The West Coast Conference tournament field is set, as it begins tomorrow.
The main storyline heading into the tournament is if anyone can unseat the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, who finished the season 24-0. The tournament will be on ESPN and ESPNU. It will be taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, home of the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL.
All the times stated will be in EST.
First Round - March 4
#8 San Francisco vs. #9 San Diego
#7 Santa Clara vs. #10 Portland
Second Round - March 5
#5 Loyola Marymount vs. Lowest remaining seed
#6 Pacific vs. Second-lowest remaining seed
Quarterfinals- March 6
#4 St. Mary's vs. Second-highest remaining seed. 7 p.m. (ESPN 2)
#3 Pepperdine vs. Lowest remaining seed 9 p.m (ESPN 2)
Semifinals - March 8
#1 Gonzaga vs. Lowest remaining seed 6 p.m. ESPN
#2 BYU vs. Second remaining seed 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Gonzaga (24-0, 15-0 WCC)
Gonzaga is the clear-cut favorite, as there seems to be no way to stop the Bulldogs. While en route to a 24-0 record, the Bulldogs blew out most of their opponents. In their final game of the year, Gonzaga won against Loyola Marymount 86-69. With great team play and defense, it seems the Bulldogs might run the table into the NCAA tournament.
The Dark Horse
BYU (19-5, 10-3 WCC)
BYU has a slim chance to beat the Bulldogs. The Cougars went 19-5, and in their final game of the season, the Cougars beat St. Mary's 65-51. They play really good defense and would be a good matchup against Gonzaga. If anyone in the WCC can beat the Bulldogs it would be BYU.