Lions Return to Alaska

2012 Great Alaska Shootout - Nov. 21-14, 2012

April 19, 2012

ANCHORAGE (Apr. 19) - LMU men's basketball will be making its third trip to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, as the University of Alaska Anchorage unveiled the fields for the 35th annual college basketball tournament in 2012.

Along with host Alaska Anchorage, men's teams from Belmont, Charlotte, the Lions, Northeastern, Oral Roberts, Texas State and UC Riverside will appear at Sullivan Arena for the 35th annual college basketball tournament.

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 Belmont vs. UAA and Northeastern vs. UC Riverside on Wednesday night, followed by Oral Roberts-Loyola Marymount and Charlotte-Texas State on Thanksgiving. Tip-off times will be announced later.

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 will be making their third respective appearances. The Lions finished sixth in 2002.

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

Sullivan Arena - Anchorage, Alaska
All times TBA (Alaska is 4 hours behind EST)

Women's Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 20 - First Round
Matchups TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 21
3rd place game
Championship game

Men's Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 21 - First Round
Belmont vs Alaska Anchorage
Northeastern vs UC Riverside

Thursday, Nov. 22 - First Round
Oral Roberts vs Loyola Marymount
Charlotte vs Texas State

Friday, Nov. 23 - Consolation Semifinals & Semifinals
Belmont/UAA loser vs NU/UCR loser
ORU/LMU loser vs Charlotte/TSU loser
Belmont/UAA winner vs NU/UCR winner
ORU/LMU winner vs Charlotte/TSU winner



Saturday, Nov. 24
7th/8th-place game
4th/6th-place game
3rd/5th-place game
Championship game

Here is a quick look at the 2012 fields:

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

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

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: Quarterfinals
Head Coach: Max Good, 5th season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 2002 (6th), 2006 (2nd)

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)



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