WCC announces 2013-14 conference schedule

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference announced its 2013-14 men’s basketball conference schedule on Tuesday, featuring 10 teams for the first time in league history. The race for the WCC regular season crown will be contested over a 10-week span, and consist of a double round-robin format. Conference play is slated to begin on Saturday, December 28, and will culminate on March 1, 2014. 

Anticipation for this season’s WCC conference battle is extremely high after a 2012-13 campaign that saw Gonzaga being ranked No. 1 in the nation, Saint Mary’s securing its sixth straight postseason berth, BYU reaching the NIT semifinals and Santa Clara winning the CBI postseason tournament. Additionally, those four teams each won 24 or more games, marking another first for the West Coast Conference.

The 2013-14 West Coast Conference men’s basketball schedule gets underway on Saturday, December 28, with eight teams in action. Defending West Coast Conference champ Gonzaga hosts CBI champion Santa Clara that day, while NIT semifinalist BYU plays at Loyola Marymount. Two days later, 2013 NCAA participant Saint Mary’s opens conference play at new WCC member Pacific.

A rematch of the 2013 WCC Championship game pits Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga on this season’s second week (Jan. 2), while San Diego visits BYU two days later. That same day (Jan. 4), Portland welcomes Saint Mary’s to the Chiles Center, and Pepperdine plays at San Francisco. Later in January, BYU visits San Francisco (Jan. 16), Gonzaga hosts BYU (Jan. 25) and Saint Mary’s plays at San Diego (Jan. 30).    

In February, several key match-ups loom, including Saint Mary’s at BYU (Feb. 1), BYU at Saint Mary's (Feb. 15), Gonzaga at BYU (Feb. 20), and Saint Mary’s at Santa Clara (Feb. 22). The 2013-14 WCC regular season concludes on March 1 with all 10 teams in action, highlighted by BYU visiting San Diego and Gonzaga playing at Saint Mary’s.

The 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will take place from March 6-11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Fans can expect an announcement regarding the full slate of WCC telecasts in the coming month. The complete 2013-14 West Coast Conference men’s basketball schedule follows, but is subject to change.  For the most up-to-date schedule, visit WCCsports.com.

2013-14 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

(All times to be announced)

Saturday, December 28
BYU at Loyola Marymount
San Diego at Pepperdine
Santa Clara at Gonzaga
San Francisco at Portland

Monday, December 30
BYU at Pepperdine
San Diego at Loyola Marymount
San Francisco at Gonzaga
Santa Clara at Portland
Saint Mary’s at Pacific

Thursday, January 2
Pacific at Portland
Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco
Pepperdine at Santa Clara

Saturday, January 4
San Diego at BYU
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara
Saint Mary’s at Portland
Pepperdine at San Francisco
Pacific at Gonzaga

Thursday, January 9
Pepperdine at BYU
Santa Clara at Saint Mary’s
San Francisco at Pacific
Gonzaga at Portland
Loyola Marymount at San Diego

Saturday, January 11
Pepperdine at San Diego
Loyola Marymount at BYU
Santa Clara at Pacific
San Francisco at Saint Mary’s

Thursday, January 16
Portland at Loyola Marymount
Gonzaga at Pepperdine
BYU at San Francisco
San Diego at Santa Clara

Saturday, January 18
Pacific at Saint Mary’s
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Portland at Pepperdine
San Diego at San Francisco
BYU at Santa Clara

Thursday, January 23
BYU at Portland
San Diego at Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount at Pacific
Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s

Saturday, January 25
BYU at Gonzaga
San Diego at Portland
Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary’s
Pepperdine at Pacific
Santa Clara at San Francisco

Thursday, January 30
Portland at San Francisco
Gonzaga at Santa Clara
Saint Mary’s at San Diego
Pacific at BYU

Saturday, February 1
Saint Mary’s at BYU
Pacific at San Diego
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
Gonzaga at San Francisco
Portland at Santa Clara

Wednesday, February 5
Portland at Gonzaga

Thursday, February 6
Santa Clara at BYU
San Francisco at San Diego
Saint Mary’s at Loyola Marymount
Pacific at Pepperdine

Saturday, February 8
Pacific at Loyola Marymount
Saint Mary’s at Pepperdine
San Francisco at BYU
Santa Clara at San Diego

Thursday, February 13
BYU at Pacific
San Diego at Saint Mary’s
Loyola Marymount at Portland
Pepperdine at Gonzaga

Saturday, February 15
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
Pepperdine at Portland
San Francisco at Santa Clara
BYU at Saint Mary’s
San Diego at Pacific

Thursday, February 20
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount
Portland at San Diego
Gonzaga at BYU
Pacific at Santa Clara
Saint Mary’s at San Francisco

Saturday, February 22
Pacific at San Francisco
Saint Mary’s at Santa Clara
Portland at BYU
Gonzaga at San Diego

Thursday, February 27
Gonzaga at Pacific
Portland at Saint Mary’s
San Francisco at Pepperdine
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount

Saturday, March 1
Portland at Pacific
Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s
BYU at San Diego
Santa Clara at Pepperdine
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount

Thursday, March 6
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship First Round

Saturday, March 8
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Quarterfinals

Monday, March 10
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Semifinals

Tuesday, March 11
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Final