From: goseawolves.comANCHORAGE The University of Alaska Anchorage has unveiled the pairings for the 2013 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and announced updates to both the mens and women's fields, UAA athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced Thursday.This years Shootout is scheduled for Nov. 26-30 at Sullivan Arena, starting with women's first-round action on Tuesday night and concluding with the mens championship on Saturday [read more]
ANCHORAGE The University of Alaska Anchorage has unveiled the pairings for the 2013 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and announced updates to both the mens and women's fields, UAA athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced Thursday.
This years Shootout is scheduled for Nov. 26-30 at Sullivan Arena, starting with women's first-round action on Tuesday night and concluding with the mens championship on Saturday. Host UAA will open against UC Riverside on the women's side and Texas Christian on the men's to begin their respective tournaments.
Nicholls State rounds out the four-team women's field, joining Georgetown, UC Riverside and six-time champion Alaska Anchorage. Meanwhile, there has been a change in the eight-team mens field, with Green Bay replacing Iowa.
Georgetown and Nicholls State will kick off the women's action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by UCR against UAA.
The 36th annual men's Shootout tips off Wednesday night with a first-round game between Indiana State Warriors and Tulsa, followed by the Seawolves against TCU of the Big 12 Conference. Thanksgiving evening features Pepperdine against Green Bay in the early game, while Harvard fresh off its first-ever NCAA victory faces another 2012-13 conference champion, Denver, in the late contest. Tip-off times and television coverage will be announced later.
Five of this years men's teams went to postseason play this March, including an NCAA 3rd Round appearance for Harvard and an NIT trip for Indiana State Warriors. Georgetown's visit marks the fourth time in five women's Shootouts that a member of the powerful Big East Conference will come north.
The Shootout is the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the nation, taking place every Thanksgiving in Anchorage since 1978.
Here is a quick look at the 2013 fields:
WOMEN Alaska Anchorage Nickname: Seawolves Location: Anchorage, Alaska Conference: Great Northwest Athletic (GNAC) 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 17-10 overall, 11-7 GNAC (t-3rd) 2013 Postseason: None Head Coach: Ryan McCarthy, 2nd season Previous Shootout Appearances (Titles): All (1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Georgetown Nickname: Hoyas Location: Washington, D.C. Conference: Big East 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 15-16/5-11 (t-11th) 2013 Postseason: None Head Coach: Keith Brown, 2nd season Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Nicholls State Nickname: Lady Colonels Location: Thibodaux, La. Conference: Southland 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 19-11/11-7 (t-4th) 2013 Postseason: None Head Coach: DoBee Plaisance, 6th season Previous Shootout Appearances: None
UC Riverside Nickname: Highlanders Location: Riverside, Calif. Conference: Big West 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 18-18/4-14 (10th) 2013 Postseason: None Head Coach: John Margaritis, 10th season Previous Shootout Appearances: None
MEN Alaska Anchorage Nickname: Seawolves Location: Anchorage, Alaska Conference: Great Northwest Athletic (GNAC) 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 18-9/11-7 (3rd) 2013 Postseason: None Head Coach: Rusty Osborne, 10th season Previous Shootout Appearances: All (35-70)
Denver Nickname: Pioneers Location: Denver, Colo. Conference: Summit League 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 22-10/16-2 (t-1st in WAC) 2013 Postseason: NIT 2nd Round Head Coach: Joe Scott, 7th season Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Harvard Nickname: Crimson Location: Cambridge, Mass. Conference: Ivy League 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 20-10/11-3 (1st) 2013 Postseason: NCAA 3rd Round Head Coach: Tommy Amaker, 7th season Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Green Bay Nickname: Phoenix Location: Green Bay, Wis. Conference: Horizon League 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 18-16/10-6 (t-3rd) 2013 Postseason: CIT 1st Round Head Coach: Brian Wardle, 4th season Previous Shootout Appearances: 1993 (6th)
Indiana State Warriors Nickname: Sycamores Location: Terre Haute, Ind. Conference: Missouri Valley 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 18-15/9-9 (5th) 2013 Postseason: NIT 1st Round Head Coach: Greg Lansing, 4th season Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Pepperdine Nickname: Waves Location: Malibu, Calif. Conference: West Coast 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 12-18/4-12 (t-7th) 2013 Postseason: None Head Coach: Marty Wilson, 3rd season Previous Shootout Appearances: 1978 (3rd)
Texas Christian Nickname: Horned Frogs Location: Fort Worth, Texas Conference: Big 12 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 11-21/2-16 (12th) 2013 Postseason: None Head Coach: Trent Johnson, 2nd season Previous Shootout Appearances: 1995 (8th)
Tulsa Nickname: Golden Hurricane Location: Tulsa, Okla. Conference: Conference USA 2012-13 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 17-16/8-8 (6th) 2013 Postseason: CBI 1st Round Head Coach: Danny Manning, 2nd season Previous Shootout Appearances: None
2013 CARRS/SAFEWAY GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT Sullivan Arena Anchorage, Alaska All times TBA (Alaska 4 hours behind EST)
Womens Schedule Tuesday, Nov. 26 First Round Nicholls State vs Georgetown UC Riverside vs Alaska Anchorage Wednesday, Nov. 27 First Round 3rd Place NSU/GU loser vs UCR/UAA loser Championship NSU/GU winner vs UCR/UAA winner
Mens Schedule Wednesday, Nov. 27 First Round Game 1 Tulsa vs Indiana State Warriors Game 2 Texas Christian vs Alaska Anchorage Thursday, Nov. 28 First Round Game 3 Pepperdine vs Green Bay Game 4 Denver vs Harvard Friday, Nov. 29 Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals Game 5 Tulsa/ISU loser vs TCU/UAA loser Game 6 Pepp./GB loser vs DU/Harvard loser Game 7 Tulsa/ISU winner vs TCU/UAA winner Game 8 Pepp./GB winner vs DU/Harvard winner Saturday, Nov. 30 7th/8th-place Game 5 loser vs Game 6 loser 4th/6th-place Game 5 winner vs Game 6 winner 3rd/5th-place Game 7 loser vs Game 8 loser Championship Game 7 winner vs Game 8 winner
It has been said that, there is no substitute for hard work. For Larry Gordon(6'5''-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona), the hard work and dedication displayed throughout his career and during his All-Star season for Phoenix Hagen in Germany's BEKO BBL is a constant reminder that these seven words still hold true. Now, Gordon -- the 6-foot-5, 225 pound swingman out of Division 2 Cal Poly Pomona -- is being rewarded for such efforts [read more]
It has been said that, there is no substitute for hard work.
For Larry Gordon (6'5''-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona), the hard work and dedication displayed throughout his career and during his All-Star season for Phoenix Hagen in Germany's BEKO BBL is a constant reminder that these seven words still hold true. Now, Gordon -- the 6-foot-5, 225 pound swingman out of Division 2 Cal Poly Pomona -- is being rewarded for such efforts.
Scorers 1st Sportmanagement is very proud to announce that Larry Gordon will continue working hard in Hagen after signing a 2-year contract extension it was announced by the club on Friday.
"This accomplishment for Larry truly is a reflection of him setting career goals for himself and not stopping until he reached those goals. It has been that way since he came out of a small college, turned pro and put in the work and determination needed to succeed at this level, said Scorers 1st CEO and FIBA and NBA certified player agent Gerrit Kersten-Thiele.
"We couldn't be more happy and proud of Larry. He's a great player, but even a better person."
The extension comes during a season where Gordon was selected to the BEKO BBL All-Star Game during his first year playing in Germany and helped lead Phoenix Hagan to the BEKO BBL Playoffs by averaging 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, while growing into a league leader in a number of statistical categories.
As one of the most efficient players in the BBL, Gordon finished the regular season among the Top 10 and Top 20 league leaders in total rebounds (4th, 223), total offensive rebounds (ranks 6th, 72), rebounding (ranks 5th, 6.6 rpg), efficiency rating (ranks 6th, 502), effectiveness (8th, 14.8), double-doubles (ranks 9th, 4), 3-pt. field goal percentage (ranks 11th, 43.6%), total field goals made (ranks 13th, 158), efficiency rating per game (ranks 12th, 14:44), total steals (ranks 15th, 35), steals per game (ranks 17th, 1.0) and scoring (ranks 17th, 12.9 ppg).
Blessed with a combination of versatility and toughness, the four-year pro also was Hagen's team leader in three-point shooting (43.9%), offensive rebounds (2.1), defensive rebounds (4.4) and total rebounds (6.5) and finished second in FG % (53%) and FT% (82.6%).
During his first year in college at Cal Poly Pomona (California Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA Division 2) Gordon received Freshman Player of the Year honors and followed up his first year by earning a 1st team All-Conference award and leading the Broncos to a playoff birth as a Sophomore. As a Junior, Gordon continued to mature on the floor and in the class room: 1st team All-Conference for the second straight year, NABC All-Region, 1st team All-Tournament and Honorable mentioned All-American, and Cal Poly Pomona's first Conference Tournament Championship Game.
Gordon saved the best for last.
The aggressive playmaker led the Broncos to the Division 2 National Championship Game as a Senior after winning both the Conference and Regional Championships. Gordon took home the Conference Player of the Year award, was named MVP of the West Region and selected to the Elite 8 All-Tournament team. The mark Gordon left on Cal Poly Ponoma's program was indeed historic. Not only did was he named 1st team All-Conference for the third straight year, but the Pomona, California native became the 5th All-American basketball player in the history of Cal Poly Pomona, where Gordon remains the all-time leading rebounder and second all-time leading scorer in school history. Gordon also ranks in the Top-5 in several program records including career points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, steals and games played.
After a storied collegiate career at Cal Poly Pomona, Gordon embarked on a professional overseas career in 2009 that's spread from Holland, to Austria and now this season in Germany.
Gordon's rookie season took place in the Dutch Basketball League for Holland's Landstede Basketbal Zwolle where he averaged 14 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. The following two seasons Gordon was a fixture in the Ece Kapfenberg Bulls' backcourt, averaging both 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game (35 games) and 14.7 points, 8.4 rebounds per game and shot 65% from the field (38 games) in the Austria-A Budesliga. During Gordon's last season in Austria he turned heads by winning the Austrian All-Star Game's Slam Dunk Contest.
This season in Hagen, Gordon's made a direct impact in Germany's BEKO BBL: making the All-Star team -- where he competed in both the Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shootout -- and now preparing for the postseason.
Gordon and Hagen secured the 8th spot in the BEKO BBL Playoffs with their 99-88 win over MBC last Saturday, where Gordon went for 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the win. They will face No. 1 seeded Brose Baskets Bamberg (26-8) in the first round beginning on Sunday. The two teams split their series during the regular season and Gordon finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Hagen's respective 104-97 win.
It?s been an amazing first season in Germany with Phoenix Hagen for Larry Gordon and we wish him much success in the postseason and as he continues to work hard toward reaching new goals.
From: gnacsports.comLACEY, Wash. - Michael Ostlund, who was an assistant coach at St.Martin's between 1997 and 2002, is the new head men's basketball coach at St.Martin's University. From 2007-12, Ostlund was the head coach at Snow College, which is located in Ephraim, Utah.This was the deepest applicant pool we have ever had for this position, and many with collegiate head coaching experience that made it a difficult task for the search committee, said SMU athletic director Bob Grisham [read more]
LACEY, Wash. - Michael Ostlund, who was an assistant coach at St.Martin's between 1997 and 2002, is the new head men's basketball coach at St.Martin's University. From 2007-12, Ostlund was the head coach at Snow College, which is located in Ephraim, Utah.
This was the deepest applicant pool we have ever had for this position, and many with collegiate head coaching experience that made it a difficult task for the search committee, said SMU athletic director Bob Grisham.
Michael brings experience as a NCAA Division I player (Weber State University) and as a coach with experience at all levels, having spent the last five years as the head coach at Snow in one of the top junior college conferences in the country. He has recruiting contacts with a vast coaching network throughout the Northwest region as well as nationally.
He combines a passion for the game of basketball, an understanding of the balance between athletics and academics and a real appreciation for the history and culture of St.Martin's, which makes him an ideal fit for our university.
Ostlund put together his most successful season at Snow in 2011-12 as he led the squad to a record of 23-9 and a record of 44-19 (.698) in his final two seasons.
I am grateful for the opportunity, and honored to be the head coach at St.Martin's University, said Ostlund from his current home just outside Salt Lake City. I appreciate the confidence from the SMU administration, and am excited to be heading back to Lacey.
I fully understand the challenges that lie ahead in building the basketball program at SMU, competing in the best Division II conference in the country. We will do everything possible to compete for championships with integrity, our team will represent SMU with pride, and our focus will be on our student-athletes and their success.
The Badgers posted nine wins over nationally ranked National Junior College Association of America teams (NJCAA) during the 2011-12 season as the team finished second in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) advancing to the semifinals of the Region 18 tournament. His team was ranked as high as 17th in the national poll and spent several weeks in the top 25 or receiving votes in his final two seasons.
Ostlund brings 16 years of coaching experience to St.Martin's having served as the assistant coach at Salt Lake Community College for five seasons (2002-07) where he helped contribute to the program's 116-44 record. During that time the team had five 20 win seasons and advanced to the Region 18 Tournament Championship game twice.
In addition to being an assistant at St.Martin's for five seasons, Ostlund was also an assistant at Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah, for three seasons, preceded by his first coaching position as an assistant at Weber State University.
He graduated from Weber State with a bachelor's degree in integrated studies and completed his master's in business administration at St.Martin's.
Ostlund played two seasons at Weber State under Denny Huston, long-time assistant coach to former University of Washington head coach Marv Harshman, and was a first team All-Big Sky selection while establishing a NCAA record with 11 consecutive three-point field goals made in 1989.
He inherits a team that returns 11 players from the 2012-13 squad that went 10-16 overall and 6-12 in the GNAC.
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