THE WEST REGIONAL SCHEDULE
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)
WEST REGIONAL TICKETS
Tickets for all NCAA West Regional games are available for purchase at RIMAC Arena beginning one hour prior to the tip-off of the first game of the day. One ticket gets you admission to all games that day. All tickets are general admission.
• Adult (18-64): $10
• Students w/ID: $5
• Senior (65+): $5
• Youth (7-17): $5
• Under 7: Free
FIRST 200 UCSD STUDENTS FREE!
The first 200 UC San Diego students at RIMAC Arena will be admitted free to Friday's game! If the Tritons advance, the same will hold true for any other games they play in.
WATCH ALL GAMES FREE!
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena, all seven games of the NCAA West Regional will be streamed live and available to watch free of charge at UCSDtritons.tv!
UCSD RECORDS (through 3/9)
vs. Top 25: 3-3
NABC National Poll (3/7): 19
D2SIDA National Poll (2/28): 18
THE TRITONS IN THE NCAA DII TOURNAMENT (3-1 overall)
3/14/16: Western Oregon 60, UC San Diego 55 (West Regional Final)
3/12/16: UC San Diego 71, California Baptist 69 (West Regional Semifinal)
3/11/16: UC San Diego 76, Chico State 64 (West Regional Quarterfinal)
3/14/08: Alaska Anchorage 80, UC San Diego 60 (West Regional Quarterfinal)
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (stats through 3/9)
G: 5 George Buaku (Jr./6-3/185): 5.1 p/g, 2.5 r/g, 2.3 a/g, 0.7 s/g, 28.5 m/g, .445 fg%
G: 1 Aleks Lipovic (Sr./6-5/205): 8.0 p/g, 1.5 r/g, 1.6 a/g, 2.3 3fgm/g, 20.5 m/g, .435 3fg%
G: 13 Adam Klie (Sr./6-4/205): 15.0 p/g, 6.3 r/g, 4.6 a/g, 0.8 s/g, 31.5 m/g, .497 fg%
F: 14 Christian Oshita (So./6-6/210): 10.8 p/g, 5.5 r/g, 1.1 a/g, 26.2 m/g, .467 fg%
C: 44 Chris Hansen (So./6-7/265): 12.6 p/g, 6.0 r/g, 0.8 b/g, 22.7 m/g, .508 fg%, .867 ft%
Starters Returning (3): Chris Hansen (So. C); Adam Klie (Sr. G); Aleks Lipovic (Sr. G)
Starters Lost (2): Drew Dyer (F); Grant Jackson (G)
Other Letterwinners Returning (6): Anthony Ballestero (Jr. G); George Buaku (Jr. G); Koree Cox (Sr. G); Kenny Fraser (Jr. F); Brett Oosdyke (So. F); Eric Patton (So. F)
Other Letterwinners Lost (3): Zach McMillan (F/C); Jeff Van Dyke (G), Hunter Walker (G/F)
Redshirt Freshmen (1): Ben Rico (G)
Newcomers (5): Joshua Brooks (Jr. G); Scott Everman (Fr. F); Mikey Howell (Fr. G); Christian Oshita (So. G/F); Michael Shoemaker (Jr. F)
TRITONS WIN CCAA TOURNAMENT
Last week UCSD grabbed another CCAA banner to go along with its regular season title by winning the conference tournament for the second time in program history. The Tritons defeated San Francisco State, 78-63, in the championship game after downing Chico State (65-53) in the semis and Humboldt State (78-72) in the quarters. Adam Klie was named the tourney's MVP, while Aleks Lipovic and Christian Oshita were also selected to the all-tournament team. UC San Diego won the CCAA Tournament crown in 2008 as well.
2017 CCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Quarterfinals
No. 1 UC San Diego 78, No. 8 Humboldt State 72
No. 2 San Francisco State 93, No. 7 Cal State LA 67
No. 3 Sonoma State 63, No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona 56
No. 4 Chico State 75, No. 5 Cal State Dominguez Hills 72
Friday, March 3 - Semifinals
No. 1 UC San Diego 65, No. 4 Chico State 53
No. 2 San Francisco State 65, No. 3 Sonoma State 55
Saturday, March 4 - Championship
No. 1 UC San Diego 78, No. 2 San Francisco State 63
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA TOURNAMENT (9-4 overall)
3/4/17: UC San Diego 78, San Francisco State 63 (UCSD wins tourney)
3/3/17: UC San Diego 65, Chico State 53
2/28/17: UC San Diego 78, Humboldt State 72
3/5/16: Humboldt State 80, UC San Diego 68
3/4/16: UC San Diego 72, Cal Poly Pomona 65
3/1/16: UC San Diego 71, Sonoma State 66 (OT)
3/5/15: Stanislaus State 61, UC San Diego 46
3/5/13: Cal State San Bernardino 102, UC San Diego 99 (3OT)
3/6/09: Cal State San Bernardino 76, UC San Diego 72
3/3/09: UC San Diego 79, Humboldt State 67
3/8/08: UC San Diego 64, Cal Poly Pomona 56 (UCSD wins tourney)
3/7/08: UC San Diego 72, San Francisco State 65
3/4/08: UC San Diego 63, Cal State San Bernardino 59 (OT)
2017 ALL-CCAA TRITONS (release)
Player of the Year: Adam Klie
Coach of the Year: Eric Olen
All-CCAA First Team: Adam Klie, Chris Hansen
All-CCAA Second Team: Christian Oshita
UCSD BREAKS PROGRAM RECORD FOR WINS
The Tritons' CCAA Tournament championship win against San Francisco State on March 4 gave UC San Diego its 25th victory of the season, the team's most during its NCAA Division II era. The previous high was 24, set in 2016 when the Tritons finished 24-8.
TRITONS WIN FIRST EVER CCAA REGULAR SEASON TITLE
Adam Klie scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Tritons to a 74-64 win at Cal State San Bernardino on Feb. 23, earning UC San Diego its first California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season championship since joining the league for the 2000-01 season. The Tritons won the title outright as San Francisco State lost at Cal Poly Pomona that same evening.
• UC San Diego 74, Cal State San Bernardino 64
KLIE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA OF THE YEAR
On March 1, Adam Klie was honored as the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for Division II men's basketball. Klie was one of 15 Academic All-Americans nationwide and one of just five selected to the first team. It is the second straight season that the senior guard has been named a first team Academic All-American. Klie holds a 4.0 GPA as a bioengineering major at UCSD's Revelle College.
KLIE IS SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS STAR OF THE MONTH
The honors kept coming for Adam Klie on March 2 as he was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February. Klie was instrumental in leading UC San Diego to a perfect 8-0 record and the school’s first ever CCAA regular season championship. He averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 55 percent over the month. On Feb. 4, Klie grabbed six boards against Cal State East Bay, making him UCSD’s Division II-era career rebounds leader. In the team’s regular season finale at Cal State San Bernardino, he scored a career-high 26 points to become UCSD’s D-II career points leader. The victory clinched the conference crown for the Tritons. Klie rounded out February by updating his career high to 29 points in a win against Humboldt State in a CCAA Tournament quarterfinal on Feb. 28. Also in February, Klie was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection for the third straight year. He holds a 4.0 GPA as a bioengineering major. It was the third career SDHOC Star of the Month honor for Klie.
KLIE TAKES OVER AS TRITONS' DII POINTS LEADER
With a career-high 26 points at Cal State San Bernardino on Feb. 23, Adam Klie became UCSD's Division II-era career points leader. Klie passed Jordan Lawley, who amassed 1,398 between 2006 and 2010.
TRITONS SET NEW CCAA WINS MARK
UCSD's victory over Humboldt State on Feb. 18 was the team's 16th CCAA win, the most since the program joined the conference for the 2000-01 season. The Tritons' previous high was 15, reached last season when the team went 15-5.
THREE'S A CROWD
The Tritons hit 18 three-pointers against Humboldt State on Feb. 18, their most since making 18 against Cal State Monterey Bay in March of 2007. In 2004, they netted 19 against Chico State, the most since moving to Division II for the 2000-01 season. Scott Everman nailed eight treys (seven in the first half) vs. HSU, the most since Robbie Peters hit 13 in the 2007 game against CSUMB.
KLIE BREAKS REBOUNDING RECORD
On Feb. 4, Adam Klie grabbed six rebounds against Cal State East Bay to become UC San Diego's Division II (since the 2000-01 season) career leader. At the end of the night, he had 569 boards to his name, surpassing former leader Justin Brue, who totaled 564 between 2009 and 2013. Paul Trainer (1971-75) is UCSD's all-time leader with 1,094 rebounds.
UC San Diego is giving up just 62.6 points per game to opponents. That average is the third-best in the country. The Tritons surrendered a season-low 41 to Cal State Monterey Bay on Feb. 3.
Anthony Ballestero dished out a career-high nine assists versus Cal State East Bay on Feb. 4, topping his previous best of five. The nine helpers were the most by a Triton in a single game since James McCann had 10 on three occasions during the 2013-14 season.
BEST-EVER CCAA START
This season, UCSD recorded its best-ever start to a CCAA campaign since joining the league in 2000. The Tritons' win against Cal State LA on Dec. 29 put them at 5-0, eclipsing their previous best mark of 4-0 to kick off the 2015-16 league slate. They went on to improve to 9-0 before suffering their first league loss at Sonoma State on Jan. 14, 2017.
UC San Diego is currently riding a 10-game win streak, the team's longest in its Division II history (since the 2000-01 season). The streak started on Feb. 3 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay.
With six made baskets at Cal State East Bay on Jan. 7, Adam Klie brought his career total to 450, the most by any Triton since the team moved to Division II status for the 2000-01 season. Klie passed current volunteer assistant coach Drew Dyer, who drained 449 field goals between 2012 and 2016.
KLIE JOINS EXCLUSIVE CLUB
Adam Klie recorded his 500th career rebound on Dec. 30 vs. Stanislaus State, making him just the second Triton to amass 1,000 points and 500 boards during UCSD's Division II era (since the 2000-01 season). Current volunteer assistant coach Drew Dyer is the other Triton to accomplish the feat. He totaled 1,333 points and 563 rebounds between 2012 and 2016.
Aleks Lipovic made his return to the Triton lineup on Dec. 12 against No. 13 Western Washington. He hadn't played since suffering a leg injury against Sonoma State on March 1, 2016. Lipovic, who started 25 contests in 2015-16, missed the final three games of last season in addition to the first eight of this season. He got his first start of 2016-17 at Cal State East Bay on Jan. 7.
The Tritons have done a stellar job keeping the ball to themselves this season, averaging just 10.3 turnovers/game, which ranks 11th in the country. The team's 310 turnovers are the 22nd-fewest in the nation. On Dec. 19, the Tritons turned the ball over just four times against Cal State Dominguez Hills, a season low.
OLEN AND ACEE
Once again this year, head coach Eric Olen will be a weekly guest on Trending Now with Kevin Acee on The Mighty 1090. Olen will join Acee every Monday at 8:35 p.m. throughout the season. You can listen on the radio or online here. All segments are archived on Olen's bio page.
Eighth-seeded Dixie State, which brings a 19-8 record to La Jolla, is playing in the NCAA DII Tournament for the seventh time in the program's 11-year NCAA history. The Trailblazers were awarded one of the West Region's five at-large bids for the tourney. The team is 2-6 overall in NCAA Tournament games. DSU finished at 16-4 in the PacWest Conference, third place behind Hawaii Pacific and California Baptist. Junior guard Trevor Hill earned First Team All-PacWest honors, while junior guards Brandon Simister and Kyler Nielson were honorable mention picks. Hill leads the team in scoring (14.3), rebounding (7.1) and assists (4.9). Simister is averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 assists per game. As a team, the Trailblazers are putting up 77.2 points per game.
UC San Diego and Dixie State have met just four times, with the Tritons holding a 3-1 advantage in the series.
• UC San Diego 62, Dixie State 55 (11/11/16 in La Jolla, Calif.)
• Dixie State 71, UC San Diego 67 (11/9/12 in St. George, Utah)
• UC San Diego 81, Dixie State 67 (12/11/11 in La Jolla, Calif.)
• UC San Diego 65, Dixie State 57 (11/13/10 in Anaheim, Calif.)
CCAA STANDINGS (final)
1. UC San Diego, 17-3*
2. San Francisco State, 16-4*
T-3. Sonoma State, 15-5* (won tiebreaker)
T-3. Chico State, 15-5*
5. Cal State San Marcos, 12-8 (not eligible for postseason)
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-9*
7. Cal Poly Pomona, 10-10*
8. Cal State LA, 9-11*
T-9. Humboldt State, 7-13* (won tiebreaker)
T-9. Cal State San Bernardino, 7-13
11. Cal State East Bay, 6-14
12. Stanislaus State, 3-17
13. Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-18
* CCAA Tournament qualifier
UCSD IN THE CCAA STATS (final)
Team (conference games, top 5)
1. Scoring Margin, 10.1
2. Scoring Defense, 60.1
2. Free Throw Percentage, .758
2. Field Goal Percentage Defense, .393
2. Defensive Rebounds/Game, 26.2
2. Assists/Game, 13.6
2. Fewest Turnovers/Game, 10.7
2. Assist/Turnover Ratio, 1.27
3. Three-Pointers/Game, 9.0
3. Rebounding Defense, 30.2
4. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage, .390
4. Rebounds/Game, 36.1
5. Field Goal Percentage, .444
Individual (conference games, top 10)
1. Free Throw Percentage: Chris Hansen, .960
3. Field Goal Percentage: Chris Hansen, .529
3. Assists/Game: Adam Klie, 4.4
3. Assist/Turnover Ratio: Adam Klie, 1.8
9. Three-Pointers/Game: Aleks Lipovic, 2.2
10. Points/Game: Adam Klie, 14.3
10. Rebounds/Game: Adam Klie, 6.6
UCSD IN THE NATIONAL STATS (through 3/5)
Team (all games, top 50)
3. Scoring Defense, 62.6
11. Fewest Turnovers/Game, 10.3
16. Field Goal Percentage Defense, 40.4
22. Fewest Turnovers, 310
38. Assist/Turnover Ratio, 1.31
47. Scoring Margin, 8.1
Individual (all games, top 100)
42. Free Throw Percentage: Chris Hansen, .867
49. Assists: Adam Klie, 138
68. Assists/Game: Adam Klie, 4.6
92. Free Throw Attempts: Adam Klie, 159
QUICK STATS (through 3/9)
HIT THE BOOKS (through 3/9)
Here's a look at where senior guards Adam Klie and Aleks Lipovic can be found in UC San Diego's Division II career record book. The No. 1 mark is in parentheses.
1. Points, 1464
1. Rebounds, 607
1. Field Goals Made, 537
1. Minutes, 3409
2. Field Goals Attempted, 1041 (1045)
2. Steals, 99 (130)
3. Free Throws Made, 325 (424)
3. Free Throws Attempted, 499 (524)
3. Assists, 322 (469)
2. Three Pointers Attempted, 594 (638)
3. Three Pointers Made, 231 (254)
HANSEN EARNS FIRST CAREER CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Chris Hansen averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent over two wins to earn his first career CCAA Player of the Week honor on Dec. 6. The sophomore center recorded his sixth career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Cal Poly Pomona, both game-highs, while going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Against No. 17 Chico State in La Jolla, Hansen scored a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds. He was a combined 12-for-13 from the free throw line. It was the second league award for a Triton this season as Adam Klie was recognized on Nov. 15.
KLIE NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam Klie was named the season's first CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 15. Over two victories at UCSD's CCAA/PacWest Challenge, Klie averaged 18.0 points, the second-highest of any player. He led all players with 11 assists. Klie netted a team-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists against Dixie State. He had more team-highs with 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals versus Azusa Pacific. The seven assists tied a career-high. Klie was tabbed the tourney's MVP.
ALL-TOURNEY HONOR FOR HANSEN
Chris Hansen averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over two wins en route to earning CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament honors on Nov. 12. The sophomore center recorded a double-double against Dixie State, dropping 14 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. The next night, Hansen had 16 points versus Azusa Pacific.
CCAA PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Chico State, 138 points (11 first-place votes)
2. UC San Diego, 119 (1)
3. Humboldt State, 117
4. Cal Poly Pomona, 110
5. Cal State San Bernardino, 94
6. San Francisco State, 84 (1)
7. Cal State LA, 74
8. Cal State San Marcos, 58
9. Stanislaus State, 52
10. Cal State Monterey Bay, 58
11. Sonoma State, 40
12. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 37
13. Cal State East Bay, 35
••• 2017: All-CCAA First Team, All-CCAA Tournament Team, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Dec.), CCAA Player of the Week (12/6), CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament Team
••• 2016: CCAA Freshman of the Year, All-CCAA Honorable Mention, All-CCAA Tournament Team, Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team
••• 2017: CCAA Player of the Year, All-CCAA First Team, CCAA Tournament MVP, CCAA All-Tournament Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Feb.), CCAA Player of the Week (11/15), CCAA/PacWest Challenge MVP, CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament Team
••• 2016: All-CCAA First Team, All-West Regional Tournament Team, All-CCAA Tournament Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Jan.), CCAA Player of the Week (2/2), CCAA All-Academic, National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree
••• 2015: All-CCAA Second Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8, CCAA All-Academic, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Jan.)
••• 2014: CCAA Freshman of the Year, CCAA All-Academic
••• 2016: All-CCAA Honorable Mention
••• 2017: CCAA Coach of the Year
••• 2017: All-CCAA Second Team, All-CCAA Tournament Team
UC San Diego is coming off a historical 2015-16 season, setting program records for overall wins (24) and CCAA victories (15). The Tritons qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time, earning the program's first tourney victory and ultimately advancing to the West Regional championship game. UCSD was nationally-ranked for the first time since joining Division II (2000-01), climbing as high as No. 6 in early February and finishing the year at No. 21. The Tritons went 7-3 against teams ranked in the national top 25. A seven-game win streak to start the season was the team's best in DII play. UCSD was ranked first nationally in three point field goal percentage defense (28.8) and was third in scoring defense (62.5) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.9). They led the CCAA in scoring margin (7.9), three point field goal percentage (37.6), three point field goal percentage defense (28.1) and defensive rebounds/game (28.2). Drew Dyer was named All-West Region, while he and Adam Klie were selected to the All-CCAA First Team. Chris Hansen was tabbed the CCAA Freshman of the Year. Dyer and Klie both scored their 1,000th career point and Dyer set a school single-season record with 92 three-pointers made. Off the court, Klie earned Academic All-America accolades, just one of 15 honorees nationwide.
HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Following nine seasons as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's basketball team, Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Entering this week's West Regional, Olen has led the Tritons to an 80-35 (.696) overall record with a 57-27 (.679) mark in CCAA play. Olen joined the UCSD coaching staff as a second assistant under head coach Bill Carr for the 2004-05 season. Just one year later, he was promoted to first assistant. As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite 8 in 2000 and 2001. He graduated from Spring Hill in 2004 with a degree in finance. (full bio)
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