9:00 PM ET, March 7, 2011
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Gonzaga ousts Saint Mary's to book another trip to the NCAA tournament
LAS VEGAS -- Gonzaga's Steven Gray didn't mind walking away from Monday night's showdown with Saint Mary's sporting four stitches above his left eye.A sense of peace numbed any pain he felt after Gonzaga's 75-63 win gave the Bulldogs their second West Coast Conference tournament title in three years."It's a great feeling knowing that come Sunday, we're not sitting there sweating," Gray said of Gonzaga earning an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament for its 13th straight appearance. "It's a great feeling to know we're in."
• Gonzaga clinched the conference's automatic bid and advances to the NCAA tournament for the 13th straight season, and 14th time overall.
• It's the Bulldogs' 11th West Coast Conference tournament title, most of any school in the conference.
• This was the third straight meeting between these teams in the WCC tournament final, with Gonzaga taking two of the three.
• The Bulldogs are 4-1 all-time in the WCC final against the Gaels.
• Saint Mary's has now lost four of its last six games overall.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Teams that have clinched automatic bids to the 2011 men's NCAA tournament:
|Morehead State||Ohio Valley|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt|
|Northern Colorado||Big Sky|
|Boston University||America East|
|San Diego State||Mountain West|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Ohio State||Big Ten|
West Coast Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-51 (.490)||20-50 (.400)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-9 (.444)||7-15 (.467)|
|FT Made-Attempted||21-26 (.808)||16-21 (.762)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||23 (0/0)|