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 2018
Current champion Gonzaga Bulldogs
Most championships Gonzaga Bulldogs (17)
TV partner(s) ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, BYUtv
Official website WCCsports.com

The West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the West Coast Conference. The winner of the tournament each year is guaranteed a place in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament for that season. 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 tournament has used several formats in its history, though seeding in all formats has been based strictly on conference record (with tiebreakers used as needed). When the tournament began in 1987, when the conference had eight members, it used a standard single-elimination bracket that was reseeded after the first round so that the highest and lowest remaining seeds played one another in the semifinals. Beginning in 2003, the bottom four seeds played first-round games (5 vs. 8, 6 vs. 7), with the 3 and 4 seeds receiving byes to the quarterfinals and the top two seeds receiving byes to the semifinals. For the 2012 tournament, the first after the 2011 arrival of BYU in the WCC, this format was adjusted so that the 8 and 9 seeds played in the first round, with the winner joining the 5 through 7 seeds in the second round, and the top four seeds continuing to receive byes into the quarterfinals (3 and 4) or semifinals (1 and 2). In addition, reseeding was abolished, with the top seed automatically playing the winner of the quarterfinal game featuring the 4 seed and the 2 seed automatically playing 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 received a bye into the quarterfinals while 7 played 10 and 8 played 9 in the first round. The second round featured the winner of the 7/10 match playing the 2-seed while the winner of the 8/9 match played the 1 seed. The 3 seed played the 6 seed and the 4 seed played 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.

For 2019 and beyond, the tournament will return to a format similar to that used from 2003–2011, with slight changes to the terminology used for the rounds prior to the semifinals. The 7 through 10 seeds will play in what is now called the "opening round", the 5 and 6 seeds will start play in the "second round", and the 3 and 4 seeds will start in the "third round". The top two seeds will receive byes into the semifinals.[1] According to media reports, the major impetus for this and other changes to WCC basketball was the potential loss of Gonzaga to the Mountain West Conference after the 2017–18 season, which in the end did not happen.[2]

List of finals[edit]

Year Champion Score Opponent Tournament MVP Venue
1987 Santa Clara 77–65 Pepperdine Jens Gordon, Santa Clara War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California)
1988 Loyola Marymount 104–96 Santa Clara Hank Gathers, Loyola Marymount Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1989 Loyola Marymount 75–70 (OT) Santa Clara Hank 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 Geoff Lear, Pepperdine Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1992 Pepperdine 73–70 Gonzaga Doug Christie, Pepperdine Chiles Center (Portland, Oregon)
1993 Santa Clara 73–63 Pepperdine Steve Nash, Santa Clara War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California)
1994 Pepperdine 56–53 San Diego Dana Jones, Pepperdine Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1995 Gonzaga 80–67 Portland John Rillie, Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1996 Portland 76–68 Gonzaga Kweemada King, Portland Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1997 Saint Mary's 66–59 San Francisco Brad Millard, Saint Mary's Gersten Pavilion, (Los Angeles, California)
1998 San Francisco 80–67 Gonzaga Hakeem Ward, San Francisco Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
1999 Gonzaga 91–62 Santa Clara Matt Santangelo, Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
2000 Gonzaga 69–65 (OT) Pepperdine Casey Calvary, Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California)
2001 Gonzaga 80–77 Santa Clara Dan Dickau, Gonzaga Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2002 Gonzaga 96–90 Pepperdine Dan Dickau, Gonzaga [3] Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2003 San Diego 72–63 Gonzaga Jason Keep, San Diego [4] Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2004 Gonzaga 84–71 Saint Mary's Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga [5] Leavey Center (Santa Clara, California)
2005 Gonzaga 80–67 Saint Mary's Adam Morrison, Gonzaga [6] Leavey Center (Santa Clara, California)
2006 Gonzaga 68–67 Loyola Marymount Adam Morrison, Gonzaga [7] McCarthey Athletic Center (Spokane, Washington)
2007 Gonzaga 77–68 Santa Clara Derek Raivio, Gonzaga [8] Chiles Center (Portland, Oregon)
2008 San Diego 69–62 Gonzaga Brandon Johnson, San Diego [9] Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California)
2009 Gonzaga 83–58 Saint Mary's Micah Downs, Gonzaga [10] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [11]
2010 Saint Mary's 81–62 Gonzaga Mickey McConnell, Saint Mary's [12] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [13]
2011 Gonzaga 75–63 Saint Mary's Marquise Carter, Gonzaga [14] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [13]
2012 Saint Mary's 78–74 (OT) Gonzaga Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's [15] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [13]
2013 Gonzaga 65–51 Saint Mary's Elias Harris, Gonzaga [16] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [17]
2014 Gonzaga 75–64 BYU Sam Dower, Gonzaga [18] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [19]
2015 Gonzaga 91–75 BYU Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga [20] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [19]
2016 Gonzaga 85–75 Saint Mary's Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga [21] Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [19]
2017 Gonzaga 74–56 Saint Mary's Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [22]
2018 Gonzaga 74–54 BYU Killian Tillie, Gonzaga Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [22]
2019 Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [22]

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.

Results by Team[edit]

As of March 7, 2018[23][24]

Team Win/Loss Records[edit]

School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Avg.
Seed
Years

Gonzaga 71 56 15 .789 2.22 32 (1987–2018)
Pepperdine 59 31 28 .525 4.66 32 (1987–2018)
Saint Mary's 59 30 29 .508 3.66 32 (1987–2018)
Santa Clara 58 28 30 .483 4.47 32 (1987–2018)
San Diego 55 26 29 .473 5.06 32 (1987–2018)
Loyola Marymount 50 21 29 .420 6.28 32 (1987–2018)
San Francisco 49 18 31 .367 4.73 32 (1987–2018)
Portland 42 12 30 .286 6.44 32 (1987–2018)
BYU 16 9 7 .563 2.71 7 (2012–2018)
Pacific 5 1 4 .200 7.75 4 (2014–2015;2017–2018)

Championship Game Team Win/Loss Records[edit]

School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

Gonzaga 24 17 7 .708 2018 2018
Saint Mary's 11 3 8 .273 2012 2017
Pepperdine 7 3 4 .429 1994 2002
Santa Clara 7 2 5 .286 1993 2007
San Diego 3 2 1 .667 2008 2008
Loyola Marymount 3 2 1 .667 1989 2006
San Francisco 2 1 1 .500 1998 1998
Portland 2 1 1 .500 1996 1996
BYU 3 0 3 .000 2018
Pacific 0 0 0

Team Head-to-Head Results[edit]

  BYU Gonzaga LMU Pacific Pepperdine Portland Saint Mary's San Diego San Francisco Santa Clara
vs. BYU 5–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–2
vs. Gonzaga 0–5 2–7 0–1 3–4 1–4 2–14 5–9 1–3 1–9
vs. LMU 2–0 7–2 0–0 4–3 2–7 2–1 3–1 5–2 4–5
vs. Pacific 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0
vs. Pepperdine 0–0 4–3 3–4 1–0 2–5 6–4 7–5 1–7 4–3
vs. Portland 1–0 4–1 7–2 0–0 5–2 5–1 2–3 3–1 3–2
vs. Saint Mary's 1–1 14–2 1–2 0–0 4–6 1–5 1–4 1–4 6–6
vs. San Diego 2–1 9–5 1–3 0–0 5–7 3–2 4–1 3–6 2–1
vs. San Francisco 1–0 3–1 2–5 0–2 7–1 1–3 4–1 6–3 7–2
vs. Santa Clara 2–0 9–1 5–4 0–1 3–4 2–3 6–6 1–2 2–7
Total 9–7 56–15 21–29 1–4 31–28 12–30 30–29 26–29 18–31 28–30

Championship Game Team Head-to-Head Results[edit]

  BYU Gonzaga LMU Pacific Pepperdine Portland Saint Mary's San Diego San Francisco Santa Clara
vs. BYU 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
vs. Gonzaga 0–3 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–7 2–0 1–0 0–3
vs. LMU 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2
vs. Pacific 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
vs. Pepperdine 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–0
vs. Portland 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
vs. Saint Mary's 0–0 7–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0
vs. San Diego 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
vs. San Francisco 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
vs. Santa Clara 0–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Total 0–3 17–7 2–1 0–0 3–4 1–1 3–8 2–1 1–1 2–5

Results by Seed[edit]

As of March 7, 2018[23][24]

Seed Win/Loss Records[edit]

Seed Games Wins Losses Win
Pct

1 74 59 15 .797
2 69 46 23 .667
3 64 36 28 .563
4 56 26 30 .464
5 56 27 29 .482
6 46 14 32 .304
7 40 8 32 .200
8 40 8 32 .200
9 12 5 7 .417
10 7 3 4 .429

Championship Game Seed Win/Loss Records[edit]

Seed Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

1 25 16 9 .640 2018 2018
2 20 8 12 .400 2016 2017
3 7 3 4 .429 2008 2018
4 5 1 4 .200 1995 1999
5 4 3 1 .750 1998 1998
6 0 0 0
7 1 0 1 .000 1987
8 0 0 0
9 0 0 0
10 0 0 0

Results by Coach[edit]

As of March 7, 2018[23][24]

Coach Win/Loss Records[edit]

Current WCC Coaches
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Years

Mark Few Gonzaga 46 42 4 .913 19 (2000–2018)
Randy Bennett Saint Mary's 35 20 15 .571 17 (2002–2018)
Dave Rose BYU 16 9 7 .563 7 (2012–2018)
Mike Dunlap Loyola Marymount 6 2 4 .333 4 (2015–2018)
Lorenzo Romar Pepperdine 4 1 3 .250 3 (1997–1999)
Damon Stoudamire Pacific 3 1 2 .333 2 (2017–2018)
Herb Sendek Santa Clara 3 1 2 .333 2 (2017–2018)
Terry Porter Portland 3 1 2 .333 2 (2017–2018)
Kyle Smith San Francisco 3 1 2 .333 2 (2017–2018)
More (Former WCC Coaches)
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Years

Tom Asbury Pepperdine 20 15 5 .750 9 (1989–1994; 2009–2011)
Dick Davey Santa Clara 28 14 14 .500 15 (1993–2007)
Brad Holland San Diego 25 13 12 .520 13 (1995–2007)
Dan Fitzgerald Gonzaga 19 9 10 .474 11 (1987–1997)
Bill Grier San Diego 15 8 7 .533 8 (2008–2015)
Carroll Williams Santa Clara 13 8 5 .615 6 (1987–1992)
Max Good Loyola Marymount 13 7 6 .538 6 (2009–2014)
Paul Westhead Loyola Marymount 8 7 1 .875 4 (1987–1990)
Philip Mathews San Francisco 14 6 8 .429 9 (1996–2004)
Eric Reveno Portland 15 5 10 .333 10 (2007–2016)
Kerry Keating Santa Clara 14 5 9 .357 9 (2008–2016)
Rex Walters San Francisco 13 5 8 .385 8 (2009–2016)
Hank Egan San Diego 12 5 7 .417 8 (1987–1994)
Rob Chavez Portland 11 5 6 .455 7 (1995–2001)
Dan Monson Gonzaga 6 5 1 .833 2 (1998–1999)
Jim Brovelli San Francisco 13 4 9 .308 9 (1987–1995)
Marty Wilson Pepperdine 12 4 8 .333 8 (1996; 2012–2018)
Paul Westphal Pepperdine 9 4 5 .444 5 (2002–2006)
Ernie Kent Saint Mary's 9 4 5 .444 6 (1992–1997)
Lynn Nance Saint Mary's 6 3 3 .500 3 (1987–1989)
Jan van Breda Kolff Pepperdine 5 3 2 .600 2 (2000–2001)
Jim Harrick Pepperdine 5 3 2 .600 2 (1987–1988)
Steve Aggers Loyola Marymount 7 2 5 .286 5 (2001–2005)
John Olive Loyola Marymount 7 2 5 .286 5 (1993–1997)
Dave Fehte Saint Mary's 3 2 1 .667 1 (1991)
Larry Steele Portland 7 1 6 .143 7 (1988–1994)
Dave Bollwinkel Saint Mary's 5 1 4 .200 4 (1998–2001)
Rodney Tention Loyola Marymount 4 1 3 .250 3 (2006–2008)
Jessie Evans San Francisco 4 1 3 .250 3 (2005–2007)
Eric Bridgeland Pepperdine 2 1 1 .500 1 (2008)
Eddie Sutton San Francisco 2 1 1 .500 1 (2008)
Michael Holton Portland 5 0 5 .000 5 (2002–2006)
Lamont Smith San Diego 3 0 3 .000 3 (2016–2018)
Charles Bradley Loyola Marymount 3 0 3 .000 3 (1998–2000)
Ron Verlin Pacific 2 0 2 .000 2 (2014–2015)
Jay Hillock Loyola Marymount 2 0 2 .000 2 (1991–1992)
Vance Walberg Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 1 (2007)
Tony Fuller Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 1 (1995)
Paul Landreaux Saint Mary's 1 0 1 .000 1 (1990)
Jack Avina Portland 1 0 1 .000 1 (1987)

Championship Game Coach Win/Loss Records[edit]

Current WCC Coaches
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

Mark Few Gonzaga 19 15 4 .789 2018 2018
Randy Bennett Saint Mary's 9 2 7 .222 2012 2017
Dave Rose BYU 3 0 3 .000 2018
Damon Stoudamire Pacific 0 0 0
Herb Sendek Santa Clara 0 0 0
Kyle Smith San Francisco 0 0 0
Lorenzo Romar Pepperdine 0 0 0
Mike Dunlap Loyola Marymount 0 0 0
Terry Porter Portland 0 0 0
More (Former WCC Coaches)
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

Tom Asbury Pepperdine 4 3 1 .750 1994 1994
Paul Westhead Loyola Marymount 2 2 0 1.000 1989 1989
Dick Davey Santa Clara 4 1 3 .250 1993 2007
Dan Fitzgerald Gonzaga 3 1 2 .333 1995 1996
Carroll Williams Santa Clara 3 1 2 .333 1987 1989
Dan Monson Gonzaga 2 1 1 .500 1999 1999
Philip Mathews San Francisco 2 1 1 .500 1998 1998
Rob Chavez Portland 2 1 1 .500 1996 1996
Bill Grier San Diego 1 1 0 1.000 2008 2008
Brad Holland San Diego 1 1 0 1.000 2003 2003
Ernie Kent Saint Mary's 1 1 0 1.000 1997 1997
Rodney Tention Loyola Marymount 1 0 1 .000 2006
Paul Westphal Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 2002
Jan van Breda Kolff Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 2000
Hank Egan San Diego 1 0 1 .000 1994
Dave Fehte Saint Mary's 1 0 1 .000 1991
Jim Harrick Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 1987

Broadcasters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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