Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
BYU's Bronson Kaufusi goes hard to the basket as BYU and San Francisco played last season. The Cougars look to draw upon Kaufusi's hard-nosed play as they enter WCC tourney play this weekend.

PROVO — Entering its first season as a 10-team league, the West Coast Conference released its men’s basketball conference schedule Tuesday.

With 10 members — now that Pacific has joined the league — the conference slate features a Thursday-Saturday format, as well as travel partners.

BYU opens WCC play Dec. 28 at Loyola Marymount, and the Cougars' home opener is Jan. 4 against San Diego, the team that eliminated them from the WCC tournament last March.

Other big games on the 2013-14 schedule include: BYU travels to perennial league powerhouse Gonzaga on Jan. 25 and hosts Saint Mary’s on Feb. 1. The Cougars visit Saint Mary’s on Feb. 15, and entertain Gonzaga on Feb. 20.

BYU’s first game against Pacific as a conference opponent will be Jan. 30 in Provo. The Cougars visit the Tigers on Feb. 13.

The WCC tournament will be held March 6-11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.