Bulldogs Ready For WCC Tournament

Feb. 27, 2005

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball team will prepare to meet either No. 4 seed University of San Diego, No. 5 seed Pepperdine University or No. 8 seed Loyola Marymount University in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

But beyond that, all the Bulldogs can do is wait and see how the first two rounds of the tournament unfold prior to finding out exactly who they will play.

As the top seed and WCC regular-season champion, Gonzaga will play in the 6 p.m. semifinal Sunday at the Leavey Center on the Santa Clara University campus. Under the tournament format, No. 5 Pepperdine will face nearby rival and No. 8 seed LMU on Friday at 5:30 p.m., with the winner facing No. 4 USD Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for the right to face the Bulldogs.

In the other half of the bracket, No. 6 University of San Francisco will face the University of Portland at 8 p.m. Friday, with the winner facing No. 3 seed and host Santa Clara SAturday at 8 p.m. Saturday's winner will meet No. 2 seed Saint Mary's College in Sunday's 9 p.m. semifinal.

Sunday's semifinal winners will meet in the title game on Monday at 9 p.m. with the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament on the line.

The women's tournament will also be held at SCU, beginning Thursday with top-seed and regular-season champion Gonzaga opening against Portland. The women's semifinals will be Saturday with the title game Sunday at 1 p.m.

Men's Pairings
Friday - March 4 Game 1 - #5 Pepperdine vs. #8 LMU (5:30 p.m.) Game 2 - #6 San Francisco vs. #7 Portland (8 p.m. on ESPNU)

Saturday - March 5 Game 3 - #5/#8 winner vs. #4 San Diego (5:30 p.m.) Game 4 - #6/#7 winner vs. #3 Santa Clara (8 p.m. on ESPNU)

Sunday - March 6 Game 5 - #4/#5/#8 winner vs. #1 GONZAGA (6 p.m. on ESPN2) Game 6 - #3/#6/#7 winner vs. #2 Saint Mary's (9 p.m. on ESPN)

Monday - March 7 Game 7 - WCC Championship (9 p.m. on ESPN)



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