One final day of league play.
Four seeds still up for grabs. Five days to Las Vegas.
Saint Mary’s clinched the top seed in the WCC Tournament and at least a share of the WCC title with its win against Portland on Thursday. Gonzaga locked up the second seed but could still earn a share of the WCC title but will need help.
BYU, LMU, Pepperdine, and Portland are still waiting to find out their fate.
BYU and LMU are fighting for the third seed with the Cougars in the driver’s seat. A BYU win will give them the third seed but a BYU loss paired with a LMU win, gives the Lions the third seed.
Peppperdine is idle, so it is up to Portland to decide the seventh seed. A Portland win gives the Pilots the seventh seed, assuring it will not play in the tournament opener against Santa Clara.
If the Pilots lose, Pepperdine will claim the seventh seed.
Here are the final league games:
No. 23 Saint Mary’s (24-5, 13-2 WCC) at San Francisco (18-11, 8-7), 8 p.m., CSNCA/CSNNW/ESPN Australia
Saint Mary’s, which has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the WCC Tournament, has a chance to win its first outright WCC championship since 1989 with a victory against USF. The Dons can ruin the celebration. USF had a full week off after its win against Gonzaga last Friday night and is playing as well as anybody in the conference. They have won three of their last four games and a big part of that has been center Perris Blackwell staying out of foul trouble. He averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the Dons’ two games last week.
Portland (6-22, 3-12) at BYU (23-7, 11-4), 3 p.m., BYUtv
With a win BYU will lock up the third seed for the WCC Tournament but what is of greater concern is the health of Noah Hartsock. The senior forward, who sustained a knee injury last week, was limited Thursday against Gonzaga and played only seven minutes. In his absence, the Cougars shot 30 percent from the field. Portland was blown off the floor by Saint Mary’s on Thursday and lost to BYU by 19 three weeks ago. The Pilots’ only league wins are against winless Santa Clara and Peppperdine.
Gonzaga (22-5, 12-3) at San Diego (12-16, 7-8), 4 p.m., 4 SD/KHQ/ROOT NW
Gonzaga will be the second seed but there is still one last goal for the Zags. With a win and a Saint Mary’s loss, Gonzaga would claim a share of its 12th straight WCC title. The Bulldogs beat up BYU on Thursday but that is not to say this team is playing its best right now. Gonzaga is 14-1 at home and 5-4 on the road with losses at Saint Mary’s, at BYU, at San Francisco, and at Illinois. San Diego is riding a high after knocking off LMU on Thursday and found a way to win without Johnny Dee being the main source of offense. While it may seem like an easy one, don’t sleep on the Toreros.
Santa Clara (8-20, 0-15) at LMU (18-11, 10-5), 8 p.m., FS West/CSNBA
After losing to San Diego, LMU is looking to get back on track and its loss had to do with three-point shooting. The Lions allowed USD to shoot 47 percent from three, which was the difference in the game. Santa Clara’s offense is based on shooting the three, so LMU will have to take special care on Saturday. The Broncos, who will be playing in the opening game of the WCC Tournament, shot 35 percent against Pepperdine and made only five of their 25 three-pointers.
Off: Pepperdine (10-18, 4-12)
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