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Wear USC or UCLA gear at Loyola Marymount at your own risk

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

If any Loyola Marymount students continue to insist on wearing USC football or UCLA basketball gear around campus this winter, the Lions have issued an official warning that such treachery will not be tolerated.

In this entertaining marketing video, members of the LMU basketball team morph into a cross between football players and the fashion police, laying out fellow students clad in USC, UCLA, Gonzaga or Pepperdine garb. Senior guard Vernon Teel provides the most memorable moment, tackling a guy in a USC T-shirt and screaming "C'mon! Tell me where you go to school!"

The best news for LMU fans is that there's some substance behind this latest marketing push. The Lions return four starters from last season's surprising 18-win team and figure to make a strong push to break up the Gonzaga-St. Mary's stranglehold on the top two spots in the WCC.

LMU upset Gonzaga in Los Angeles last season on its way to its first postseason appearance since the Lions' celebrated Elite Eight run in the wake of the tragic death of Hank Gathers. With Teel, Oregon transfer Drew Viney and guard Jarred DuBois all back, perhaps another trip to the NCAA tournament isn't out of the question.

(Thanks, College Basketball Nation)

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