The Saint Mary's Gaels are already very much in the NCAA tournament after winning the West Coast Conference regular season title, but they need a win on Saturday to maintain a high seed. They're up against an opponent that they have defeated twice in the regular season and who they will be expected to defeat again. The San Fransisco Dons are no pushovers, but they will need their best to beat Saint Mary's on a neutral floor.
Because of the way the WCC tournament is set up, this is Saint Mary's first game in the tournament. The conference has nine basketball members, but instead of having one play-in game before the quarterfinals, the conference gives a bye to the top two seeds until this stage. Between their two wins over USF early in the season and the fact that they're rested, it would be surprising to see Saint Mary's fail to reach the WCC final.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, March 3. 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: ESPN2, ESPN3