WCC Tournament Bracket Announced

Feb. 24, 2002

SPOKANE, Wash. - The West Coast Conference has announced the brackets for 2002 Men's and Women's West Coast Conference Basketball Championships to be played at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego. The women's tournament will start with first round games on Thursday, Feb. 28 and conclude with the championship game at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, March 3. The men's tournament will start with first round games on Saturday, March 2 and conclude with the championship game at 9 p.m. on Monday, March 4. The men's championship game will be televised on ESPN.

The seventh-ranked Gonzaga men will be seeded second in the tournament after losing a coin flip with Pepperdine to determine the top seed in the WCC tournament. Both teams finished with 13-1 WCC records to share a piece of the league championship. The regular-season title was the fourth in the last five years for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga will face seventh seeded Loyola Marymount in their opening round contest at noon on Saturday. The Lions won a coin flip with Portland to determine which school would be seeded seventh and eighth. Also winning a tie-breaking coin flip was Santa Clara which will now be seeded third while flip loser San Francisco will be seeded fourth.

Gonzaga's women, seeded eighth in the tournament, will play regular season champion Pepperdine in the first game on Thursday afternoon. The game will tip-off at noon. Gonzaga finished the regular-season with a 11-17 record, 2-12 in the WCC.

In both the men's and women's brackets teams will be re-seeded following the first day of tournament action allowing for the top seed to always play the lowest remaining seed in the field. Game times for day two action of both the men's and women's tournament will be determined following the conclusion of day one action.

Saturday - March 2

Noon - #2 Gonzaga vs. #7 Loyola Marymount
2:30 p.m. - #1 Pepperdine vs. #8 Portland
6 p.m. - #4 San Francisco vs. #5 San Diego
8:30 p.m - #3 Santa Clara vs. #6 Saint Mary's

Thursday - February 28

Noon - #1 Pepperdine vs. #8 Gonzaga
2:30 p.m. - #4 San Francisco vs. #5 Loyola Marymount
6 p.m - #2 Santa Clara vs. #7 San Diego
8:30 p.m. - #3 Saint Mary's vs. #6 Portland



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