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The 34th annual Shootout will be held Nov. 23-26 at Sullivan Arena
Courtesy: Michael Dinneen / UAA Athletics

2011 Shootout fields finalized

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 08/02/2011
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ANCHORAGE - Brackets and pairings for the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout men's and women's basketball tournament were announced today by University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb. The 34th annual Shootout is slated for Nov. 23-26 at the Sullivan Arena.

The Central Michigan women's team recently signed on to finalize the 2011 Shootout women's bracket. Due to previous scheduling commitments by CMU, the 2011 women's Shootout schedule will be pushed back from its customary Tuesday-Wednesday schedule to Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 23 & 24).

Wednesday's (Nov. 23) women's opening-round matchups will feature Central Michigan vs South Florida at 2 p.m. followed by host Alaska Anchorage taking on Miami at 4 p.m. Women's consolation and championship games will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively on Thur., Nov. 24.

The men's Shootout games will begin Wednesday night (Nov. 23) with Murray State meeting Alaska Anchorage at 6:30 p.m. followed by Dartmouth vs San Franciso at 8:30 p.m. The men's first round will conclude on Thur., Nov 24, with Central Michigan vs New Mexico State at 6:30 p.m. followed by UC Irvine vs Southern Missisippi at 8:30 p.m.

New opening-round match-ups are now Murray State vs. host Alaska Anchorage and Dartmouth vs. San Francisco on Wed., Nov. 23, followed by Central Michigan vs. New Mexico State and UC Irvine vs. Southern Mississippi on Thur., Nov. 24.

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


2011 CARRS/SAFEWAY GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
Sullivan Arena - Anchorage, Alaska
All times AST (Alaska is 4 hours behind EST)

Women's Schedule (Bracket)

Wednesday, Nov. 23 - First Round
2 p.m. - Central Michigan vs South Florida
4 p.m. - Miami vs Alaska Anchorage

Thursday, Nov. 24
2 pm - CMU/USF loser vs UM/UAA loser (3rd place)
4 pm - CMU/USF winner vs UM/UAA winner (championship)


Men's Schedule (Bracket)

Wednesday, Nov. 23 - First Round
6:30 p.m. - Murray State vs Alaska Anchorage
8:30 p.m. - Dartmouth vs San Francisco

Thursday, Nov. 24 - First Round
6:30 p.m. - Central Michigan vs New Mexico State

8:30 p.m. - UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi

Friday, Nov. 25 - Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals
Noon - MSU/UAA loser vs DC/USF loser

2 p.m. - CMU/NMSU loser vs UCI/USM loser
5:30 p.m. - MSU/UAA winner vs DC/USF winner
8 p.m. - CMU/ NMSU winner vs UCI/USM winner

Saturday, Nov. 26
Noon - 7th/8th-place game

2 p.m. - 4th/6th-place game
5:30 p.m. - 3rd/5th-place game
8 p.m. - Championship game


Here is a quick look at the 2011 fields:

WOMEN
Alaska Anchorage

Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 27-7 overall, 14-4 GNAC (2nd)
2011 Postseason: NCAA Second Round (Div. II)
Head Coach: Tim Moser, 6th season
Previous Shootout Appearances (Titles): All (1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Central Michigan
Nickname: Chippewas
Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Conference: Mid-American
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 20-11/11-5 (t-3rd)
2011 Postseason: WNIT First Round
Head Coach: Sue Guevara
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Miami

Nickname: Hurricanes
Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
Conference: Atlantic Coast
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 28-5/12-2 (t-1st)
2011 Postseason: NCAA Second Round
Head Coach: Katie Meier, 7th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1984 (8th), 1987 (4th)

South Florida

Nickname: Bulls
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Conference: Big East
2010-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 12-19/3-13 (t-13th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Jose Fernandez, 12th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1983 (8th)



MEN
Alaska Anchorage

Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conf.
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 24-10/13-5 (2nd)
2011 Postseason: NCAA Second Round (Div. II)
Head Coach: Rusty Osborne, 8th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (32-67)

UC Irvine

Nickname: Anteaters
Location: Irvine, Calif.
Conference: Big West
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-19/6-10 (t-7th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Russell Turner, 2nd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1990 (6th)

Central Michigan

Nickname: Chippewas
Location: Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Conference: Mid-American
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 10-21/7-9 (3rd-West Div.)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Ernie Zeigler, 6th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Dartmouth

Nickname: Big Green
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Conference: Ivy League
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 5-23/1-13 (8th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Paul Cormier, 2nd season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Murray State

Nickname: Racers
Location: Murray, Ky.
Conference: Ohio Valley
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 23-9/14-4 (1st)
2011 Postseason: NIT First Round
Head Coach: TBA
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

New Mexico State

Nickname: Aggies
Location: Las Cruces, N.M.
Conference: Western Athletic
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 16-17/9-7 (3rd)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Marvin Menzies, 5th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1992 (Champions)

San Francisco

Nickname: Dons
Location: San Francisco, Calif.
Conference: West Coast
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 19-15/10-4 (3rd)
2011 Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Quarterfinals
Head Coach: Rex Walters, 4th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Southern Mississippi

Nickname: Golden Eagles
Location: Hattiesburg, Miss.
Conference: Conference-USA
2001-11 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 22-10/9-7 (t-5th)
2011 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Larry Eustachy, 9th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
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