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Daily Word: Gaels go for WCC title against Gonzaga

Each weekday, our college hoops experts discuss the biggest issues, trends and themes in college basketball.

1. Saint Mary's took down Gonzaga twice already. Which matchups do the Gaels have to exploit to do it again in the WCC final?

Andy Katz: The perimeter. Saint Mary's has the stronger perimeter game, although the Zags have made key buckets in the tournament so far. The Zags must win the battle of the boards.

Myron Medcalf: It's not this simple, but it's important. The Gaels must pressure Kyle Wiltjer again. In the first meeting, Randy Bennett's squad did a great job of denying Wiltjer's touches and harassing him. He committed four turnovers on a 3 for 7 shooting night. In the second matchup, he took 16 shots but made five of them. That's where everything starts for the Zags' offense. And the Gaels have successfully suppressed their opponent's most important threat. If they do that again, they'll position themselves for a third consecutive win over their rivals.

C.L. Brown: Saint Mary's 6-foot-10 center Evan Fitzner was a matchup problem for Gonzaga in both meetings due to his ability to step outside and make shots from the perimeter. The Gaels are 10-2 in games in which he scores double figures, including the 20 and 13 he notched in two games against Gonzaga.

2. Who will represent the Horizon League in the NCAA tournament: Green Bay or Wright State?

Katz: Green Bay.

Medcalf: Well, you know it's March when Oakland and Valparaiso are watching this game from home. But Green Bay will win the Horizon League title tonight. Valpo owned the most efficient defense in the country this season. The Crusaders knocked off Oregon State and nearly outplayed Oregon, both on the road, in the nonconference season. And Jordan Fouse led the Phoenix to a 99-92 overtime win over Valpo in the semifinals. Wow. Any team that scores 1.19 points per possession against the best defense in America should be favored.

Brown: No way I'd pick against Biggie. Minnis, that is. The reserve guard and Rhode Island transfer tied a season-high with 13 points in the Raiders win over Green Bay. Bench play will be a factor in the game, which tips the advantage to Wright State.

3. Who is the player to watch on Tuesday?

Katz: Kyle Wiltjer. He's due for a big game in a big moment.

Medcalf: Check out Howard's James Daniel, who leads the nation in scoring at 27.2 PPG, in a first-round matchup in the MEAC tournament at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com/WatchESPN. This might be the last game of the year for the talented guard.

Brown: Anthony "Cat" Barber averaged 32 points for North Carolina State in its two meetings against Wake Forest this season -- including a career-high 38 points. It goes without saying, the Demon Deacons have no one who can guard him.