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.
Player of the Year: Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Missouri State NABC NCAA D2 All-America Team Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) of Fairmont State Joshua Blaylock (6'2''-G) of Fort Lewis Luquon Choice (6'3''-G-93) of Lincoln Memorial Devin Gilligan (6'5''-F) of Southern New Hampshire Zach Hankins (6'10''-C) of Ferris State Jeremiah Hill (6'2''-G-95) of Valdosta State Aaron Lien (6'4''-G-95) of MSU Moorhead Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State Justin Reyes (6'4''-G/F) of St. Thomas Aqu... [read more]
Player of the Year:Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Missouri State
Northwest Missouri wins Division II title - 3 days ago
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Northwest Missouri State has pulled off the double. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 victory for the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Northwest became the first Division II program to win football and men's basketball titles in the same school year. The Bearcats finished the season 35-1. Northwest Missouri State scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats extended an 11-point halftime lead to 14 on a Justin... [read more]
Northwest Missouri State has pulled off the double. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 victory for the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Northwest became the first Division II program to win football and men's basketball titles in the same school year. The Bearcats finished the season 35-1. Northwest Missouri State scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats extended an 11-point halftime lead to 14 on a Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) three-pointer. Fairmont's Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) went on a personal 6-0 run before Pitts responded with another triple. Fairmont entered the game averaging 95 points, but it couldn't muster much offense and its press defense was largely useless against the Bearcats. Pitts, the NABC Division II player of the year, finished with 23 points and was voted most outstanding player of the Elite Eight. The junior from Blue Springs played all 40 minutes and committed just one turnover. Chris-Ebou Ndow (6'6''-F-93) was the work horse on the boards with 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Anthony Woods (6'2''-G, college: NW Missouri St.) added 13. Northwest Missouri State had been the regional runner-up each of the past three years. But the Bearcats finished the job for the program's first men's basketball national championship. Courtesy of: kansascity.com
Player of the Year: Michael Mallory of Southern Connecticut State University Rookie of the Year: Marshall Lange of Newberry College Coach of the Year: Patrick Beilein of Le Moyne College Honorable Mention Gerrel Irvin of Dominican College Hunter LeVeau of King University Michael Mallory of Southern Connecticut State University Matthew Dogan of Gannon University [read more]
Player of the Year: Michael Mallory of Southern Connecticut State University Rookie of the Year: Marshall Lange of Newberry College Coach of the Year: Patrick Beilein of Le Moyne College
Honorable Mention Gerrel Irvin of Dominican College Hunter LeVeau of King University Michael Mallory of Southern Connecticut State University Matthew Dogan of Gannon University
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