WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
The 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's and Women's Basketball Championships have been awarded to UC San Diego, conference commissioner Robert J. Hiegert announced on Thursday.
The 16-team event will be contested February 28-March 3, with the semifinals and championship games slated to take place at RIMAC Arena on the campus of UCSD in La Jolla.
The championship format calls for eight men's and eight women's teams to compete in first round games at campus sites on February 28, with the winners advancing to the semifinals on March 2 in La Jolla. The championship games will be played on Saturday, March 3.
"Through a vote of the CCAA's Executive Council, UC San Diego was chosen as the championship site over Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino," Hiegert said. "Since the return of the CCAA Basketball Championships in 2008, the event has continued to grow and last year's tournament provided tremendous competition and dramatic finishes.
"By electing UC San Diego as the 2012 host, southern California fans, and in particular those in the San Diego area, will have an opportunity to watch outstanding Division II college basketball," Hiegert added. "UC San Diego has a tremendous athletics staff and the conference is confident that Director of Athletics Earl Edwards and his staff will put on an outstanding event in an excellent facility."
UC San Diego will be the fourth different institution to host the tournament since 2008. With a seating capacity of 5,000, RIMAC Arena is the largest venue in the conference.
"UC San Diego is extremely pleased to serve as the host site for the CCAA basketball championships this season," Edwards said. "We are excited to showcase CCAA basketball and all that it has to offer in our community and look forward to welcoming the participating student-athletes and coaches to San Diego."
Since its return in 2008, the CCAA Tournament has been held at Cal State San Bernardino (2008 and 2009), Humboldt State (2010) and Cal State East Bay (2011).
Cal State Dominguez Hills is the defending men's champion while Cal Poly Pomona captured the women's title in 2011.
2012 CCAA Basketball Championships
RIMAC Arena, La Jolla, Calif.
February 28-March 3
Tuesday, February 28 - First Round (Campus Sites)
Friday, March 2 - La Jolla, Calif.
Women's Semifinal No. 1 - TBA
Women's Semifinal No. 2 - TBA
Men's Semifinal No. 1 - TBA
Men's Semifinal No. 2 - TBA
Saturday, March 3 - La Jolla, Calif.
Men's Championship - 5:00 p.m.
Women's Championship - 7:30 p.m.
Release courtesy of the CCAA.