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UC San Diego and Chico State Battle in CCAA Semifinal Friday in Pomona

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THE SCHEDULE
Game 30 - CCAA Tournament Semifinal
Friday, March 2 • 2:35 p.m. PT
UC San Diego (19-10) vs. Chico State (20-7)
Kellogg Arena • Pomona, Calif.
Live Video (free)Live Stats

TOURNEY TICKETS
Tickets for Friday's semifinal and Saturday's championship game are available for purchase at Kellogg Arena. General admission tickets are $10 and tickets for students, seniors, youth, and military members are available for $5.

GETTING THERE
Kellogg Arena (3,000 capacity) is located on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona. Park in Parking Structure 2 (3851 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA) or Lot B (660 Kellogg Drive, Pomona, CA). Parking permits cost $7/day Monday through Friday and $4/day Saturday and Sunday. Be sure that you do not park in spots marked for student residents.

THE NEXT BEST THING
If you can't make it to Cal Poly Pomona, all tournament games will feature a FREE live video stream as well as live stats.

CCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Quarterfinals

No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona 73, No. 8 Cal State Dominguez Hills 60 (Recap | Box Score)
No. 2 Chico State 84, No. 7 Cal State San Bernardino 63 (Recap | Box Score)
No. 3 UC San Diego 82, No. 6 Stanislaus State 81 (2OT) (Recap | Box Score)
No. 5 San Francisco State 69, No. 4 Cal State San Marcos 66 (2OT) (Recap | Box Score)

Friday, March 2 - Semifinals
Kellogg Arena at Cal Poly Pomona

No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona (22-5) vs. No. 5 San Francisco State (19-10) - 12:05 p.m.
No. 2 Chico State (20-7) vs. No. 3 UC San Diego (19-10) - 2:35 p.m.

Saturday, March 3 - Final
Kellogg Arena at Cal Poly Pomona

Semifinal winners - 5:05 p.m.

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA TOURNAMENT (10-4 overall)
• 2/27/18: UC San Diego 82, Stanislaus State 81 (2OT)
• 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)

UCSD VS. CCAA TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS
• Cal Poly Pomona: 2-0
• Cal State Bernardino: 1-2
• Chico State: 1-0
• Humboldt State: 2-1
• San Francisco State: 2-0
• Sonoma State: 1-0
• Stanislaus State: 1-1

FINAL CCAA STANDINGS
Cal Poly Pomona*, 18-4
Chico State, 16-6
UC San Diego, 15-7
Cal State San Marcos, 15-7
San Francisco State, 14-8
Stanislaus State, 12-10
Cal State San Bernardino, 11-11
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10-12
Cal State LA, 9-13
Sonoma State, 8-14
Cal State East Bay, 6-16
Humboldt State, 6-16
Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-19
* regular season champion

THIRD AND FINAL NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS RELEASED
The NCAA released its third and final West Region rankings of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and UC San Diego dropped from No. 5 to No. 9. The rankings did not take into account games played on Tuesday. Eight teams from the West will earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament, with conference tourney winners getting an automatic bid and the rest of the field chosen at-large. The selections will be unveiled on Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. PT at NCAA.com.
1. Western Oregon
2. California Baptist
3. Cal Poly Pomona
4. Dixie State
5. Point Loma
6. Saint Martin's
7. Chico State
8. Azusa Pacific
9. UC San Diego
10. Western Washington

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 19-10
• CCAA: 15-7
• Home: 8-4
• Away: 10-4
• Neutral: 1-2
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• Against Ranked Teams: 0-2
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 2nd

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Starters Returning (2)
George Buaku (G, Sr., 6-3, 185)
Christian Oshita (G/F, Jr., 6-6, 210)

Starters Lost (3)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265)
Adam Klie (G, Sr., 6-4, 205)
Aleks Lipovic (G, Sr., 6-5, 205)

Others Returning (9)
Anthony Ballestero (G, Sr., 5-10, 175)
Scott Everman (F, So., 6-7, 210)
Kenny Fraser (F, Sr., 6-7, 200)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265)
Mikey Howell (G, RFr., 6-3, 160)
Brett Oosdyke (F, Jr., 6-7, 215)
Eric Patton (F, Jr., 6-6, 210)
Ben Rico (G, So., 6-4, 180)
Michael Shoemaker (F, Sr., 6-8, 216)

Others Lost (2)
Joshua Brooks (G, Sr., 6-2, 175)
Koree Cox (G, Sr., 6-3, 190)

Newcomers (4)
Christian Bayne (G, Jr. 6-2, 180)
Kennedy Koehler (F, Fr., 6-7, 215)
Tyrell Roberts (G, Fr., 5-11, 160)
Martin Tombe (F, Fr., 6-6, 220)

ABOUT CHICO STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 20-7
• CCAA: 16-6
• Home: 13-1
• Away: 6-5
• Neutral: 1-1
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1st

UCSD AGAINST CHICO STATE
• All-Time: Chico State leads 22-16.
• This Season:
- 2/15/18 at Chico: Chico State 66, UCSD 56
- 1/6/18 at La Jolla: UCSD 73, Chico State 50
• Series Notes:
- The teams have split the season series the previous five years.
- The teams met four times last season (two regular season, CCAA semis, West Region final).

WEEKLY REWIND

• 2/27/28 at La Jolla: UCSD 82, Stanislaus State 81 (2OT)
• 2/24/18 at La Jolla: UCSD 84, Cal State LA 64
• 2/22/18 at La Jolla: Cal State Dominguez Hills 77, UCSD 76

BAYNE'S BOMB
Christian Bayne hit a three-pointer with just :03 left in the second overtime to lift UC San Diego to an 82-81 win over Stanislaus State in Tuesday's CCAA Tournament quarterfinal at RIMAC Arena. You can watch a clip of Bayne's game-winner here.

TRITON TRIO EARNS ALL-CCAA ACCOLADES
On Thursday, Christian Bayne and Christian Oshita were named to the All-CCAA First Team, while Scott Everman was selected to the league's second team. Oshita earned second team honors in 2017.

ERIC OLEN GETS 100th WIN
UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen earned the 100th victory of his career with an 84-64 win against Cal State LA on Feb. 24. Now in his fifth year leading the Tritons, Olen enters Friday's game with a 101-46 (.687) record at the school.

500 CLUB
Senior guard George Buaku and sophomore forward Scott Everman both hit 500 career points this season. Everman came into the season with 239 and scored 20 at Sonoma State on Feb. 2 to eclipse 500. Buaku entered the season with 430 and nailed the mark a week later on Feb. 9 when he netted six points against Cal Poly Pomona at RIMAC Arena. Closing in on 500 are senior guard Anthony Ballestero (476), junior guard/forward Christian Oshita (467), and junior guard Christian Bayne (456).

STEALING THE TOP SPOT
Not only did Christian Bayne match a career-high with five steals against Stanislaus State Tuesday, he moved into the No. 1 spot on UCSD's Division II single season top 10 list with 40.

UCSD DII CAREER TOP 10 LISTS
• 2nd: Games Played, George Buaku (115)
• 3rd: Blocks, Chris Hansen (38)
• 6th: Assists, George Buaku (212)
• 6th: Steals, George Buaku (75)
• 6th: 3-Point Field Goals Made, Scott Everman (126)
• 7th: Rebounds, Christian Oshita (388)
• 7th: Minutes, George Buaku (2,662)
• 7th: 3-Point Field Goals Made, Anthony Ballestero (125)
• 8th: 3-Point Field Goals Attempted, Scott Everman (330)
• 9th: 3-Point Field Goals Attempted, Anthony Ballestero (327)
• T-10th: 3-Point Field Goals Made, Christian Oshita (121)

UCSD DII SINGLE SEASON TOP 10 LISTS (current season only)
• 1st: Steals, Christian Bayne (40)
• 2nd: 3-Point Field Goals Attempted, Scott Everman (197)
• 2nd: Free Throws Made, Christian Bayne (148)
• T-2nd: 3-Point Field Goals Made, Scott Everman (74)
• 3rd: Field Goals Attempted, Christian Oshita (345)
• 3rd: Free Throws Attempted, Christian Bayne (162)
• 4th: Scoring, Christian Oshita (467)
• 4th: Field Goals Made, Christian Oshita (156)
• 4th: Rebounds, Christian Oshita (203)
• 4th: Minutes, Christian Bayne (963)
• 5th: Scoring, Christian Bayne (456)
• 7th: 3-Point Field Goals Made, Christian Oshita (69)
• 9th: Field Goals Made, Christian Bayne (139)
• 10th: Field Goals Attempted, Scott Everman (291)
• 10th: 3-Point Field Goals Attempted, Christian Oshita (174)

DOUBLE-DIGIT MACHINE
Christian Oshita has scored at least 10 points in 27 of 29 games this season and has netted 20-plus eight times, including a career-high 29 against Stanislaus State in Tuesday's CCAA Tournament quarterfinal game. His 29 are the most scored by a Triton this season. The last UCSD player to score more was Tyler McGrath, who put away 32 at Sonoma State on Jan. 26, 2013.

BAYNE DRAIN
Christian Bayne has drained 148 of his 162 free throw attempts, 91.4 percent. That percentage is second among all CCAA players and ranks ninth in the country. His 148 free throws made are the 24th-most by any player in the nation. He recently came off a 35-for-35 streak between Jan. 13 and Feb. 15. Most recently, Bayne was 16-for-17 against Stanislaus State on Feb. 27, his lone miss coming intentionally. The 16 free throws made are the most since UC San Diego joined the NCAA Division II ranks for the 2000-01 season and the 17 free throws attempted are the most since the 2011 season.

SCOTT EVERMAN FOR THREE!!!
Six-foot-seven forward Scott Everman leads the Tritons with 74 three-pointers made. The sophomore has hit at least one long-range shot in 28 of 29 games and has netted multiple treys in 21 contests. Everman hit a season-best seven threes against Alaska on Nov. 25.

MARGINALLY SPEAKING
UC San Diego's 23-point (73-50) win against Chico State on Jan. 6 was the largest margin of victory ever for the Tritons over the Wildcats. The previous mark was 20 (61-41) in a game back on Jan. 7, 2006. The 41 points are the fewest that Chico State has ever scored against the Tritons.

OSHITA IS THE CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christian Oshita was named the first CCAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week for 2018 on Jan. 2 after helping UC San Diego to a pair of key league victories. He averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds and netted seven three-pointers, all team-bests. He shot .536 overall and .500 from behind the arc. In a 71-60 home victory against San Francisco State, Oshita totaled a game-high 19 points with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Two days later on the road at Stanislaus State, he produced a game-high 20 points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds as the Tritons defeated the Warriors by a score of 70-58. Oshita made four of his seven three-point attempts in the game. It is the first career CCAA Player of the Week award for Oshita. He is the second Triton to win the accolade this season as Christian Bayne earned the honor on Nov. 28.

ANOTHER HONOR FOR OSHITA
Christian Oshita was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for December. He averaged 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, both team-highs, while shooting .476 (39-82) overall and .375 (15-40) from behind the three-point line to help lead UC San Diego to a 4-2 conference record in December. He hit double-figure point totals in all six games and netted multiple three-pointers in five contests. Oshita totaled 15 assists and seven steals over the month. In a win at Cal State Dominguez Hills, he recorded his second double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

WAIT FOR IT
Christian Bayne has been coming up huge in the second half. In 19 of 28 contests, he's scored more than half of his points in the second stanza and overtime. Overall this season, he's produced 292 of his 456 points, 64 percent, in the second half or later. Here's a game-by-game look at Bayne's second-half totals in relation to his game totals.
• 2/27 vs. Stanislaus State: 21 of 25 (9 in OT)
• 2/24 vs. Cal State LA: 6 of 18
• 2/22 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 15 of 25
• 2/17 at Humboldt State: 10 of 24
• 2/15 at Chico State: 8 of 14
• 2/10 at Cal State San Bernardino: 8 of 10
• 2/9 vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 0 of 3
• 2/3 at San Francisco State: 4 of 6
• 2/2 at Sonoma State: 21 of 28
• 1/27 vs. Sonoma State: 8 of 10
• 1/23 vs. Cal State San Marcos: 4 of 11
• 1/18 vs. Stanislaus State: DNP
• 1/13 at Cal State East Bay: 24 of 28
• 1/11 at Cal State Monterey Bay: 13 of 19
• 1/6 vs. Chico State: 2 of 9
• 1/5 vs. Humboldt State: 12 of 22
• 12/31 at Stanislaus State: 2 of 13
• 12/29 vs. San Francisco State: 8 of 16
• 12/19 at Cal State Dominguez Hills: 4 of 4
• 12/17 at Cal State LA: 14 of 19
• 12/8 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay: 13 of 15 (4 in OT)
• 12/2 at Cal State San Marcos: 18 of 24
• 11/30 vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 19 of 28
• 11/25 vs. Alaska Fairbanks: 8 of 16
• 11/24 at Western Washington: 15 of 19
• 11/18 at California Baptist: 11 of 18
• 11/14 at Point Loma: 8 of 14
• 11/11 vs. Dixie State: 11 of 11
• 11/10 vs. Azusa Pacific: 5 of 7

TOP 50 HITS
As a team, UC San Diego ranks in the top 50 nationally in seven different statistical categories (through 2/28):
• 31st: Scoring Defense (68.2)
• 34th: 3-Point Field Goal Attempts (751)
• 38th: 3-Point Field Goals Made (276)
• 39th: Fewest Turnovers/Game (11.6)
• 47th: 3-Point Field Goals/Game (9.5)
• 47th: Free Throw Percentage (.752)
• 48th: Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.27)

UCSD IN THE CCAA
CCAA games only (final)
• 1st: Free Throw Percentage (.762)
• 2nd: Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.30)
• 3rd: Scoring Defense (67.5)
• 3rd: Scoring Margin (5.0)
• 3rd: Field Goal Percentage (.452)
• 3rd: 3-Point Field Goals/Game (9.3)
• 3rd: Assists/Game (14.32)
• T-5th: Scoring (72.5)
• T-5th: Fewest Turnovers/Game (11.7)
• 6th: 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (.355)
• 6th: Blocks/Game (2.64)
• 6th: Steals/Game (6.09)
• 9th: Rebound Margin (-1.8)
• 11th: Rebounding (32.6)

TRITON CCAA LEADERS BY CATEGORY
CCAA games only (final)
• 1st: Free Throw Percentage, Christian Bayne (.900)
• 2nd: Scoring, Christian Bayne (16.5)
• 2nd: Field Goal Percentage, Christian Bayne (.491)
• T-3rd: 3-Point Field Goals/Game, Scott Everman (2.5)
• 5th: Rebounding, Christian Oshita (7.3)
• T-5th: Christian Bayne (1.6)
• 7th: 3-Point Field Goal Percentage, Christian Oshita (.379)
• T-14th: Blocks/Game, Scott Everman (0.5)
• 18th: Assists/Game, Mikey Howell (2.6)

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UCSD will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. Read the full press release here.

BAYNE NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christian Bayne was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Nov. 28. Over two wins at Western Washington’s Chuck Randall Classic, Bayne led UC San Diego in scoring (17.5 points/game), rebounding (6.5/game), and free throw percentage (1.000). In an 81-73 victory against the host, the junior guard totaled a season-high 19 points to go along with a team- and season-high seven rebounds as well as a game- and season-high four assists. Bayne went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line vs. the Vikings. Against Alaska, he shot .700 (7-10) and pulled down a game-high six rebounds. The Tritons defeated the Nanooks by a score of 80-56. For the week, Bayne totaled 35 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists while shooting .588 (10-17).

TRITON TRIO EARNS TOURNEY ACCOLADES IN WASHINGTON
At Western Washington's Chuck Randall Classic, Christian Oshita was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.0 points per game and going 13-for-22, 59.1 percent, from the field over a pair of UC San Diego victories. Christian Bayne and Scott Everman were also named to the all-tournament team.

UC SAN DIEGO DROPS EXHIBITION AT SAN DIEGO STATE
Despite hitting 15 three-pointers, UC San Diego was defeated, 98-79, by San Diego State in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 at Viejas Arena. The Tritons shot 43.3 percent (29-67) overall and 44.1 percent (15-34) from behind the three-point line. Both teams finished with 33 rebounds, with UCSD holding a 14-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Four Tritons hit double-figure point totals, including Christian Oshita, who finished with a game-high 16. Scott Everman and Eric Patton netted 14 points apiece, with Everman going 4-for-4 from long range and Patton hauling in a game co-high eight rebounds. Christian Bayne and George Buaku each dished out four assists and Buaku added seven boards. The Aztecs, which shot 60.7 percent (34-56) for the game, got 46 of their points in the paint with 13 coming off the fast break. SDSU was 23-30 from the free throw line, while UC San Diego was 6-9. For the complete box score, click here.

TRITONS COMING OFF HISTORIC SEASON
UC San Diego's 2016-17 season was the finest in program history as the Tritons set records for overall wins (27) as well as California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victories (17). The team won its first-ever CCAA regular season title and added a second banner by winning the league's tournament for a second time. For the second-straight season, top-seeded UCSD advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game, serving as the regional host for the first time. A 12-game win streak was also a team first and the Tritons were ranked as high as 11th in the country, finishing their campaign at No. 19. Senior guard Adam Klie was named the CCAA Player of the Year and Eric Olen was tabbed the CCAA Coach of the Year. In addition to Klie, sophomore center Chris Hansen was an All-CCAA First Team selection, while sophomore swingman Christian Oshita was named to the league's second team.

2016-17 UC SAN DIEGO REWIND
• Overall: 27-6
• CCAA: 17-3 (1st)
• Home: 15-3
• Away: 9-3
• Neutral: 3-0
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Finalist (Sweet 16)
• Highest National Ranking: 11

HANSEN TO MISS 2017-18 SEASON
Junior center Chris Hansen will sit out the team's 2017-18 campaign following off-season shoulder surgery. In 2016-17, Hansen averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, both numbers ranking second on the roster. His .505 field goal percentage and 22 blocks led the Tritons. In the CCAA, he ranked first in free throw percentage (.960), third in field goal percentage (.529), 11th in blocks (0.8), 13th in scoring (13.3), and 16th in rebounding (5.8). Hansen was a First Team All-CCAA selection.

ADAM 13
Adam Klie graduated in 2017 as UC San Diego's Division II leader in career points (1,524), rebounds (625), field goals made (561), field goals attempted (1,084), free throws attempted (527), games played (118), and minutes played (3,510). The guard, who wore No. 13, was just the second Triton during the team's DII era to total 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. This past season, Klie earned a slew of awards, including CCAA Player of the Year, NABC and D2CCA West Region First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, and CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. The three-time All-CCAA selection and 2014 CCAA Freshman of the Year graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a Bioengineering major. Klie is currently playing professionally for the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada. Check out his current season statistics here.

NABC NATIONAL POLL
(2/27)
1. Lincoln Memorial
2. Ferris State
3. Western Oregon
4. Bellarmine
5. Queens
6. Morehouse
7. Northwest Missouri State
8. West Liberty
9. Northern State
10. Southern Nazarene
11. Findlay
12. West Florida
13. West Texas A&M
14. Valdosta State
15. Virginia State
16. Bridgeport
17. Arkansas-Fort Smith
18. California Baptist
19. Cal Poly Pomona
20. UT-Permian Basin
21. Wheeling Jesuit
22. Dallas Baptist
23. Clark Atlanta
24. West Chester
25. Fort Lewis

UCSD IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• 2/27: N/A
• 2/20: N/A
• 2/13: N/A
• 2/6: N/A
• 1/30: N/A
• 1/23: N/A
• 1/16: N/A
• 1/9: N/A
• 1/2: N/A
• 12/26: N/A
• 12/12: N/A
• 12/5: N/A
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(2/27)
1. Lincoln Memorial
2. Ferris State
3. Western Oregon
4. Bellarmine
5. Queens
6. West Liberty
7. Northern State
8. Findlay
9. Morehouse
10. Northwest Missouri State
11. West Texas A&M
12. West Florida
13. Bridgeport
14. Valdosta State
15. Southern Nazarene
16. Virginia State
17. Arkansas-Fort Smith
18. Dixie State
19. California Baptist
20. UT-Permian Basin
21. Clark Atlanta
22. Cal Poly Pomona
23. Wheeling Jesuit
24. UNC Pembroke
T-25. Clayton State
T-25. Dallas Baptist

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• 2/27: N/A
• 2/20: N/A
• 2/13: N/A
• 2/6: N/A
• 1/30: Receiving Votes
• 1/23: N/A
• 1/16: N/A
• 1/9: N/A
• 12/21: N/A
• 12/12: N/A
• 12/5: N/A
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• 11/14: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(2/12, final)
1. Western Oregon
2. Dixie State
T-3. Cal Poly Pomona
T-3. California Baptist
5. Cal State San Marcos
6. Western Washington
7. Saint Martin's
8. Chico State
9. Point Loma
10. UC San Diego

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• 2/12: 10th
• 2/5: 9th
• 1/29: T-4th
• 1/22: 8th
• 1/15: 4th
• 1/8: 6th
• 12/20: N/A
• 12/11: 10th
• 12/4: 7th
• 11/27: T-9th
• 11/20: Receiving Votes
• 11/13: Receiving Votes
• Preseason: 4th

2017-18 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State San Marcos
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. San Francisco State
6. Cal State LA
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills
8. Cal State San Bernardino
9. Sonoma State
10. Stanislaus State
11. Cal State East Bay
12. Humboldt State
13. Cal State Monterey Bay

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. Over his four seasons at the helm, Olen has led the Tritons to an 82-36 (.695) overall record with a 57-27 (.679) mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. Olen joined the UC San Diego coaching staff as a second assistant 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 Eight in 2000 and 2001. He graduated from Spring Hill in 2004 with a degree in finance. For Olen's complete bio, click here.

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UP NEXT
The winner of Friday's semifinal will face the winner of the Cal Poly Pomona/San Francisco State semifinal in the conference tourney championship game on Saturday, March 3, at 5:05 p.m. at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg Arena.

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