Changes Announced For 2014 WCC Basketball Championships
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship will have a new look in 2014 in action finalized at the annual summer Executive Council and Presidents’ Council meetings earlier this month.
With the University of the Pacific officially joining the WCC July 1, the annual event will feature all 20 WCC men’s and women’s basketball teams, and will be held Thursday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The new 10-team tournament format – approved by membership in 2012 – will be unveiled in 2014. The format will feature first-round games involving the seven through 10 seeds on Thursday, four women’s quarterfinal games on Friday and four men’s quarterfinal games on Saturday. The tournament will take Sunday off from competition before resuming Monday, March 10, with a pair of women’s semifinal games and two men’s semifinals. The two championship games will be played Tuesday, March 11.
The WCC also announced increased national coverage at the 2014 event. For the first time, two WCC men’s quarterfinal games will air nationally on ESPN2. On Monday, one men’s semifinal game will air on ESPN with the other airing on ESPN2. The women’s championship game will once again air on ESPNU, and the WCC men’s championship game will be televised on ESPN.
With the additional exposure, the West Coast Conference joins an elite handful of conferences that can boast multiple conference tournament appearances on the flagship ESPN network. Last year, just four conferences had multiple tournament games televised on that outlet.
The 2014 tourney marks the sixth consecutive year the WCC Basketball Championships will be played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The first five WCC tournaments held there have sold out. Complete television plans will be announced later.
Other action items at the WCC meeting included support for the conference’s plan to launch a digital network, support for the WCC to return to Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif., for its baseball championship in 2014 and 2015 and endorsement of conference development of a compliance review program model to be discussed at a future meeting.
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