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Teams Battle For Seeding In Regular Season Finales

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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

  • San Francisco’s Taylor Proctor was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week: http://bit.ly/1PTqU6j 
  • Online Credentialing for the West Coast Conference Basketball Championships closes on Friday, Feb. 26. CLICK HERE
  • BYU enters the national rankings at No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cougars are also receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll for the sixth consecutive week, sitting 27th with 50 points.
  • One West Coast Conference program is highlighted by Charlie Creme in his latest Bracketology projection (February 22). BYU is in its sixth straight projection and jumps up one spot as a 6-seed. The Cougars have an RPI of 12 entering the week. 
  • The West Coast Conference is one of five leagues to have two members earn non-conference wins against current RPI Top 15 teams. Santa Clara defeated No. 10 Stanford, and BYU defeated No. 13 Texas A&M.
  • BYU secured its first WCC regular season championship with a 68-60 win against San Diego last week. The Cougars (15-1) will look to surpass the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Gonzaga teams as the first WCC program to 17 conference wins. The Bulldogs went 16-2 each of the last seasons since the conference went to an 18-game format with the addition of Pacific.
  • The West Coast Conference finished non-conference play with a 10-16 record against the Power 5 conferences, finishing with winning or even records against the ACC (1-1), Big Ten (1-0) and Big 12 (2-1) while also earning victories against the Pac-12 (5-11) and SEC (1-3).
  • BYU senior All-American Lexi Rydalch remains fourth among active Division I scoring leaders (2,402 points). Rydalch is in the top 10 in multiple active career offensive categories, including games (136/4th), field goals (810/7th), field goal attempts (1,875/5th), free throws (570/2nd) and free throw attempts (758/2nd).
  • Rydalch became the fourth WCC student-athlete to crack 2,000 career points in the WCC opener at San Diego and surpassed Loyola Marymount’s Alex Cowling (2008-13; 2,219 points) as the WCC women’s basketball all-time leading scorer.  With 2,402 career points, she is 89 shy of passing Hank Gathers (LMU) as the WCC all-time leader regardless of gender.

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

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