March 16, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- For the third straight season and for the fourth time in five seasons, the West Coast Conference will send multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament, as the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee revealed its bracket on Sunday. Two West Coast Conference teams - BYU and Gonzaga - will compete in the field of 68 both in the West Region.
West Coast Conference regular season and tournament champion Gonzaga University (28-6 overall, 15-3 WCC) earned the No. 8 seed in the West Region, and will open play against No. 9 Oklahoma State Friday in San Diego. This season marks Gonzaga's 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 17th overall. The Bulldogs won the WCC Tournament with a 75-64 victory over No. 2 seed BYU.
BYU (23-11 overall, 13-5 WCC) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA field for the second time in three seasons. The Cougars collected a No. 10 seed in the West Region and will face No. 7 Oregon on Thursday in Milwaukee. BYU dropped a hard-fought 100-96 overtime decision to the Ducks in Eugene Dec. 21 after leading for the bulk of the contest.
With a pair of teams in the 2014 field, this marks the 14th time in conference history that the West Coast Conference has sent multiple teams into the Big Dance. Nine of the multi-bid years have come since 2000, with the WCC sending 26 teams into the NCAA Tournament since the turn of the century.
MULTIPLE WCC TEAMS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
2014 - BYU*, Gonzaga
2013 - Gonzaga, Saint Mary's*
2012 - BYU*, Gonzaga*, Saint Mary's
2010 - Gonzaga*, Saint Mary's
2008 - San Diego, Gonzaga*, Saint Mary's*
2005 - Gonzaga, Saint Mary's*
2003 - San Diego, Gonzaga*
2002 - Gonzaga, Pepperdine*
2000 - Gonzaga, Pepperdine*
1996 - Portland, Santa Clara*
1995 - Gonzaga, Santa Clara*
1989 - Loyola Marmount, Saint Mary's*
1987 - Santa Clara, San Diego*
1982 - Pepperdine, San Francisco*
* Indicates at-large selection