After Loyola Marymount beat Portland 67-64 and Santa Clara dispatched Pacific 81-64, the quarterfinals are set in the WCC. Here is a look at each team remaining in the field.
Record: 26-5 (15-3)
The Bulldogs are the class of the West Coast Conference once again as shown by the fact that they won the regular season championship by two games. Gonzaga is a great shooting teams who relies on the great inside-outside tandem of Kevin Pangos and Sam Dower Jr. They are tied for the team lead in scoring with 14.6 points a game. Pangos is known for his outside shooting prowess (41.4 percent from 3-point range) and his ability to distribute the ball (3.9 assists a contest) while Dower is an impressive rebounder (seven rebounds a game) and an effective shooter (61.1 percent from the floor).
The Bulldogs are the only lock from the WCC for the NCAA Tournament.
Record: 14-18 (6-12)
The Broncos are led by the backcourt of Brandon Clark and Jared Brownridge. Clark isn't a great outside shooter, but he can really penetrate and cause problems for opposing teams when he gets into the lane. He averages 17 points and 3.5 assists a game. His greatest strength is his ability to get to the free-throw line where Clark shoots 87.1 percent in more than five attempts a game. Brownridge has had an impressive freshman campaign averaging 17 points and 2.3 assists. He is most effective from behind the arc where Brownridge shoots 43.1 percent.
Although Santa Clara didn't have a great regular season, they played Gonzaga close in both contests losing by 14 on the road and by just a basket at home. Don't be surprised if the Broncos give the Bulldogs all they can handle on Saturday.
Record: 21-10 (11-7)
The Gaels look to two All-West Coast Conference players to do most of their damage. Brad Waldow averages 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds to lead the Gaels. He is a dominant force on the block who is difficult to stop when he gets touches. The other Gaels All-Conference player is Stephen Holt. Holt is good for 15 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists a game. He can score from all over the floor.
Even though this has been a down year by Gaels' standards, they still have plenty of fire power and could easily win three games to land in the Big Dance once again.
Record: 15-15 (8-10)
The Waves are led by a pair of impressive forwards in Stacy Davis and Brendan Lane. Davies was an All-WCC selection who averages 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. Davis is a great outside shooter (47.7 percent from 3-point range) who can also get to the free-throw line. Lane is also a capable scorer averaging 13.2 points on 55 percent shooting, but is relied on heavily for his great defense. In fact, Lane is so good on defense that he won the WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Pepperdine gave the Gael fits in their two earlier match-ups this season losing by six on the road and by a basket in overtime at home. If Saint Mary's looks past the Waves, Pepperdine could very well make a run to the semi-finals.
Record: 20-10 (13-5)
The Dons have had one of their best seasons in recent memory, thanks in part to head coach Rex Walters who earned the WCC Coach of the Year. On the floor, they are led by senior forward Cole Dickerson who earned All-WCC honors. He averages 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. The Dons have a very balanced offense with three other regulars averaging double figures in scoring.
San Francisco has all the tools to make a deep run in the WCC Tournament.
Record: 16-15 (7-11)
The Toreros have had their ups and downs this season. After a strong showing in the non-conference, San Diego struggled early in the WCC season. They managed to right the ship late and was able to knock off Gonzaga. The Toreros are led by All-WCC selection Johnny Dee. The junior guard is an explosive scorer who never met a shot he didn't like. And when he is hitting, can do damage from all over the floor. He averages 16.9 points on 43 percent shooting from 3-point range as well as shooting 93.9 percent from the free-throw line.
San Diego played well in their two matchups with the Dons this year, but came away on the losing end both times. Chances are this contest will be very close as well and very winnable if the Toreros play well.
Record: 21-10 (13-5)
The Cougars are led by WCC Player of the Year Tyler Haws. Haws leads the league in scoring with an average of 23.4 points a game. He is a tireless worker who has a fantastic mid range game. He gets most of his buckets off of screens and in the transition game. He is joined by another All-WCC selection in Kyle Collinsworth. Collinsworth is a fantastic all-around player. He averages 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists and is the motor that makes the Cougar engine run.
After an 8-7 start to the season, BYU has won 13 of their last 16 games, including 8 of 9. BYU will need to have a good showing in the WCC Tournament to keep their hopes alive of getting and at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Record: 13-18 (4-14)
The Lions opened the season with a 10-4 record, including a win over BYU, before losing 13 of their next 14 games. They have looked better as of late, winning two of their last three contests, and should post a serious test to the Cougars. The Lions are led by All-WCC guard Anthony Ireland. Ireland averages 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals a contest. The other Lions' player to look out for is freshman guard Evan Payne. He is averaging 15.5 points a game including a 27-point afternoon when the LMU beat BYU in late December.
The Lions have a lot of talent and can cause BYU some serious headaches if they are knocking down the outside shot.