The West Coast Conference announced today from their Summer Executive Council, Presidents’ Council Meetings the new format for the 2014 WCC Basketball Tournament.
With the addition of the Pacific Tigers in the league starting this Fall, there is now a total of 10 teams in the league.
Men’s Tournament will span over four days. First round games between seven through 10 seeds on a Thursday, Quarterfinals on Saturday, Semis on Monday, and a Championship game on Tuesday night.
Nice setup for the tournament in my opinion. One of the toughest things about conference hoops tournaments is the task of winning multiple games in as many days. Case in point the old Big East, five games in five straight days. Having some breaks in the action allows for better play, and more times than not, the top of the league will advance to the Final. Gone is the set Semifinal appearance for the top two seeds, which is another good thing.
Aside from the new dates, the WCC continues to improve their national television appearances. A total of four games in the tournament will be on either ESPN or ESPN2. Only four leagues last year could claim that. Some people complain about having the WCC Tournament a week earlier than the “big conferences” but it works well for this league. The WCC is by far the best mid-major conference, and ESPN is going to give them the air time in that first week of Championship Week.
The tournament will continue to be played at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas the next three seasons. The league signed an extension with the arena this past spring.