Originally posted on Just Cover Blog  |  Last updated 3/4/12

(1) Saint Mary’s 83, (5) San Francisco 78 — My pick: SMC -8

Player of the game: San Francisco guard Cody Doolin scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. He also had five rebounds and five assists.

The game was won when… Saint Mary’s went on a 15-6 run midway through the second half to turn a four-point deficit into a five-point lead that they never relinquished.

Team stat of the game: Saint Mary’s had 20 assists on 26 baskets.

What it means: The WCC won’t have a bid thief, as the Gaels won their 14th straight game over San Francisco. This will be the fourth straight WCC tournament championship game for Saint Mary’s (Monday, 9 p.m., ESPN). SMC has won one of the previous three.

(2) Gonzaga 77, (3) BYU 58 — My pick: Gonzaga -2

Player of the game: Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos scored 30 points on 10-for-17 shooting, including 5-for-9 from three-point range.

The game was won when… Gonzaga started the game on a 17-5 run. BYU wouldn’t cut the lead to single-digits the rest of the game

Team stat of the game: Gonzaga went 7-for-15 from three-point range.

What it means: The matchup everyone wanted to see will happen. Gonzaga is back in the championship game, where they are every year. Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga have met in the last three WCC championship games, with Gonzaga winning in 2009 and 2011. BYU should be in the NCAA tournament, but they’ll be rooting against bid thieves.

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