Conference: Big West Conference
How They Qualified: Big West Conference Tournament Champions
The Pacific Tigers are no stranger to dancing in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, now that they have won the automatic qualifier by winning the Big West Conference Tournament, this will be Pacific’s fourth appearance in nine years. Not too shabby for a program who is going to be leaving the Big West for the WCC in July.
Pacific is coached by Bob Thomason, who has been there for an astonishing 22 years.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Lorenzo McCloud (11.4 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Travis Fulton (4.0 rpg)
Leading Passer: Lorenzo McCloud (4.0 apg)
Bad Losses: UC Santa Barbara, Oral Roberts
Good Wins: Xavier, Saint Mary’s
Pacific probably deserved the automatic spot from the Big West. While not the best team in the conference record wise, they played a much tougher schedule than most of their conference brethren. Lorenzo McCloud and Travis Fulton are the two players to keep an eye out for. Both seniors, Pacific relies on them from everything to putting the ball in the basket as well as leadership.
However this isn’t your 2004 or 2005 Tigers. This team isn’t nearly as strong as some of the Pacific teams that have been in the tournament in the past. Although, Pacific does do a pretty good job of being efficient offensively, so maybe they can parlay that into some postseason success. Still, I wouldn’t bet on this team making any kind of heroic type of run.
The Pacific Tigers are dancing!
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