LMU didn't win too many games in the conference season, but now they are three more wins away from a NCAA Tournament berth. It probably won't happen, but it has to feel good to at least be playing with the big boys now after upsetting the Portland Pilots, 67-64, on Thursday night in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
Santa Clara had a much easier time rolling over Pacific, advancing into the quarterfinals with a SCORE win. Santa Clara will face Gonzaga in the quarterfinals and LMU goes on to face BYU.
Most of Gonzaga nation was angling for a Pacific win on Thursday night. The Broncos played Gonzaga very tight this year and a Sam Dower three was needed to give the Zags the victory the last time around. Santa Clara will also have a day off because the women take over the court on Friday, giving them the necessary rest.
Here is the updated bracket.