This is it.
The last week of league play and six of the seeds for the WCC Tournament are still up for grabs.
Either Gonzaga or Saint Mary’s could still end up the No. 1 seed. BYU has a shot at the second seed. But BYU could end up the fourth seed if it drops and falls into a tie with LMU, moving the Lions up to the third.
[WCC Power Rankings: Feb. 21]
Portland and Pepperdine are also fighting to stay out of the WCC Tournament play-in game next Wednesday in Las Veags.
There are some high stakes but let’s see what the matchups look like:
GAME OF THE WEEK
BYU at Gonzaga, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Gonzaga quite possibly let its 12th straight WCC title slip away with its loss to USF on Saturday and now needs the win to make sure it doesn’t play in the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament. BYU, which is tied with Gonzaga, can also stamp a ticket to the semifinals with a win. So, to say the least, there are high stakes in this one. In the last matchup, Matt Carlino and Anson Winder outplayed Gary Bell, Jr. and Kevin Pangos, which ended up the difference in the game. This time, Noah Hartsock is a game-time decision with a sore knee and his absence could make or break the Cougars.
Saint Mary’s at Portland, 7 p.m., ESPNU
The Gaels are reeling and need to get back on track quickly. They have lost three out of four but was given the gift of a Gonzaga loss to USF. Saint Mary’s can now claim the WCC regular season title by winning the final two league games. Saint Mary’s Brad Waldow, Kenton Walker, and Mitchell Young need to give the Gaels something positive against Portland, which the Gaels have struggled against. The Pilots will need Thomas van der Mars to step much like he did in the last matchup and take advantage of the Gaels’ recent poor play.
San Diego at Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m.
The Lions have an off-chance to move into third slot for the WCC Tournament but would need some help. If BYU loses to Gonzaga and LMU wins, the Cougars would drop into a tie with the Lions and LMU holds the tiebreaker having beat Saint Mary’s last week. LMU has won six of its last seven games going into Thursday. San Diego is looking to gain some momentum heading into Las Vegas after losing a nonconference game to CS Bakersfield on Saturday.
Pepperdine at Santa Clara, 7 p.m., CSN CA/Prime Ticket
This maybe Santa Clara’s last chance at a win in league play. The Broncos, already the first team to start league 0-14 since the 2000-01 Gaels, are trying to avoid becoming the first WCC team to begin league play 0-15. Pepperdine got a win against Portland and needs to continue that trend in their final league game. Pepperdine would secure the seventh seed with a win and a Portland loss to Saint Mary’s.
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