5 of 6 teams set for PacWest Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament

De'Andre Haskins AZUSA, Calif. – Five teams and one opening-round game have been etched into the playoff bracket of the inaugural Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.

The PacWest will hold its first conference tournament March 7-9 at Azusa Pacific University's Felix Event Center.

Five members of the six-team field have been admitted to the post-season tournament with BYU-Hawaii and Dominican locked into the fourth and fifth seeds – although which team is fourth and which is fifth is still to be determined.

The Penguins hold the tiebreaker following their 80-75 win on Jan. 14, but the neutral site game will be played on Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m. to close out the first day of action.

Dixie State, Grand Canyon and Chaminade currently are tied for first place with 14-3 conference records. Dixie State wins any two-way tie with either Grand Canyon or Chaminade, while GCU owns the tiebreaker with the Silverswords.

For Chaminade to earn a first-round bye, the Silverswords need to win their final contest and hope for a loss by either Dixie State or Grand Canyon in their regular-season finales.

If all three teams win their final game, Dixie State's 3-0 mark against Chaminade and GCU would give the Red Storm the top seed in the tournament and the regular-season title.

Grand Canyon's early-season victory over the Silverswords would slide the Antelopes into the second seed with a first-round bye, while Chaminade would be the third seed and would face the sixth seed - either Academy of Art or Hawai'i Pacific.

Art U lands the sixth seed with a victory at Dominican on March 2. If the Urban Knights lose, then the door swings open for HPU to slide into the sixth seed with a victory vs. Chaminade also scheduled for March 2.

The possibility of a four-way tie for first-place exists if Chaminade, Dixie State and Grand Canyon all lose their final game and Fresno Pacific beats California Baptist. FPU is not eligible for the post-season tournament because the Sunbirds are transitioning to NCAA II status, but they are eligible for the regular-season crown.

In a four-way tie, Dixie State still wins the conference title because of a 4-1 record and .800 winning percentage among all four teams. Fresno Pacific would own a 3-2 mark, while GCU would be 2-3 and Chaminade 0-3.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 7 (First Round)

  • #6 Academy of Art/Hawai'i Pacific vs. #3 Chaminade/Dixie State/Grand Canyon - 5:30 p.m. PST
  • #4 Dominican/BYU-Hawaii vs. #5 Dominican/BYU-Hawaii - 8 p.m. PST

Friday, March 8 (Semifinals)

  • #6/#3 winner vs. #2 Chaminade/Dixie State/Grand Canyon - 5:30 p.m. PST
  • #4/#5 winner vs. #1 Chaminade/Dixie State/Grand Canyon - 8 p.m. PST

Saturday, March 9

  • 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.

Advance tickets for the inaugural PacWest Men's Basketball Championship Tournament 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.

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.