Cal Poly men get top seed for CCAA tourney

For the second year in a row, tiebreaker formulas had to used to determine the seedings for the 2009 California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament that opens Tuesday, March 3, at campus sites.

Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino all tied for the regular-season CCAA title after concluding their 20-game conference schedule Friday night.

Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5) earned the top seed in the tournament after factoring in the third tiebreaker criteria, which was best record against the highest-standing team not in the tournament. The Broncos, who will host San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) in an opening-round game, were 2-0 against Cal State L.A., compared to Cal State Dominguez Hills’ 1-1 mark against the Golden Eagles.

Cal State San Bernardino was slotted as the third-seed based on its 9-5 record against tournament teams. Both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills had identical 10-4 marks.

As the No. 2 seed, Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5) will host No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay (14-13, 8-12). Third-seeded Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5), will entertain No. 6 seed Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12).

Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) and UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7) tied for fourth and the Tritons gained the No. 4 seed and a home game after a coin flip.

Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco tied for sixth, and the Seawolves won the tiebreaker based on their better head-to-head record against the three tied teams.

Sonoma State was 3-1, while Cal State Monterey Bay was 2-2 and San Francisco State 1-1.

Following Tuesday’s first-round games, the tournament will shift to Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena for the semifinals and championship game on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

2009 CCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Tuesday – March 3 (At Campus Sites)

No. 8 San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) at No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5)

No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay 14-13, 8-12) at No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5)

No. 6 Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12) at No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5)

No. 5 Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) at No. 4 UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7)

2009 CCAA Tournament Ticket Prices

First Round (at campus sites)

Reserved (if available) — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

Semifinals and Finals

Reserved — $12

General Admission — $10

Students (with ID), Seniors & Youth — $5

*Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Cal State Bernardino ticket office at (909) 537-5048 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.