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Santa Clara Broncos and BYU Cougars both have experiences in college basketball season that they may connect to. Both teams had late-game leads over Gonzaga at home but allowed the Zags to win.
For both teams, those close defeats to Gonzaga were crushing. To have a realistic chance of competing in the NCAA Tournament, BYU and Santa Clara required that caliber of high-caliber victory.
In order to push for an NCAA bid, both teams need every advantage and victory they can get. However, after losing to Gonzaga at home, they both have virtually little room for error.
The WCC’s third-place matchup is this contest. The winning club will finish third behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s, the two best teams in the league and the institutions that have dominated WCC basketball for the majority of the last decade.
The loser will most probably need to win the WCC Tournament in early March in order to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, therefore it’s a crucial game.