CMC Men’s Basketball Tournament 2022: Schedule, Draw, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

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Appointment

Thursday March 3 (first round); Friday March 4 (second round); Saturday March 5 (quarter-finals); Monday March 7 (semi-finals); Tuesday March 8 (championship)

Format

The stepladder bracket, which gives Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s a bye to Monday’s semifinals. Third-seeded Santa Clara and fourth-seeded San Francisco take the stage for the first time in Saturday’s quarterfinals, with the Broncos’ top seed causing some controversy after he abandoned makeup games. The Dons are very close to the cut line, and their most likely quarter-final opponent is fifth-seeded BYU, who will play for the first time in Friday’s second round alongside sixth-seeded Portland.

The bottom four teams will start Thursday’s first round.

To place

Orléans Arena is host to Las Vegas, as it has been since the 2009 event.

TV/streaming information

ESPN will host Tuesday’s championship and Monday’s first semifinal. The second semi-final and Saturday’s quarter-finals are on ESPN2. The first two rounds will be broadcast on both BYU-TV and COE Network. BYU TV and WCC’s various cable television partners will also broadcast these matches.

Speakers

All 10 WCC teams will participate.

First round (Thursday March 3)

NBCS Bay Area and California; Root Sports Northwest; Bally Sport West, SoCal and San Diego; and BYU TV will air, and COE Network and BYU-TV will stream both games.

Game 1: (9) Pacific (8-21, 3-11) vs. (8) Loyola Marymount (10-17, 3-12), 9 p.m.
The series was a home split.
Game 2: (10) Pepperdine (7-24, 1-15) vs (7) San Diego (14-15, 7-9), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The Toreros won both encounters.

Second round (Friday March 4)

NBCS Bay Area and California; Root Sports Northwest; Bally Sport West, SoCal and San Diego; and BYU TV will air, and COE network and BYU-TV will stream both games.

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. (5) BYU (21-9, 9-6), 9 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 2 v (6) Portland (17-13, 7-7), approx. 11:30 p.m.

Quarter-finals (Saturday March 5)

ESPN2 will broadcast both games.

Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. (4) San Francisco (23-8, 10-6), 9:30 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 v (3) Santa Clara (20-10, 10-5), approx. 00h00 3/6

Semi-finals (Monday March 7)

Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. (1) Gonzaga (24-3, 13-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 8: Winner of Game 6 v (2) Saint Mary’s (24-6, 12-3), approx. 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Championship (Tuesday March 8)

Game 9: Semi-final winners, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Data originally published by Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter in 2020 with my own additions for 2021 and 2022.

No tournament is as dominated by the top two seeds as the WCC. Since arriving at Orleans Arena in 2009, the champion has been either the No. 1 or 2 seed. In fact, only Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s have won in that span. The Bulldogs have 10 titles since 2009, with the Gaels claiming the other three. In fact, the pair also dominated final appearances during this time. BYU is the only other team to reach the WCC Finals since 2009, and the Cougars have four losses to Gonzaga to prove.

  • 1 seed (8): 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • 2 seeds (3): 2011, 2016, 2019

The years with an NCAA victory have arrived bold.

  • 1 seed (4): 2013 (Automatique), 2017 (Automatique), 2019 (in general), 2021 (Automatique)
  • 2 seeds (1): 2015 (Automatique)
  • 4 seeds (1): 2018
  • 6 seeds (1): 2021 (in general)
  • 7 seeds (3): 2012 (automatic), 2012 (in general), 2017 (in general)
  • 8 seed (1): 2014 (Automatique)
  • 10 seeds (1): 2014 (in the broad sense)
  • 11 seeds (5): 2011, 2013 (at-large, First Four), 2015 (at-large, First Four), 20162019 (automatic)
  • 14 seeds (1): 2014 (at-large, First Four)

While Gonzaga consistently wins the top 4 seeds at this point, the highest seed achieved by any other WCC team is BYU’s 6 on record in 2021. Saint Mary’s could threaten that this season.

Gonzaga: 2021 (1 seed, automatic, national runner-up)—2020 WCC Tournament Champion
BYU: 2021 (6 seeds, at-large, 1st round)
Sainte Marie : 2019 (11 seeds, automatic, 1st round)
Peaceful: 2013 (15 seeds, round of 16, member of Big West)
San Diego: 2008 (13 seeds, 2nd round)
Pepperdine: 2002 (10 seeds, 1st round)
San Francisco: 1998 (14 seeds, 1st round)
Portland: 1996 (14 seeds, automatic, 1st round)
Santa Clara: 1996 (10 seeds, at-large, 2nd round)
Loyola Marymount: 1990 (11 seeds, Elite Eight)

All 10 current members of the WCC have qualified for at least one NCAA tournament, though four teams have to go back to the 20th century to reminisce about their final journeys.

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