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West Coast Conference announces changes to tournament format

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With the addition of Pacific, the West Coast Conference will have ten members beginning with the 2013-14 campaign. The arrival of the Tigers not only helps from a scheduling standpoint, but it also necessitated a change in the format the WCC uses for its conference tournament.

The WCC announced the changes on Wednesday, with seeds seven through ten playing on the first day of the conference tournament. The 2014 edition of the WCC tournament tips off on March 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The schedule for the tournament is as follows:

Thursday, March 6 

Noon and 2:00 p.m.: Women’s first round (seeds 7-10)
6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.: Men’s first round (seeds 7-10)

Friday, March 7 

Women’s quarterfinals (Noon, 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 8 

Men’s quarterfinals (Noon, 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 10 

Noon and 2:00 p.m.: Women’s semifinals
6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.: Men’s semifinals

Tuesday, March 11

1:00 p.m.: Women’s final
6:00 p.m.: Men’s final

As has been the case since BYU joined the WCC, there will not be any action on Sunday. As for the schedule itself the biggest change is that the top two seeds no longer receive a bye to the semifinals, which had been the case since 2003.

Could this change lead to a more wide open conference tournament? While the sustained excellence of both Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s must be noted, there’s also the fact that only once since 2003 has the conference tournament been won by a program that wasn’t one of the top two seeds.

San Diego won the 2008 edition of the conference tournament as a three-seed, and they did so within the friendly confines of Jenny Craig Pavilion (their home building).

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

Jim Larranaga
Associated Press
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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

Steve Alford
Associated Press
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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.