Feb. 26, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference kicks off the final week of the 2013-14 regular season. With just 10 games remaining, five teams - Gonzaga (14-2), BYU (13-4), Pacific (11-5), San Diego (11-6) and Saint Mary's (10-6) have secured a top-six berth in the conference standings, which ensures an opening round bye and a spot in the quarterfinals. Three teams - Portland (7-9), Santa Clara (5-11) and Loyola Marymount (5-11) - are still in the mix for the sixth and final spot. With two games remaining, two teams have a possibility of claiming a portion of the league title. No. 22/20 Gonzaga already owns at least a share of its unprecedented 10th straight regular season championship and would claim it outright with one more victory.
TOURNAMENT SEEDING: The seeding and brackets for the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will be unveiled on Sunday, March 2. Entering Thursday's play, the only known seed is Pepperdine (10).
BREAKING THE TIE:
Should there be a tie in the final regular season standings, the following will be used to break the tie for tournament seeding purposes:
1) Head-to-head results
2) Results vs. other teams in descending order of finish
3) RPI (Collegiate Basketball News RPI)
*In the case of multiple ties, the one which can be resolved
ALL 2014 WCC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES TELEVISED: BYUtv will produce and televise a record 12 games from the 2014 WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. BYUtv will broadcast the men's and women's first round on Thursday, March 6, the women's quarterfinals on Friday, March 7, a pair of men's quarterfinals on Saturday, March 8, and the women's semifinals on Monday, March 10. In addition, all 12 games produced by BYUtv will be streamed live on the WCC's new platform, TheW.tv. The women's title game on Tuesday will be carried live on ESPNU.
WCC QUICK HITS
Through February 25, WCC teams own a 62.7% winning percentage vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for more.
WCC in National Trends
The WCC continues to rate in the top-six among Division I conferences in national trends as of Feb. 23.
Scoring: 5th (71.38)
Field Goal Percentage: 6th (41.59)
Free Throw Percentage: 3rd (71.78)
Rebounds: 6th (40.03)
TWO WCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ALUMNI TO BE INDUCTED: Two WCC women's basketball alumni will be inducted into the 2014 Hall of Honor on Saturday, March 8 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Ten individuals, one from each member institution, will be honored as part of the 2014 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships from March 6-11 at the Orleans Arena. Portland's Laura Sale O'Connell and Saint Mary's Tracy Morris Sanders will represent their respective institutions. Sale O'Connell was the WCC Player of the Year in 1996 and Morris Sanders collected WCC Player of the Year accolades in 1999. COMPLETE RELEASE .