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March 10, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
It was a maritime week at the Big West tournament as teams located near salt water created most of the waves. Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara advanced to the finals in both the men's and women's brackets. It's the first time that has happened since 1990, when both programs from Long Beach and Nevada Las Vegas advanced to the finals. It was a good week, in general, for the plucky, cost-conscious Big West, especially when compared with the cross-county carnage at the Pac-12 tournament.
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March 15, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The song at the end of Saturday night's Big West tournament championship game at Honda Center won't be the NCAA's signature “One Shining Moment.” If you're looking for a snappy lyric, try Frank Sinatra's “Grab your coat and get your hat.” The Big West winner, Cal Poly or Cal State Northridge, is almost certainly headed to a “play-in” game for the NCAA tournament on Tuesday or Wednesday in Dayton. OK, OK, it's technically called "first round" now that the tournament field has been expanded to 68 teams.
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February 18, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER
UC Irvine and Fresno State both have 7-6 Big West Conference records and are coming off come-from-behind overtime victories, but there's little doubt about who is favored in tonight's game. Irvine (10-12 overall) beat Fresno (12-10) a month ago, 64-61, but the Anteaters are 0-9 in Selland Arena.
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March 15, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The seventh-seeded team got shot to seventh heaven Saturday night when Cal Poly defeated Cal State Northridge, 61-59, to win the Big West tournament championship at Honda Center. The Mustangs (13-19) lost nine of their last 11 regular-season games before winning three straight in Anaheim to earn the school's first NCAA tournament bid. In three days, Cal Poly defeated No. 2 UC Santa Barbara, No. 1 UC Irvine and No. 5 Northridge to become the lowest-seeded Big West team to win the conference tournament.
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March 22, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
I love the Big West Conference, going back to its days as the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. when Lew Cryer was commissioner and Nevada Las Vegas was a national power. I still drink coffee out of a PCAA mug that was a media gift from the 1985 tournament held at the Fabulous Forum. I was a student at current Big West member Cal State Fullerton in 1978 when the Titans came within a shot of making the Final Four. I traveled the road as UC Irvine's basketball beat writer in the early 1980s with Bill Mulligan, the  school's quote-machine coach.
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March 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The Big West's automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament must be considered up for grabs if only for the fact the favored team has never been to the NCAA tournament. UC Irvine opens tournament play Thursday at Honda Center without a reliable read of the expectations. The Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) won the Big West regular-season title, but the tournament's three-day format somewhat nullifies all that has been achieved. The top Big West teams don't receive byes, they jump straight into single-elimination frays.
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February 4, 2012 | Wire reports
at Long Beach State 75, Cal State Northridge 67: Larry Anderson led five 49ers in double figures with 16 points as Long Beach (17-6, 10-0 Big West) pulled away in the second half for its 18th consecutive conference win and 19th in a row at home. The Matadors fell to 6-15, 2-8. at Cal State Fullerton 99, UC Santa Barbara 86: Kwame Vaughn scored 37 points, making five of seven three-pointers, to lead the Titans (15-7, 7-3 Big West) over the Gauchos (12-8, 7-3), who got 28 points from Orlando Johnson.
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March 15, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The song at the end of Saturday night's Big West tournament championship game at Honda Center won't be the NCAA's signature “One Shining Moment.” If you're looking for a snappy lyric, try Frank Sinatra's “Grab your coat and get your hat.” The Big West winner, Cal Poly or Cal State Northridge, is almost certainly headed to a “play-in” game for the NCAA tournament on Tuesday or Wednesday in Dayton. OK, OK, it's technically called "first round" now that the tournament field has been expanded to 68 teams.
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March 14, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The best first-round game of the Big West tournament on Thursday got the least notice because it ended at 10:56 p.m. Pacific time in front of a sparse crowd at the Honda Center. Cal State Northridge's 87-84 overtime win over Hawaii, however, deserved more than a tack-on blurb at the end of a long day. Northridge, under first-year coach Reggie Theus, blew a 16-point first-half lead but rallied back from 13 points in the second half. The fifth-seeded Matadors tied the score at 74 on senior Josh Greene's three-pointer with 12 seconds left in the second half.
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March 11, 1996 | Mike Penner
With one improbable, awkward three-point jump shot from one improbable, awkward San Jose State Spartan, a beleaguered basketball conference went from Big West to Big Worst Case Scenario Sunday afternoon.
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March 14, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The best first-round game of the Big West tournament on Thursday got the least notice because it ended at 10:56 p.m. Pacific time in front of a sparse crowd at the Honda Center. Cal State Northridge's 87-84 overtime win over Hawaii, however, deserved more than a tack-on blurb at the end of a long day. Northridge, under first-year coach Reggie Theus, blew a 16-point first-half lead but rallied back from 13 points in the second half. The fifth-seeded Matadors tied the score at 74 on senior Josh Greene's three-pointer with 12 seconds left in the second half.
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March 13, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Seventh-seeded Cal Poly pulled off a huge upset in the Big West Tournament on Thursday by stunning second-seeded UC Santa Barbara, 69-38, at Honda Center. Cal Poly's win in the first game of the tournament came just five days after the Mustangs suffered a 16-point home defeat to Santa Barbara. “We just decided to turn the pressure up everywhere, and make the game ugly,” Cal Poly Coach Joe Collero said. Cal Poly (11-19) dominated from start to finish and completely frustrated Santa Barbara's Alan Williams, the conference player of the year.
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March 13, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
UC Irvine's big advantage in the Big West tournament became clear at Thursday's tipoff at Honda Center. UC Riverside trotted out 6-foot-7 Taylor Johns to jump center against the Anteaters' 7-foot-6 shot eater, Mamadou Ndiaye. College basketball's tallest player won the tip and top-seeded Irvine was off and churning to a 63-43 quarterfinal victory over the bottom-seeded Highlanders. The workmanlike effort earned Irvine a trip to Friday's 6:30 p.m. semifinal game against seventh-seeded Cal Poly, a shocking 31-point winner over No. 2 UC Santa Barbara.
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March 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The Big West's automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament must be considered up for grabs if only for the fact the favored team has never been to the NCAA tournament. UC Irvine opens tournament play Thursday at Honda Center without a reliable read of the expectations. The Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) won the Big West regular-season title, but the tournament's three-day format somewhat nullifies all that has been achieved. The top Big West teams don't receive byes, they jump straight into single-elimination frays.
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March 10, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Regular season champion UC Irvine seeks to earn its first-ever NCAA tournament berth when the Big West Conference Tournament begins play Thursday at the Honda Center. The top-seeded Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) play eighth-seeded UC Riverside (10-20, 5-11) in the 6 p.m. game.  UCI's 22 wins are three shy of the school record of 25 set by the 2000-01 team. The winner of the three-day Big West tournament receives an automatic bid to next week's NCAA Tournament. "Everyone restarts now at the same point," UCI Coach Russell Turner, the Big West coach of the year, said Monday on a conference call.
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February 12, 2014 | By Gary Klein
What's ahead for these eight college baseball teams in Southern California: USC (20-36 in 2013, ninth in Pac-12): Second-year Coach Dan Hubbs will try to steer the Trojans into contention with senior left-hander Bob Wheatley and junior right-hander Wyatt Strahan atop the rotation. Opener: Northwestern, Friday. UC Irvine (33-22, fourth in Big West): Andrew Morales returns after finishing 10-0 with a 1.89 earned-run average and third baseman Taylor Sparks drove in 50 runs in 2013.
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October 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The UC Irvine Anteaters were chosen by a vote of the media to win the Big West Conference men's basketball title. UC Irvine finished with with 183 points and nine first-place votes. UC Santa Barbara was second with 167, votes with Cal Poly and Long Beach State coming in third and fourth, respectively. This is the first time in 12 years the Anteaters have been picked to win the conference in the media poll. Anteater junior forward Will Davis II was named to the six-member, 2013-14 preseason all-conference team.
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September 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Big West Conference football has come to town. Well, the remnants of it. New Mexico State dropped by the Rose Bowl on Saturday night to pick up a hefty check and, probably, another loss. Across town, Utah State gave USC everything it could handle before losing, 17-14. These schools are alumni of the Big West. The conference dropped football after the 2000 season, sending teams off into the wild. “I still follow the programs,” Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell said.
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