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WCC Men's Basketball Opens 2015 Postseason

March 16, 2015

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WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL POSTSEASON QUICK HITS

  • Two WCC member institutions - No. 11 BYU and No. 2 Gonzaga captured berths in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, marking the fourth straight year and the fifth time in six years the WCC has been a multi-bid league.
  • Saint Mary's earned its second straight NIT berth and hosts an opening round game for the second consecutive year. Pepperdine will compete in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Portland will make its fourth appearance in the College Insiders Postseason Tournament (CIT).
  • Five West Coast Conference programs will compete in the 2015 postseason. This marks the second straight year that at least half of the membership advanced to postseason play. Six WCC institutions competed in the 2014, including a record matching two each in the NCAA (BYU, Gonzaga) and NIT (Saint Mary's, San Francisco).
  • The West Coast Conference posted a 7-6 overall record in the 2014 postseason - NCAA (1-2); NIT (1-2) and CIT (5-2).
  • WCC member institutions are 14-7 all-time in the CIT Postseason Tournament. Santa Clara (5-0) won the 2011 CIT title.*
  • WCC member institutions are 5-2 all-time in the College Basketball Invitational. Santa Clara (5-1) won the 2013 CBI title.*
  • The West Coast Conference 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 (San Francisco, 1949).*
  • Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer earned spots on the 2015 Naismith Award Semifinalist list. Wiltjer and BYU's Tyler Haws earned spots on the Wooden Award National Ballot.**

*All-time postseason results on pp 7-8 **WCC national nominees on pg. 4

WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

Tuesday, March 17
Dayton, Ohio
BYU vs. Ole Miss (NCAA) - truTV - 6:10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
Moraga, Calif.
Vanderbilt at Saint Mary's (NIT) - ESPN2 - 6:00 p.m.

Seattle, Wash.
Pepperdine at Seattle U. (CBI) - 7:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Sacramento State at Portland (CIT) - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 20
Seattle, Wash. - NCAA South Region
Gonzaga vs. North Dakota State (NCAA) - TNT - 7:00 p.m.