With UC San Diego ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, the Big West conference has 10 other teams vying for the automatic bid by winning the Big West basketball tournament. Let’s break down the conference tournament, previewing the conference and giving the standings, bracket and schedule.

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Big West Basketball Standings

TeamConference RecordOverall RecordTournament Outlook
UC Santa Barbara13-319-41 Seed
UC Irvine10-416-82 Seed
UC Riverside8-413-73 Seed
UC Davis6-49-74 Seed
CSU Bakersfield9-715-105 Seed
Hawai’i9-911-97 Seed
CSU Fullerton5-76-96 Seed
CSU Northridge5-99-128 Seed
Long Beach State4-85-119 Seed
Cal Poly1-153-1910 Seed

Big West Basketball Schedule

Dates: March 9, 11-13
Location: Michelob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas< NV
Byes: Top six get single bye
Most Recent Champion: UC Irvine

Credit: UCSB Athletics

Big West Tournament Bracket

*Note: All times provided are Eastern

First Round (Tues., March 9), ESPN3

  • (9) Long Beach State 85, (8) Cal State Northridge 63
  • (10) Cal Poly 87, (7) Cal State Fullerton 82

Quarterfinals (March 11), ESPN3

  • (1) UC Santa Barbara 95, (9) Long Beach State 87
  • (4) UC Davis 58, (5) Cal State Bakersfield 56
  • (2) UC Irvine 58, (10) Cal Poly 51
  • (3) UC Riverside 62, (6) Hawai’i 52

Semifinals (March 12), ESPNU

  • (1) UC Santa Barbara 71, (4) UC Davis 55
  • (3) UC Riverside vs. (2) UC Irvine

Championship (March 13), ESPNU

  • (1) UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m

Big West Basketball Breakdown

Given their recent history, UCIrvine has to be considered one of the top two favorites to win this tournament. They have won or had a share of the regular season title in five of the eight past seasons. They were also the winners of the last Big West basketball tournament. UC-Irvine handed UC-Santa Barbara two of their three losses on the season, and it looks likely that the two teams will meet again. Consistency is the difference between these two teams.

While Irvine was on point in their matchups, it’s UCSanta Barbara that was most consistent this season. They also have one of the best offenses and defenses in the conference. Led by JaQuori McLaughlin, the offense can compete with anyone. McLaughlin is top-five in the conference in field goals made, field goals attempted and field goal percentage.

Hawai’i had an average season, shown by their 9-9 conference record. However, they are a dangerous team because they have shown the ability to play up to their competition. They have wins against UC-Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, UC-Irvine, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Long Beach and UC-Davis. They are one of those annoying teams that will find a way to hang around, giving themselves a chance to play spoiler.


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