Gonzaga Men Top Seed In WCC Tournament
March 2, 2008
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball team will play at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the tournament and claimed no worse than a tie for their eighth straight WCC regular-season title with Saturday's 88-76 win over Saint Mary's College in the showdown for first, both teams 11-1 in the WCC entering the contest. The game also marked the first meeting between ranked teams in the 55-year history of the league, Gonzaga 24th in the Associated Press rankings and Saint Mary's 25th in AP and 23rd in the USA Today/ESPN polls.
For the sixth straight year since the tournament adopted its current format, Gonzaga has the luxury of being seeded into Sunday's semifinals along with Saint Mary's College. Gonzaga is guaranteed the No. 1 seed, SMC the No. 2 seed, host University of San Diego the No. 3 seed and Santa Clara University the No. 4 seed. While Gonzaga and the Gaels could still tie for the title, or SMC and USD could still tie for second place, Gonzaga holds the tiebreaker over SMC and SMC holds the tiebreaker over USD. Gonzaga will face the No. 4, No. 5 or No. 8 seed in the semifinals. Gonzaga concludes the regular season Monday at 8:30 p.m. against Santa Clara.
The University of San Francisco and Pepperdine University are tied for fifth at 4-9 and play Monday at USF, the winner claiming the No. 5 seed. The sixth through eighth seeds are still up in the air as ties and tiebreakers could still come into play. However, if SMC wins at the University of Portland and Loyola Marymount University falls to USD on Monday, then No. 6 would be the USF-Pepperdine loser, Portland would be No. 7 and LMU would be No. 8.
The WCC Tournament returns to San Diego and the Jenny Craig Pavilion for the fourth time, USD hosting from 2001-03. Eight men's and eight women's teams will vie for their respective tournament titles and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The men's tournament begins Friday with No. 5 facing No. 8, and No. 6 meeting No. 7. Those two winners will face the third and fourth seeds Saturday, followed by the semifinals on Sunday and the title game at 6 p.m. on Monday. The men's semifinals will be televised on ESPN2 with the title game on ESPN.
The men's tournament is in its 22nd year, while this is the 20th tournament for the women. The women's tournament begins Thursday. Top-seed and four-time defending champion Gonzaga will face No. 8 seed Pepperdine University at 2 p.m. The women's championship will be televised Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on CSTV.
All Gonzaga games in the men's and women's tournament will also air on 1510 KGA radio.
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