One of the biggest storylines going into this season was determining which team would challenge Gonzaga for the WCC crown.
The other teams, erm, haven’t quite done that.
Aside from San Francisco (which hung a halftime lead over the Bulldogs before peacing out in the second half) and Loyola Marymount (which trailed by one point at half, but finished the game shooting 7.1 percent from three), no team has pulled within 13 points of the No. 1 team in the nation.
The crazy part is: Both teams aren’t even seeded in the top three in the new-look WCC Tournament. Five-seed Loyola Marymount has a first-round bye, and will play the winner of Pacific and Pepperdine. Four-seed San Francisco has flamed out ever since getting legitimate attention as an at-large NCAA Tournament candidate. Meanwhile, 2-seed Saint Mary’s has dropped games against every team in the top four, plus eight-seeded Pepperdine. Lastly — and this might shock readers — 3-seed BYU turned a season that once held so much NCAA Tournament promise into an absolute soap opera.
All in all, the middle of the WCC should provide quite a bit of fun in Vegas this week.
How to Watch
First Round (Thursday, March 7)
BYU TV/Spectrum Sportsnet/AT&T SN Rocky Mtn./Root Sports will air both games. TheW.tv will stream both games.
Game 1: Pacific vs. Pepperdine, 9 p.m.
Game 2: Portland vs. San Diego approx. 11:30 p.m.
Second Round (Friday, March 8)
BYU TV/Spectrum Sportsnet/AT&T SN Rocky Mtn. will air both games. TheW.tv will stream both games.
Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Loyola Marymount, 9 p.m.
Game 4: Game 2 Winner vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals (Saturday, March 9)
ESPN2 will air both games.
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. San Francisco, 10 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 Winner vs. BYU, approx. 12:30 a.m. 3/10
Semifinals (Monday, March 11)
Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Gonzaga 9 p.m. (ESPN/2)
Game 8: Game 6 Winner vs. Saint Mary’s, approx. 11:30 p.m. (ESPN/2)
Championship (Tuesday, March 12)
Game 9: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 9 p.m. (ESPN)