Men: No. 5 seed BYU (17-14) vs. No. 8 seed Portland (14-18)

West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament second round

Friday, 7 p.m. MST

Orleans Arena (Las Vegas)

TV: BYUtv

Radio: 102.7 FM, 1160 AM, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143 

Previous matchup: The Cougars beat the Pilots 71-58 in Provo in the teams’ lone regular-season matchup in late December, as BYU pulled away in the second half behind a 20-point night from Gideon George.

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In their last game: BYU is coming off an 87-61 victory over San Francisco in its regular-season finale that clinched the No. 5 seed in the WCC tournament for the Cougars.

Portland beat San Diego 92-74 in the first round of the WCC tournament on Thursday to advance, as the Pilots hit a school- and tournament-record 19 3-pointers in the win.

Key players: Senior guard Rudi Williams scored a team-high 21 points in the Cougars’ win over the Dons last week and dished out a team-high seven assists. Can he lead the BYU offense again?

Junior forward Tyler Robertson paced the Pilots in their opening-round win over the Toreros, as he put up 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals while hitting 5 of 6 3-point attempts.

What’s at stake: The winner of this game will face No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount in the WCC tournament quarterfinals on Saturday. 

BYU is trying to extend its season and make a run during its final appearance in the WCC Tournament.

Portland entered the postseason with a sub-.500 record and, like BYU, is trying to keep its season alive.

Women: No. 5 seed BYU (14-15) vs. No. 9 seed Pepperdine (11-18)

West Coast Conference women’s basketball tournament second round

Friday, 1 p.m. MST

Orleans Arena (Las Vegas)

TV: BYUtv, AT&T SportsNet

Previous matchups: BYU beat Pepperdine 63-52 in California in their first matchup this season, but the Waves beat the Cougars 64-63 in overtime nearly a month ago as Pepperdine went on a 9-0 run to end regulation and force OT.

In their last game: The Cougars are coming off a 61-49 loss to Portland last week in their regular-season finale, as BYU was no match for the Pilots, who finished the regular season second in the WCC standings.

Pepperdine edged Santa Clara 63-60 in the first round of the WCC tournament to advance, outscoring the Broncos 25-13 to complete the comeback after trailing most of the game.

Key players: Junior forward Lauren Gustin is a double-double machine for BYU, and in the OT loss to Pepperdine last month, she had a career-high 30 points and 16 rebounds.

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Guard Marly Walls has been one of the Waves’ top scorers all season and tied for the team lead with 17 points in Pepperdine’s first-round win, while adding a team-high seven assists and four rebounds.

What’s at stake: The winner of this game will face No. 4 seed San Francisco in the WCC tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

BYU is in its final season in the WCC and needs a win to get back to .500 under first-year coach Amber Whiting, though the Cougars are on a three-game losing streak.

Pepperdine, meanwhile, enters the game on a three-game winning streak, its longest winning streak since conference play began.