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

11/9/2011

The Big West's fall championship season concludes with this week as the Big West Men's Soccer Tournament is set for this week.  Also this weekend, cross country and women's soccer head to NCAA action, while women's volleyball begins the final two weeks of the regular season.  And did I mention that men's & women's hoops tipoff this weekend?  *Whew*

Cross Country

Eight of the nine Big West Conference cross country programs are gearing up to compete against the best in the west at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championship. This year's event takes place in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 12 on the campus of Stanford University. The men's 10K, which features 27 schools, gets underway at 10:00 a.m. and is followed by a 37-team womens field running the 6K at 11:15 a.m. Both admission and parking is free of charge to all spectators.

The top two men's and women's teams from the NCAA West Regional automatically advance to the NCAA Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. Individual and team at-large bids are also awarded following the nine regionals held around the nation on Saturday.

Cross Country NCAA West Regional Preview

NCAA Cross Country West Regional Central


Men's Basketball

The season begins on Friday with six total games, including two road match-ups against Pac-12 teams.  UC Davis will be the first to hit the hardwood, tipping against Southern Utah at the Basketball Travelers Invite in San Diego at 4:30 p.m. PT.  Defending Big West Tournament champs UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside all open at home, with all three match-ups broadcast on BigWest.TV FREE OF CHARGE at 7:00 p.m.  Meanwhile, UC Irvine hits the road to open at No. 24 California (7:30 p.m.), and Cal State Northridge travels to Los Angeles to face off against USC (8:00 p.m.).

For the seventh year, all home and conference games, with the exception of ESPN and FOX Sports contests, will be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #1

 


Women's Basketball


All nine Big West Conference schools tip-off the season this weekend, with eight of them doing so in hostile territory. Most teams wont be racking up a lot of frequent flier miles since many of the road contests are against western teams. UC Riverside heads to the Grand Canyon state to tackle Arizona State and Northern Arizona, while UC Davis, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara visit the Pacific Northeast to battle a mix of schools. Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton remain in the Golden State. The Matadors face Sacramento State Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m. and the Titans visits Sacramento State the same day for a 5:00 p.m. tip.

For the seventh year, all home and conference games, with the exception of ESPN and FOX Sports contests, will be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #1



Men's Soccer


The fourth annual Big West Men's Soccer Tournament takes center stage this week as top seed UC Irvine hosts No. 4 seed UC Riverside, while No. 3 seed UC Davis travels to No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara for Wednesday's semifinals.  The two winners meet on Saturday for the championship at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Men's Soccer Big West Tournament Preview

Big West Men's Soccer Tournament Central


Women's Soccer


For the second year in a row, Long Beach State and UC Irvine are representing the Big West in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship as the NCAA selection committee unveiled the 64-team field on Monday.  This is the third time in the last four seasons that the Big West is sending two teams to postseason play.  It is also the fourth time since 2005 that the conference has had multiple NCAA Tournament representatives.

First round action begins this weekend and features a couple of familiar foes from the West Coast Conference.  WCC regular season co-champion, NCAA automatic qualifier and No. 3 regional seed Pepperdine (15-1-4) hosts Long Beach State (15-5-1, 6-2-0 Big West) on Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m. (PST) at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.  The winner takes on either Miami (FL) or Alabama in second round action on Friday, November 18.

UC Irvine (14-4-2, 6-1-1 Big West) welcomes at-large representative and WCC co-champion San Diego (12-7-0) to Anteater Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. (PST) first round match on Friday, November 11.  The winner advances to the second round to face either regional No. 2 seed UCLA or New Mexico on Friday, November 18.  UCI won a high scoring, tightly contested 3-2 affair at San Diego on Sept. 25.

Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament Preview

Women's Soccer All-Conference Honors

Big West Women's Soccer Tournament Central

 

Women's Volleyball

Two weeks remain of the 2011 Big West Conference season and Long Beach State has already secured at least a share of its 12th Big West title with an 11-2 record. In a distant second are UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge, who are tied for second with a 7-5 league mark. The 49ers control their own destiny in the Big West race. They need just one more win to gain sole possession of the Big West crown, securing the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament. If Long Beach State, who is riding a nine-match win streak, is unable to capture one more victory in its final three contests, it needs a loss by both UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge to win the title outright. This Wednesday, the Gauchos and Matadors face off at the The Thunderdome with the winner knocking the other out of contention for the title.

For the seventh year, all conference matches will be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Women's Volleyball Weekly Release #12























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This Week in the Big West is the one-stop listing of the top matches taking place across the Big West Conference!  Each week, This Week in the Big West will highlight the games that fans won’t want to miss and critical match-ups home or away in one location.  Keep in touch with the happenings around the conference!

 

Schedule for November 7-13, 2011
DAY DATE SPORT HOME AWAY TIME (PT)
TV/ONLINE
Wed. Nov. 9 MBB Pacific (exhib.)
San Francisco State
7:00 pm
BW.TV (FREE)
Live Stats
Audio - PAC
 
M-Soc Big West Women's Soccer Tournament
Semifinal
#1
(3) UC Davis at (2) #15 UC Santa Barbara
7:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - UCSB
@BigWest_MSoccer
      Big West Women's Soccer Tournament
Semifinal
#2
(4) UC Riverside at (1) #11 UC Irvine
7:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - UCR
@BigWestLive
Live Blog - UCI
    WVB UC Irvine UC Riverside 7:00 pm
BigWest.TV
Live Stats
   
UC Santa Barbara Cal State Northridge 7:30 pm
BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - CSUN
Audio - KCSB
Fri. Nov. 11
MBB UC Davis [1]
Southern Utah 4:30 pm
Live Stats
Audio - UCD



Cal State Fullerton
Redlands 7:00 pm
BW.TV (FREE)
GameTracker
Audio - CSF
   
UC Riverside
Cal Lutheran 7:00 pm
BW.TV (FREE)
Live Stats
Audio - UCR
   
UC Santa Barbara Chapman 7:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
Live Stats
Audio - UCSB
   
#24 Cal
UC Irvine 7:30 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCI
Video (Pay)
   
USC  Cal State Northridge
8:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
Video (Pay)


WBB Arizona State
UC Riverside 11:00 am  GameTracker
Video (FREE)



Washington
UC Davis
1:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCD
   
San Francisco Cal State Northridge
3:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - CSUN
Video (FREE)
      Sacramento State
Cal State Fullerton 5:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - SAC
Video (FREE)
      Long Beach State Utah Valley
7:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU


  Portland State UC Irvine
7:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - UCI
Video (Pay)
      Seattle UC Santa Barbara
7:00 pm Live Stats
Video (FREE)
Audio - UCSB
    W-Soc NCAA Tournament 1st Round
UC Irvine vs. San Diego
7:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
GameTracker
    WVB Cal Poly
UC Riverside 7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
      UC Davis Cal State Fullerton 7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCD
      UC Irvine Cal State Northridge
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
Live Stats
      Pacific Long Beach State
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - LBSU
Audio - PAC
Sat. Nov. 12
XC NCAA West Regional
at Palo Alto, CA
10:00 am West Regional Central
    MBB Cal Poly
San Jose State 2:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
Live Stats
Audio - CP
      Long Beach State Idaho 2:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
      UC Davis [1]
Bryant 4:30 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCD
    M-Soc Big West Tournament Final
(2) #15 UC Santa Barbara at (1) #11 UC Irvine
7:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCSB
Live Blog - UCI
@BigWestLive
    W-Soc NCAA Tournament 1st Round
Long Beach State at Pepperdine
1:30 pm GameTracker
    WVB UC Davis Long Beach State 7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
      Pacific Cal State Fullerton 7:00 pm BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - PAC
      UC Santa Barbara Cal Poly
7:30 pm BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - KCSB
Sun. Nov. 13 MBB UTEP UC Riverside 2:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCR
Video (Pay)
      San Diego State
UC Davis [1]
3:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCD
      Pacific Cal State Monterey Bay
5:00 pm BW.TV (FREE)
Live Stats
Audio - PAC
    WBB Syracuse Long Beach State
10:00 am Live Stats
Audio - LBSU
      Fairfield Pacific 10:00 am Live Stats
Audio - PAC
Video (Pay)
      Northern Arizona
UC Riverside 1:00 pm Live Stats
Video (Pay)
      Oregon Cal Poly 2:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UO
Video (Pay)
      Seattle UC Davis 2:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCD
      Portland UC Irvine 2:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCI
Video (FREE)
      Portland State
UC Santa Barbara
2:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCSB
Video (Pay)
Basketball rankings based on AP & ESPN/USA Today Polls.
Soccer rankings based on NSCAA Polls.
Volleyball rankings based on AVCA Poll.

[1] - Basketball Travelers Invitational (San Diego, CA).