Current WCC Odds: Updated 02/25/21
|San Francisco Dons||+2000||+1100|
|Saint Mary’s Gaels||+2000||+1450|
|Santa Clara Broncos||+5000||+30000|
|Loyola Marymount Lions||+10000||+50000|
|San Diego Toreros||+30000||+50000|
- 01/18/21 – Gonzaga continues to be the top of the class in the WCC and College basketball with a strong -2500 to win.
- 12/4/20 – As expected Gonzaga looks not only to be the top team in the WCC they are playing like the top team in the country,
- Gonzaga entered as the pre-season No. 1 for the first time in school history.
- St. Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett will be entering his 21st season at the helm of the Gaels. He has a career record of 440-182.
- Todd Goldman is in his second season in San Francisco after going 22-12 last year.
- All 10 teams have made at least one NCAA appearance.
West Coast Conference Winner
The West Coast Conference, also known as the WCC, has been dominated by the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and this year will be no exception. The Bulldogs entered the 2020-21 NCAA basketball season as the pre-season No.1, so it is not surprising that they are the favorites to win the conference once again.
That puts a target on their backs, and many will be wondering if they can stay focused with their own conference, which is considered suspect at best. Only BYU enters the season ranked in the top 25, and no more than three teams are expected to make it into the NCAA tournament from this conference.
Head coach Mark Pope leads BYU and St. Mary’s has Randy Bennett at the helm. While the Cougars have two returning starters in Alex Barcello and Kolby Lee, they also added transfer Matt Haarms, who comes from Purdue. The addition of Brandon Averette gives the team a solid group upfront, and they have three three-star recruits as well. This team is going to be quite formidable even if they are not up to the same level as Gonzaga.
St. Mary’s has two returning starters as well as Dan Fotu and Tommy Kuhse will be joined by a four-star recruit and a pair of three-star talents. That easily has them locked into the No. 3 spot in the conference, and they should give the Cougars a run for their money.
After that, it is a race to see who can perform well enough, especially come tournament time to sneak their way into a potential No. 15 or 16 seed. Former NBA standout Damon Stoudamire has Pacific improving and San Francisco has a pair of returning starters who averaged better than 10 points a game last season.
Both Pepperdine and Santa Clara have four of their starters returning from last season, and that chemistry should help them to be a very difficult foe to face. In Portland, former NBA standout Terry Porter leads the team. That leaves San Diego and Loyola-Marymount, who are teams in transition and pose little in terms of the threat of competing in the conference this year. This is especially true of San Diego, who has a solid performer in junior guard Joey Calcaterra (11.3 ppg), but this team is going to struggle to score points.
A Little about the WCC
The West Coast Conference boasts 10 teams, all but one are situated within the West Coast states. BYU is the one exception. The conference has been dominated by Gonzaga, who has appeared in the championship game of the conference 26 times, going 18-8. The next nearest is St. Mary’s with 13 appearances (4-9).
Win Count All-Time in West Coast Tournament