March 2, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference has announced the brackets and game times for the 2014 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 6 and continue through the men's championship game on Tuesday, March 11. All 18 games will be televised live nationwide, and all 18 will be streamed on-line.
2014 marks the first year as a 10-team conference, and the WCC has adopted a more traditional 10-team bracket. Seeds 7-10 will play in the tournament's opening round on Thursday, March 6. Quarterfinals will take place on March 7 (women) and March 8 (men). There will be no games on Sunday, March 9, and the tournament resumes with women's and men's semifinals on March 10. The two champions will be crowned on Tuesday, March 11.
Gonzaga won its 13th WCC men's regular season title in the last 14 years, posting a 15-3 conference mark. BYU and San Francisco tied for second place with identical 13-5 marks. The Cougars will be the second seed by virtue of their head-to-head-sweep of the Dons. Saint Mary's is the fourth seed, and will open tournament play against fifth seed Pepperdine in Saturday's quarterfinal round. San Diego and Portland finished with a 7-11 record in conference play, and the Toreros earn the sixth seed and accompanying opening round bye due to their head-to-head sweep of the Pilots. West Coast Conference newcomer Pacific and Santa Clara tied for eighth place, and the Tigers will be the eight seed as a result of their win over second seed BYU. Pacific and Santa Clara will square off in Thursday's opening round. Loyola Marymount is the tenth seed and will face Portland on Thursday night.
On the women's side, Gonzaga posted a 16-2 conference mark, capturing its 10th straight WCC regular season crown. With a 14-4 WCC record, BYU finished in second place, two games ahead of third place Pacific - which used a late surge to climb the standings. Saint Mary's and San Diego tied for fourth place, and the Gaels earn the 4-seed because of their win over top-seed Gonzaga. As the six seed, Portland is the other WCC women's squad to earn a first round bye into Friday's quarterfinals. Santa Clara (seven), San Francisco (eight), Loyola Marymount (nine), and Pepperdine (10) round out the women's bracket, and will start tournament play on Thursday afternoon in the opening round. The Broncos, Dons and Lions all finished seventh in the standings, and Santa Clara gets the highest seed due to its record against the other two. San Francisco swept LMU, making the Dons the 8-seed.
The 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships get underway at Noon on Thursday with a pair of opening round women's games. Women's action tips off the tournament as No. 7 Santa Clara faces 10th seed Pepperdine. The 8 vs. 9 match-up follows, when San Francisco takes on Loyola Marymount. At 6 p.m., the men's tournament begins when No. 7 Portland battles No. 10 Loyola Marymount, followed by No. 8 Pacific meeting No. 9 Santa Clara.
For the second straight year, every game from the 2014 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 new available-anywhere platform.
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.com.
The men's and women's winners of the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will each receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Complete brackets can be downloaded via #WCChoops Tournament Central .