SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has announced the brackets and game times for the 2016 WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The tournament will begin with a women's opening round match-up at 12:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 3 and continue through the men's championship game on Tuesday, March 8. All 17 games will be televised live nationwide, and all 17 will be streamed on-line.
Thursday, March 3 features a full day of women's basketball action. Seeds 7-10 will play in the tournament's two opening round games followed by the first two of four women's quarterfinals.
Friday, March 4 opens with two women's quarterfinals followed by the men’s opening round game between the eight and nine seeds. Saturday, March 5 is devoted to the four men's basketball quarterfinals.
There will be no games on Sunday, March 6, and the tournament resumes with women's and men's semifinals on Monday, March 7. The two champions will be crowned on Tuesday, March 8.
Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga finished as the WCC men’s basketball regular season co-champions with identical 15-3 records, but the Gaels claimed the top seed with a season sweep over the Bulldogs. BYU took third place with a 13-5 mark for the second consecutive season.
Pepperdine is the fourth seed, and will open tournament play against fifth seed San Francisco in Saturday's quarterfinal round. Santa Clara claimed the sixth seed and will take on BYU in the quarterfinal.
Portland and Loyola Marymount tied with identical 6-12 records, but the Pilots claim the seventh seed with a season sweep over the Lions. Portland will face Gonzaga in the quarterfinals, and Loyola Marymount will square off against ninth-seeded San Diego in Thursday’s opening round game.
On the women's side, BYU posted a 16-2 conference mark, capturing its first WCC regular season crown. With a 14-4 WCC record, Saint Mary’s finished in second place. San Diego and Santa Clara tied at 13-5 with the Toreros taking the third seed via a tiebreaking win over BYU.
Gonzaga is the fifth seed at 10-8, while San Francisco is the sixth seed at 9-9. San Diego plays San Francisco and Santa Clara takes on Gonzaga in Friday's quarterfinals.
Loyola Marymount (seven), Pacific (eight), Pepperdine (nine) and Portland (10) round out the women's bracket, and will start tournament play on Thursday afternoon in the opening round.
For the third straight year, every game from the 2016 West Coast Conference Championships will be nationally televised. Eleven games can be seen live in well over 60 million homes nationwide via cable and satellite on BYUtv. Those games - including eight women's games and the first three men's games - will also be streamed live on TheW.tv, the West Coast Conference's digital platform.
For the second straight year, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, will televise the first two men's quarterfinals on Saturday. These broadcasts can also be seen on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with ROOT Sports Northwest airing the 1 p.m. game as well. The two men's evening quarterfinals will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m.
On Monday, one men's semifinal will air at 6 p.m. on ESPN, with the other semifinal immediately to follow on ESPN2. The order of Monday's semifinals is to be determined following Saturday's games.
On Tuesday, the women's championship game will be shown nationwide at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. At 6 p.m., the West Coast Conference men's championship game will air live on ESPN. All six ESPN Networks telecasts can also be seen live on WatchESPN.
The men's and women's winners of the 2016 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will each receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, March 3
No. 8 Pacific vs. No. 9 Pepperdine, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 7 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 10 Portland, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 3 San Diego vs. No. 6 San Francisco, 6:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 4 Santa Clara vs. No. 5 Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Friday, March 4
No. 1 BYU vs. No. 8/9, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 7/10, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 8 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 9 San Diego, 6:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Saturday, March 5
No. 3 BYU vs. No 6 Santa Clara, 1:00 p.m. (TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, ROOT Northwest, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 4 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 San Francisco, 3:00 p.m. (TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 1 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 8/9, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 7 Portland, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Monday, March 7
Women's Semifinal No. 1, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women's Semifinal No. 2, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
TBA - Men's Semifinal No. 1, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)
TBA - Men's Semifinal No. 2, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Tuesday, March 8
Women's Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (ESPNU, WatchESPN)
Men's Championship Game, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)