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West Coast Conference Tournament Odds, Predictions & Favorites to Win 2024

Written by: Michael Hanich
Fact-checked by: James Whitelock
Updated March 8, 2024
10 min read
  • The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won the last four West Coast Conference Tournament Championships. 

  • The Gonzaga Bulldogs were the preseason favorites to win the West Coast  Conference Tournament before the 2023-2024 Season.

  • The Saints Mary’s Gaels are the 2023-2024 Regular Season Conference Champions

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been dominating the West Coast Conference since 2013. The Bulldogs have won four consecutive conference titles and 10 of the last 11. Gonzaga has also been a serious contender in the national title chase during those seasons.

This year’s chase for the WCC title isn’t a one-horse race, as the Bulldogs will have their toughest race within the past few years. This season, the St. Mary’s Gaels, the San Francisco Dons and the Santa Clara Broncos are all contenders to dethrone the Bulldogs. The West Coast Tournament should answer many questions about all nine teams in the conference and how most of them will compete in the NCAA Men’s National Championship Tournament.

Most teams now have a legitimate shot at winning the West Coast Championship Tournament, but only a few of them are legitimate threats. Check out the guidelines for the top favorites in the West Coast Conference Tournament below. For additional basketball content, other conferences, and the March Madness race, visit our March Madness predictions and betting guide.

Odds to win the West Coast Conference Tournament title

Odds FanDuel Sportsbook as of March 8, 2023. Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook. Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets if your first bet wins!

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Gonzaga Bulldogs-140
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Saint Mary’s Gaels+125
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San Francisco Dons+1200
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Santa Clara Broncos+3000
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Loyola Marymount Lions+20000
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Portland Pilots+25000
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Favorites to Win the 2024 West Coast Conference Tournament

Gonzaga Bulldogs (-140) via FanDuel

The #19 Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-6; 14-2) did not finish the 2023-2024 college basketball season as regular season champions, yet they are favored to win the conference tournament title. This is due to their experience in postseason play and their potential in the national tournament.

Gonzaga didn't have the best non-conference performance this season, with a loss to #2 Purdue 73-63, #5 UConn 76-63 and unranked San Diego State 84-74. They did account for some good wins against Syracuse, UCLA, and USC.

After two solid wins in conference play, they suffered their first loss in conference play with a one-point loss at Santa Clara on 77-76. They were able to keep a winning streak going for five games until they lost a critical home game to the Saints Mary’s Gaels 64-62 on February 3.

The Bulldogs would go on to win three huge games, including a huge 89-85 road win over the #17 Kentucky Wildcats and the regular season finale, a 70-57 over the #17 Saint Mary’s Gaels. Despite defeating St. Mary's, the two losses in conference play cost Gonzaga the regular season title.

The Bulldogs, however, are very much in place for the conference tournament title. Their defense, which was among the top-ranked units in the nation earlier in the season, allows only an average of 68.7 points per game. Their offense, on the other hand, remains one of the top units in the nation, averaging 85.6 points per game.

Gonzaga will play their first game of the tournament on Monday.

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Saint Mary’s Gaels (+125) via FanDuel

The #23 Saints Mary's Gaels (24-7; 15-1 in WCC play) had their best chance to take the conference tournament title this season due to the huge change with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. So far through the season, the Gaels are making huge strides toward becoming champions.

The Gaels were able to overcome a 3-5 season-opening performance and some tough non-conference losses to Weber State, San Diego State, Xavier, Utah, and Boise State. The Gaels were able to account for a huge 64-61 win over the #13 Colorado State Rams.

Unlike the Bulldogs, the Gaels were able to start off the season in conference play with solid consistency on both sides of the court. The Gaels We're able to maintain a perfect record in conference play up until the regular season finale, a 70-53 home loss to #23 Gonzaga. By that time, Saint Mary's was able to clinch the regular season conference title.

While the Gaels will be considered the underdogs going into this tournament, that doesn't mean they are not dangerous. Saint Mary’s is ranked second in the nation in points allowed per game (58.5), only behind the #1 Houston Cougars. The Gaels will not be an easy team to defeat in the conference tournament.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels will not play a game until the semi-finals of the West Coast Conference Championship Tournament on Monday night.

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San Francisco Dons (+2500 via DraftKings)

Every race needs a wild card. The San Francisco Dons (18-6; 7-2 in conference play) are a serious threat to Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga's due to their balance on both sides of the court. There were some moments earlier in the season, which included a road loss to Boise State and a home loss to Grand Canyon. There have also been some good moments as well, including home wins over DePaul and Minnesota and a road win over Vanderbilt.

Like Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga, San Francisco has won most of its games with a decisive score. The Dons accounted for four consecutive wins to start West Coast Conference play, but their presence in the conference might be one tier below that of the Gaels and the Bulldogs.

The Dons suffered their first loss of conference play at home to the Gaels with a 77-60 score. One game later, the Dons fell just short of completing an upset on the road versus the Bulldogs with a 77-72 loss.

If the Dons want to get into that tier with their two conference rivals, they must show they can beat them in the second regular season matchups before conference tournament play.

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