Pangos leaves the court with an ankle injury while his team huddles mid-court.

Mar 23, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward/center Sam Dower (35) walks off the court after losing to Arizona Wildcats in a men

Sam Dower plays his last ever game for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

 

Celebratory

Nov 26, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Matt Carlino (2) celebrates after making a three point shot during the first half of the game against the Wichita State Shockers at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Carlino throws up the 1.

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Sam Dower (35) reacts after being fouled in the second half against the Pepperdine Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse. Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 70-53. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Dower flexes his muscle against Pepperdine.

Feb 22, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Toreros guard Christopher Anderson (0) celebrates with fans on the court after a win against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Jenny Craig Pavillion. The Toreros won 69-66. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

USD students lift up Christopher Anderson after they stormed the court to go wild after the Toreros knocked off the Zags.

March 11, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Gary Bell, Jr. (5), forward/center Sam Dower (35), and guard David Stockton (11) celebrate against the Brigham Young Cougars after the game in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Bell, Sam Dower and David Stockton celebrate the Zags WCC tournament title amongst all the commotion and confetti.

Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Matt Carlino (2) celebrates during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against the Oregon Ducks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Carlino does whatever he is doing to celebrate a good play.

Mar 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (24) reacts with teammates Kyle Dranginis (3) and Kevin Pangos (4) after scoring a basket against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half of a men

Karnowski roars.

Mar 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard/forward Drew Barham (43) reacts after a three point basket against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half of a men

Drew Barham flashes the “3-goggles.”

Mar 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kyle Dranginis (3) and guard/forward Drew Barham (43) leave the court after defeating Oklahoma State Cowboys in a men

Kyle Dranginis points to the crowd after GU’s victory versus Oklahoma State.

 

The Coaches

Nov 22, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Santa Clara Broncos head coach Kerry Keating talks to forward Nate Kratch (43) in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Kerry Keating lays into a wayward freshman.

Dec 21, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Brigham Young Cougars head coach Dave Rose watches the game from the sideline against the Oregon Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The stoic Dave Rose.

Dec 28, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Santa Clara Broncos head coach Kerry Keating reacts against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

“Stop!” – Kerry Keating, probably.

Jan 4, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few looks on against the Pacific Tigers during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Few in his signature squat.

Jan 4, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Pacific Tigers head coach Ron Verlin looks on against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Verlin claims the Tigers are no. 1.

Jan 16, 2014; Malibu, CA, USA; Pepperdine Waves head coach Marty Wilson reacts in the first half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Firestone Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Pepperdine head coach Marty Wilson critiques his team from the sideline.

Jan 18, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Loyola Marymount Lions head coach Max Good reacts to a call in the first half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Gersten Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Max Good is in disbelief. Most likely over a bad call or poor play from his team.

Jan 18, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Dons head coach Rex Walters calls a play during the first half of the game against the San Diego Toreros at War Memorial Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

USF head coach Rex Walters uses some “3-goggles” to call a play.

Feb 5, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Portland Pilots head coach Eric Reveno looks on against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Reveno claps on his team against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Feb 6, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Toreros head coach Bill Grier talks with forward Jito Kok (33) during the first half against the San Francisco Dons at Jenny Craig Pavillion. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

“Drinks and apps’ at my place after the game?” – Bill Grier, probably.

 

Random Photos

Nov 27, 2013; Lahaina, HI, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks center Bobby Portis (10) glares at Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (24) during the final round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Przemek Karnowski and Bobby Portis give eachother some glares.

Dec 28, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Gary Bell Jr. (5) is helped off the court after being injured against the Santa Clara Broncos during the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Bell heads to the locker room after sustaining a hand injury at Santa Clara.

Jan 4, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (center) huddles up with his team before a game against the Pacific Tigers at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Przemek Karnowski leads the pregame huddle for the Zags.

Kerry Carter likes to dance.

 

March 11, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard David Stockton (11, left) poses for a photo with father John Stockton (right) against the Brigham Young Cougars after the game in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

John Stockton can indeed smile.

Mar 20, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs former player Adam Morrison watches practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga legend Adam Morrison.

Mar 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs players huddle before a men

Gonzaga huddles against Oklahoma State.

 

 

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