WCC Tournament 2012: Bracket, Dates, TV Schedule and Predictions

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, IL - DECEMBER 03:  Elias Harris #20 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs grabs a rebound in front of Meyers Leonard #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall on December 3, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois defeated Gonzaga 82-75.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2012 West Coast Conference Tournament boasts a Top 25 team in St. Mary's and two prime contenders in Gonzaga and BYU.

Beyond that, Loyola Marymount and San Francisco come into the tournament red hot and looking to do some damage.

Here's a look at the tournament, complete with predictions.

When: Feb. 29 through March 5

Watch: Select games on ESPN/ESPN2

Live Stream: Select games available on ESPN3.com

Featured Teams: St. Mary's, Gonzaga, BYU

Other Participating Teams: Loyola Marymount, San Francisco, San Diego, Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06:  Rob Jones #22 of the Saint Mary's Gaels gets ready to shoot a free throw against the Santa Clara Broncos during a semifinal game of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 6, 2011 in
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Full 2012 WCC Tournament Schedule (TV Times—Pacific)

Wednesday, February 29 (1st Round)

Game 1: No. 8 Portland vs. No. 9 Santa Clara, 6 p.m. (No TV)

 

Thursday, March 1 (2nd Round)

Game 2: No. 5 San Francisco vs. Game 1 Winner, 6 p.m. (No TV)

Game 3: No. 6 San Diego vs. No. 7 Pepperdine, 30 minutes after first game (No TV)

 

Friday, March 2 (Quarterfinals)

Game 4: No. 4 Loyola Marymount vs. Game 2 Winner, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Game 5: No. 3 BYU vs. Game 3 Winner, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

 

Saturday, March 3 (Semifinals)

Game 6: No. 1 St. Mary's vs. Game 4 Winner, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Game 7: No. 2 Gonzaga vs. Game 5 Winner, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

 

Monday, March 5 (2012 WCC Championship Game)

Semifinal Winners, 6 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Noah Hartsock #34 of the Brigham Young Cougars celebrates after a play against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo
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Predictions

Wednesday, February 29 (1st Round)

Game 1: No. 9 Santa Clara over No. 8 Portland

 

Thursday, March 1 (2nd Round)

Game 2: No. 5 San Francisco over No. 9 Santa Clara

Game 3: No. 6 San Diego over No. 7 Pepperdine

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06:  Elias Harris #20 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs drives into Angelo Caloiaro #32 of the San Francisco Dons during a semifinal game of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 6, 2011 in Las V
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Friday, March 2 (Quarterfinals)

Game 4: No. 4 Loyola Marymount over No. 5 San Francisco

Game 5: No. 3 BYU over No. 6 San Diego

 

Saturday, March 3 (Semifinals)

Game 6: No. 1 St. Mary's over No. 4 Loyola Marymount

Game 7: No. 2 Gonzaga over No. 3 BYU

 

Monday, March 5 (2012 WCC Championship Game)

No. 2 Gonzaga over No. 1 St. Mary's

 

Top Reasons You Should Watch

3. Elias Harris, F, Gonzaga

Junior forward Elias Harris is averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field and 39 percent from downtown.

On top of that, he appears to be coming into his own. Harris has recorded double-digit rebounds in five of his last six games and he could be a difference in the championship game. Harris had 17 points and 11 rebounds against St. Mary's on Jan. 12 and 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Gaels on Feb. 9.

2. Gonzaga and St. Mary's


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