West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
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West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
SportCollege basketball
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
Number of teams10
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
Current stadiumOrleans Arena
Current locationParadise, Nevada
Played1987-present
Last contest2020
Current championGonzaga Bulldogs
Most championshipsGonzaga Bulldogs (18)
TV partner(s)ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, BYUtv
Official websiteWCCsports.com

The West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the West Coast Conference (WCC). The winner of the tournament each year is guaranteed a place in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament for that season. Through 2008, the tournament was played on a rotating basis at the home courts of member teams. The 2009 edition was the first played at a neutral site, namely Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. The semifinals are broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and the championship is broadcast nationally on ESPN.

The tournament has used several formats in its history, though seeding in all formats has been based strictly on conference record (with tiebreakers used as needed). When the tournament began in 1987, when the conference had eight members, it used a standard single-elimination bracket that was reseeded after the first round so that the highest and lowest remaining seeds played one another in the semifinals. Beginning in 2003, the bottom four seeds played first-round games (5 vs. 8, 6 vs. 7), with the 3 and 4 seeds receiving byes to the quarterfinals and the top two seeds receiving byes to the semifinals. For the 2012 tournament, the first after the 2011 arrival of BYU in the WCC, this format was adjusted so that the 8 and 9 seeds played in the first round, with the winner joining the 5 through 7 seeds in the second round, and the top four seeds continuing to receive byes into the quarterfinals (3 and 4) or semifinals (1 and 2). In addition, reseeding was abolished, with the top seed automatically playing the winner of the quarterfinal game featuring the 4 seed and the 2 seed automatically playing the winner of the quarterfinal game featuring the 3 seed.

Beginning in 2014, the WCC adopted a new format to incorporate a tenth team (Pacific). The new format is a traditional 10-team tournament. Seeds 1-6 received a bye into the quarterfinals while 7 played 10 and 8 played 9 in the first round. The second round featured the winner of the 7/10 match playing the 2-seed while the winner of the 8/9 match played the 1 seed. The 3 seed played the 6 seed and the 4 seed played the 5 seed. In 2014, the first-round games aired on BYUtv Sports. The afternoon quarterfinal games aired on BYUtv, and the evening quarterfinals were on ESPN2. One semifinal aired on ESPN and the other on ESPN2, and the championship game was carried by ESPN.

For 2019 and beyond, the tournament returned to a format similar to that used from 2003-2011, with slight changes to the terminology used for the rounds prior to the semifinals. The 7 through 10 seeds play in what is now called the "opening round", the 5 and 6 seeds start play in the "second round", and the 3 and 4 seeds start in the "third round". The top two seeds receive byes into the semifinals.[1] According to media reports, the major impetus for this and other changes to WCC basketball was the potential loss of Gonzaga to the Mountain West Conference after the 2017-18 season, which in the end did not happen.[2]

List of finals

Year Champion Score Opponent Venue Tournament MVP Notes
1987 Santa Clara 77-65 Pepperdine War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California) Jens Gordon, Santa Clara
1988 Loyola Marymount 104-96 Santa Clara Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) Hank Gathers, Loyola Marymount
1989 Loyola Marymount 75-70 (OT) Santa Clara War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California) Hank Gathers, Loyola Marymount
1990 None None None Gersten Pavilion, (Los Angeles, California) None Tournament cancelled due to the death of Hank Gathers. Having won the regular season title, Loyola Marymount was awarded the WCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.[3]
1991 Pepperdine 71-68 (OT) Saint Mary's Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) Geoff Lear, Pepperdine
1992 Pepperdine 73-70 Gonzaga Chiles Center (Portland, Oregon) Doug Christie, Pepperdine
1993 Santa Clara 73-63 Pepperdine War Memorial Gymnasium (San Francisco, California) Steve Nash, Santa Clara
1994 Pepperdine 56-53 San Diego Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) Dana Jones, Pepperdine
1995 Gonzaga 80-67 Portland Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) John Rillie, Gonzaga
1996 Portland 76-68 Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) Kweemada King, Portland
1997 Saint Mary's 66-59 San Francisco Gersten Pavilion, (Los Angeles, California) Brad Millard, Saint Mary's
1998 San Francisco 80-67 Gonzaga Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) Hakeem Ward, San Francisco
1999 Gonzaga 91-62 Santa Clara Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) Matt Santangelo, Gonzaga
2000 Gonzaga 69-65 (OT) Pepperdine Toso Pavilion (Santa Clara, California) Casey Calvary, Gonzaga
2001 Gonzaga 80-77 Santa Clara Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California) Dan Dickau, Gonzaga
2002 Gonzaga 96-90 Pepperdine Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California) Dan Dickau, Gonzaga [4]
2003 San Diego 72-63 Gonzaga Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California) Jason Keep, San Diego [5]
2004 Gonzaga 84-71 Saint Mary's Leavey Center (Santa Clara, California) Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga [6]
2005 Gonzaga 80-67 Saint Mary's Leavey Center (Santa Clara, California) Adam Morrison, Gonzaga [7]
2006 Gonzaga 68-67 Loyola Marymount McCarthey Athletic Center (Spokane, Washington) Adam Morrison, Gonzaga [8]
2007 Gonzaga 77-68 Santa Clara Chiles Center (Portland, Oregon) Derek Raivio, Gonzaga [9]
2008 San Diego 69-62 Gonzaga Jenny Craig Pavilion (San Diego, California) Brandon Johnson, San Diego [10]
2009 Gonzaga 83-58 Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [11] Micah Downs, Gonzaga [12]
2010 Saint Mary's 81-62 Gonzaga Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [13] Mickey McConnell, Saint Mary's [14]
2011 Gonzaga 75-63 Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [13] Marquise Carter, Gonzaga [15]
2012 Saint Mary's 78-74 (OT) Gonzaga Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [13] Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's [16]
2013 Gonzaga 65-51 Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [17] Elias Harris, Gonzaga [18]
2014 Gonzaga 75-64 BYU Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [19] Sam Dower, Gonzaga [20]
2015 Gonzaga 91-75 BYU Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [19] Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga [21]
2016 Gonzaga 85-75 Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [19] Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga [22]
2017 Gonzaga 74-56 Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [23] Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga
2018 Gonzaga 74-54 BYU Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [23] Killian Tillie, Gonzaga
2019 Saint Mary's 60-47 Gonzaga Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [23] Jordan Hunter, Saint Mary's
2020 Gonzaga 84-66 Saint Mary's Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada) [23] Joël Ayayi, Gonzaga

Results by Team

As of March 10, 2020'[24][25]

Team Win/Loss Records

School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Avg.
Seed
Years

Gonzaga 75 59 16 .787 2.15 34 (1987-2020)
Pepperdine 65 35 30 .538 4.79 34 (1987-2020)
Saint Mary's 64 34 30 .531 3.59 34 (1987-2020)
San Diego 60 29 31 .483 5.24 34 (1987-2020)
Santa Clara 61 29 32 .475 4.59 34 (1987-2020)
Loyola Marymount 53 22 31 .415 6.29 34 (1987-2020)
San Francisco 53 20 33 .377 4.85 34 (1987-2020)
Portland 44 12 32 .273 6.65 34 (1987-2020)
BYU 18 9 9 .500 2.67 9 (2012-2020)
Pacific 7 1 6 .143 7.33 6 (2014-2015;2017-2020)

Championship Game Team Win/Loss Records

School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

Gonzaga 26 18 8 .692 2020 2020
Saint Mary's 13 4 9 .308 2019 2020
Pepperdine 7 3 4 .429 1994 2002
Santa Clara 7 2 5 .286 1993 2007
San Diego 3 2 1 .667 2008 2008
Loyola Marymount 3 2 1 .667 1989 2006
San Francisco 2 1 1 .500 1998 1998
Portland 2 1 1 .500 1996 1996
BYU 3 0 3 .000 2018
Pacific 0 0 0 -

Team Head-to-Head Results

  BYU Gonzaga LMU Pacific Pepperdine Portland Saint Mary's San Diego San Francisco Santa Clara
vs. BYU - 5-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 2-1 2-2 0-1 0-2
vs. Gonzaga 0-5 - 2-7 0-1 3-5 1-4 3-15 5-9 1-4 1-9
vs. LMU 2-0 7-2 - 0-0 5-3 2-7 2-1 3-2 6-2 4-5
vs. Pacific 0-0 1-0 0-0 - 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 3-0 1-0
vs. Pepperdine 0-0 5-3 3-5 1-1 - 2-5 7-4 7-5 1-8 4-4
vs. Portland 1-0 4-1 7-2 0-0 5-2 - 5-1 3-3 3-1 4-2
vs. Saint Mary's 1-2 15-3 1-2 0-0 4-7 1-5 - 1-5 1-4 6-6
vs. San Diego 2-1 9-5 2-3 0-0 5-7 3-2 4-1 - 3-6 2-1
vs. San Francisco 1-0 4-1 2-6 0-3 8-1 1-3 4-1 6-3 - 7-2
vs. Santa Clara 2-0 9-1 5-4 0-1 4-4 2-4 6-6 2-2 2-7 -
Total 9-9 59-16 22-31 1-6 35-30 12-32 34-30 29-31 20-33 29-32

Championship Game Team Head-to-Head Results

  BYU Gonzaga LMU Pacific Pepperdine Portland Saint Mary's San Diego San Francisco Santa Clara
vs. BYU - 3-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs. Gonzaga 0-3 - 0-1 0-0 1-2 1-1 3-8 2-0 1-0 0-3
vs. LMU 0-0 1-0 - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2
vs. Pacific 0-0 0-0 0-0 - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs. Pepperdine 0-0 2-1 0-0 0-0 - 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 2-0
vs. Portland 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 - 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
vs. Saint Mary's 0-0 8-3 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 - 0-0 0-1 0-0
vs. San Diego 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 - 0-0 0-0
vs. San Francisco 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 - 0-0
vs. Santa Clara 0-0 3-0 2-0 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 -
Total 0-3 18-8 2-1 0-0 3-4 1-1 4-9 2-1 1-1 2-5

Results by Seed

As of March 10, 2020'[24][25]

Seed Win/Loss Records

Seed Games Wins Losses Win
Pct

1 78 62 16 .795
2 72 48 24 .667
3 68 38 30 .559
4 58 26 32 .448
5 60 29 31 .483
6 49 15 34 .306
7 46 12 34 .261
8 46 12 34 .261
9 14 5 9 .357
10 9 3 6 .333

Championship Game Seed Win/Loss Records

Seed Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

1 27 17 10 .630 2020 2020
2 21 9 12 .429 2019 2019
3 8 3 5 .375 2008 2020
4 5 1 4 .200 1995 1999
5 4 3 1 .750 1998 1998
6 0 0 0 -
7 1 0 1 .000 1987
8 0 0 0 -
9 0 0 0 -
10 0 0 0 -

Results by Coach

As of March 10, 2020[24][25]

Coach Win/Loss Records

Current WCC Coaches
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Years

Mark Few Gonzaga 50 45 5 .900 21 (2000-2020)
Randy Bennett Saint Mary's 40 24 16 .600 19 (2002-2020)
Lorenzo Romar Pepperdine 10 5 5 .500 5 (1997-1999;2019-2020)
Sam Scholl San Diego 5 3 2 .600 2 (2019-2020)
Mike Dunlap Loyola Marymount 9 3 6 .333 6 (2015-2020)
Todd Golden San Francisco 3 2 1 .667 1 (2020)
Herb Sendek Santa Clara 6 2 4 .333 4 (2017-2020)
Damon Stoudamire Pacific 5 1 4 .200 4 (2017-2020)
Terry Porter Portland 5 1 4 .200 4 (2017-2020)
Mark Pope BYU 1 0 1 .000 1 (2020)
More (Former WCC Coaches)
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Years

Tom Asbury Pepperdine 20 15 5 .750 9 (1989-1994; 2009-2011)
Dick Davey Santa Clara 28 14 14 .500 15 (1993-2007)
Brad Holland San Diego 25 13 12 .520 13 (1995-2007)
Dan Fitzgerald Gonzaga 19 9 10 .474 11 (1987-1997)
Dave Rose BYU 17 9 8 .529 8 (2012-2019)
Bill Grier San Diego 15 8 7 .533 8 (2008-2015)
Carroll Williams Santa Clara 13 8 5 .615 6 (1987-1992)
Max Good Loyola Marymount 13 7 6 .538 6 (2009-2014)
Paul Westhead Loyola Marymount 8 7 1 .875 4 (1987-1990)
Philip Mathews San Francisco 14 6 8 .429 9 (1996-2004)
Eric Reveno Portland 15 5 10 .333 10 (2007-2016)
Kerry Keating Santa Clara 14 5 9 .357 9 (2008-2016)
Rex Walters San Francisco 13 5 8 .385 8 (2009-2016)
Hank Egan San Diego 12 5 7 .417 8 (1987-1994)
Rob Chavez Portland 11 5 6 .455 7 (1995-2001)
Dan Monson Gonzaga 6 5 1 .833 2 (1998-1999)
Jim Brovelli San Francisco 13 4 9 .308 9 (1987-1995)
Marty Wilson Pepperdine 12 4 8 .333 8 (1996; 2012-2018)
Paul Westphal Pepperdine 9 4 5 .444 5 (2002-2006)
Ernie Kent Saint Mary's 9 4 5 .444 6 (1992-1997)
Lynn Nance Saint Mary's 6 3 3 .500 3 (1987-1989)
Jan van Breda Kolff Pepperdine 5 3 2 .600 2 (2000-2001)
Jim Harrick Pepperdine 5 3 2 .600 2 (1987-1988)
Steve Aggers Loyola Marymount 7 2 5 .286 5 (2001-2005)
John Olive Loyola Marymount 7 2 5 .286 5 (1993-1997)
Dave Fehte Saint Mary's 3 2 1 .667 1 (1991)
Larry Steele Portland 7 1 6 .143 7 (1988-1994)
Dave Bollwinkel Saint Mary's 5 1 4 .200 4 (1998-2001)
Rodney Tention Loyola Marymount 4 1 3 .250 3 (2006-2008)
Jessie Evans San Francisco 4 1 3 .250 3 (2005-2007)
Kyle Smith San Francisco 4 1 3 .250 3 (2017-2019)
Eric Bridgeland Pepperdine 2 1 1 .500 1 (2008)
Eddie Sutton San Francisco 2 1 1 .500 1 (2008)
Michael Holton Portland 5 0 5 .000 5 (2002-2006)
Lamont Smith San Diego 3 0 3 .000 3 (2016-2018)
Charles Bradley Loyola Marymount 3 0 3 .000 3 (1998-2000)
Ron Verlin Pacific 2 0 2 .000 2 (2014-2015)
Jay Hillock Loyola Marymount 2 0 2 .000 2 (1991-1992)
Vance Walberg Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 1 (2007)
Tony Fuller Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 1 (1995)
Paul Landreaux Saint Mary's 1 0 1 .000 1 (1990)
Jack Avina Portland 1 0 1 .000 1 (1987)

Championship Game Coach Win/Loss Records

Current WCC Coaches
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

Mark Few Gonzaga 21 16 5 .762 2020 2020
Randy Bennett Saint Mary's 11 3 8 .273 2019 2020
Damon Stoudamire Pacific 0 0 0 -
Herb Sendek Santa Clara 0 0 0 -
Lorenzo Romar Pepperdine 0 0 0 -
Mike Dunlap Loyola Marymount 0 0 0 -
Terry Porter Portland 0 0 0 -
Mark Pope BYU 0 0 0 -
Todd Golden San Francisco 0 0 0 -
More (Former WCC Coaches)
Coach School Games Wins Losses Win
Pct
Last
Title
Last
Game

Tom Asbury Pepperdine 4 3 1 .750 1994 1994
Paul Westhead Loyola Marymount 2 2 0 1.000 1989 1989
Dick Davey Santa Clara 4 1 3 .250 1993 2007
Dan Fitzgerald Gonzaga 3 1 2 .333 1995 1996
Carroll Williams Santa Clara 3 1 2 .333 1987 1989
Dan Monson Gonzaga 2 1 1 .500 1999 1999
Philip Mathews San Francisco 2 1 1 .500 1998 1998
Rob Chavez Portland 2 1 1 .500 1996 1996
Bill Grier San Diego 1 1 0 1.000 2008 2008
Brad Holland San Diego 1 1 0 1.000 2003 2003
Ernie Kent Saint Mary's 1 1 0 1.000 1997 1997
Dave Rose BYU 3 0 3 .000 2018
Rodney Tention Loyola Marymount 1 0 1 .000 2006
Paul Westphal Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 2002
Jan van Breda Kolff Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 2000
Hank Egan San Diego 1 0 1 .000 1994
Dave Fehte Saint Mary's 1 0 1 .000 1991
Jim Harrick Pepperdine 1 0 1 .000 1987

Broadcasters

Television

Radio

See also

References

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