LA JOLLA, Calif. - Fresh off winning California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season and tournament championships, the University of California San Diego men's basketball team will serve as the No. 1 seed and host of the 2017 NCAA Division II West Region Championship. The eight-team tournament will be held March 10-13 at RIMAC Arena in La Jolla.
UC San Diego (25-5), which earned the CCAA's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, will take on eighth-seeded Dixie State (19-8) in a first round match-up on Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
In other quarterfinal action on Friday, No. 3 Western Washington (25-5) plays No. 6 Chico State (23-7) at noon, No. 2 Hawaii Pacific (28-2) takes on No. 7 Sonoma State (20-8) at 2:30 p.m., and No. 4 California Baptist (25-4) faces off against No. 5 San Francisco State (25-5) at 5 p.m.
Semifinal games will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The championship contest is slated for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 13.
The winner of the West Regional advances to the NCAA Elite 8, March 22-25 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Tickets are available for purchase at RIMAC Arena beginning one hour prior to the start of the first game each day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (18-64) and $5 for students (with ID), seniors (65+) and youth (7-17).
In the latest national rankings (Feb. 28), Hawaii Pacific is sixth, California Baptist is eighth, Western Washington is 15th and San Francisco State is 19th. UCSD and Chico State are receiving votes.
UC San Diego is making its third appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament and is hosting for the first time. Last season, the Tritons advanced to the West Regional championship game.
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball West Regional
March 10-13, 2017
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Hosted by the University of California San Diego
All Times Pacific
Friday, March 10 - Quarterfinals
1. No. 6 Chico State (23-7) vs. No. 3 Western Washington (25-5) - 12 p.m.
2. No. 7 Sonoma State (20-8) vs. No. 2 Hawaii Pacific (28-2) - 2:30 p.m.
3. No. 5 San Francisco State (25-5) vs. No. 4 California Baptist (25-4) - 5 p.m.
4. No. 8 Dixie State (19-8) vs. No. 1 UC San Diego (25-5) - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 - Semifinals
5. Winner 1 vs. Winner 2 - 5 p.m.
6. Winner 3 vs. Winner 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 13 - Championship
7. Winner 5 vs. Winner 6 - 7 p.m. (winner advances to NCAA DII Elite 8, March 22-25 in Sioux Falls, SD)