BYU Men and Women’s Basketball enter the West Coast Conference tournament after disappointing ends to the season: both lost on Saturday to Gonzaga, who has ruled the league in both sports.
While both ended the season on similar notes, the tournament will be very different for both teams. Men’s basketball will have to win the entire tournament in order to make it to March Madness, while it is more than likely that the Lady Cougs would make it to March without a win in the tournament (though it would damage their seeding exponentially.)
Women’s basketball opened up with a 72-59 win over Pepperdine, and will face Santa Clara in the WCC Semifinals. They played BYU tough twice this season, losing by 8 and 5 to the Cougars. They are heavily favored, and will face the winner of San Francisco/St. Mary’s/LMU.
BYU Men’s basketball opens the tournament against Santa Clara as well. They then will most likely face Gonzaga for a 3rd time, before the WCC Championship (most likely against St. Mary’s, but a talented Pepperdine team could also pull of a run as well.) Ultimately, however, for a team that has lost many games against inferior competition, they have to take it one game at a time.