Despite their status as a mid-major, the West Coast Conference is a league full of rich tradition-in tournaments and team prestige alike. The team with the most success in recent decades is Gonzaga, who has been a number one-ranked team, a number one seed, and has made five Sweet Sixteen appearances in ten years. They have become one of the West Coast’s prominent teams and are a mid-major dynasty.
This season, the Bulldogs will look to win their thirteenth conference tournament title, which would be their thirteenth title in fourteen years. If that isn’t you definition of dominance, I don’t know what is. Simply put, the Bulldogs have owned the WCC in recent seasons and this year looks to be no different. Gonzaga has only lost one game out of six to the next three teams in the standings (BYU, San Francisco, and Saint Mary’s) and has blown them out in the other five games. Gonzaga is easily the favorite to win the tournament this season and there’s no doubt that they will.
No. 7 Portland (15-15, 7-11) vs No. 10 Loyola Marymount (12-18, 4-14), 9:00 p.m. ET TheW.tv
No. 8 Pacific (15-14, 6-12) vs No. 9 Santa Clara (13-18, 6-12), 11 p.m. ET TheW.tv
Q1: No. 3 San Francisco (20-10, 13-5) vs No. 6 San Diego (16-15, 7-11), 3:00 p.m. ET TheW.tv
Q2: No. 2 BYU (21-10, 13-5) vs Winner of Portland/LMU, 5:00 p.m. ET TheW.tv
Q3: No. 1 Gonzaga (25-6, 15-3) vs Winner of Pacific/Santa Clara, 9:00 p.m. ET TheW.tv
Q4: No. 4 Saint Mary’s (21-10, 11-7) vs No. 5 Pepperdine (15-15, 8-10), 11:00 p.m. ET TheW.tv
Winner of Q1 vs Winner of Q2, Time TBA ESPN/ESPN2
Winner of Q3 vs Winner of Q4, Time TBA ESPN/ESPN2
9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. You’ll be up late on the East Coast, but it’ll be on!