Final Score: BYU 72 - Santa Clara 60. True to form, Santa Clara's offense featured a lot of Jared Brownridge, and for a little while it looked like he might be able to power the Broncos past BYU. But, some key plays by BYU in the closing minutes helped them pull away after a Brownridge three-pointer got Santa Clara to within one point with six minutes to play.
Final Score: Pepperdine 90 - USF 86. Pepperdine and USF slugged it out in a no-defense affair. The Waves held on for the win after reeling off a 13-point run midway through the second half to take a lead they would never relinquish. This quarterfinal featured a great battle between point guards as Jeremy Major led the way for Pepperdine with 28 points, while Devin Watson countered with 33 for USF. This is Pepperdine's first time since 2001 and 2002 that they've made consecutive trips to the conference semi's. If the Waves can beat SMC for a third time this season, they'll appear in their first conference tournament final since 2002.
Final Score: SMC 60 - LMU 48. Watching the LMU-SMC quarterfinal only served to make me more upset that the Zags lost two games to the team from Moraga. They looked awful in this game, and trailed at halftime before pulling away in the last 10 minutes against an undermanned LMU squad. If SMC plays that way against Pepperdine in their semifinal, it'll be sayonara for the Gaels. Not like anyone would care.
Final Score: Gonzaga 92 - Portland 67.
Game info (all times Pacific):
Monday, March 7
6 p.m. - No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels vs. No. 4 Pepperdine Waves, ESPN/watchESPN
8:30 p.m. - No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 3 BYU Cougars, ESPN/watchESPN
Tuesday, March 8
6 p.m. - WCC Championship Game
Here's an updated bracket: