After a big week of going 2-0 on the road, BYU Basketball remains in control of the two seed in the WCC Tournament. But why is it so important?
The WCC Tournament has a new structure this year that gives the one and two seeds an automatic bye until the WCC semifinals that begin on Monday, March 11th. All other seeds have to play the weekend before. From a mental and physical standpoint, this is a huge advantage for the first and second seeds.
Currently, BYU sits at second place in the WCC with three games remaining and a one and a half game lead on both Saint Mary’s and San Fransisco. The half game lead comes from the fact BYU has played more games, but at the end of the season it will mean nothing because all WCC teams play the same amount of games. Right now all it means BYU has one less game to worry about.
According to the rules of the WCC, a tie breaker would go to the team that has the better head-to-head or score differential. If that is a tie, it would go to order of best wins within the WCC, or in other words who beat the good teams and who lost to the bad teams. If there is still a tie it would go to the NCAA ranking of each team to determine the seeding.
Here is a complete breakdown of how each team makes it to the two seed in the WCC based off of results as of the end of Saturday, February 16th.