Gonzaga entered Tuesday night’s West Coast Conference Tournament final against BYU with a perfect 25-0 record and just one win by fewer than 11 points. But the Cougars provided the Bulldogs with arguably their toughest test yet before the Zags ultimately emerged with an 88-78 victory.
The win capped a two-game run to an eighth WCC Tournament title in the last nine seasons for coach Mark Few’s club. With this final victory over a BYU team that is projected as a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology, Gonzaga should feel safe as the projected No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament with Selection Sunday approaching.
Gonzaga was one of five teams to secure an at-large bid to the Big Dance on Tuesday as the number of automatic bids handed out swelled from six to 11. Drexel, Cleveland State, Oral Roberts and Mount St. Mary’s also locked up their spots Tuesday, with Oral Roberts completing a particularly dramatic 75-72 win over North Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament final. ORU led 45-20 at halftime before surviving a furious rally from the Bison.
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Tuesday’s conference tournament schedule, scores
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2021 conference tournament schedules
Conference Tournament site Dates Championship Game, Time, TV AAC Fort Worth, Texas March 11-14 March 14, 3:15 p.m., ESPN ACC Greensboro, N.C. March 9-13 March 13, 8:30 p.m., ESPN America East Campus sites Feb. 27-28, March 6,13 March 13, 11 a.m., ESPN2 Atlantic 10 Richmond,/DaytonMarch 3-6, 14 March 14, 1 p.m., CBS ASUN Jacksonville, Fla.March 3-7Liberty (23-5) Big East New York March 10-13March 13, TBA, FOX/FS1 Big Sky Boise, Idaho March 10-13 March 13, 8 p.m., ESPNU Big South Campus sites Feb. 27, March 1,4,7Winthrop (23-1) Big Ten Indianapolis March 10-14 March 14, 3:30 p.m., CBS Big 12 Kansas City March 10-13 March 13, 6 p.m., ESPN Big West Anaheim March 9, 11-13 March 13, 11:30 p.m., ESPN2 Colonial Washington D.C. March 6-9Drexel (12-7) Conference USA Frisco, Texas March 9-13March 13, TBA, CBS Sports Network Horizon League Indianapolis Feb. 25, March 2, 8-9Cleveland State (19-7) Ivy League
No Tournament in 2021 MAAC Atlantic City, N.J. March 9-13March 13, 4 p.m., ESPNU MAC Cleveland, Ohio March 11-13 March 13, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2 MEAC Norfolk, Va. March 11-13 March 13, 1 p.m., ESPN2 Missouri Valley St. Louis March 4-7Loyola Chicago (24-4) Mountain West Las Vegas March 10-13March 13, 6 p.m., CBS Northeast Campus sites March 6 & 9Mount St. Mary’s (12-10) Ohio Valley Evansville, Ind. March 3-6Morehead State (23-7) Pac-12 Las Vegas March 10-13 March 13, 10:30 p.m., ESPN Patriot Campus sites March 3, 6, 10 & 14March 14, Noon, CBS Sports Network SEC Nashville, Tenn. March 10-14 March 14, 1 p.m., ESPN Southern Asheville, N.C March 5-8UNCG (21-8) Southland Katy, Texas March 9-13 March 13, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2 Summit Sioux Falls, S.D. March 6-9Oral Roberts (16-10)Sun Belt Pensacola, Fla. March 5-8 Appalachian State (17-11) SWAC Birmingham, Ala. March 10-13 March 13, 6 p.m., ESPNU WAC Las Vegas March 10-13 March 13, 10 p.m., ESPNU West Coast Las Vegas March 4-6 & 8-9Gonzaga (26-0)