WCC bracket released, Zags will be top seed
SAN BRUNO, Calif. — The West Coast Conference has announced the brackets and game times for the 2019 University Credit Union WCC Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The men’s tournament will begin with a first round match-up at 6 p.m., March 7 and continue through the championship game on March 12. All nine games will be televised live nationwide, and all nine will be streamed on-line.
With a new format at the 2019 edition of the championship, March 7 features first round games. Seeds 7-10 will play in the tournament’s first day beginning at 6 p.m.
March 8 will see seeds 5-6 enter the competition beginning at 6 p.m. March 9 introduces seeds 3-4 with third round games beginning at 7 p.m. following the Saturday morning Hall of Honor ceremony at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.
There will be no games on March 10, and the tournament resumes with the semifinals on March 11. The champions will be crowned on March 12.
No. 1/1 Gonzaga finished as the WCC men’s basketball regular season champion with a perfect 16-0 record, the first undefeated conference season for a WCC team since the 2012-13 season. Saint Mary’s and Brigham Young followed with identical 11-5 records with the Gaels claiming the two-seed by virtue of a tiebreaking split series against San Francisco, giving BYU the three-seed for the fifth-consecutive season.
San Francisco is the fourth-seed at 9-7 followed by Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara with identical 8-8 records. The Lions swept the Broncos to earn the five-seed. San Diego (seven), Pepperdine (eight), Pacific (nine) and Portland (10) round out the men’s seeds and will start tournament play on Thursday night in the first round.
The two third round games will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. On Monday, one semifinal will air at 6 p.m. on ESPN, with the other semifinal immediately to follow on ESPN2.
On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the West Coast Conference championship game will air live on ESPN. All six ESPN Networks telecasts can also be seen live on WatchESPN.
The winners of the 2019 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will each receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, March 7
Game 1: No. 8 Pepperdine vs No. 9 Pacific, 6 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet, NBCSports California, ROOT Northwest, AT&T Rocky Mountain, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Game 2: No. 7 San Diego vs No. 10 Portland, 8 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet, NBCSports California, ROOT Northwest, AT&T Rocky Mountain, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Friday, March 8
Game 3: No. 5 Loyola Marymount vs Game 1 Winner, 6 p.m. (NBCSports Bay Area, Spectrum SportsNet, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Game 4: No. 6 Santa Clara vs Game 2 Winner, 8 p.m. (NBCSports Bay Area, Spectrum SportsNet, BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Saturday, March 9
Game 5: No. 4 San Francisco vs Game 3 Winner, 7 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Game 6: No. 3 Brigham Young vs Game 4 Winner, 9 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Monday, March 11
No. 1 Gonzaga vs Game 5 Winner, 6 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)
No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs Game 6 Winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Tuesday, March 12
Championship Game, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN)