1997 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1997 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 7–9 at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada.[2]

1997 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season1996–97
Teams8
SiteLawlor Events Center
Reno, NV
ChampionsPacific (2nd title)
Winning coachBob Thomason (1st title)
MVPCorey Anders (Pacific), Faron Hand (Nevada)
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1996–97 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
East Division
Utah State 12 4   .750 20 9   .690
New Mexico State 12 4   .750 19 9   .679
Nevada 12 4   .750 21 10   .677
Boise State 9 7   .563 14 13   .519
Idaho 5 11   .313 13 17   .433
North Texas 5 11   .313 10 16   .385
West Division
Pacific 12 4   .750 24 6   .800
Long Beach State 9 7   .563 13 14   .481
UC Santa Barbara 7 9   .438 12 15   .444
Cal State Fullerton 6 10   .375 13 14   .481
Cal Poly 6 10   .375 14 16   .467
UC Irvine 1 15   .063 1 25   .038
1997 Big West Tournament winner
As of April 1, 1997[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

Pacific defeated Nevada in the championship game, 63–55, to obtain the first Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament championship in school history.

The Tigers participated in the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament after earning the conference's automatic bid.

FormatEdit

Eight of the 12 teams in the conference participated, with Cal Poly, Idaho, North Texas, and UC Irvine not qualifying. The top eight teams were seeded based on regular season conference records.

BracketEdit

Quarterfinals
Friday, March 7
Semifinals
Saturday, March 8
Championship
Sunday, March 9
         
E1 Nevada 80
W4 Cal State Fullerton 55
E1 Nevada 80
E3 New Mexico State 63
E3 New Mexico State 77
W2 Long Beach State 57
E1 Nevada 55
W1 Pacific 63
W1 Pacific 65
E4 Boise State 52
W1 Pacific 71
E2 Utah State 54
W3 UC Santa Barbara 66
E2 Utah State 81

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Big West MBB Record Book
  2. ^ "1996-97 Big West Conference Season Summary". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved March 11, 2019.