8 of 12 berths secured for 2013 PacWest Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments

Azusa Pacific AZUSA, Calif. – Eight of the 12 berths have been secured for the 2013 Pacific West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments scheduled for March 7-9 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.

Chaminade, Dixie State and Grand Canyon have claimed three of the six men's slots, while Academy of Art, Dixie State, Grand Canyon, Hawai'i Hilo and Hawai'i Pacific have snapped up five of the six women's playoff slots.

The BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team can capture the final berth with a win vs. Azusa Pacific tonight (Feb. 18) and a loss by Dominican vs. Academy of Art on Tuesday (Feb. 19).

BYU-Hawaii controls its own destination and can simply clinch by picking up two wins in its final four games.

Both Chaminade and Notre Dame de Namur are mathematically alive, but one win by BYU-Hawaii or one loss for either the Silverswords or Argos would eliminate the two teams.

The men's tournament field is a little more cluttered, but Dominican and BYU-Hawaii are on the verge of clinching berths. Each team needs one more victory or a loss by Academy of Art.

Felix Center The Seasiders can clinch tonight (Feb. 18) with a win over tough Azusa Pacific. If the Seasiders lose to the Cougars, then all eyes will be on the Bay Area when Dominican visits Academy of Art for the first of two meetings in the final two weeks of the season.

If Dominican beats the Urban Knights, then both the Seasiders and Penguins are in. It also gives Hawai'i Pacific some breathing room with the Sea Warriors clinging to the sixth seed.

But if Academy of Art wins, then the scenarios become more congested with Notre Dame de Namur and Hawai'i Hilo still in the hunt.

Advance tickets for the inaugural PacWest men's and women's basketball championship tournaments are on sale and may be purchased online by clicking PacWest Basketball Tournament, or by calling the Felix Event Center Box Office at 626-815-5494.

The first PacWest men's and women's basketball tournaments since the conference reformed in its current configuration for the 2006-07 athletic season will be held inside the 3,500-seat Felix Event Center.

The top six eligible teams will be seeded 1-6 in each of the men's and women's tournaments.

Tournament Schedule

Thursday, March 7

  • Women - #6 seed vs. #3 seed - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • Women - #4 seed vs. #5 seed - 3 p.m. PST
  • Men - #6 seed vs. #3 seed - 5:30 p.m. PST
  • Men - #4 seed vs. #5 seed - 8 p.m. PST

Friday, March 8

  • Women - #6/#3 winner vs. #2 seed - 12:30 p.m. PST
  • Women - #4/#5 winner vs. #1 seed - 3 p.m. PST
  • Men - #6/#3 winner vs. #2 seed - 5:30 p.m. PST
  • Men - #4/#5 winner - #1 seed - 8 p.m. PST

Saturday, March 9

  • Women's Championship - 4:30 p.m. PST
  • Men's Championship - 7:30 p.m. PST

Tickets may be purchased each day of the tournament at the box office that will open one hour before each session. To ensure tickets, fans are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance.

A 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass for adults is just $35 – or less than $3 per game – while a One-Day Pass is $15 for adults.

The 12-game, three-day All-Tournament Pass is $25 for seniors (60 and better), children (ages 7-17), college students (with ID) and military personnel (with ID). The One-Day Pass for these fans is $10.

Azusa Pacific and the PacWest jointly are spearheading a drive to bring youth sports teams and groups to the tournament at no charge.

"Any youth sports teams or youth organizations that would like to attend the tournament may do so at no cost," Hogue explained. "Coaches of the teams or leaders of the youth organizations will be admitted free. Parents of the players or members of these organizations will be admitted at half-price."

Parents of youth athletes and group members who attend with their child may purchase a One-Day Pass for $7.50. Children 6 and under will be admitted free.

Coaches and youth organization leaders (such as Boy and Girl Scouts, church youth groups, public, private and charter school classes, Little League, etc.) may register their groups by contacting Tom Di Camillo, the assistant commissioner for media relations, by e-mail at tom.dicamillo@thepacwest.com, or by phone at 480-983-6605.

To receive free admittance, all groups must wear team uniforms or some type of identifying clothing (T-shirts for example) representing the organization. All students in the group must be eighth grade or below due to NCAA rules.

While Azusa Pacific will host the three-day event, the Cougars - along with California Baptist, Fresno Pacific, Holy Names and Point Loma - will not be eligible for the tournament since all five institutions are continuing their transition toward full NCAA II membership.

"Even though Azusa Pacific is not eligible to compete this year, we are extremely proud and honored to serve as the inaugural host of the PacWest men's and women's basketball championship tournaments," Gary Pine, the director of athletic at Azusa Pacific, said. "It gives our fans, our student-athletes and our community an opportunity to see the outstanding basketball competition in the PacWest and what we as a program can look forward to in the future."

Nine of the PacWest's 14 institutions are eligible to compete this season, including Academy of Art, BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade, Dixie State, Dominican, Grand Canyon, Hawai'i Hilo, Hawai'i Pacific and Notre Dame de Namur.