The Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team isn’t exactly headed to the postseason with a head of steam, But the Broncos will be trying to find a way to advance when they square off with Cal Baptist on Friday in an NCAA Division II regional first-round game at Western Oregon University.
The Broncos (22-7), the third-place team out of the CCAA, are the No. 6 seed while Cal Baptist (27-6) is the No. 3 seed and enters with momentum after winning the PacWest Conference Tournament.
“We have been in a shooting slump for like the last six weeks,” Cal Poly Pomona coach Greg Kamansky said. “The games we have won have been because we were doing some of the others things well like rebounding and playing defense. We just have to find a way. “
That game will be the first of the four quarterfinals and will be followed by No. 7 Chico State (22-7) vs, No. 2 UC San Diego (22-7), No. 5 Azusa Pacific (22-8) vs. No. 4 Seattle Pacific (22-8) and No. 8 Humboldt State (21-8) vs. No. 1 Western Oregon (27-3).
Humboldt State was the CCAA postseason tournament champion to earn the automatic berth while Western Oregon won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament and automatic bid.
Kamansky said he is glad to be playing a team other than one from his own conference.
“It gives it more of a real postseason tournament feel,” he said,
The semifinals are slated for Saturday with the championship game, which will determine an Elite Eight participant, on Monday.
The CCAA Postseason tournament gets underway and features the top eight men’s and women’s teams. The quarterfinal games will be held Tuesday at different campus sites with the highest seeded team hosting.
The Cal Poly Pomona men are the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 San Francisco State at 7 p.m. Kellogg Arena. The Broncos won the only previous meeting between the teams this season. In the past teams played twice, once on the road and once at home. The addition of Cal State San Marcos this season made for an uneven number of teams so it went to an unbalanced schedule.
Both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino made the women’s field but both will be on the road.
Cal State San Bernardino (13-12, 10-10), under first-year coach Sue Crebbin, is the No. 5 seed and it will play at No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus (16-10, 12-8). The teams split regular season games, each winning at home. But the one the Coyotes lost on the road was by just a point.
Cal Poly Pomona is the No. 7 and will play at No. 2 UC San Diego. The Broncos and the Tritons are the only two teams to make the field every year since the event was brought back in 2008. The Broncos (11-16, 9-11) have lost to the Tritons twice.
The semifinals and championship games will be held at the Stockton Arena.
Cal Poly Pomona senior Jordan Faison has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the first week of 2015 regular-season play.
Faison led the Broncos to wins over Notre Dame de Namur and Azusa Pacific at the APU Tournament.
The forward from Lake Forest shot over 60 percent from the floor in both contests, beginning with a six-for-10 effort in against the Argonauts Friday.
Against the defending West Region Champion Cougars, Faison scored 24 points on 11-for-16 (68.8) shooting from the floor, while making both of his free throw attempts. He also added nine rebounds and three assists.
On the weekend, Faison averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, and 1.5 assists.