The 2012 Big West Tournament semifinals were held at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday night. In something that's actually a bit of a surprise at many contemporary NCAA conference tournaments, the entire bracket is going to come down to the top two seeds.
In the early game, the No. 1 seed Long Beach St. 49ers took on the UC Irvine Anteaters. The result was a 68-57 win that you can read about here.
The No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara Gauchos had a slightly tougher time overcoming the Cal Poly-SLO Mustangs in the nightcap, but pulled away in the second half to win 64-52. You can read that game recap by clicking here.
The 49ers and Gauchos are certainly no stranger to one another. Their face-offs in the finals of the Big West Tournament are beginning to become a Southern California tradition. We'll see who emerges with the title and the 2012 NCAA Tournament bid following the Championship Game on Saturday night.
The finals of the Big West tournament will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
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