WCC Tournament 2012: Schedule Tips Off With Santa Clara And Portland

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 04: Head coach Eric Reveno of the Portland Pilots signals his players as they take on the Loyola Marymount Lions during the first round of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Loyola Marymount won 72-68. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The 2012 WCC Tournament will tip off Wednesday evening in Vegas with the Portland Pilots and Santa Clara Broncos taking part in a matchup between the bracket's No. 8 and 9 seeds.

The 2012 WCC Tournament has been known to produce its share of teams that have made noise in the NCAA Tournament in past years so, when its schedule tips off on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, it probably makes sense for March Madness fans to take notice.

The Santa Clara Broncos and Portland Pilots are scheduled to meet at 9 p.m. ET to begin the WCC's tournament weekend. Portland is the eight seed in the tournament after struggling through the conference season with a 3-13 record, though their first-round opponents struggled even more as Santa Clare went 0-16 in conference games despite compiling an 8-21 overall record.

The winner of Wednesday night's game will meet up with the No. 5 San Francisco Dons as they look to advance the long way through the tournament. The top two seeds, and therefore championship favorites, are the Saint Mary's Gaels and Gonzaga Bulldogs.

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The road to the guaranteed spot in the NCAA Tournament will obviously be difficult for most teams in the tourney considering Gonzaga and St. Mary's have byes until Saturday, but anything is possible during March Madness, right?

For more on the WCC Tournament, be sure to check the league's tournament central site.

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