Apparently the Tournament bug is crawling throughout the entire WCC as every game in the quarterfinal was a bit more excited than expected. Gonzaga had to fight tooth and nail to overcome a stagnant offense, Pepperdine and BYU each squeaked away, and the all-time icing on the cake -- Saint Mary's lost!
But seriously, it was an insane day. So let's do a quick recap of all the games not involving Gonzaga.
No. 6 Portland 69, No. 3 Saint Mary's 52
You can effectively color me as one of probably everyone that didn't see this coming. Portland's defense absolutely locked out the Gaels, who had Brad Waldow's 25 points and not much else. It was a pretty shocking performance for one of the better shooting teams in the country. The Gaels shot a season low 30.2 percent from the floor, and because of that, had absolutely no chance of winning. Saint Mary's offensive rating as a team in the game was 88.1, Portland's was a bit higher at 116.9.
The Pilots led a pretty balanced scoring attack with four players scoring in double digits, led by Kevin Bailey's 16 points. Saint Mary's needed to win the WCC Tournament to have any hope of advancing, so color their season done, barring a NIT invite.
No. 4 Pepperdine 50, No. 5 San Diego 47
Just your standard score of two defensively focused team. San Diego led at halftime 24-18 with both teams shooting in the low 30 percent in the first half. Pepperdine's offense eventually started to warm up and Stacy Davis' 19 points were enough offense to barely push past the Toreros. Pepperdine's trademark defense on the three-point line made Johnny Dee an irrelevant character on the floor, who finished with 11 points but needed 20 field goal attempts to get there.
No. 2 BYU 78, No. 7 Santa Clara 76
The Cougars needed a game-winning jumper from Tyler Haws with 2.5 seconds left to get the win over the Broncos. BYU, who some say were entering the NCAA Tournament on the back of the win over Gonzaga, probably would've played themselves right back out of contention with such an early loss in the WCC Tournament. It was your standard BYU game. Lots of offense and just go on ahead and throw that defense in the Las Vegas trash bins alongside all of your incorrect sports betting tickets.
Tyler Haws led all players with 30 points and Kyle Collinsworth chipped in 15 for the Cougars. It was just enough to get by, considering Jared Brownridge droppd 29 and Brandon Clark added 23 for Santa Clara.