Next season’s West Coast Conference basketball tournament will start earlier and last longer to accommodate BYU when it becomes the ninth team in the league.
Gonzaga (24-9) received an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament for its 13th straight appearance. Saint Mary’s (24-8) will have to hope for an at-large berth.
Omar Samhan scored more than 700 baskets, grabbed over 1,000 rebounds, scored nearly 2,000 points and played on the winning side in nearly 100 college basketball games at Saint Mary’s.
The Pac-10 will hold a combined men’s and women’s basketball tournament in 2011.