WCC Tournament Preview

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

The Favorite

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.