NCAA Men's Basketball

UC Irvine Anteaters (18-9)


Fri. 3/5 Sat. 3/6 Thu. 3/11 Sat. 3/13 Sat. 3/13
@ LgBch 
W 71-68
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@ LgBch 
W 73-58
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vs. CalPly 
W 58-51
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vs. CalRv 
W 78-61
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@ UC-SB 
L 63-79
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UCSB tops UCI for Big West title, NCAA Tournament berth

LAS VEGAS (AP) JaQuori McLaughlin scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to help UC Santa Barbara beat UC Irvine 79-63 on Saturday night and win the Big West Conference Tournament.

The Gauchos have won 18 of their last 19 since losing back-to-back games against UCI on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 to open conference play and earned their first berth into the NCAA Tournament since 2011.

McLaughlin hit two 3s and Robinson Idehen scored four points in a 10-0 run that gave the Gauchos their biggest lead at 59-44 with 8:22 to play. The Anteaters, who had their six-game win streak snapped, trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

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Leaders
Points: C. Welp15.1
Rebounds: B. Greene7.6
Assists: D. Davis2.0
FG%: C. Welp47.8%
FT%: C. Welp81.6%
3P%: No qualifiers
Steals: C. Welp1.2
Blocks: B. Greene1.9
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Gonzaga31-1
2 Illinois24-7
3 Baylor28-2
4 Michigan23-5
5 Alabama26-7
6 Houston28-4
7 Ohio State21-10
8 Iowa22-9
9 Texas19-8
10 Arkansas25-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Baylor28-2
2 Gonzaga31-1
3 Houston28-4
4 Michigan23-5
5 Alabama26-7
6 Arkansas25-7
7 UCLA22-10
8 Illinois24-7
9 USC25-8
10 Florida State18-7
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Big West Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
UC Santa Barbara 13-3 22-5
UC Irvine 10-4 18-9
UC Riverside 8-4 14-8
UC Davis 6-4 10-8
Bakersfield 9-7 15-11
Hawaii 9-9 11-10
Cal State Fullerton 5-7 6-10
CSUN 5-9 9-13
Long Beach State 4-8 6-12
Cal Poly 1-15 4-20
UC San Diego 0-0 7-10
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.2 (149)
Rebounds: 11.5 (64)
Assists: 11.8 (274)
FG%: 45.1% (111)
FT%: 75.9% (38)
3P%: 33.8% (175)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 63.4 (25)
Rebounds: 28.4 (15)
Assists: 12.3 (124)
FG%: 38.7% (4)
FT%: 70.2% (148)
3P%: 32.7% (121)