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BYU Set For NIT Semifinals

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COMPLETE WCC POSTSEASON RELEASE - 3/28/16

#WCCHOOPS IN THE 2016 POSTSEASON

  • BYU completed its second march to the NIT semifinals since 2013  and now seeks the program’s third NIT title and first as a WCC member. The Cougars won the event in 1951 and 1966.
  • Gonzaga advanced to the Sweet-16 for the second straight year (seventh overall) and owns four trips as a double-digit seed - the most in NCAA history. 
  • Gonzaga earned its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth (19th overall), the fourth longest streak nationally (Kansas, Duke, Michigan State). The Bulldogs shared the WCC regular season title with Saint Mary’s and won their fourth straight WCC Tournament title.
  • Gonzaga is 24-19 in the NCAA Tournament in its 19th appearance and 21-17 under head coach Mark Few. 
  • Gonzaga is one of just two programs (Kansas) to win its opening round NCAA Tournament game each of the last eight seasons.
  • BYU and Saint Mary’s made the NIT Quarterfinals - the first time two WCC programs have reached the quarters in the same season. 
  • BYU has qualified for 11 straight postseasons, the best run in program history.
  • Saint Mary’s made its third straight NIT appearance and extended its postseason streak to nine - the best in program history.
  • For the second time in three seasons and just the fourth time overall, the WCC sent two teams into the NIT field (1988-89, 2014). 
  • Five West Coast Conference programs advanced to the 2015 postseason while a conference-record six competed in 2014. 
  • The WCC is the only league to boast championships in all four current postseason tournaments - CBI (Santa Clara, 2013), CIT (Santa Clara, 2011), NCAA (San Francisco 1955-56) and NIT (USF, 1949).*

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The West Coast Conference unveiled the 2015-16 All-WCC Teams and Major Award Winners. | STORY
  • BYU’s Collinsworth extended his own NCAA triple-double record with No. 12 vs. UAB (3/16/16). The 2016 WCC Player of the Year owns the NCAA single-season record with six triple doubles in both 2014-15 and 2015-16. | STORY
  • Pacific named former Arizona All-American and longtime NBA veteran Damon Stoudamire as head coach. | STORY
  • #WCChoops columnist John Crumpacker (@crumpackeronwcc) provided exclusive coverage of the 2016 WCC Championship
  • The WCC unveiled the 2016 Hall of Honor ClassRELEASE 
  • Crumpacker profiled basketball legends Ron Cornelius (Pacific) and David Vann (Saint Mary’s). | STORY 
  • The WCC unveiled its 2015-16 All-WCC Teams  |  STORY
  • The WCC announced the 2016 Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team. | STORY

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 29 (NIT Quarterfinals)
No. 2 BYU vs. No. 1 Valparaiso (NIT) - ESPN - 4:00 p.m. PT