2014 GCI Shootout brackets

ANCHORAGE – The University of Alaska Anchorage has unveiled the pairings for the 2014 GCI Great Alaska Shootout, with seven games slated for national television on CBS Sports Network.
This year’s Shootout is scheduled for Nov. 25-29 at the Alaska Airlines Center, starting with women’s first-round action on Tuesday night and concluding with the men’s championship on Saturday. Host UAA will open against Yale on the women’s side and Pacific on the men’s side to begin their respective tournaments.

Long Beach State and Boise State kick off the women’s action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Yale against UAA. Women’s consolation and championship games are slated for 2:30 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The 37th annual men’s Shootout begins with all four first-round games on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Host UAA will take on Pacific in the opener at 7:30 p.m. AST/11:30 p.m.  EST Wednesday, followed by Missouri State vs. Colorado State at 10 p.m. AST/2 a.m. EST. Thanksgiving matchups will be Rice against Mercer – fresh off a 2014 NCAA Tournament upset of Duke – at 5:30 p.m. AST/9:30 p.m. EST, followed by Washington State vs. UC Santa Barbara at 8 p.m. AST/Midnight EST.

CBS Sports Network will also air both Friday semifinals as well as Saturday’s championship game at 7:30 p.m. AST/11:30 p.m. EST.

The GCI Great Alaska Shootout is the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the nation, taking place every Thanksgiving in Anchorage since 1978. This will be the inaugural tournament held at UAA’s brand-new, 5,000-seat Alaska Airlines Center.

Here is a quick look at the 2014 fields:

WOMEN
Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Website: GoSeawolves.com
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic (GNAC)
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 19-9/12-6 (t-3rd)
2014 Postseason: NCAA 1st Round
Head Coach: Ryan McCarthy, 3rd season
Previous Shootout Appearances (Titles): All (1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

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Boise State
Nickname: Broncos
Location: Boise, Idaho
Website: BroncoSports.com
Conference: Mountain West
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 18-14/12-6 (t-3rd)
2014 Postseason: WBI Quarterfinals
Head Coach: Gordy Presnell, 10th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1990

Long Beach State
Nickname: 49ers
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Website: LongBeachState.com
Conference: Big West
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 17-15/8-8 (6th)
2014 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Jody Wynn, 6th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Yale
Nickname: Bulldogs
Location: New Haven, Conn.
Website: YaleBulldogs.com
Conference: Ivy League
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-15/7-7 (4th)
2014 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Chris Gobrecht, 10th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1985

MEN
Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Website: GoSeawolves.com
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic (GNAC)
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 17-13/10-8 (t-4th)
2014 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Rusty Osborne, 11th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (35-73)

Colorado State
Nickname: Rams
Location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Website: CSURams.com
Conference: Mountain West
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 16-16/7-11 (t-8th)
2014 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Larry Eustachy, 3rd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Mercer
Nickname: Bears
Location: Macon, Ga.
Website: MercerBears.com
Conference: Atlantic Sun
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 27-9/14-4 (t-1st)
2014 Postseason: NCAA 3rd Round
Head Coach: Bob Hoffman, 7th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Missouri State
Nickname: Bears
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Website: MissouriStateBears.com
Conference: Missouri Valley
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 20-13/9-9 (t-4th)
2014 Postseason: CIT 1st Rd.
Head Coach: Paul Lusk, 4th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Pacific
Nickname: Tigers
Location: Stockton, Calif.
Website: PacificTigers.com
Conference: West Coast
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 18-16/6-12 (t-8th)
2014 Postseason: CIT Semifinals
Head Coach: Ron Verlin, 2nd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1979, 2003, 2006

Rice
Nickname: Owls
Location: Houston, Texas
Website: RiceOwls.com
Conference: Conference-USA
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 7-23/2-14 (16th)
2014 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Mike Rhoades, 1st season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

UC Santa Barbara
Nickname: Gauchos
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Website: UCSBGauchos.com
Conference: Big West
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 21-9/12-4 (2nd)
2014 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Bob Williams, 17th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Washington State
Nickname: Cougars
Location: Pullman, Wash.
Website: WSUCougars.com
Conference: Pacific-12
2013-14 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 10-21/3-15 (11th)
2014 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Ernie Kent, 1st season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1981, 2009 (champions)

2014 GCI GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
Alaska Airlines Center – Anchorage, Alaska
All times Alaska Standard (4 hours behind EST)

Women’s Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 25 – First Round
6 p.m. – Long Beach State vs Boise State
8 p.m. – Yale vs Alaska Anchorage
Wednesday, Nov. 26
2:30 p.m. – LBSU/BSU loser vs Yale/UAA loser (3rd place)
5 p.m. – LBSU/BSU winner vs Yale/UAA winner (Championship)
Men’s Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 26 – First Round
7:30 p.m. (Game 1) – Pacific vs Alaska Anchorage (CBSSN)
10 p.m. (Game 2) – Missouri State vs Colorado State (CBSSN)
Thursday, Nov. 27 – First Round
5:30 p.m. (Game 3) – Rice vs Mercer (CBSSN)
8 p.m. (Game 4) – Washington State vs UC Santa Barbara (CBSSN)
Friday, Nov. 28 – Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals
Noon (Game 5) – Pacific/UAA loser vs Mo. St./CSU loser
2 p.m. (Game 6) – Rice/Mercer loser vs WSU/UCSB loser
5:30 p.m. (Game 7) – Pacific/UAA winner vs Mo. St./CSU winner (CBSSN*)
8 p.m. (Game 8) – Rice/Mercer winner vs WSU/UCSB winner (CBSSN*)
Saturday, Nov. 29
Noon (Game 9) – Game 5 loser vs Game 6 loser (7th/8th place)
2 p.m. (Game 10) – Game 5 winner vs Game 6 winner (4th/6th place)
5 p.m. (Game 11) – Game 7 loser vs Game 8 loser (3rd/5th place)
7:30 p.m. (Game 12) – Game 7 winner vs Game 8 winner (Championship – CBSSN)

Courtesy of UAA Sports Information