- The western Coast Conference competition will likely to be held March 4-9 in vegas along with 10 teams into the bracket; #1-seed Gonzaga and #2-seed BYU received byes to your semifinals
- The WCC has brought a step that is giant the analytics age — for the first time in NCAA conference tournament history, the teams have been seeded in order of their KenPom adjusted conference winning percentage
- See the seeds, bracket, and full tournament preview, below
The West Coast Conference tournament will be held for the 13th consecutive season at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 4 to 9. All ten teams qualify in a stair-step seeding format, with top regular-season finishers Gonzaga and BYU receiving byes into the March 8 semifinals.
2021 Mountain West Conference Tournament Odds
|#1 Gonzaga(*)# that is*)-1000 BYU|
|+2500||#4 Saint Mary’s|
|+2500||#5 Loyola Marymount|
|+6600||#8 San Francisco|
|+6600||#7 Santa Clara|
|+10000||#9 San Diego|
|+20000||Odds at the time of March third, 2021.|
Because regarding the pandemic-caused cancellations that created a schedule instability into the regular period, the league took the unprecedented step of seeding the groups to be able of the position in KenPom’s modified seminar percentage that is winning. Both Pepperdine and St. Mary’s vaulted ahead of Loyola when KenPom was used instead of the standings that are regular-season
The just metric that will keep number 1 and undefeated Gonzaga (24-0, 15-0 WCC) through the top will be order that is alphabetical
The 3-4 seeds Pepperdine and St. Mary’s receive byes into the quarterfinals. while 5-6 seeds Loyola Marymount and Pacific will receive byes into the quarterfinals. The tournament pauses on Sunday, March 7. School policy that is religious BYU from competing on Sunday.
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Gonzaga has rewritten WCC tournament history along with its success that is remarkable for last two decades plus. The Bulldogs have won 17 of the 22 postseason tournaments since 1998, and only two teams have won a tournament game against them. Two.
The Zags won their league that is first title 1995 and have now made the finals in almost every competition since 1998. Certain the seeding that is unique helps, because they have had to win more than one game to reach the finals only three times since 2002.
Here is the list of the teams that have beaten the Bulldogs in the WCC tournament in the last 22 seasons.
Saint Mary’s: 2019, 2012, 2010
San Diego: 2008, 2003
San Francisco: 1998
The Superlatives Never Stop
Gonzaga has been No. 1 in the AP Top 25 every week since the preseason poll, and it has won 21 straight games by 10 points or more after finishing the season that is regular an 86-69 house success at Loyola Marymount.
In therefore doing, the Bulldogs set a season record for double-digit victories by a No. 1 group, surpassing the 1971-72 Sidney Wicks/Henry Bibby/Curtis Rowe champion that is national group that won 20 games by double digits.
Gonzaga has won 28 straight games dating to season that is last and it’s also the initial group to complete the normal period unbeaten since Kentucky went 31-0 in 2014-15 regular period, losing simply to Wisconsin into the NCAA semifinals.
The Zags are # 1 in KenPom’s efficiency that is adjusted and No. 1 in adjusted offensive efficiency while leading NCAA Division I in scoring at 92.9 points per game, seven points ahed of No. 2 Colgate, and field goal percentage at 55.3.
Sophomore forward Drew Timme is fourth in Division I in field goal percentage at 65.1. Forward Corey Kispert is averaging 91.5 points a game and Timme is averaging 18.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. And freshman guard Jalen Suggs (13.9 points, 4.5 assists) is considered their best NBA prospect. Several 2021 draft projections have him in the top 10.
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory this season is 22.6 points, and that includes non-conference wins over ranked teams Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa and Virginia.
So How Do they are beaten by you?
Well, there clearly was talk Gonzaga may well not appear, which will have aided the field.
Reports circulated that both Gonzaga and BYU, that are considered hair for the NCAA that is 68-team tournament might skip the WCC tournament out of an abundance of caution because of coronavirus concerns. It made sense. Covid-19 issues that reared may keep Northeast Conference contender Bryant out of its postseason tournament and thus the NCAAs.
Gonzaga sunday coach Mark some weighed in the other day, saying regarding the Field of 68 podcast which he ended up being never ever great “with the notion of using 10 men’s and women’s groups to Las vegas in one single location at exactly the same time.” He additionally talked about the crowds into the gambling enterprises and out.
But Given that Gonzaga is likely to be There
Beating the Zags it’s not impossible, specially because of the ensemble they could wear a floor. However it is hard, also it often takes a bad night that is shooting
No. 4 seed St. Mary’s (13-8, 4-6) broke Gonzaga’s 21-game streak that is winning a 60-47 success into the 2019 WCC finals, slowing the overall game to a crawl while swarming big guy Rui Hachimura. Gonzaga shot 37.5 % through the industry making 2 of 19 from distance. St. Mary’s, which won 22 games that period, destroyed the normal period conference at Gonzaga by 46 points.
No. 2 seed Brigham younger (19-5, 10-3) might have the chance that is best, a sprinter’s chance.
BYU is the last team to beat Gonzaga with a 91-78 home victory on Feb. 22, 2019. The Cougars also did with defense, limiting Gonzaga to 41.7 percent shooting in stopping a winning streak that is 19-game. BYU destroyed its three top scorers from that team that is 24-win is led by guard Alex Barcello, who is averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 assists.
The Zags won 82-71 in Provo this season, their game that is closest. Suggs had 24 points and Timme had 20 since the united team shot 50.9 percent. Barcello had 20.
Gonzaga and BYU are 1-2 in the league in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage, so if one is hot and the other is not …
St. Mary’s also knows how to beat Gonzaga here, and the lead is lead by the gaels in scoring defense and they are 4th into the league in industry goal portion protection.
It is a errand that is fool’s not in favor of Gonzaga additionally the quick it’s likely that maybe not appealing. Gonzaga will win, but …
The choose: St. Mary’s (+2500)