March Madness is about to descend on UC Irvine.
The Mustangs (27-6) will play their tournament opener Thursday in Louisville against 11th-seeded UCLA (20-13).
UC Irvine has punched its ticket to the Big Dance. vaulting ahead of nearly 50 Division I teams still waiting for their first invitation.
Luke Nelson scored 17 points and UC Irvine earned its first ticket to the NCAA Tournament in the school’s 38-year basketball program history with a 67-58 victory over Hawaii in the Big West championship game on Saturday night.
Cal State Northridge is returning to the NCAA women’s basketball tournament after a 67-60 victory over top-seeded Hawaii in the Big West title game on Saturday.
UC Irvine stands one game away from its first trip to the NCAA basketball tournament after defeating UC Santa Barbara 72-63 in the Big West semifinals Friday night at Honda Center in Anaheim
Brandon Ashley scored 24 points and Arizona withstood a late rally to beat UCLA 70-64 in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals Friday night.
Josh Ritchart scored 21 points and Big West Player of the Year Corey Hawkins had 13 of his 15 in the second half to rally UC-Davis to a 71-67 win over CS Northridge on Thursday in the opening game of the conference tournament.
Elijah Stewart scored 27 points and hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left after a big block by Nikola Jovanovic, helping USC rally for a 67-64 win over Arizona State in the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
UCLA’s planned basketball training and performance facility that will house the school’s men’s and women’s basketball programs will be named for Mo Ostin, the music executive who has committed $10 million to the project.
David Samuels scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Long Beach State to a 69-58 victory over Cal State Northridge on Thursday night.
Luke Nelson scored 15 points, hitting all but one of his 10 free throws, to lead UC Irvine to a 68-62 win over Cal State-Fullerton on Thursday night.
Bryce Alford scored 23 points, including five 3s, Tony Parker added 22 and UCLA defeated Southern California 85-74 Wednesday night to help the Bruins lock up the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament next week.
Norman Powell scored a career-high 28 points, hitting a key 3-pointer with 1:34 to go, and UCLA grinded out a 72-67 victory over Washington State on Sunday night that gave the Bruins possession of fourth place in the Pac-12.
Stephen Maxwell scored 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Cal State Northridge stay out of the Big West cellar with an 82-72 win over Cal State-Fullerton on Thursday night.