The regular season is in the books, and it is almost time for the madness to begin in the West Coast Conference as all 10 teams prepare for Las Vegas.
While some teams are hoping to improve their seeding for the upcoming Big Dance, other teams are hoping to cause a little havoc by claiming the WCC's automatic bid with a tournament championship. Here's how the WCC looks headed into Vegas:
Record: 29-1 (17-1 WCC)
Points per game: 85.8
Allowed points per game: 60.9
MVP: G Nigel Williams-Goss. Averages 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game
Tournament opener: Winner of No. 8 Pepperdine/No. 9 Pacific, Saturday, March 4, 8 p.m. MT
The Bulldogs dominated everybody on their way to yet another WCC title and came just short of a 30-0 finish as they fell to BYU at home for the third time in a row. While some will use this as an excuse to look down on the Bulldogs, Gonzaga is the real deal. They've got incredible depth and can beat you down low with Przemek Karnowski and Williams-Goss can beat you with a pull-up 3-pointer or driving to the basket. They've beaten teams like Arizona, Florida and Iowa State this season. WCC fans will need to cheer for Gonzaga to go on a deep run into the NCAA Tournament for the good of the conference.
Record: 26-3 (16-2 WCC)
Points per game: 72.0
Allowed points per game: 56.1
MVP: C Jock Landale. Averages 16.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game
Tournament opener: Winner of No. 7 San Diego/No. 10 Portland, Saturday, March 4, 10 p.m. MT
Saint Mary's was a scary team headed into this season given that it returned pretty much everybody from last season's NIT team. The Gaels have almost certainly upgraded their position in the Big Dance this season barring a meltdown in Vegas. Saint Mary's has shredded its WCC competition with the exception of Gonzaga. They've beaten WCC opponents not named Gonzaga by an average of 17 points. They have the best defense in the conference, and with the Bulldogs in the WCC, that's saying something.
Record: 21-10 (12-6 WCC)
Points per game: 81.1
Allowed points per game: 72.9
MVP: C Eric Mika. Averages 19.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game
Tournament opener: No. 6 LMU, Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m. MT
This young team has had its head-scratching moments this season, such as losing to the likes of Utah Valley University and Pepperdine. But fans got to see what this team can do as these young Cougars took down No. 1 Gonzaga to end the regular season. While BYU probably won't get an at-large bid to the Big Dance, it'll certainly make a trip to the NIT and gain some valuable experience heading into next season. And with the Cougars' confidence up after beating the Bulldogs for the third time in a row in The Kennel, who knows what might happen in Vegas.
Record: 16-15 (10-8 WCC)
Points per game: 66.8
Allowed points per game: 64.7
MVP: G Jared Brownridge. Averages 17.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game
Tournament opener: No. 5 San Francisco, Saturday, March 4, 4 p.m. MT
Santa Clara had a rough time in nonconference play in going 6-7. But the Broncos have been able to make some progress in conference play. They have some dangerous 3-point shooters in Brownridge, KJ Feagin and Nate Kratch. If they get hot in Las Vegas, things could get interesting in a hurry.
Record: 20-11 (10-8 WCC)
Points per game: 71.4
Allowed points per game: 66.5
MVP: G Ronnie Boyce. Averages 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game
Tournament opener: No. 4 Santa Clara, Saturday, March 4, 4 p.m. MT
San Francisco is a team that lives and dies by the 3-pointer. The Dons are more than capable of shooting lights-out basketball, such as when the team shot 57.1 percent from behind the arc to beat Utah at the Diamond Head Classic. If you take away the 3-pointer, like Saint Mary's did in holding the Dons to 22.2 percent from deep, San Francisco struggles to get anything else going on offense. Oddly enough, San Francisco's top scorer Boyce hasn't started every game this season. The Dons will occasionally bring him in off the bench, which has worked out for them a few times this season.
Record: 15-14 (8-10 WCC)
Points per game: 70.2
Allowed points per game: 70.4
MVP: G Brandon Brown. Averages 13.3 points, 4.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game
Tournament opener: No. 3 BYU, Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m. MT
The Lions are going into Vegas on a three-game winning streak, and they have the kind of 3-point shooting that can give BYU fits. Brown and Buay Tuach both shoot over 40 percent from behind the arc, and Steven Haney has also gone off on teams as he had seven 3's against Pepperdine.
Record: 13-17 (6-12 WCC)
Points per game: 65.0
Allowed points per game: 71.3
MVP: F Brett Bailey. Averages 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game
Tournament opener: No. 10 Portland, Friday, March 3, 9 p.m. MT
San Diego has had a few moments this season, such as beating BYU at home. The Toreros have also had some rough ones, such as when Gonzaga beat them by 58 points. The biggest thing the Toreros need to learn how to do is score. They are dead last in points per game.
Record: 9-21 (5-13 WCC)
Points per game: 68.7
Allowed points per game: 80.2
MVP: G Lamond Murray Jr. Averages 20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game
Tournament opener: No. 9 Pacific, Friday, March 3, 7 p.m. MT
It may surprise you to find that Murray leads the WCC in scoring instead of players from teams in the upper echelons of the conference. BYU learned the hard way not to underestimate Murray as he went off for 30 points in a 99-83 win over the Cougars. But as good as Murray has been this year, it's not been enough to counterbalance Pepperdine's bad defense. The Waves have given up 90 or more points seven times this season, including giving up 106 to Santa Clara.
Record: 10-21 (4-14 WCC)
Points per game: 66.7
Allowed points per game: 71.3
MVP: G T.J. Wallace. Averages 12.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game
Tournament opener: No. 8 Pepperdine, Friday, March 3, 7 p.m. MT
Pacific has had a rough go this season, including a patch where it lost seven games in a row. Wallace and Ray Bowles are a solid duo for the Tigers, but they're the only two who average more than 10 points per game. That's not going to get the job done against the upper-tier teams of the WCC.
Record: 10-21 (2-16 WCC)
Points per game: 67.2
Allowed points per game: 72.1
MVP: G Jazz Johnson. Averages 15.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game
Tournament opener: No. 7 San Diego, Friday, March 3, 9 p.m. MT
It's been a tough year for the Pilots, particularly after they lost senior star Alec Wintering to a torn knee ligament. Johnson has done his best to step up for the Pilots, but Portland simply isn't a deep enough team to compensate for the lost 19.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game from Wintering. Portland hasn't won a game against a Division I opponent since beating Pepperdine on New Year's Day.
Lafe Peavler is a sports strategist for the Deseret News and KSL.com. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.