The Zags weren't better this year. What makes you think they will be better next year, but the Dons and SCU won't?
And have the Zags "consistently won in OOC games"? The Zags won 10 and lost 6 in the OOC. Of the wins, they beat Southern (RPI of 344), Bakersfield (310), Eastern Washington (289) and Lafayette (220). You also beat a bad Wake Forest team, IUPUI, a Baylor team that lost 11 and missed the NIT and an NIT team (Oklahoma State).
The Zags beat two teams that went to the NCAAs and they both got bounced early.