First Round (Thurs., March 4), BYUtv
Game 1: No. 8 San Francisco vs. No. 9 San Diego, 7 p.m.
SanFran should clobber them ipo though they have had their problems recently. Toreros are not as good as the Dons, in more ways than just their mascots.
Game 2: No. 7 Santa Clara vs. No. 10 Portland, 10 p.m.
I’ll be somewhat surprised if Portland shows up, given the Covid state of their team and the disarray in the program.
Santa Clara sinks this game going away if it happens.
Second Round (Fri., March 5), BYUtv
Game 3: No. 5 LMU vs. Game 1 winner, 7 p.m.
LMU - SanFran as close to a 50/50 game as I can think of this year in conference. Both teams have played well and played poorly at times. LMU has won twice winning a third straight against the same team that is basically evenly matched is tough. LMU has been stronger recently though…I go with momentum and say LMU wins this one.
Game 4: No. 6 Pacific vs. Game 2 winner, 10 p.m.
Pacific v Santa Clara should be an easy Pacific win this time. They clobbered them at home a few weeks ago. Santa Clara has simply been disappointing this year so expect more of the same.
Quarterfinals (Sat., March 6)
Game 5: No. 4 Saint Mary’s vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p.m., ESPNU
SMC - LMU should be interesting. SMC won their earlier contest at LMU though it was close. Wish I could watch the previous meeting to make a decision. I think LMU wins this one. They have improved over the course of the season. SMC seems to have finally gelled now but I just don’t think they have the juice to get past a hungrier LMU squad.
Game 6: No. 3 Pepperdine vs. Game 4 winner, 10 p.m., ESPN2
Pepperdine Pacific hmm easiest game to pick I think. The Waves just wash the tigers out to sea.
Semifinals (Mon., March 8)
Game 7: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m., ESPN
a rematch of yesterdays LMU Zaga game but on a neutral court. LMU did better than any WCC team not named BYU against Few’s boys. But well enough said.
Game 8: No. 2 BYU vs. Game 6 winner, 10 p.m., ESPN2
Two tough games between these two teams already…my heart is obvious. Home court advantage disappears; Pope’s boys have improved dramatically. How big a win? with Pope not happy to be their and the boys hungry to get a place on the big stage…
Men’s Championship (Tues., March 9)
if wishes were hippogryphs…
neither coach is happy to be there. Both teams have bigger things on their mind. Both are looking for a place in history…Gonzaga is nationally, historically, good I think.
Hope BYU wins jumps up in the NCAA seeding and thus is on the way to winning 8 more games.
But realistically the Bulldogs win 8 more games and Few’s boys go down in the history books as the first undefeated team since Bobby Knight’s Hoosiers…as an adopted Hoosier I’m not sure what to make of that…