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This Week in the Big West - March 7-13, 2011

3/7/2011

MARCH MADNESS IS HERE!  The 2011 ampm Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament gets started at campus sites Tuesday night with the women's First Round and continues Thursday with the men's First Round at Honda Center!   Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and UC Davis are set to host women's First Round games, while Long Beach State, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and Pacific represent the top four seeds on the men's side.

Baseball

Coming off its second straight series win and holding a six-game win streak, Cal State Fullerton heads to the land of Mardi Gras this weekend to battle the eighth-ranked LSU Tigers. The 2009 National Champions opened the season winning 11 straight before suffering their first loss of the year versus Princeton last Sunday. While the Titans are battle-tested, having already played preseason No. 1 TCU, No. 15 North Carolina ball club and USC, the Tigers are facing their first ranked opponent in Cal State Fullerton.

For the sixth year in a row, select games l be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Baseball Weekly Release #4


Men's Basketball

he matchups for the 2011 ampm Big West Men's Basketball Tournament have been determined as first round action tips off on Thursday, March 10 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Conference regular season champion Long Beach State is the No. 1 seed and squares off against No. 8 seed UC Irvine at noon on Thursday.  The next afternoon matchup pits No. 4 seed Pacific against No. 5 seed UC Santa Barbara.

Thursday's evening session begins at 6:00 p.m. with No. 2 Cal Poly taking on No. 7 UC Riverside.  The final first round game pits No. 3 seed Cal State Northridge against No. 6 seed Cal State Fullerton. 

The ampm Big West Tournament continues on Friday, March 11 with semifinal action starting at 6:30 p.m.  Both semifinals will be aired live on ESPNU.  The championship game on Saturday, March 12 tips at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN2.


The four first-round match-ups in the tournament will be broadcast on BigWest.TV as part of a special pay-per-view package for $7.95 that includes all four women's first round games as well as the two women's semifinals from Honda Center.  All games in the tournament will be included at no additional charge for current BigWest.TV subscribers.

Men's Basketball ampm Big West Tournament Preview/Weekly Release #18


Women's Basketball

March Madness officially kicks off Tuesday as the first round of the 2011 ampm Big West Women's Basketball Tournament begins. In the new format of the ampm Big West Women's Basketball Tournament, the top four teams in the conference host the first round of competition before the semifinals and championship game move to Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Cal Poly owns the tiebreaker over UC Santa Barbara and was awarded the No. 1 seed of the tournament. The Mustangs are slated to host No. 8 Cal State Fullerton at Mott Gym Tuesday evening while the Gauchos face the No. 7 seed Pacific.

Posting an 11-5 record earned UC Riverside a third place finish in the Big West standings. In the quest to defend their Big West Tournament Championship, the No. 3 Highlanders are slated to entertain No. 6 Long Beach State at the Student Recreation Center.  The final matchup of the first round of the ampm Big West Women's Basketball Tournament pits No. 4 UC Davis (10-6) against No. 5 UC Irvine (7-9) at The Pavilion.

First round action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at designated campus sites. The semifinals are slated for Friday, March 10, starting at noon, and the championship game takes place on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.

The four first-round match-ups in the tournament will be broadcast on BigWest.TV as part of a special pay-per-view package for $7.95 that includes the two women's semifinals from Honda Center as well as the four men's first-round games..  All games in the tournament will be included at no additional charge for current BigWest.TV subscribers.

Women's Basketball ampm Big West Tournament Preview/Weekly Release #17

Golf

The 15th annual Del Walker Intercollegiate, hosted by the Long Beach State men's program, is set to take place at the Virginia Country Club (par 70; 6,633 yards) March 7-8. The two-day, 54-hole tournament begins on Monday with 36 holes and 18 holes on Tuesday. Both days begin at 7:00 a.m. and live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com. This year's field features 10 teams from across the nation, including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Louisiana Monroe, Northern Colorado, Santa Clara, UC Riverside, Washington State, Weber State and Wichita State. The Del Walker also has individuals participating in this year's tournament from Loyola Marymount, UCLA and USC.

Early-week tournaments line the men's and women's golf schedules this week, with teams from Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC Riverside in action.

Golf March News & Notes


Softball

A threepack of teams host tourney action this week in softball, as Long Beach State, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara welcome teams to their home venues for the Long Beach Airport Marriott Invitational, UCR Tournament and Gaucho Classic II, respectively. The schedule is light with only 23 games scheduled for the weekend, the lightest slate of games so far in the 2011 season.

For the sixth year in a row, select games l be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Softball Weekly Release #5


Tennis

The Big West women's tennis race added some intrigue after three-time defending champion Long Beach State lost its first regular season conference match in four years last week.  UC Davis (4-0) and Cal Poly (3-0) currently occupy the top spot in the standings.

UC Santa Barbara was the team to upset the 49ers, which had won 31 straight Big West regular season matches and last lost on March 1, 2007 to UC Irvine.  The Gauchos went on the road to deal the 49ers the 4-3 setback.  LBSU, still a successful 8-2 on the season, remains a key contender in the race, but has some company as the Aggies, Mustangs, Gauchos and UC Irvine are all in the hunt.

The 2011 Big West Men's and Women's Tennis Championships are a scant three months away a Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, April 28 through May 2.

Tennis Weekly Release #8


Women's Water Polo

Big West women's water polo teams are sprinkled throughout different tournaments this week, including the Pomona Tournament, Claremont Convergence and Aztec Invitational.

UC Santa Barbara isthe host institution for the 2011 Big West Women's Water Polo Championships this spring, April 29 through May 2.

Women's Water Polo Weekly Release #8


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Schedule for March 7-13, 2011
DAY DATE SPORT HOME AWAY TIME (PT)
TV/ONLINE
Mon. Mar. 7
Baseball Long Beach State
Hawai'i 6:30 pm
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
 
M-Golf Del Walker Intercollegiate [1]
  All Day
 
 

Fresno St Lexus Classic [2]
  All Day
 
 
W-Golf Fresno St Lexus Classic [2]
  All Day
 


W-Tennis UC Riverside
Portland 2:00 pm
 
Tues. Mar. 8
Baseball Cal State Northridge
San Diego State 2:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
   
UC Santa Barbara
USC 2:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCSB



UC Davis
Nevada 2:30 pm
GameTracker
      Pacific
San Jose State
6:00 pm
GameTracker
Audio - PAC
      UC Irvine
Connecticut 6:30 pm
GameTracker
Audio - UCI
    WBB
ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(8) Cal State Fullerton at (1) Cal Poly
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CP
Audio - CSUF
      ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(7) Pacific at (2) UC Santa Barbara
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCSB
Audio - PAC

    ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(6) Long Beach State at (3) UC Riverside
7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - LBSU
Audio - UCR
      ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(5) UC Irvine at (4) UC Davis
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCD
Audio - UCI
    M-Golf Del Walker Intercollegiate [1]   All Day

   
Fresno St Lexus Classic [2]

All Day  
    W-Golf Fresno St Lexus Classic [2]   All Day
 
    Softball UC Davis (DH) Nevada 1:00 pm
GT- Game 1
GT- Game 2



Cal State Fullerton (DH)
Troy 4:00 pm
BW.TV (FREE)
BW.TV (FREE)
GT- Game 1
GT- Game 2
Audio - CSUF
    M-Tennis Pacific Penn 1:00 pm
 
Wed. Mar. 9 Baseball Pepperdine UC Riverside 2:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCR


Softball Sacramento State
Pacific (DH)
1:00 pm
Live Stats
 

Cal State Northridge
IPFW
2:00 pm
 
 
W-Ten UC Irvine Boston College
1:30 pm
 
Thurs. Mar. 10
Baseball UC Davis [3]
Utah
6:00 pm
GameTracker 
 
MBB ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(1) Long Beach State vs. (8) UC Irvine
12:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
Audio - UCI
      ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(4) Pacific vs. (
5) UC Santa Barbara
~2:30 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCSB
Audio - PAC
      ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(2) Cal Poly vs. (
7) UC Riverside
6:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CP
Audio - UCR
      ampm Big West Tournament 1st Round
(3) Cal State Northridge vs. (
6) Cal State Fullerton
~8:30 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker 
Audio - CSUF
Audio - CSUN
    M-Ten UC Riverside
Gonzaga
2:00 pm
 
Fri. Mar. 11
Baseball Long Beach State [4]
Rice
11:00 am
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
   
Cal State Northridge Lafayette
2:00 pm
GameTracker
   
Nevada
Pacific 2:00 pm
Audio - PAC
Video (Pay)
   
UC Santa Barbara [4]
San Francisco
3:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCSB
      LSU
Cal State Fullerton
5:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - CSUF
Video (FREE)
      Cal Poly
Loyola Marymount
6:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CP 
   
UC Davis [3]
Milwaukee 6:00 pm
GameTracker
      UC Irvine
Sacramento State 6:30 pm
GameTracker
Audio - UCI
    MBB   ampm Big West Tournament Semifinal
(1) Long Beach State vs. (7) UC Riverside
6:30 pm
ESPNU
GameTracker
   
ampm Big West Tournament Semifinal
(3) Cal State Northridge vs. (5) UC Santa Barbara
~9:00 pm
ESPNU
GameTracker
    WBB ampm Big West Tournament Semifinal
(1) Cal Poly vs. (7) Pacific
12:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CP
Audio - PAC
   
ampm Big West Tournament Semifinal
(3) UC Riverside vs. (4) UC Davis
~2:30 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCD
Audio - UCR
    Softball UC Santa Barbara [5]
UNLV 9:00 am GameTracker
   
UC Riverside [6]
Saint Louis
11:30 am
 
   
UC Riverside [6] Harvard 2:00 pm
 
   
UC Santa Barbara [5] Wisconsin 3:15 pm
GameTracker
   
Long Beach State [7]
Brigham Young
3:30 pm
GameTracker
   
UC Davis [8]
San Jose State
4:00 pm
GameTracker  
   
Cal State Fullerton
Utah State
6:00 pm
GameTracker 
   
Long Beach State [7] UCLA
6:00 pm
GameTracker
    W-Ten UC Irvine
Sacramento State
1:30 pm
 
   
Long Beach State
Boston College
2:00 pm
 
    WWP Pomona-Pitzer
UC Irvine [9] 12:45 pm
 
   
UC Irvine [9] Redlands
6:00 pm
 
   
Long Beach State [10]


 
Sat. Mar. 12 Baseball UC Santa Barbara [4]
Louisana-Lafayette
11:00 am
 
   
LSU
Cal State Fullerton
12:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - CSUF
Video (FREE)
   
Cal Poly (DH) Loyola Marymount
1:00 pm BW.TV - Gm 1
BW.TV - Gm 2
GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
Audio - CP 
   
Cal State Northridge (DH) [4]
Lafayette 1:00 pm GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
   
UC Davis [12]
San Jose State 1:00 pm  
   
UC Irvine
Sacramento State 2:00 pm  
   
Long Beach State [4]
San Francisco
3:00 pm  
    MBB ampm Big West Tournament Final
(1) Long Beach State vs. (5) UC Santa Barbara
5:00 pm ESPN2
ESPN3.com
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
Audio - UCSB
    WBB ampm Big West Tournament Final
(1) Cal Poly vs. (4) UC Davis
1:00 pm Fox Sports PT
GameTracker
Audio - CP
Audio - UCD
    Softball UC Santa Barbara [5]
Wisconsin 9:30 am
GameTracker
   
Pacific (DH)
Wisconsin 12:00 pm GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
   
UC Davis [11]
Albany 1:15 pm GameTracker
   
Long Beach State [7]
Sacramento State
1:30 pm GameTracker
   
UC Davis [11] Boise State
3:30 pm GameTracker
   
Cal State Fullerton [7] UCLA 3:45 pm GameTracker
Sun. Mar. 13 Baseball LSU
Cal State Fullerton
11:00 am Live Stats
Audio - CSUF
Video (FREE)
   
UC Santa Barbara [4]
Rice
12:30 pm GameTracker
   
Cal Poly
Loyola Marymount
1:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - CP
   
Cal State Northridge
Lafayette 1:00 pm GameTracker
   
UC Irvine
Sacramento State
1:00 pm GameTracker
   
Nevada
Pacific
1:00 pm GameTracker
   
Santa Clara
UC Davis [3]
3:00 pm GameTracker
   
Long Beach State [4]
Louisiana-Lafayette
4:00 pm GameTracker
    Softball UC Davis [8]
San Jose State
10:00 am
GameTracker
      Long Beach State [7]
Utah State
11:15 am
GameTracker
      UC Riverside [6]
North Dakota
11:30 am
GameTracker
      UC Santa Barbara [5]
UNLV
11:45 am
GameTracker
      Cal Poly (DH)
Notre Dame
1:00 pm
BW.TV - Gm 1
BW.TV - Gm 2
GT - Game 1
GT - Game 2
      Long Beach State [7] Saint Mary's
1:30 pm
GameTracker
      UC Santa Barbara [5]
San Diego
2:00 pm
GameTracker
+ - Time change.
** - Softball rankings from USA Today/NFCA & ESPN.com/USA Softball.

[1] - Del Walker Intercollegiate (Long Beach, CA) - CSUF, CSUN, LBSU, UCR
[2] - Fresno State Lexus Classic (Fresno, CA) - UCI, UCSB & PAC men; CP, CSUF, UCD, UCI & UCR women.
[3] - Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament (Bay Area, CA).
[4] - AT&T Invitational (San Francisco, CA).
[5] - Gaucho Classic II (Santa Barbara, CA).
[6] - UCR Tournament (Riverside, CA).
[7] - Long Beach Airport Marriott (Lakewood, CA).
[8] - Bronco Super Series (Hayward, CA).
[9] - Pomona Tournament (Pomona, CA).
[10] - Claremont Convergence (Claremont, CA).
[11] - MLB Urban Youth Academy (Compton, CA).
[12] - Bronco Super Series (Hayward, CA).