St. Mary’s Shocks Gonzaga to Win WCC Title

By: TC Martin

St. Mary’s Head Coach, Randy Bennett played it perfectly.  Prior to the West Coast Conference Tournament, he quietly praised Gonzaga saying the Bulldogs are on another level and his team would be hard pressed to knock them off,  The Gaels did much more than pull the upset, they dominated the #1 team in the nation in every facet Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena, winning convincingly 60-47 and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Gaels eliminated any talk of being on the NCAA bubble while ending the nation’s longest winning streak of 21 games and a six -year reign as WCC Tournament champions. They did it by playing sound defense and holding the Zags in check.  Gonzaga was 2 for 17 from 3-point range and shot a season low of 37 percent from the field.  The 47 points was also a season low for the highest scoring team in the country.

The win by St. Mary’s was shocking for several reasons.  They were blown out these same Bulldogs 94-46 and 66-55 during the regular season and they struggled in the semifinal against San Diego before finally pulling out a narrow victory the night before.  They played by far their best game of the season when it counted the most.

Meanwhile Gonzaga was a lock to be a #1 seed and now that may be in question.  With Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky all set to play in their conference tourneys this weekend, the Zags must sit and wait to find out if they will make the top line and stay close to home.

The WCC will now have two teams in the big dance with each having a legitimate chance to move through the bracket.  As shocking as the win was by the 15 point underdog Gaels, this may propel them to be a dark horse and a scary opponent in the tournament.

Author: TC Martin

“The Doctor” TC Martin is back in Las Vegas where his sports talk radio career began. The TC Martin Show has informed and entertained millions of sports talk radio listeners both nationally and locally since 1992. The program is unique in so many facets. From TC’s high octane personality and diverse knowledge to innovative production elements and quality special guests, the show is truly one of kind. The show focuses on the hot daily sports topics with energetic commentary and live listener interaction with a call-in format. The program is high on information and entertainment while giving listeners the opportunity to hear from the biggest names in the sports and the entertainment industry. Listeners appreciate the wide range of guests, knowledge and topics that TC brings on a daily basis giving listeners a much needed reason to tune in everyday. The TC Martin Show has aired nationally in over 100 markets on the Sports Entertainment Network and Sports Fan Radio Network originating from the Las Vegas studios. In local markets TC worked at KVEG (Las Vegas), KHTK (Sacramento) WDUZ and WNFL (Green Bay) and WSSP (Milwaukee). He worked very closely with all the professional and collegiate teams in those markets including hosting pre and post game shows and players and coaches shows. TC has a unique entertaining and passionate style that immediately connects with listeners. He is known as one of the most entertaining and well-rounded knowledgeable sports talk show hosts in the country. The TC Martin Show is an addictive and fun experience for all sports fans. More about TC... Wrestling and Boxing fans in Las Vegas may remember that TC founded the NWC (National Wrestling Conference) in 1994 and hosted the locally produced television program “NWC Slammin”. The NWC sold out monthly shows at it’s home venues The Silver Nugget and Aladdin Hotel & Casino. The NWC featured the biggest names in professional wrestling including The Ultimate Warrior, Cactus Jack, Sabu, Terry Funk, Rob Van Dam, Jake The Snake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Honky Man and so many more. TC also has been very involved in the boxing industry while announcing many boxing events in Las Vegas and promoting shows and managing world championship fighters.

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