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Breaking down the WCC basketball tournament schedule

Taking a look at who, where and when for the WCC Conference Championship, which will be hosted at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Joel Ayayi #11 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs drives the ball against the San Diego Toreros in the game at McCarthey Athletic Center on February 20, 2021 in Spokane, Washington. Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

The WCC Conference Championship stretches from March 4th through 9th with games played at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The tournament will include 10 teams, who will play single-elimination games with no reseeding, but gives a triple-bye to the top two teams, a double-bye to the third and fourth teams, and a single bye to the fifth and sixth teams.

Most of the coverage for the WCC tournament games will span across the ESPN broadcast platforms. Game 5 is set for ESPNU, while Game 6 and Semifinal 2 are set for ESPN2. Semifinal 1, set to feature Gonzaga, will air on ESPN, as will the championship game.

Because of the unbalanced scheduling in the WCC this year, the league collaborated with Ken Pomeroy to determine the bracket seeds via a proprietary algorithm.

Gonzaga is a massive favorite to repeat in this event. Gonzaga currently ranks No. 1 overall in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings and the NCAA’s NET rankings, and are the favorite in most 2021 March Madness brackets as well. BYU is other team with a bye, ranking 22nd in the KenPom averages and No. 20 in the NET.

Thursday, March 4

Game 1: No. 8 San Francisco 67-51 over No. 9 San Diego, 9 p.m. ET, TBA
Game 2: No. 7 Santa Clara 95-86 over No. 10 Portland, 11:59 p.m. ET, TBA

Friday, March 5

Game 3: No. 5 Loyola-Marymount 70-66 over No. 8 San Francisco
Game 4: No. 7 Santa Clara 81-76 over No. 6 Pacific

Saturday, March 6

Game 5: No. 4 Saint Mary’s 52-47 over No. 5 Loyola-Marymount
Game 6: No. 3 Pepperdine 78-70 over No. 7 Santa Clara

Monday, March 8

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Gonzaga 78-55 over Saint Mary’s
Semifinal 2: No. 2 BYU 82-77 (OT) over Pepperdine, 11:59 p.m. ET, on ESPN2

Tuesday, March 9

Championship: No. 1 Gonzaga 88-78 over No. 2 BYU

Gonzaga is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and finishes the regular season at 26-0. They are the 20th team in NCAA history to finish the regular season undefeated, and will attempt to be the first since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to go undefeated and win a national championship.