West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport College basketball
Conference West Coast Conference
Number of teams 10
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Orleans Arena
Current location Paradise, Nevada
Played 1987–present
Last contest 2015
Current champion Gonzaga
Most championships Gonzaga Bulldogs (14)
TV partner(s) ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, BYUtv
Official website WCCSports.CSTV.com Men's Basketball

The West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the West Coast Conference. Through 2008, the tournament was played on a rotating basis at the home courts of member teams. The 2009 edition was the first played at a neutral site, namely Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. The semifinals are broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and the championship is broadcast nationally on ESPN.

The current format, adopted in 2012, rewards performance during the regular season. Seeding is based on conference record, and the top seeds receive byes into the later rounds. The #1 and #2 seeded teams are automatically placed into the semifinal round and the #3 and #4 seeds are placed into the quarterfinals. The 5, 6, and 7 seeds are placed in the 2nd round while the 8/9 teams play in the 1st round. This format was an adjusted format from the format started in 2003. Before 2003 no byes were awarded. From the tournament's inception in 1987, the bracket was reseeded with the highest remaining seed playing the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals. This was changed in 2012, where the 1 seed automatically played the winner of the quarterfinal game featuring the 4-seed and the 2-seed automatically played the winner of the quarterfinal game featuring the 3-seed.

Beginning in 2014, the WCC adopted a new format to incorporate a tenth team (Pacific). The new format is a traditional 10-team tournament. Seeds 1-6 receive a bye into the quarterfinals while 7 plays 10 and 8 plays 9 in the first round. The second round has the winner of the 7/10 match playing the 2-seed while the winner of the 8/9 match plays the 1 seed. The 3 seed plays the 6 seed and the 4 seed plays the 5 seed. In 2014, the first round games aired on BYUtv Sports. The afternoon quarterfinal games aired on BYUtv, and the evening quarterfinals were on ESPN2. One semifinal aired on ESPN and the other on ESPN2, and the championship game was carried by ESPN.

List of finals[edit]

Year Champion Score Opponent Tournament MVP Venue
1987 Santa Clara 77–65 Pepperdine Gordon, JensJens Gordon, Santa Clara War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California)
1988 Loyola Marymount 104–96 Santa Clara Gathers, HankHank Gathers, Loyola Marymount Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1989 Loyola Marymount 75–70 (OT) Santa Clara Gathers, HankHank Gathers, Loyola Marymount War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California)
1990 None None None None Gersten Pavilion, (Los Angeles, California)
1991 Pepperdine 71–68 (OT) Saint Mary's Lear, GeoffGeoff Lear, Pepperdine Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1992 Pepperdine 73–70 Gonzaga Christie, DougDoug Christie, Pepperdine Chiles Center (Portland, Oregon)
1993 Santa Clara 73–63 Pepperdine Nash, SteveSteve Nash, Santa Clara War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California)
1994 Pepperdine 56–53 San Diego Jones, DanaDana Jones, Pepperdine Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1995 Gonzaga 80–67 Portland Rillie, JohnJohn Rillie, Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1996 Portland 76–68 Gonzaga King, KweemadaKweemada King, Portland Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1997 Saint Mary's 66–59 San Francisco Millard, BradBrad Millard, Saint Mary's Gersten Pavilion, (Los Angeles, California)
1998 San Francisco 80–67 Gonzaga Ward, HakeemHakeem Ward, San Francisco Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1999 Gonzaga 91–62 Santa Clara Santangelo, MattMatt Santangelo, Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
2000 Gonzaga 69–65 (OT) Pepperdine Calvary, CaseyCasey Calvary, Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
2001 Gonzaga 80–77 Santa Clara Dickau, DanDan Dickau, Gonzaga Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2002 Gonzaga 96–90 Pepperdine Dickau, DanDan Dickau, Gonzaga Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2003 San Diego 72–63 Gonzaga Keep, JasonJason Keep, San Diego Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2004 Gonzaga 84–71 Saint Mary's Turiaf, RonnyRonny Turiaf, Gonzaga Leavey Center (Santa Clara, California)
2005 Gonzaga 80–67 Saint Mary's Morrison, AdamAdam Morrison, Gonzaga Leavey Center (Santa Clara, California)
2006 Gonzaga 68–67 Loyola Marymount Morrison, AdamAdam Morrison, Gonzaga McCarthey Athletic Center (Spokane, Washington)
2007 Gonzaga 77–68 Santa Clara Raivio, DerekDerek Raivio, Gonzaga Chiles Center (Portland, Oregon)
2008 San Diego 69–62 Gonzaga Johnson, BrandonBrandon Johnson, San Diego Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2009 Gonzaga 83–58 Saint Mary's Downs, MicahMicah Downs, Gonzaga Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)
2010 Saint Mary's 81–62 Gonzaga McConnell, MickeyMickey McConnell, Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)
2011 Gonzaga 75–63 Saint Mary's Carter, MarquiseMarquise Carter, Gonzaga Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)
2012 Saint Mary's 78–74 (OT) Gonzaga Dellavedova, MatthewMatthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)
2013 Gonzaga 65–51 Saint Mary's Harris, EliasElias Harris, Gonzaga[1] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)
2014 Gonzaga 75–64 BYU Dower, SamSam Dower, Gonzaga[2] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)
2015 Gonzaga 91–75 BYU Wiltjer, KyleKyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga[3] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)

Note: The 1990 tournament final was canceled following the on-court death of Loyola Marymount player Hank Gathers during the Lions' semifinal game against Portland. LMU was given the league's automatic bid to that year's NCAA tournament by virtue of its regular-season league championship.

Men's Tournament Championships by School[edit]

School # of Tournament Championships Last Tournament Championship
Gonzaga 14 2015
Pepperdine 3 1994
Saint Mary's 3 2012
Santa Clara 2 1993
Loyola Marymount 2 1989
San Diego 2 2008
Portland 1 1996
San Francisco 1 1998
BYU 0
Pacific 0

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships Post-Game Notes: Men, Game 8, Saturday (sic), March 11, 2013" (PDF) (Press release). West Coast Conference. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gonzaga tops BYU for WCC championship". Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Zags defeat BYU, earn third straight title". Retrieved March 10, 2015.