Cal State Fullerton To Battle Purdue In Motor City
2018 NCAA Tournament Men's Basketball Bracket
2017-18 Men's Basketball Release No. 19
Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years, Cal State Fullerton drew the No. 15 seed in the East Region and will face second-seed Purdue on Friday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.
Tip time is at 9:40 a.m. (PT) on truTV.
This is the first all-time meeting between the Titans and Boilermakers.
The eighth different program to win the Big West Tournament title in eight years, No. 4 seed CSF paved its path to the NCAA Tournament with wins over No. 5 Long Beach State, top-seeded UC Davis and No. 3 seed UC Irvine at Honda Center.
CSF is 20-11 overall, securing its first 20-win season since 2011-12.
It is the third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history for the Titans. The 1978 squad advanced to the Elite Eight in the West Regional, while the 2008 team, seeded No. 14, fell to No. 3 seed Wisconsin in the first round.
In limiting UC Davis and UC Irvine to 52 and 55 points, respectively, the Titans have registered their two lowest scoring totals to Division I opponents this season.
The winner of Cal State Fullerton and Purdue will face the winner of No. 7 seed Arkansas and No. 10 seed Butler on Sunday, March 18.
Big West Tournament Magic
The 2018 Big West Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by MemorialCare produced a different champion for the eighth straight year at Honda Center. Cal State Fullerton joined the list, becoming the first No. 4 seed since Long Beach State in 1993 to win the tournament. The list of champions since the tournament moved to Honda Center in 2011 is below.
BIG WEST TOURNEY CHAMPS AT HONDA CENTER
||Cal State Fullerton
||Long Beach State
||UC Santa Barbara
Titans Win Third Tourney Title
Cal State Fullerton plowed through No. 5 Long Beach State, No. 1 UC Davis and No. 3 UC Irvine to capture the Big West Tournament title – the program’s third all-time. Previous title seasons came in 1978 and 2008. The Titans now have defeated UCI twice (2008, 2018) in the only two all-Orange County championship games. CSF made its fifth title game appearance (1978, 1982, 1985, 2008, 2018) and improved to 3-2 in those games.
Cal State Fullerton’s 3-0 foray through the Big West Tournament improved the team to 20-11 overall, marking the first time since 2011-12 that the program had a 20-win campaign. The 2011-12 team won 21 games. The program’s Division I single-season record for wins is 24, set by the 2007-08 team.
CSF ranked sixth among nine teams during the 16-game Big West schedule in scoring defense, allowing 71.1 points per game. The Titans squeaked by Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals, 76-74, then put on arguably their two best defensive performances of the season. CSF held UC Davis and UC Irvine to 52 and 55 points in the semifinals and finals, respectively. The Titans held the Aggies to 36.5% (19-of-52) shooting and the Anteaters to 31.1% (19-of-61) efficiency.
About That Offense
Cal State Fullerton is 14-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better. The Titans have hit that mark in seven of their last 12 games. CSF leads the Big West in field goal percentage (.470) in overall games, and that figure increased to 49.0% in conference play.
Allman, Jr. Leads By Example
CSF junior Kyle Allman, Jr. earned MVP honors of the Big West Tournament after averaging 19.3 points and 5.0 rebounds over three games. He tops the Big West in scoring at 19.4 points per game, and seeks to become CSF’s second straight Big West scoring champion and the sixth all-time.
PRIOR TO TIPOFF
NCAA – NO. 15 CAL STATE FULLERTON VS. NO. 2 PURDUE - truTV (PXP: Ian Eagle • ANALYST: Jim Spanarkel)
• This is the first meeting between Cal State Fullerton and Purdue.
• The Titans feature a pair of career 1,000 point scorers in juniors Kyle Allman, Jr. and Khalil Ahmad. Both reached the milestone during the season and became the 24th and 25th members of the CSF program to do so. Ahmad is No. 17 on the career scoring list with 1,140 points, while Allman, Jr. is No. 19 with 1,081.
• Allman, Jr. leads the Big West with 16 games of 20 points or more. Ahmad has 10 such games to his credit.
• Allman, Jr. and Ahmad scored 105 of the team’s 202 points in the Big West Tournament, including 49 of 71 in the Big West Tournament championship game against UC Irvine.
• The 52 points the Titans allowed to UC Davis was an opponent season-low by a Division I opponent this season.
• CSF sophomore Jackson Rowe averaged 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in the Big West Tournament to earn all-tournament honors along with teammates Allman, Jr. (MVP) and Ahmad.
NIT – NO. 7 UC DAVIS AT NO. 2 UTAH - ESPN3 (PXP: Steve Quis • ANALYST: Ben Braun)
• UC Davis is appearing in the postseason for the third time in four years – NIT (2015), NCAA (2017) – and has three 20-win seasons over that four-year span.
• The Aggies feature the first dual Big West Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in junior guard TJ Shorts II.
• UC Davis seeks its 10th road win of the season.
• Junior guard Siler Schneider, with 1,109 career points, is No. 19 in the Aggie record book.
ALLMAN, JR., HEIDEGGER NAMED NABC ALL-DISTRICT 9
Cal State Fullerton guard Kyle Allman, Jr. joined UC Santa Barbara sophomore Max Heidegger on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Second Team. Allman, Jr. has tallied 602 points this season to rank No. 9 on the CSF single-season scoring list. Heidegger’s 612 points places him in elite company at UCSB, at No. 5 in single-season scoring history. Allman, Jr. has made a living at the free throw line this year. His 179 free throw makes is No. 4 all-time at CSF, while his 239 attempts ranks No. 2. In addition, the 239 free throw attempts ties him for No. 10 on the Big West single-season charts.
WELCOME 1,000 CLUB
Entering the 2017-18 season, only one player had earned the distinction of scoring 1,000 career points, and that belonged to UC Santa Barbara senior Gabe Vincent. The guard had 1,044 career points entering the season opener. Vincent concluded his career on Friday in the Big West Tournament semifinals with 1,441 points, which ranks No. 10 in UCSB history. Five other players have earned their ticket into the club this season, including Cal State Fullerton teammates Khalil Ahmad and Kyle Allman, Jr., along with UC Davis guard Siler Schneider. All three individuals are playing in the postseason.
||Career Total Entering Season
||Current Career Total
|Gabe Vincent, UC Santa Barbara
|Tavrion Dawson, CSUN
|Khalil Ahmad, Cal State Fullerton
|Siler Schneider, UC Davis
|Gabe Levin, Long Beach State
|Kyle Allman, Jr., Cal State Fullerton