Top-Seeded Zags Begin WCC Tournament Saturday
Feb. 25, 2018
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference has announced the brackets and game times for the 2018 Gorilla Glue WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The men's tournament will begin with an opening round game at 6 p.m. on Friday, and continue through the championship game on March 6. All nine games of the men's tournament will be televised live nationwide, and all nine will be streamed on-line.
On Friday, the men's tournament starts with two opening round games between seeds 7-10. Saturday is devoted to the four men's basketball quarterfinals.
There will be no games on March 4, and the tournament semifinals will be on March 5. The tournament champions will be crowned on March 6.
No. 6/6 Gonzaga finished as the WCC men's basketball regular season champion with a 17-1 record, followed by Saint Mary's one game behind with a 16-2 record. BYU claims the three-seed for the fourth consecutive season after posting an 11-7 mark.
San Francisco is the fourth-seed and will open tournament play against fifth-seed Pacific in Saturday's quarterfinal round. Both teams, along with sixth-seed San Diego, finished with identical 9-9 records, but the Dons hold the top tiebreaker by virtue of a win over Saint Mary's. The Tigers earn the fifth-seed due to a season sweep against the Toreros.
Friday opening round games will feature seven-seed Santa Clara facing 10th-seeded Pepperdine and eight-seed Loyola Marymount facing nine-seed Portland.
For the fifth straight year, every game from the 2018 Gorilla Glue West Coast Conference Championships will be nationally televised. Twelve 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 third straight year, Spectrum SportsNet, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, will televise a pair of men's games, broadcasting the opening round games on Friday. These broadcasts can also be seen on NBC Sports California, ROOT Sports Northwest, and AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. On Saturday afternoon, NBC Sports California -- home of the San Jose Sharks, Sacramento Kings, and Oakland A's -- will televise the first two men's quarterfinals, with those broadcasts airing on Spectrum, ROOT, and AT&T as well. The two men's evening quarterfinals will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7 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 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 2018 Gorilla Glue West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will each receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
WCC Men’s Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 2
No. 8 Loyola Marymount vs. No. 9 Portland, 6:00 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet, NBCSports California, ROOT Rocky Mountain, AT&T Rocky Mountain, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 7 Santa Clara vs. No. 10 Pepperdine, 8:0 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet, NBCSports California, ROOT Rocky Mountain, AT&T Rocky Mountain, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Saturday, March 3
No. 3 BYU vs. No 6 San Diego, 1:00 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet, NBCSports California, ROOT Rocky Mountain, AT&T Rocky Mountain, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 4 San Francisco vs. No. 5 Pacific, 3:00 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet, NBCSports California, ROOT Rocky Mountain, AT&T Rocky Mountain, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 8/9, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 7 Portland, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Monday, March 5
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 6
Men's Championship Game, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)
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