ON the college hardwood, #1 Gonzaga will face St. Mary’s of Miraga for the Westcoast Conference men’s basketball tournament Championship tonight in Las Vegas at Orleans Arena. The Zags smashed Pepperdine in the semis last night, 100-74. St. Mary’s held off San Diego, 66-62
The Pac-12 Tourney tips off tomorrow and the Ducks, who have won 4-straight to finish the regular season, meet Washington State at 830 Wednesday night. The Beavers get a first-round bye, and open play Thursday afternoon at 2 against either Colorado, or Cal.
This week’s college AP ratings have Gonzaga, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Duke the top-5. Then it’s Michigan State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, LSU, and Michigan.
IN Pac-12 women’s action, #7 Stanford beat 6th rated Oregon, 64-57 Sunday to win the league tournament. Oregon State lost in the Quarterfinals Friday night, but both will await bids to the NCAA tourney which come out Monday.
In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Oregon Tech men of Klamath Falls will play for the NAIA National title for 5th time in school history. The Owls, 28-7, defeated league rival College of Idaho last night in the semifinals, 93-81. The Hooters meet Spring Arbor, Michigan who is appearing in the trophy game for the first time. OIT won titles in 2004, 08, and last in 2012.
The Owls feature 2 Central Oregon graduates in Ridgeview’s Garret Albrecht who averages 9-points and 6-rebounds starting 34 of the Owls 35 games this season. Matt Van Tassle from Mt. View plays as a reserve. Tipoff today is at 4pm, our time, and you can watch and listen to the game online at Oregon Tech Owls-dot-com