PacWest presidents give nod to begin men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in 2012-13
"This is another big step forward for our growing conference,” Bob Hogue, commissioner of the PacWest, stated. “We appreciate the hard work of our athletic directors and the approval by our presidents. The men's and women's basketball tournaments will be a great showcase for the outstanding brand of basketball we play in the PacWest."
The presidential approval occurred during the league’s winter conference call on Feb. 28 and featured a two-year commitment to a six-team tournament to be held at a neutral site.
“For teams that have proven themselves through the conference schedule, post-season tourneys provide a tried and true format for selecting the best team(s) to represent the conference in national playoff competition,” Dr. Ronald Ellis, president of California Baptist, stated.
The athletic directors of the PacWest previously approved the 2013 tournament to be held at Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles and the 2014 event to be hosted by Point Loma Nazarene located in the Greater San Diego Area.
“We are very enthusiastic about it,” Dixie State College President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld said. “We recognize the increased number of strong teams in the PacWest and a championship tournament will be really well received by our fans and the by the media. Hopefully we can generate increased media exposure for all of our member schools.”
While Dixie State captured the PacWest title and the automatic qualifier in the NCAA Division II Championship this year, a tournament would be another experience for the institution and the city of St. George to support.
“We look forward to participating in these tournaments and experiencing what we believe will be significant benefits,” Nadauld added.
The details of the tournament are being prepared, but only conference members who are eligible for the NCAA Division II post-season tournament will be eligible to compete in the PacWest Championship.
Since neither Point Loma Nazarene nor Azusa Pacific will be eligible for the NCAA’s during its first two years of existence, their geographic locations and facilities will serve as perfect venues to begin a conference championship while also showcasing the PacWest’s newest institutions.
The tournament will be held during the second week of March in both 2013 and 2014 with the title game set for a Saturday night. The Basketball Tournament Committee is continuing to work out the details of the format.