The brackets for the 2016 PacWest Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships were finalized with the completion of the regular season this past Saturday. Nearly every game on the full 14-game schedule impacted the final standings and tournament tiebreakers.
The PacWest Basketball Championships takes place March 3-5, 2016, at CU Arena on the campus of Concordia University Irvine. The quarterfinals begin on Thursday, followed by the semifinals on Friday and finals on Saturday. For the first time, the schedule will alternate between men’s and women’s games in the first two rounds. Tickets are available for purchase online now (CLICK HERE), with single-game tickets for $12 and all-tournament passes for $29. (Online purchases are the only way to pay with credit/debit card, cash only at the event). Student tickets will be sold at the door only for $5. Children 12 and under receive free admission.
A four-way tie at the top of the conference standings put the head-to-head tiebreaker into play to determine the top-three seeds in the men’s tournament. Azusa Pacific repeated as conference champion and No. 1 seed with a 6-0 record against the other three teams. Dixie State earned the No. 2 seed and a bye into the semifinals with a 3-3 record.
California Baptist earned the No. 3 seed and will play No. 6 Dominican to open the tournament on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The Penguins made the field based on a tiebreaker with Chaminade, having beaten APU in the regular season. The other men’s quarterfinal features No. 4 Hawai’i Pacific against No. 5 BYU-Hawaii at 5 p.m.
The Sharks and Seasiders split the season series with BYUH winning 97-91 on December 19th in Laie, before HPU evened things up on Feburary 27th, 80-58.
“They say it’s tough to beat a team three times a year, but we split with them during the year, so, I don’t know who feels favored right now” said, HPU Head Coach Darren Vorderbruegge.
No matter the outcome, the winner of Thursday’s game will have bragging rights as the last Hawaii team standing in the NCAA Division II Pac West Conference, between HPU, BYU-H, Chaminade, and UH-Hilo.
“At the end of the year, you want to be the one left standing and hopefully we’ll do our best and I’m really confident that our guys will come out and play well”, said BYU-H Head Coach Ken Wagner.
Azusa Pacific and California Baptist were named co-champions with identical 19-1 conference records. Per the PacWest basketball sport regulations, ties for seeding are first broken by head-to-head record and record against teams in descending order of finish. Since APU and CBU only lost to each other, the third tiebreaker will be implemented – highest ranking by the NCAA West Region Regional Advisory Committee. The final rankings before the tournament will be released Wednesday, and the teams will be seeded based on those rankings
No. 3 Academy of Art takes on No. 6 Point Loma in the women’s opener at 2:45 p.m. No. 5 Dominican faces No. 4 Hawai’i Pacific, the defending tournament champion, in the finale of day one at 7:15 p.m.
|2016 PACWEST BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|QUARTERFINALS – THURSDAY, MARCH 3|
|12:30 p.m.||Men||(6) Dominican||(3) California Baptist|
|2:45 p.m.||Women||(6) Point Loma||(3) Academy of Art|
|5 p.m.||Men||(5) BYU-Hawaii||(4) Hawai’i Pacific|
|7:15 p.m.||Women||(5) Dominican||(4) Hawai’i Pacific|
|SEMIFINALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 4|
|12:30 p.m.||Men||3/6 Winner||(2) Dixie State|
|2:45 p.m.||Women||3/6 Winner||(2) APU/CBU|
|5 p.m.||Men||4/5 Winner||(1) Azusa Pacific|
|7:15 p.m.||Women||4/5 Winner||(1) APU/CBU|
|FINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 5|
|2 p.m.||Men||Semifinal Winner||Semifinal Winner|
|4 p.m.||Women||Semifinal Winner||Semifinal Winner|