March 18, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- With two teams selected for the 2014 NCAA Tournament – No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 10 BYU – the West Coast Conference made history with two member institutions earning bids to the NIT Postseason Tournament. Saint Mary’s College and the University of San Francisco each captured No. 4 seeds in the event and will host opening round games. Pacific and San Diego will compete in the 2014 College Insiders Postseason Tournament (CIT).
WCC QUICK HITS
WCC SENDS TWO TEAMS TO THE BIG DANCE… AGAIN
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 WCC teams – BYU and Gonzaga - will compete in the field of 68 both in the West Region. WCC regular season and tournament champion Gonzaga University (28-6 overall, 15-3 WCC) earned the No. 8 seed and will open play against No. 9 Oklahoma State Friday in San Diego. The Bulldogs won the WCC Tournament with a 75-64 victory over No. 2 seed BYU. The No. 10 Cougars (23-11 overall, 13-5 WCC) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA field for the second time in three seasons and will face No. 7 Oregon on Thursday in Milwaukee.
WCC PLACES THREE ON CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Three West Coast Conference men’s basketball student-athletes were named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America men’s basketball team as announced by CoSIDA - the most by any conference in the country. Malte Kramer (Pepperdine), Beau Levesque (Saint Mary’s) and Thomas van der Mars (Portland) all earned third team honors. San Diego’s Johnny Dee was joined the trio as an all-district 8 First Team selection.
THIS WEEK’S WCC SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 18
Portland State at San Diego (CIT) - 7:00 p.m.
Utah at Saint Mary’s (NIT) - ESPN2 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19
Louisiana State at San Francisco (NIT) – ESPNU - 7:00 p.m.
Pacific at Grand Canyon (CIT) - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 20
Oregon vs. BYU (NCAA - Milwaukee) - TruTV - 12:10 p.m.
Friday, March 21
Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State (NCAA - San Diego) – TNT - 1:40 p.m.
*All times Pacific