Posts tagged: WCC Tournament
It’s been 15 years in the making, but finally someone took it all away from the Gonzaga Bulldogs. All right, not all of it. Not all the history – not the charmed rise from mom-and-pop store to national franchise, not the Bracketville thrills, not the Spokane mania, not the investment that got the gym built, not even entrée into this year’s NCAA tournament. And not – forgive the odious term, please – the brand. But for the first time in the decade and a half, the Zags have no championship banner to hang. No regular-season title. And now no West Coast Conference tournament championship/John Blanchette, SR. More here.
Question: Will the Zags do well in the NCAA tournament?
Gonzaga's Haiden Palmer, right, and Shannon Reader, center, battle for a loose ball against BYU's Lexi Eaton in the first half during the NCAA West Coast Conference tournament championship basketball game, Monday in Las Vegas. ESPN running boxscore here. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
For all the talk about the addition of traditional power BYU and the chatter about the West Coast Conference being the best it has been in a long time, the regular-season race still came down to Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. Just like it has the last eight seasons. The Gaels put an end to Gonzaga’s 11-year run of titles. For all the talk about four or five teams having legitimate shots at winning the WCC men’s basketball tournament title, it, too, will come down to Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. Just like it has the last four seasons. Both teams appear to be locks for the NCAA tournament and tonight’s winner at the Orleans Arena will earn an automatic berth. Gonzaga (25-5) and Saint Mary’s (26-5) split during the regular season, both winning by comfortable margins on their home floors/Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (Christopher Anderson SR photo: Freshman guard Kevin Pangos scored 30 in Gonzaga’s semifinal victory over BYU)
Question: Any predictions about tonight's game?
Gonzaga sets up a third showdown with Saint Mary’s, with a 71-67 win over San Francisco in the WCC men's tournament tonight. Jim Meehan's SportsLink story.