Feb. 28, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the conclusion of the West Coast Conference men's basketball regular season, conference squads now turn their attention to the WCC Tournament, which begins on Friday, March 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gonzaga secured the top seed, posting a perfect 14-0 record in conference play to win its ninth consecutive WCC regular season title and the Bulldogs' 11th in the last 12 seasons. It marks an unprecedented third undefeated conference season for the Zags. Saint Mary's owns the No. 2 seed and like Gonzaga will earn a bye until the semifinals on March 9.
Portland earned the No. 3 seed, while Santa Clara finished fourth in the conference standings to earn the No. 4 seed. The Pilots and the Broncos earn first round byes and will play in the quarterfinal round on March 7. San Diego, last season's tournament champion, is the No. 5 seed, while Pepperdine is the No. 6 seed. San Francisco is the No. 7 seed, while the Loyola Marymount Lions are the No. 8 seed.
A limited number of single session tickets for the Friday, March 6 game will go on sale Wednesday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. Single session tickets for all remaining dates will not be available until the day of the game at 10:30 a.m.
Single session tickets will be available at the Orleans Arena Box Office on 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas. Phone and Internet orders will be also taken before 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game by calling 888-834-2234 or visiting www.orleansarena.com. The number of single session tickets available will depend on the quantity of unused student tickets returned by the participating institutions.
Men's single session ticket prices are $65/$50 for preliminary sessions on March 6 and 7, $75/$55 for the semifinals on March 8, and $85/$65 for the championship game on March 9. Women's single session ticket prices are $15 for the preliminary sessions on March 6-8 and $20 for the championship game on March 9. A limited number of packages including all four women's sessions are still available for $35.
For more information on the 2009 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships, please visit www.wccsports.com.
The 2009 WCC Tournament marks the first year that the conference's premier event will be held at a neutral site. The capacity for the Orleans Arena at the four-day event is 7,845, making it the largest venue to ever house the WCC Tournament. The 2009 basketball championships will be the 23rd annual event on the men's side and the 17th annual women's tournament. The WCC advanced three teams to last year's NCAA Tournament, the most in conference history and the fifth highest percentage of teams from one conference last season.
2009 WCC Men's Basketball Tournament Seeds
2. Saint Mary's
4. Santa Clara
5. San Diego
7. San Francisco
8. Loyola Marymount