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WCC Tournament Bracket, Schedule Released For 2021 Season

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 09: Basketballs are shown in a ball rack before a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament between the San Francisco Dons and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Orleans Arena on March 9, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The WCC Tournament is expected to be played as scheduled. After reports weeks ago that some of the top teams were considering opting out of the annual league tourney, an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be given out to the champion.

No fans will be allowed to attend The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for the 2021 WCC Tournament due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary’s in the conference tournament final, two days before the college basketball world shut down due to the pandemic.

Gonzaga secured the No. 1 seed in this year’s field after navigating the entire regular season with a perfect undefeated record. BYU basketball finished the WCC schedule with a 10-3 record, and like Gonzaga, will have a bye all the way to semifinal Monday.

Pepperdine edged out Saint Mary’s for the No. 3 seed and the Waves, who defeated BYU once this year, are on the Cougars side of the bracket.

The one team that is a question mark at the moment in regards to COVID-19 is the Portland Pilots. Portland on Thursday took a pause and their status for the league tournament is in question.

WCC Tournament Bracket

WCC Tournament 2021 Schedule

All times Mountain Standard Time

First Round (Thurs., March 4), Stadium

Game 1: No. 8 San Francisco 67, No. 9 San Diego 51

Game 2: No. 7 Santa Clara 95, No. 10 Portland 86

Second Round (Fri., March 5), Stadium

Game 3: No. 5 LMU 70, No. 8 San Francisco 66

Game 4: No. 7 Santa Clara 81, No. 6 Pacific 76

Quarterfinals (Sat., March 6)

Game 5: No. 4 Saint Mary’s 52, No. 5 LMU 47

Game 6: No. 3 Pepperdine 78, No. 7 Santa Clara 70

Semifinals (Mon., March 8)

Game 7: No. 1 Gonzaga 78, No. 4 Saint Mary’s 55

Game 8: No. 2 BYU 82, No. 3 Pepperdine 77 (OT)

Men’s Championship (Tues., March 9)

Game 9: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 BYU, 7 p.m., ESPN

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper and the KSL Sports app.

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