Gonzaga Men Will Play 8 p.m. Semifinal In WCC Tournament
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball team will play the 8 p.m. semifinal Saturday in the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The complete brackets were announced Sunday for the men's and women's tournament.
The defending tournament champion Bulldogs are the No. 2 seed, finishing second with a 13-3 record one game behind regular-season champion and No. 1 seed Saint Mary's College which snapped the Bulldogs string of WCC regular-season titles at 11, two shy of the all-time record of 13 held by UCLA from 1967-79 when the Bruins dominated what is now the Pacific-12 Conference. Gonzaga has finished first or second in the WCC regular season for 15 straight seasons.
The Bulldogs will face either No. 3 BYU, No. 6 University of San Diego or No. 7 Pepperdine University. USD and Pepperdine will meet Thursday at 8 p.m. with the winner drawing BYU Friday at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
The tournament opens Wednesday with No. 9 Santa Clara University facing No. 8 University of Portland at 6 p.m. in a play-in game. That winner will face No. 5 University of San Francisco Thursday at 6 p.m. with that winner drawing No. 4 Loyola Marymount University Friday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Friday's winner gets the top-seed Gaels Saturday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. SMC won its first outright regular-season title since 1989.
The championship game for the automatic NCAA Tournament berth is Monday at 6 p.m.
The men's quarterfinals will be televised on ESPNU, the men's semifinals will be aired on ESPN2 and the title game will be televised on ESPN. All games can also be heard on the Gonzaga Basketball Radio Network, including flagship station 1510 KGA and 101.1 KEYF-FM in Spokane.
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