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Fields announced for 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout - Jul 15, 2016

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ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Anchorage has announced the fields and brackets for the 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout, unveiling the 10 visiting teams for the 39th annual college basketball showcase on Friday.

The oldest continuously running in-season college basketball tournament in the nation, the Shootout will again feature an eight-team men's field and four-team women's field for this year's tournaments, set for Nov. 22-26 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

CBS Sports Network will bring the Shootout to a national audience for the fifth straight year, with seven men's games on the slate, starting with host Alaska Anchorage vs. Buffalo on Nov. 23.

The women open the action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 with defending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion Missouri State against Pac-12 Conference foe Southern California, followed by defending NCAA Div. II national runner-up Alaska Anchorage against Portland.

On the men's side, Alaska Anchorage will meet two-time defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champ Buffalo, while Oakland will face Nevada in Wednesday's opening-round affairs. Thanksgiving evening will feature UC Davis against defending Big Sky Conference champion Weber State and Drake against defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament champ Iona.

'The 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout will continue its recent tradition of featuring the best mid-major programs in college basketball,' said UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett. 'With recent champions such as Butler, San Diego State, Murray State and Middle Tennessee, the Shootout has proven to be a launching pad for future success. We can't wait to see who emerges this year.'

Overall, this year's fields feature a combined five NCAA Tournament qualifiers (UAA and Missouri State women; Buffalo, Iona and Weber State men) and two other postseason qualifiers (Oakland and CBI champion Nevada). Eight of the 12 squads won at least 20 games in 2015-16 - including an NCAA DII-record 38 wins by the UAA women - while the men's field averaged 19.2 victories.

Tip times for all games will be released later this summer.

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2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout
Alaska Airlines Center - Anchorage, Alaska
Times TBA
Tuesday, Nov. 22 - First Round
Missouri State vs Southern California (GCI)
Portland vs Alaska Anchorage (GCI)
Wednesday, Nov. 23
3rd Place: MSU/USC loser vs UP/UAA loser (GCI)
Championship: MSU/USC winner vs UP/UAA winner (GCI)
Wednesday, Nov. 23 - First Round
Buffalo vs Alaska Anchorage (CBSSN/GCI)
Oakland vs Nevada (CBSSN)
Thursday, Nov. 24 - First Round
UC Davis vs Weber State (CBSSN)
Drake vs Iona (CBSSN)
Friday, Nov. 25 - Consolation Semis & Semifinals
Buffalo/UAA loser vs Oakland/Nevada loser (GCI)
UCD/Weber loser vs Drake/Iona loser (GCI)
Buffalo/UAA winner vs Oakland/Nevada winner (CBSSN)
UCD/Weber winner vs Drake/Iona winner (CBSSN)
Saturday, Nov. 26
7th/8th Place: Game 5 loser vs Game 6 loser (GCI)
4th/6th Place: Game 5 winner vs Game 6 winner (GCI)
3rd/5th Place: Game 7 loser vs Game 8 loser (GCI)
Championship: Game 7 winner vs Game 8 winner (CBSSN)

Here is a quick look at each team in the 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout fields:


Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 38-3/18-2 (1st)
2016 Postseason: NCAA Div. II Runner-Up
Head Coach: Ryan McCarthy, 4 seasons (103-24)
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (36-54)
Shootout Titles: 1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Top Returners: Kiki Robertson, Sr., PG, 5-5 (5.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.0 spg, .791 FT, 2nd Team All-GNAC, GNAC Tournament MVP); Alysha Devine, Sr., F, 6-1 (8.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, .447 3FG, HM All-GNAC, NCAA West Regional Tournament MVP); Sierra Afoa, Jr., F, 5-10 (4.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, .466 FG)
Notes: The Seawolves came just six points shy of the first national title in school history last season but must replace seven members from that squad UAA has finished runner-up in the last four Shootouts, including a 62-58 loss to Western Kentucky in the 2015 title game.

Missouri State
Nickname: Lady Bears
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Conference: Missouri Valley Conference
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 24-10/14-4 (t-2nd)
2016 Postseason: NCAA 1st Round
Head Coach: Kellie Harper, 3 seasons (56-42)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Liza Fruendt, Jr., G, 5-10 (11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .319 3FG, .804 FT, 2016 MVC All-Tournament Team); Lexi Hughes, Sr., G, 5-8 (6.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, .374 3FG); Audrey Holt, Jr., F, 6-1 (3.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.4 bpg)
Notes: The Bears have improved their overall record in each season under Tennessee alum Kellie Harper Missouri State has Final Four appearances to its credit in 1992 and 2001 and is the alma mater of NCAA career scoring champ and current Lady Bears assistant coach Jackie Stiles.

Nickname: Pilots
Location: Portland, Oregon
Conference: West Coast Conference
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 3-27/1-17 (10th)
2016 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Cheryl Sorenson, 2 seasons (7-53)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Kaylie Van Loo, Sr., G, 5-9 (7.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 spg, .437 FG, .740 FT); Darian Slaga, So., G, 5-8 (7.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, .780 FT); Ashley Gray, Jr., F, 6-1 (6.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, .503 FG).
Notes: Cheryl Sorenson is just the Pilots' second head coach since the program moved to Div. I in 1986-87 the Pilots feature former Alaska prep star Hannah Mattson (Fairbanks/West Valley) as a senior on next year's roster.

Southern California
Nicknames: Trojans or Women of Troy
Location: Los Angeles, California
Conference: Pac-12 Conference
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 19-13/6-12 (8th)
2016 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, 3 seasons (56-41)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1986 (2nd)
Top Returners: Jordan Adams, Sr., G, 6-1 (12.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .549 FG); Sadie Edwards, Jr., G, 5-10 (11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg); Kristen Simon, Jr., F, 6-1 (10.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.9 spg).
Notes: USC coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke led the Trojans to NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984 as a player before capturing four WBNA titles USC is making its first trip to Alaska since the Cheryl Miller-led 1986-87 squad was upset in the Shootout finals, 70-68, by Northeast Louisiana.


Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 21-11/14-6 (t-3rd)
2016 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Rusty Osborne, 12 seasons (229-130)
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (37-77)
Top Returners: Sekou Wiggs, Sr., G, 6-4/190 (24.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg, D2CCA 3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All-GNAC, GNAC Newcomer of Year); Corey Hammell, Sr., F, 6-6/225 (12.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, .831 FT, 2nd Team All-GNAC); Spencer Svejcar, Sr., G, 6-4/190 (11.8 ppg, 2.1 apg, .360 3FG, HM All-GNAC)
Notes: Wiggs led GNAC in scoring last season and broke Shootout tourney record with 99 total points and three straight 30-point games in 2015

Nickname: Bulls
Location: Buffalo, New York
Conference: Mid-American (East Div.)
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 20-15/10-8 (t-3rd)
2016 Postseason: NCAA 1st Round
Head Coach: Nate Oats, 1 season (20-15)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Lamonte Bearden, Jr., G, 6-3/200 (13.7 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 3rd Team All-MAC), Blake Hamilton Sr., G/F, 6-6/205 (13.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 spg, .379 3FG, 3rd Team All-MAC), Willie Conner, Sr., G/F, 6-5/200 (11.8 ppg, All-MAC Defensive Team)
Notes: The Bulls became first team in 14 years to repeat as MAC Tournament champions and nearly pulled an upset of Miami (Fla.) in an NCAA Tournament 79-72 1st-round loss.

Nickname: Bulldogs
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Conference: Missouri Valley
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 7-24/2-16 (10th)
2016 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Ray Giacoletti, 3 seasons (31-62)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 2010 (5th)
Top Returners: Reed Timmer, Jr., G, 6-1/185 (16.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, .404 3FG, .813 FT, HM-All MVC), Graham Woodward, Jr., G, 6-0/182 (10.8 ppg, 2.7 apg, .420 3FG), Ore Arogundade, Jr., G, 6-3/185 (5.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, .365 3FG)
Notes: Drake coach Ray Giacoletti is making his second Shootout trip after bringing a Utah club featuring Andrew Bogut in 2004.

Nickname: Gaels
Location: New Rochelle, New York
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conf.
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 22-11/16-4 (2nd)
2016 Postseason: NCAA 1st Round
Head Coach: Tim Cluess, 6 seasons (140-65)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1979 (2nd), 1981 (3rd), 1988 (8th)
Top Returners: Jordan Washington, Sr., F, 6-8/255 (14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, .514 FG, 3rd Team All-Met); Deyshonee Much, Jr., G, 6-5/170 (13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .447 3FG, .806 FT); Jahaad Proctor, So., G, 6-3/175 (5.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
Notes: The Gaels are coming off the program's 10th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and own the most MAAC Tournament titles in league history with nine.

Nickname: Wolf Pack
Location: Reno, Nevada
Conference: Mountain West
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 24-14/10-8 (t-4th)
2016 Postseason: CBI Champions
Head Coach: Eric Musselman, 1 season (24-14)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1990 (8th)
Top Returners: D.J. Fenner, Sr., G, 6-6/205 (13.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, .855 FT); Cameron Oliver, So., F, 6-8/225 (13.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg, .508 FG, 3rd Team All-MWC); Lindsey Drew, So., G, 6-4/180 (5.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.8 apg).
Notes: Nevada is coming off the second-best turnaround in the country under former NBA head coach Eric Musselman, who improved the Wolf Pack's win total from nine in 2014-15 to 24 in 2015-16.

Nickname: Golden Grizzlies
Location: Rochester, Michigan
Conference: Horizon League
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 23-12/13-5 (t-2nd)
2016 Postseason: Vegas 16 Runner-Up
Head Coach: Greg Kampe, 32 seasons (558-415)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Jalen Hayes, Jr., F, 6-7/211 (13.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, .525 FG, 2nd Team All-Horizon); Martez Walker, Jr., G, 6-6/185 (10.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, .413 3FG, .817 FT); Sherron Dorsey-Walker, Sr., G, 6-4/200 (6.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, .371 3FG)
Notes: The Golden Grizzlies earned road wins over Washington and 2014 Shootout champ runner-up Toledo last season, along with an overtime loss to then-No. 1 Michigan State Oakland led the nation in scoring last year with 86.4 points per game.

UC Davis
Nickname: Aggies
Location: Davis, California
Conference: Big West
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 11-19/6-10 (5th)
2016 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Jim Les, 5 seasons (64-91)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Brynton Lemar, Sr., G, 6-4/195 (10.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, .408 3FG); Darius Graham, Sr., G, 5-10/180 (10.0 ppg, 2.7 apg, .375 3FG, HM All-Big West); Siler Schneider, So., G, 6-3/183 (9.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, .381 3FG)
Notes: The Aggies enjoyed the best season in the program's D-I era in 2014-15, winning the Big West regular-season title and earning its first postseason bid (NIT).

Weber State
Nickname: Wildcats
Location: Ogden, Utah
Conference: Big Sky
2015-16 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 26-9/15-3 (1st)
2016 Postseason: NCAA 1st Round
Head Coach: Randy Rahe, 10 seasons (208-113)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1993 (2nd), 2010 (3rd)
Top Returners: Jeremy Senglin, Sr., G, 6-2/195 (17.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, .433 3FG, 1st Team All-Big Sky); Kyndahl Hill, Sr., F, 6-7/225 (8.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 bpg, .616 FG); Zach Braxton, So., F/C, 6-9/250 (6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.6 bpg, .614 FG)
Notes: Randy Rahe is bringing the Wildcats back for the second time in his tenure after his Damian Lillard-led squad finished 3rd in 2010 Weber has won five Big Sky titles, made eight postseason appearances - including three NCAAs - during Rahe's tenure.


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