West Coast Conference Tournament Predictions

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The West Coast Conference Tournament officially begins today with a sacrificial matchup between the No. 9 San Diego Toreros and No. 8 Loyola Marymount Lions. The lucky winner will have to play the number one seeded St. Mary’s Gaels, which I will venture to guess won’t be pretty. However, as bad as the Toreros and Lions have been, they each ended the season on wins. The Lions actually won two in a row, including beating the Pepperdine Wave, which actually is interesting because the Wave swept the Gaels. Now, that’s called digging for something to be interested in the game, one in which probably won’t be close. Anyways, the West Coast Conference Tournament schedule are as follows…

Opening Round: March 4 (TheW.tv)
Game 1: No. 9 San Diego Toreros vs. No. 8 Loyola Marymount Lions

Quarterfinals: March 5 (BYUTV/TWCS/CSN California/ROOT Sports/TheW.tv)
Game 2: No. 6 Santa Clara Broncos vs. No. 3 BYU Cougars

Game 3: No. 5 San Francisco Dons vs. No. 4 Pepperdine Waves
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 1 Saint Mary’s Gaels (ESPN2)
Game 5: No. 7 Portland Pilots vs No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (ESPN2)

Semifinals: March 7 (ESPN/ESPN2)
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 7: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 5

Championship: March 8 (ESPN)
Game 8: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7

Prediction: There are realistically four teams that can win this tournament. I’m less inclined to include the Pepperdine Wave, but the sweep of the St. Mary’s Gaels holds weight. If the Wave and the Gaels were to both win in the Quarterfinals, they would face off once again. The BYU Cougars are a sleeper, as they’ve proved they not only have a high powered offense, but have a defense to go with that this season. The Gaels are probably a safe pick, as they have the easier route to the tournament finals. They have also swept the number two seed Gonzaga Bulldogs. The same Bulldogs that I’m going to predict wins the West Coast Conference Tournament. They usually have the size advantage over most teams, are great on both sides of the ball and are excellent from the free throw line. This is going to be a great tournament though and I think we could see two teams coming out of the WCC on Selection Sunday…but who?

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