CCAA Tournament schedule and info

The 2009 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship Basketball Tournament opens on Tuesday with first-round games at campus sites. The top eight teams in both the men’s and women’s fields will square off in an attempt to advance toward the tournament title and earn the CCAA’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5) is the top seed on the men’s side, while UC San Diego (26-3, 19-1) is the women’s No. 1 seed.

The tournament format calls for the top four seeds to host first-round games and the winners will advance to the semifinals at Coussoulis Arena on the campus of Cal State Bernardino beginning Friday, March 6. The championship games are scheduled for Saturday, March 6, with the women tipping off at 5 p.m. and the men scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Cal Poly Pomona, which tied Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino for the regular season title, earned the No. 1 seed based on tie-breaker formulas and will host No. 8 seed San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) on Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Other men’s first-round contests match No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay (14-13, 8-12) at No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5), 7:30 p.m.; No. 6 Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12) at No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5), 7 p.m.; and No. 5 Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) at No. 4 UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7), 7:30 p.m.

UC San Diego, which posted the best regular-season conference record on the women’s side since Cal State Bakersfield went 21-1 during the 2002-03 campaign, will host No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino (10-16, 8-12) at 5:30 p.m.

Other first-round games pit No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus (13-14, 8-12) at No. 2 Humboldt State (21-6, 16-4), 7 p.m.; No. 6 San Francisco State (13-14, 8-12), at No. 3 Cal State Dominguez Hills (18-9, 13-7), 5:30 p.m.; and No. 5 Chico State (15-12, 11-9) at No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona (16-13, 12-8), 5:30 p.m.

This season marks the second year of the CCAA Men’s Championship Tournament after it was re-instated following a 15-year absence. UC San Diego ascended from the No. 7 seed to capture the 2008 title.

The Tritons, who finished in a five-way tie for third place during the regular season, recorded a road victory at No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino (63-59, OT) before defeating San Francisco State (72-65) and Cal Poly Pomona (64-56) to capture the conference crown.

Last year also marked the return of women’s postseason for the time since 1998 and Chico State came out on top. The Wildcats claimed the No. 1 seed after posting a 17-3 conference record and claimed the tournament title following victories over Cal State Dominguez Hills (62-45), Cal Poly Pomona (78-74) and UC San Diego (69-63).

Six schools have both their men’s and women’s teams participating in the tournament and three are hosting doubleheaders. UC San Diego, Cal State San Beranrdino, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Humboldt State and San Francisco State have both their men’s and women’s teams competing.

UC San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills are hosting both men’s and women’s games.

All of the action can be followed by logging onto www.goccaa.org.

2009 CCAA Tournament Schedule

March 3 (Tue) – At Campus Sites

Women

No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino (10-16, 8-12) at No. 1 UC San Diego (26-3, 19-1); 5:30 p.m.

No. 7 Cal State Stanislaus (13-14, 8-12)) at No. 2 Humboldt State (21-6, 16-4); 7 p.m.

No. 6 San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) at No. 3 Cal State Dominguez Hills (18-9, 13-7); 5:30 p.m.

No. 5 Chico State (15-12, 11-9) at No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona (16-13, 12-8); 5:30 p.m.

Men

No. 8 San Francisco State (14-13, 8-12) at No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona (19-6, 15-5); 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay (14-13, 8-12) at No. 2 Cal State Dominguez Hills (21-6, 15-5); 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 Sonoma State (12-15, 8-12) at No. 3 Cal State San Bernardino (17-9, 15-5); 7 p.m.

No. 5 Humboldt State (20-10, 13-7) at No. 4 UC San Diego (16-10, 13-7); 7:30 p.m.

March 6 (Fri)

Women’s Semifinal Game 1: 12:30 P.M.

Women’s Semifinal Game 2: 3:00 P.M.

Men’s Semifinal Game 1: 5:30 P.M.

Men’s Semifinal Game 2: 8:00 P.M.

March 7 (Sat)

Women’s Championship – 5:00 PM

Men’s Championship – 7:30 PM

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. beginning March 3.