Zags top seed; open WCC tournament play March 11

Zags top seed; open WCC tournament play March 11

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 tournament will begin with a women’s opening round match-up at 12:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 7 and continue through the championship game on Tuesday, March 12. All games will be televised live nationwide, and will be streamed online.

With a new format at the 2019 edition of the championship, Thursday, March 7 features first round games on both the women’s and men’s sides. Seeds 7-10 will play in the tournament’s first day beginning with the women’s session at 12 p.m. and the men’s session at 6 p.m.

Friday, March 8 will see seeds 5-6 enter the competition with the women’s session again beginning at 12 p.m. followed by the men’s session at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9 introduces seeds 3-4 with third round games beginning at 1 p.m. following the Saturday morning Hall of Honor ceremony at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.

There will be no games on Sunday, March 10, and the tournament resumes with women’s and men’s semifinals on Monday, March 11. The two champions will be crowned on Tuesday, March 12.

Gonzaga secured its third-straight number one seed in the tournament and its 13th regular-season title in the last 14 seasons with a 16-2 WCC record. BYU earned the second seed with a 15-3 conference record. Both secured byes into the semifinal round on Monday, March 11.

Pepperdine and Saint Mary’s each finished with identical 12-6 records, but the Waves earn the third-seed due to a tiebreaker with a season-sweep against fifth-seeded Loyola Marymount. The Lions and Pacific also tied with each going 10-8, but LMU earned the fifth-seed thanks to its 1-1 record against BYU.

Santa Clara (seven), Portland (eight), San Francisco (nine) and San Diego (10) round out the women’s bracket and will start tournament play on Thursday afternoon in the first round.

For the sixth straight year, every game from the 2019 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Championships will be nationally televised. Twelve games can be seen live in well over 60 million homes nationwide via cable and satellite on BYUtv. Those games – including eight women’s games and the first four men’s games – will also be streamed live on TheW.tv, the West Coast Conference’s digital platform.

On Tuesday, the women’s championship game will be shown nationwide at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. All ESPN Networks telecasts can also be seen live on WatchESPN.

The winner of the 2019 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Thursday, March 7
FIRST ROUND
Women’s Game 1: No. 8 Portland vs No. 9 San Francisco, 12 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Game 2: No. 7 Santa Clara vs No. 10 San Diego, 2 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)

Friday, March 8
SECOND ROUND
Women’s Game 3: No. 5 Loyola Marymount vs Game 1 Winner, 12 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Game 4: No. 6 Pacific vs Game 2 Winner, 2 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)

Saturday, March 9
THIRD ROUND
Women’s Game 5: No. 4 Saint Mary’s vs Game 3 Winner, 1 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Game 6: No. 3 Pepperdine vs Game 4 Winner, 3 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)

Monday, March 11
SEMIFINALS
Women’s Semifinal: No. 1 Gonzaga vs Game 5 Winner, 12 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)
Women’s Semifinal: No. 2 Brigham Young vs Game 6 Winner, 2 p.m. (BYUtv, TheW.tv)

Tuesday, March 12
CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women’s Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (ESPNU, WatchESPN)