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Courtesy: UAA Media Relations

UAA announces 2012 Shootout fields

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 04/19/2012
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ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Anchorage has unveiled the fields for the 2012 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, UAA athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced Thursday.

Along with host Alaska Anchorage, women's teams from Prairie View A&M and Utah State, and men's teams from Belmont, Charlotte, Loyola Marymount, Northeastern, Oral Roberts, Texas State and UC Riverside will appear at Sullivan Arena for the 35th annual college basketball tournament. Another team will be announced to finalize the women's field, said Dr. Cobb.

This year's tourney is scheduled for Nov. 20-24, opening with women's first-round action on Tuesday night and concluding with the men's championship on Saturday.

First-round matchups have been set for the men's tournament, commencing with Northeastern vs. UC Riverside and Belmont vs. UAA on Wednesday night, followed by Oral Roberts-Loyola Marymount and Charlotte-Texas State on Thanksgiving.

Six of the 11 announced teams went to postseason play this March, including NCAA Tournament trips for the UAA and Belmont men and the UAA and Prairie View women. Loyola Marymount (2006) and Northeastern (1986) are both former Shootout runners-up on the men's side, while LMU and Texas State and Utah State will be making their third respective appearances.

The Shootout is the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the nation, taking place every Thanksgiving in Anchorage since 1978.

Here is a quick look at the 2012 fields:

WOMEN
Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic (GNAC)
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 30-5 overall, 16-2 GNAC (1st)
2012 Postseason: NCAA Elite Eight (Div. II)
Head Coach: Tim Moser, 7th season
Previous Shootout Appearances (Titles): All (1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Prairie View A&M
Nickname: Panthers
Location: Prairie View, Texas
Conference: Southwestern Athletic (SWAC)
2001-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 17-16/11-7 (t-4th)
2012 Postseason: NCAA 1st Round
Head Coach: Toyelle Wilson, 3rd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Utah State
Nickname: Aggies
Location: Logan, Utah
Conference: Western Athletic Conference
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 21-10/11-3 (2nd)
2012 Postseason: WNIT 1st Round
Head Coach: TBA
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1982 (5th), 1986 (8th)

Final Team Women's Team TBA

MEN
Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic (GNAC)
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 23-7/15-3 (2nd)
2012 Postseason: NCAA 2nd Round (Div. II)
Head Coach: Rusty Osborne, 9th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (33-69)

UC Riverside
Nickname: Highlanders
Location: Riverside, Calif.
Conference: Big West
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 14-17/7-9 (t-5th)
2012 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Jim Wooldridge, 6th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Belmont
Nickname: Bruins
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Conference (in 2012-13): Ohio Valley
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 27-8/16-2 (1st, Atlantic-Sun)
2012 Postseason: NCAA 2nd Round
Head Coach: Rick Byrd, 27th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Charlotte
Nickname: 49ers
Location: Charlotte, N.C.
Conference: Atlantic-10
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-17/5-11 (t-11th)
2012 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Alan Major, 3rd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Loyola Marymount
Nickname: Lions
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Conference: West Coast (WCC)
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 21-13/11-5 (4th)
2012 Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Quarterfinals
Head Coach: Max Good, 5th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 2002 (6th), 2006 (2nd)

Northeastern
Nickname: Huskies
Location: Boston, Mass.
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 14-17/9-9 (7th)
2012 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Bill Coen, 7th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1986 (2nd)

Oral Roberts
Nickname: Golden Eagles
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Conference: Summit League
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 27-7/17-1 (1st)
2012 Postseason: NIT 1st Round
Head Coach: Scott Sutton, 13th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 2005 (3rd)

Texas State
Nickname: Bobcats
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Conference: Western Athletic (WAC)
2011-12 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-17/5-11 (5th, Southland West)
2012 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Doug Davalos, 7th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1987 (7th), 2003 (8th)


2012 CARRS/SAFEWAY GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
Sullivan Arena - Anchorage, Alaska
All times Alaska Standard Time (4 hours behind EST)

Women's Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 20 - First Round
6 pm - Matchup TBA
8 pm - Matchup TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 21
2:30 pm - 3rd place game
5 pm - Championship game

Men's Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 21 - First Round
7:30 pm - UC Riverside vs Northeastern
10 pm - Belmont vs Alaska Anchorage (CBS Sports Network)
Thursday, Nov. 22 - First Round
5 pm - Loyola Marymount vs Oral Roberts (CBS Sports Network)
7:30 pm - Texas State vs Charlotte (CBS Sports Network)
Friday, Nov. 23 - Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals
1 pm - Belmont/UAA loser vs NU/UCR loser
3 pm - ORU/LMU loser vs Charlotte/TXST loser
7 pm - Belmont/UAA winner vs NU/UCR winner (CBS Sports Network)
9:30 pm - ORU/LMU winner vs Charlotte/ TXST winner (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Nov. 24
Noon - 7th/8th-place game
2 pm - 4th/6th-place game
6 pm - 3rd/5th-place game (CBS Sports Network)
8:30 pm - Championship game (CBS Sports Network)

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