The WCAC is home to some of the most prestigious basketball programs in the country. When the conference tournament tips off Thursday night, the league's highly-recruited, nationally-ranked and uber-talented young men will put their collective games on display for the nation to see. Needless to say, the WCAC tournament is going to be a movie.
Here’s the breakdown:
TEAMS TO WATCH:
#1 seed DeMatha (27-3): At one point, the Stags were winners of 22 consecutive games en route to finishing league play 19-1.
Led by Miami commit Earl Timberlake and 7-foot-2 Michigan commit Hunter Dickinson, DeMatha is a force to be reckoned with. In addition to its stallions, coach Mike Jones’ team boasts stellar guard play and showcases the skill of dynamic wing Jordan Hawkins.
DeMatha may have already booked their ticket to Monday’s final.
#3 seed Gonzaga (21-9): Coach Steve Turner’s Gonzaga squad has a propensity for showing up big in big moments. The defending champs are battle tested and won’t be intimidated by what could be a daunting path to this year’s championship game.
Vandy commit Myles Stute and Michigan commit Terrance Williams have displayed an ability to dominate from both the interior and the wing; their versatility will cause match-up nightmares for the Eagles’ opponents.
#7 seed Archbishop Carroll (17-13): Archbishop Carroll can defend and if a team can prevent the other from scoring easy baskets, they can keep themselves in ball games. Carroll allowed the third-fewest points in conference play -- only St. John’s and DeMatha gave up fewer. Expect Archbishop to put the squeeze on The Heights Thursday night.
Additionally, the Lions notched key victories over Good Counsel and St. John’s during the regular season. Overall, they are winners in seven of their last 10 -- they’re playing their best ball at the right time.
#5 Seed Good Counsel (19-11): The Falcons clawed their way to a cinderella season thus far and they may not be finished dancing. A perennial bottom-dweller, Good Counsel resurrected its program this year to the tune of a 5-seed and first-round bye.
On Saturday, Good Counsel plays 4-seed St. John’s. Head-to-head, the Falcons lost both of their games to the Cadets, but if they can control pace and keep their quarterfinal contest a low-scoring affair, the Falcons will upset St. John’s and waltz into the semis.
Paul VI (22-7): Top-to-bottom, PVI may be the most talented team in the WCAC. The Panthers have seven losses, but they played one of the toughest schedules in the nation.
Under the leadership of coach Glenn Farello, PVI plays the game the right way. Farello's squad is hard-nosed and unafraid to sacrifice personal numbers for the benefit of the team.
Tournaments such as this one are often dominated by guard play and the Panthers are loaded with playmakers in the back court. Look for big performances from Doug McDaniel and Will Paige, while Duke commit Jeremy Roach paints his final masterpiece.
DeMatha suffered only one defeat in conference play -- it came on February 16th, at the hands of PVI.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Boys Quarterfinal Games at Gallaudet University ADMISSION is $10.00
1:00pm (5) Good Counsel at (4) St. John's
2:45pm Bishop O'Connell at (1) DeMatha
4:30pm Archbishop Carroll at (2) Paul VI
6:15pm Bishop McNamara at (3) Gonzaga
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Girls Semi-Finals at American University ADMISSION is $10.00
Boys Semi-Finals at American University ADMISSION is $10.00
Monday, February 24, 2020
Girls and Boys Finals at American University ADMISSION is $15.00
6:00pm Girls Finals
8:00pm Boys Finals