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 WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT 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) MEN'S TOURNAMENT 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 Website: GoSeawolves.com 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 Website: missouristatebears.com 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.
Portland Nickname: Pilots Location: Portland, Oregon Website: portlandpilots.com 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 Website: usctrojans.com 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 Website: GoSeawolves.com 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
Buffalo Nickname: Bulls Location: Buffalo, New York Website: ubbulls.com 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.
Drake Nickname: Bulldogs Location: Des Moines, Iowa Website: godrakebulldogs.com 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.
Iona Nickname: Gaels Location: New Rochelle, New York Website: icgaels.com 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.
Nevada Nickname: Wolf Pack Location: Reno, Nevada Website: nevadawolfpack.com 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.
Oakland Nickname: Golden Grizzlies Location: Rochester, Michigan Website: goldengrizzlies.com 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 Website: ucdavisaggies.com 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 Website: weberstatesports.com 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.
Dixie State stopped at No. 8/9 Hawaii Pacific on Monday, 76-66 - 1 day ago
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Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the... [read more]
Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the game with a jumper and Brandon Simister (6'0''-PG-94) nailed a 3-pointer to give DSU the three-point cushion. However, the Sharks (25-2, 17-2 PacWest) countered with a 12-4 run, capped by a Josh Looney lay-in and free throw, as HPU wrestled back the lead at 56-51 with 15:21 to play. Dixie State rallied to make a one-point game at 56-55 at the 13:53 mark, but then the Trailblazers went ice cold offensively as DSU went more than seven minutes without a field goal. Meanwhile HPU rattled off a 10-4 spurt in that stretch, as DSU hit just 4-of-7 from the foul line, to extend to its biggest lead of the game at 66-59 with 6:24 to go after a pair of Looney free throws. Simister finally broke the drought with a big 3-pointer to pull the Trailblazers to within four at 66-62 with 6:05 remaining. DSU's defense then came up with much-needed stops on the Sharks' next two possession, but Dixie State could not capitalize on the offensive end as Hawai'i Pacific held the Trailblazers to just four points the rest of the way to close out the victory. Simister led the Trailblazers with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with two treys, while Bradley poured in 14 of his 17 points in the first half to go along with seven rebounds and Hill finished with 15 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Dixie State shot a blistering 60.0 percent (18-of-30) in the first half but was held to just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) in the second frame to finish at 48.1 percent (25-of-52) for the game. DSU was done in at the free-throw line as the Trailblazers shot a season-low 44.4 percent (12-of-27) at the stripe, which included eight more missed attempts in the second half. DSU also committed eight second-half turnovers and finished with 15 for the game, compared to just eight HPU miscues. DSU and HPU each finished with 35 rebounds, though the Sharks held a 12-9 edge on the offensive glass. Looney led all scorers with 24 points, with 16 of those points coming in the second half. The Sharks shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor, including 8-of-33 (.242) from the perimeter, and hit 94.7 percent (18-of-19) from the foul line, which was a DSU opponent season high. Dixie State wraps up the 2016-17 regular season at home this Saturday, Feb. 25, as the Trailblazers welcome Holy Names to the Burns Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will also serve as Senior Night as DSU seniors Marcus Bradley (6'6''-F) and Josh Fuller will be honored prior to tip-off. Courtesy of: deseretnews.com
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and f... [read more]
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and forth in the final minutes of the first half and at the break Cameron found themselves up 44-34 at the break thanks to a last second old fashioned three point play from Jalen Nicholas (6'6''-G/F). The Aggies shot over 56 percent from the field in the first half, going 5-12 from the perimeter while hitting all three of their free throw attempts. They held the Falcons to just 30.8 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes, but UTPB did make 5-13 from three and converted 13 off their 16 free throw attempts. JV Long (6'1''-PG) led CU at the break with nine points and three assists, while Tyler Williams (6'3''-G) had eight points and Trey Hall had seven. Vinnie Abbondola (6'2''-G) led UT Permian Basin at the half with nine points on 3-4 shooting from long range. The Aggies kept up their momentum to start the second half, stretching their lead to 20 points at the 15:59 mark. However, that is when UTPB made their move, as they used a 14-2 run to put the game at 62-54 with 13:33 left in the half. They slowly kept eating away at CU's lead and by the 4:13 mark, the Falcons were down by just four points. The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth through the final minutes of play with the margin hovering around 3-4 points. Clutch free throw shooting by the Aggies down the stretch helped them secure the 90-87. Cameron finished the game with a 52.5 field goal percentage, while going 12-26 from the perimeter and 16-22 from the charity stripe. They got 25 points off of 23 UTPB turnovers and had 31 points from off the bench. Long finished with 21 points, going 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three, and six assists, while Hall finished with 18 points, hitting 4-9 from long range. Williams chipped in 14 points and Momoh had 11. UT Permian Basin (19-5, 10-4) had won nine straight before Saturday's loss. They shot 44.2 percent from the field, 44 percent from the perimeter, and converted on 30 of their 37 free throws. Daeshon Francis (6'4''-G) led the Falcons with 22 points, while Johnnie Lacy had 20 and Josh Morris had 17. Cameron will finish out the regular season at home as they have three straight at the Aggie Gym. They will begin by hosting Western New Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of: cameronaggies.com
CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District Awards 2016-17 - 9 days ago
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District 1 Michael Coffey (6'1''-G) of ADELPHI Jack Jones (6'8''-F, college: St.Rose, NY) of SAINT ROSE Julian Lipinski (6'8''-F) of SAINT ROSE Michael Mallory (6'1''-G) of S. CONNECTICUT STATE Tyler Sayre (6'6''-F) of SAINT ROSE District 2 Noah Davis (6'6''-F) of SETON HILL Matthew Dogan (6'7''-G) of GANNON A.J. Leahey (6'7''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN Dan Monteroso (6'3''-G) of WEST LIBERTY Isaac Vescovi (6'6''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN District 3 Jaumonee Byrd (6'6''-F-94) of CLAYTO... [read more]
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