March 31, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Pacific is set to make its third CIT Postseason Tournament Semifinals appearance when it travels to take on Murray State Tuesday, April 1 in Murray, Ky. The Tigers (18-15) will square off against the Racers (21-11) for just the second time in program history and the first time since 1971. The winningest team in CIT Postseason Tournament history at 8-2, the Tigers advanced to the semifinals in 2009 and marched to the finals in 2010.
WCC QUICK HITS
- Pacific plays at Murray State (21-11) Tuesday (April 1) in the 2014 CIT Postseason Tournament Semifinals in Murray, Kentucky.
- Pacific is the all-time CIT wins leader (8-2) and prepares for its third semifinals appearance (2009 & 2010 - finals).
- The West Coast Conference is 7-5 in the 2014 postseason - NCAA (1-2); NIT (1-2) and CIT (5-1).
- When San Diego and Pacific squared off in the 2014 CIT Quarterfinals, it marked the second time two WCC teams have met in the third round. San Francisco and eventual CIT Champion Santa Clara met in 2011.
- WCC member institutions are 14-6 all-time in the CIT Postseason Tournament. Santa Clara (5-0) won the 2011 CIT title.
- The West Coast Conference is the only league to boast championships in all four current postseason tournaments - CBI (Santa Clara, 2013), CIT (Santa Clara, 2011), NCAA (San Francisco 1955-56) and NIT (San Francisco, 1949).
- Two WCC member institutions - No. 10 BYU and No. 8 Gonzaga competed in the NCAA Tournament, marking the third straight year and the fourth time in five years the WCC has been a multi-bid league. Saint Mary’s and San Francisco both earned NIT berths.
- The WCC matched a league record with four total teams competing in the NCAA and NIT fields with four, equaling 1989 when Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s (NCAA) and Pepperdine and Santa Clara (NIT) accomplished the feat.
- The WCC ranks fifth among Division I leaders in scoring (73.81) and field goal percentage (45.53), fourth in free throw percentage (71.32) and leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (36.66).
- BYU’s Tyler Haws ranks sixth nationally in scoring (23.4) and his 48 points at Portland (1/23/14) were the most by a WCC player since LMU’s Hank Gathers scored 50 in 1990.
THIS WEEK’S WCC SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 1
Pacific at Murray State (CIT – Semifinal) – CBS Sports Network - 6:00 p.m. (PT)
*All times Pacific