The Gonzaga Bulldogs are kings of the conference and head to the WCC Tournament as the top seed in Las Vegas.
The inclusion of Pacific into the WCC this year gives the tournament a pretty standard model to follow. The first round features the bottom four teams in the conference standings, and everyone else has a bye until Saturday, March 8.
It is a long slog this year, however. The WCC Tournament drags on as long as the NBA playoffs, opening on Thursday, March 6 and ending with the championship game on Tuesday, March 9. There are no games on Sunday due to religious reasons with BYU and no games on Friday for reasons I can't start to figure out.
Here is a poorly drawn google doc bracket since I couldn't find an embeddable one.
There is a lot of good things that come from Gonzaga taking the top seed, but noticeably it is the much easier side of the bracket. Gonzaga absolutely trounced Pacific in both meetings this year. Santa Clara was slightly different, with a solid win at home and a Sam Dower three to win it on the road. Saint Mary's was destroyed twice and Pepperdine was rolled both times. All the teams, outside of Santa Clara, that gave Gonzaga fits this year sit on the other side of the bracket.
Portland and LMU tip off at 6 p.m. to start and the Pacific and Santa Clara game follows at 8:30 p.m., with at least a half hour between both games.