SAN BRUNO, Calif. – BYU (15-1) has locked up its first West Coast Conference regular season title, but the final week of the regular season brings a great amount of excitement as three teams battle for the coveted No. 2 seed – and its subsequent first day bye at the upcoming WCC Tournament – while the Cougars (RV/22) take another shot at history in search of the first 17-win WCC season since the league expanded to an 18-game format.
Santa Clara (12-4) and Saint Mary’s (12-4) meet Thursday at 6 p.m. PT for the inside track for the No. 2 seed. The Broncos, under second-year head coach JR Payne, won the first meeting between the two teams. However, Santa Clara can't guarantee the No. 2 seed with a win UNLESS San Diego (11-5) loses at Gonzaga (9-7) Thursday night at 6 p.m. PT. Saint Mary's has a clearer path to the No. 2 seed. A Gaels victory will secure the No. 2 seed courtesy of tiebreakers over both Santa Clara and San Diego (in the case of a two-way or three-way tie) with a 3-1 head-to-head record against the other two teams, compared to a 2-2 record for the Broncos and 1-3 record for the Toreros.
Midway through the table, San Francisco (8-8) meets Pacific (6-10) Thursday night at 7 p.m. A Dons victory will guarantee a top six finish for Jennifer Azzi's team.
TOURNAMENT SEEDING: The seeding and brackets for the 2016 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will be unveiled on Sunday, February 28.
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
WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASKETBALL QUICK HITS
WCC BASKETBALL WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Thursday, February 25
San Diego at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at Santa Clara - TheW.tv - 6 p.m.
Pacific at San Francisco - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
BYU at Portland - TheW.tv - 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 27
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine - TheW.tv - 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Saint Mary’s - TheW.tv - 1 p.m.
San Diego at Portland - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
Santa Clara at Pacific - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
BYU at Gonzaga - TheW.tv - 2 p.m.
All times Pacific