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This Week in the Big West - March 5-11, 2012

3/6/2012

The 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament is here, as basketball season hits the madness in earnest.  Women's first-round games open Tuesday on home campuses, while men's first-round games take place at Honda Center Thursday.

Baseball

Seven of the nine Big West baseball squads host weekend series looking to capitalize on home field advantage.  Cal Poly (9-4) and Cal State Fullerton (8-4) are having the best starts in the conference so far.

Once again, select home contests will be broadcast by institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Baseball Weekly Release #4


Men's Basketball

The 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center starting Thursday, March 8.  Regular-season champs Long Beach State look to cap off their stellar season with the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while defending Big West Tournament champs UC Santa Barbara are seeking their third-straight trip to March Madness.

All men's first-round games will air as part of the BigWest.TV package, while the first men's semifinal on Friday will air live on ESPN3 in conjunction with Hawai'i Tourism Authority and tape-delayed on ESPNU.  The second men's semifinal Friday will air live on ESPNU, with the men's championship on ESPN2 Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PT.

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #18

Big West Men's Basketball Tournament Central


Big West Tournament single-session tickets on sale NOW!


Women's Basketball

First-round games for the 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament are set for Tuesday, March 6 at home campus sites, with the winners advancing to Friday's semifinal games at Honda Center.  Regular-season champions Cal Poly are looking to take another step this year after reaching the tournament final in 2011, while defending Big West Tournament champs UC Davis attempt to make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.

All first-round games will be broadcast by the institutions on BigWest.TV as part of the standard subscription package.  Friday's semifinals will also air from Honda Center on BigWest.TV, while Saturday's championship game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Prime Ticket at 2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #18

Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Central

Big West Tournament single-session tickets on sale NOW!


Softball

Home field advatage this week?  Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Davis and UC Riverside all host tournaments this weekend.

Once again, select home contests will be broadcast by institutions on BigWest.TV, the conference's video streaming initiative in partnership with CBS College Sports.

Softball Weekly Release #5


Men's & Women's Tennis

UC Irvine at Long Beach State in women's tennis.  'Nuff said.

Tennis Weekly Release #7 (coming soon)


Women's Water Polo

More action this weekend!

Women's Water Polo Weekly Release #7 (coming soon)



2012 Big West Tour presented by Hawai'i Tourism Authority


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Schedule for March 5-11, 2012
DAY DATE SPORT HOME AWAY TIME (PT)
TV/ONLINE
Tues. Mar. 6
Baseball UC Santa Barbara
Cal State Bakersfield
2:00 pm
Live Stats
Audio - UCSB
      San Francisco
Pacific 2:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - PAC
      Arizona
UC Davis 4:00 pm GameTracker
Video (Pay)
      Santa Clara
Cal Poly
6:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - CP
      USC #20/15 Cal State Fullerton 6:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - CSF
Video (Pay)
      UCLA UC Riverside
6:00 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCR
      Long Beach State San Diego State
6:30 pm GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
    WBB Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(8) Cal State Fullerton at (1) Cal Poly
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - CP
Audio - CSF
      Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(7) Long Beach State at (2) Cal State Northridge
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CSUN
Audio - LBSU
      Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(6) UC Santa Barbara at (3) UC Irvine
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
Audio - UCI
Audio - UCSB
 
  Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(5) Pacific at (4) UC Davis
7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - UCD
Audio - PAC
    Softball UC Riverside Saint Joseph's 12:00 pm
Live Stats
      San Jose State Pacific 2:00 pm Live Stats
      UC Riverside
Michigan State
2:30 pm Live Stats
      Cal State Fullerton
East Carolina
6:00 pm
BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Wed. Mar. 7
Baseball Arizona
UC Davis
12:00 pm
GameTracker
Video (Pay)
    Softball UC Riverside (DH)
Eastern Kentucky
12:00 pm Live Stats
      Cal
UC Davis 3:00 pm GameTracker
    W-Ten Cal Poly Texas Tech
11:00 am  
      UC Irvine Furman 1:30 pm  
      Cal State Bakersfield Cal State Fullerton
2:00 pm  
Thurs. Mar. 8 Baseball UC Irvine BYU
6:30 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCI
    MBB Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(3) UC Santa Barbara vs. (6) Pacific

12:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - UCSB
Audio - PAC
Press Conf (UCSB)
Press Conf (PAC)
      Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(2) Cal State Fullerton vs. (7) UC Irvine
~2:30 pm* BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - CSF
Audio - UCI
Press Conf (CSF)
Press Conf (UCI)
      Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(1) Long Beach State vs. (8) UC Davis
6:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - LBSU
Audio - UCD
Press Conf (LBSU)
Press Conf (UCD)
 
  Big West Tournament Quarterfinal
(4) Cal Poly vs. (5) UC Riverside
~8:30 pm* BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - CP
Audio - UCR
Press Conf (CP)
Press Conf (UCR)
    Softball Long Beach State [1]
Eastern Kentucky 4:00 pm
GameTracker
      Long Beach State [1] Oregon State
6:30 pm GameTracker
    M-Ten New Mexico
Pacific
4:00 pm  
    W-Ten Long Beach State
Sacramento State
2:00 pm
 
Fri. Mar. 9
Baseball Cal State Northridge
Indiana
2:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - IU
      Nevada UC Santa Barbara 2:00 pm GameTracker
Video (Pay)
      UC Davis Seattle 2:30 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCD
      Texas A&M Cal State Fullerton 4:30 pm Live Stats
Video (Pay)
      Cal Poly
Washington 6:00 pm BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - CP
      UC Riverside Sacramento State
6:00 pm Live Stats
Audio - UCR
      Pacific Creighton 6:00 pm BigWest.TV
Live Stats
Audio - PAC
      Long Beach State
Arizona State
6:30 pm GameTracker
Audio - LBSU
      UC Irvine BYU 6:30 pm GameTracker
Audio - UCI
    MBB Big West Tournament Semifinal
(1) Long Beach State vs. (7) UC Irvine

6:30 pm ESPNU**
ESPN3
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - LBSU
Audio - UCI
Press Conf (LBSU)
Press Conf (UCI)
      Big West Tournament Semifinal
(3) UC Santa Barbara vs. (4) Cal Poly
9:00 pm
ESPNU
ESPN3
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - CP
Audio - UCSB
Press Conf (CP)
Press Conf (UCSB)
    WBB Big West Tournament Semifinal
(1) Cal Poly vs. (7) Long Beach State
12:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - CP
Audio - LBSU
Press Conf (CP)
Press Conf (LBSU)
 
  Big West Tournament Semifinal
(5) Pacific vs. (6) UC Santa Barbara
~2:30 pm* BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Live Blog
Audio - UCSB
Audio - PAC
Press Conf (UCSB)
Press Conf (PAC)
    Softball Cal Poly [2]
Ole Miss 9:00 am
 
      Pacific [3] Oregon State
9:00 am  
      Cal Poly [2] Pacific
11:15 am  
      Cal State Northridge [4]
Maine
12:00 pm
 
      Cal State Northridge [4] Harvard 2:00 pm  
      UC Davis [5]
Idaho State 2:00 pm  
      UC Riverside [6] Saint Joseph's 2:00 pm  
      UC Santa Barbara [7] San Jose State
2:15 pm  
      Pacific [3] East Carolina
3:30 pm  
      Cal State Fullerton [8]
Michigan State
5:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CSF
      Cal State Fullerton [8] Charleston Southern 7:00 pm BigWest.TV
GameTracker
Audio - CSF
      Long Beach State [1]
UCLA 7:00 pm GameTracker
Baseball rankings based on Baseball American & ESPN/USA Today polls.
Basketball rankings based on AP & ESPN/USA Today polls.
Softball rankings based on ESPN.com/USA Softball & NFCA/USA Today polls.
Tennis rankings based on ITA rankings
Women's water polo rankings based on CWPA poll.

* - Game begins 30 minutes after the previous game finishes.
** - Tape-delayed until after the 9:00 pm PT semifinal.

[1] - Long Beach State Invitational (Long Beach, CA).
[2] - Louisville Slugger Classic (Palo Alto, CA).
[3] - Diamond Devil Invitational (Tempe, AZ).
[4] - Northridge Classic (Northridge, CA).
[5] - Aggie Stampede II (Davis, CA).
[6] - Amy S. Harrison Classic (Riverside, CA).
[7] - Santa Clara Invitational (Santa Clara, CA).