Feb. 26, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -
Men's Basketball: Seattle Pacific, Western Washington Hold On To Regional Rankings
Seattle Pacific and Western Washington maintained their No. 4 and No. 7 rankings in the second NCAA Division II West Regional Men's Basketball poll of the 2014 season released Wednesday.
Cal State San Bernardino maintained the No. 1 ranking as the only changes among the top seven teams were a pair of flip-flops. Cal Poly Pomona switched places with Cal Baptist moving into second and Chico State switched with Dixie State moving up to fifth.
At No. 8 Dominican replaced Chaminade. Cal State Stanislaus moved up one slot from 10th to ninth. San Francisco State took over 10th as Chaminade dropped out of the Top 10.
The poll will eventually determine which five teams join the GNAC, PacWest and CCAA champions in the regional tournament, which begins Friday, March 14. The league champions earn automatic berths.
One more poll will be held before the NCAA announces the regional field on Sunday, March 9 on ncaa.com. The women's show will be at 7 p.m. Pacific followed by the men's show at 7:30.
The GNAC will determine its champion and its automatic berth winner with a tournament March 5-8. Saint Martin's University will host the tournament at Marcus Pavilion.
NCAA West Region - 1. Cal State San Bernardino (20-3); 2. Cal Poly Pomona (19-3); 3. Cal Baptist (23-1); 4. Seattle Pacific (20-5); 5. Chico State (18-5); 6. Dixie State (20-5); 7. Western Washington (15-6); 8. Dominican (18-7); 9. Cal State Stanislaus (14-8); 10. San Francisco (11-11). Note: Record listed is in games against Division II opponents only.
Women's Basketball: Five GNAC Teams Ranked in West Regional Poll
PORTLAND, Ore. - After a pair of big wins last week, Alaska Anchorage moved into the top-10 in the second round of NCAA West Region Rankings, checking in at No. 8. Seattle Pacific stayed at the No. 4 spot by virtue of winning both of its games last week. Montana State Billings, which checked in at No. 1 in the first regional rankings last week, fell one spot to No. 2 after losing to Saint Martin's on Saturday.
Simon Fraser was ranked No. 2 in last week's regional rankings, but dropped one spot to No. 3 as the Clan split two games with UAA and Alaska Fairbanks last weekend.
Western Washington, the other GNAC school appearing in the top-10 last week at No. 9, fell to No. 10 week's rankings after losing to Alaska Anchorage on Saturday.
The third and final NCAA West Region rankings will be released next week on March 5, with the NCAA postseason selection show taking place on March 9. The top-eight teams in the final poll will earn berths to the NCAA West Region playoffs.
West Region - 1. Cal Poly Pomona (20-4); 2. Montana State Billings (17-6); 3. Simon Fraser (17-7); 4. Seattle Pacific (16-7); 5. Chico State (17-7); 6. Cal State Dominguez Hills (15-8); 7. Academy of Art (20-6); 8. Alaska Anchorage (17-5); 9. UC San Diego (15-9); 10. Western Washington (13-8).
RACE FOR SEEDING
With one weekend remaining, first-place Montana State Billings can wrap up the No. 1 overall seed at the GNAC Tournament and a first-round bye with a win in either of its games this weekend. The Yellowjackets host Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage, the latter being one of three GNAC teams to defeat MSUB this season. Currently tied for second place, Simon Fraser and Western Washington will meet in the ROOT SPORTS Game of the Week on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Bellingham. The winner could earn a first-round bye, depending on UAA's results against MSUB and Seattle Pacific this weekend.
If the Seawolves win both games and MSUB loses twice, UAA would leapfrog three teams to claim the regular season title. On the other hand, UAA could finish as low as sixth place if it were to lose twice and both SPU and Saint Martin's win both of their games.
Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin's have clinched berths, but are not in contention for a first-round bye regardless of this weekend's results.
Seeding will be official after the conclusion of Saturday's games, with the top two teams earning first-round byes. Seeds three-through six will play in the Quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 5, with the winners advancing to face the top-two teams in the Semifinals on Friday, March 7. The women's championship game is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8.
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