Basketball: Coyotes return to NCAA Tournament


The Coyotes will be dancing this month.

The fifth-seed Coyotes will play fourth-seed Dixie State in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional at 5 p.m. Friday at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

The NCAA bid marks the first time in three seasons that the Coyotes, who are 19-8 overall, have made the 64-team NCAA Tournament. The Coyotes last played in the NCAA in 2009-10, coincidentally in Bellingham, Wash.

CSUSB basketball logoIt is coach Jeff Oliver’s eighth time in his 11 years he has taken the Coyotes to the NCAA Tournament and it is the 12th appearance in program history.

The Coyotes are led by their three All-CCAA performers — first-team senior center Kwame Alexander (16.3 points and 8.6 rebounds) and junior guard Brian Goins (15.7 ppg, 50 3 pointers). and second-team junior guard Lacy Haddock (12.1 points, 4.96 assists, 37.2 minutes).

Dixie State won the Pacific West Conference regular-season title and the conference tournament held this past weekend at Azusa Pacific. The Red Storm is 22-6 overall and led by Upland native sophomore Zach Robbins, who averages 13.1 points and has 54 blocks.

Defending NCAA champion Western Washington is the top seed and host. The Coyotes join fellow CCAA members Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State. It is the first time since the 2010 tournament that three teams from the CCAA made the NCAA field. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is represented by top seed WWU and third-seed Seattle Pacific. The Pacific West Conference is represented by Dixie State, Grand Canyon and Chaminade.NCAA Division II

The winner of the regional advances to the NCAA Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky., on March 28, 30. The national championship game will be played Sunday, April 7, in Atlanta in conjunction with the Division I Final Four.

NCAA Tournament West Regional
Western Washington University, Bellingham

Friday, March 15
First Round

  • Noon — No. 3) Seattle Pacific (25-3) vs. No. 6) Grand Canyon (23-7)
  • 2:30 p.m. — No. 2) Cal Poly Pomona (27-2) vs. No. 7) Chico State (19-10)
  • 5 p.m. — No. 4) Dixie State (22-6) vs. No. 5) Coyotes (19-7)
  • 8 p.m. — No. 1) Western Washington (27-2) vs. No. 8) Chaminade (19-10)

Monday, March 18

  • 2:30 p.m. — Semifinal (CPP/CSU winner vs. SPU/GCU winner)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Semifinal (DSC/CSUSB winner vs. WWU/C winner)

Tuesday, March 19

  • 8:30 p.m. — Championship

Read about the full tournament at “Field of 64 teams released for tourney.”

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