SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference has announced the brackets and game times for the 2015 WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The tournament will begin with a women's opening round match-up at 12:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 5 and continue through the men's championship game on Tuesday, March 10. All 18 games will be televised live nationwide, and all 18 will be streamed on-line.
The 2015 event marks the second year the WCC has fielded a 10-team bracket. Thursday, March 5 features a full day of women's basketball action. Seeds 7-10 will play in the tournament's opening round followed by the first two of four women's quarterfinals.
Friday, March 6 opens with two women's quarterfinals followed by men's seeds 7-10 squaring off in opening round action. Saturday, March 7 is devoted to the four men's basketball quarterfinals.
There will be no games on Sunday, March 8, and the tournament resumes with women's and men's semifinals on Monday, March 9. The two champions will be crowned on Tuesday, March 10.
No. 3/2 Gonzaga won its 14th WCC men's regular season title in the last 15 years, posting a 17-1 conference mark. BYU and Saint Mary's tied for second place with identical 13-5 marks. The Cougars split with the Gaels in the regular season and take the second seed by virtue of their victory at Gonzaga in the regular season finale.
Pepperdine is the fourth seed, and will open tournament play against fifth seed San Diego in Saturday's quarterfinal round. Portland, Santa Clara and San Francisco finished with identical 7-11 records in conference play, but the Pilots earn the sixth seed and accompanying opening round bye due to their 3-1 record vs. the Broncos and Dons. Portland will take on No. 3 Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals.
Santa Clara and San Francisco split the regular season series and the Broncos are the seventh seed after defeating Saint Mary's in the final weekend of the regular season. Pacific and Loyola Marymount tied with the Tigers taking the ninth seed by virtue of a win against Santa Clara. The Broncos take on the Lions in Friday's opening round while San Francisco squares off against Pacific.
On the women's side, Gonzaga posted a 16-2 conference mark, capturing its 11th straight WCC regular season crown. With a 14-4 WCC record, San Diego finished in second place. Pacific and Saint Mary's tied at 13-5 with the Tigers taking the third seed via a sweep of the Gaels.
BYU is the fifth seed at 12-6, while San Francisco is the sixth seed at 8-10. Pacific plays San Francisco and Saint Mary's takes on BYU in Friday's quarterfinals.
Santa Clara (seven), Loyola Marymount (eight), Pepperdine (nine) and Portland (10) round out the women's bracket, and will start tournament play on Thursday afternoon in the opening round.
For the third straight year, every game from the 2015 West Coast Conference Championships will be nationally televised. 12 games can be seen live in well over 60 million homes nationwide via cable and satellite on BYUtv. Those games - including eight women's games and the first four men's games - will also be streamed live on TheW.tv, the West Coast Conference's digital platform.
For the first time, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, will televise the first two men's quarterfinals on Saturday. These broadcasts can also be seen on Comcast SportsNet California and ROOT Sports Northwest. The two men's evening quarterfinals will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 6 p.m.
On Monday, one men's semifinal will air at 6 p.m. on ESPN, with the other semifinal immediately to follow on ESPN2. The order of Monday's semifinals is to be determined following Saturday's games.
On Tuesday, the women's championship game will be shown nationwide at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. At 6 p.m., the West Coast Conference men's championship game will air live on ESPN. All six ESPN Networks telecasts can also be seen live on WatchESPN.
The men's and women's winners of the 2015 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will each receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, March 5
No. 8 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 9 Pepperdine, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 7 Santa Clara vs. No. 10 Portland, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 3 Pacific vs. No. 6 San Francisco, 6:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 4 Saint Mary's vs. No. 5 BYU, 8:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Friday, March 6
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 8/9, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 2 San Diego vs. No. 7/10, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 8 San Francisco vs. No. 9 Pacific, 6:00 p.m. ((BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 7 Santa Clara vs. No. 10 Loyola Marymount, 8:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Saturday, March 7
No. 3 Saint Mary's vs. No 6 Portland, 12:00 p.m. (TWC SportsNet, CSN California, ROOT Northwest, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 4 Pepperdine vs. No. 5 San Diego, 2:00 p.m. (TWC SportsNet, CSN California, ROOT Northwest, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 8/9, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
No. 2 BYU vs. No. 7/10, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Monday, March 9
Women's Semifinal No. 1, 12:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women's Semifinal No. 2, 2:00 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
TBA - Men's Semifinal No. 1, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)
TBA - Men's Semifinal No. 2, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Tuesday, March 10
Women's Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (ESPNU, WatchESPN)
Men's Championship Game, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)