Men Picked Third, Women Sixth by Media, Coaches

Oct. 25, 2006

Irvine, Calif. - In a rare consensus opinion, Cal State Fullerton will finish third in the men's basketball standings and the Titans' women will be sixth when the Big West Conference schedule is completed in March.

That was the forecast from the annual Big West Basketball Media Day conducted Wednesday at the Irvine Hilton Hotel. The head coaches and the media agreed on the Titans' finish in both genders in polls remarkably consistent.

On the men's side, where parity was the day's theme, agreement was remarkable between the two groups. The media picked Long Beach first and Pacific second whle the coaches had the two deadlocked for the top spot. Fullerton was third, Cal State Northridge was seventh and UC Riverside eighth on both lists. Ranked fourth through sixth were Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine in the media poll with UCI, UCSB and Cal Poly in that order per the coaches.

The women's polls were equally similar. UC Riverside was a slight favorite for the top spot over UCSB by the coaches with UCSB a narrow choice over UCR by the media. Both groups had Long Beach third, Northridge fourth, Fullerton sixth and Pacific eighth. Cal Poly and UCI were interchanged at fifth and seventh with the coaches favoring UCI and the media leaning toward Cal Poly.

The media also picked pre-season all-conference teams. The Titans' Bobby Brown was among the six on the men's squad which included Chris Devine of USB, Darren Fells of UCI, Kejuan Johnson and Aaron Nixon of Long Beach and Derek Stockalper of Cal Poly.

The Titans were shut out on the women's team which consisted of Jessica Eggleston of Cal Poly, Karina Figueroa of Long Beach, Jenna Green of UCSB, Angie Ned of UCI, Kemie Nkele of UCR and Ofa Tulikihihifo of Northridge.

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Sat Feb 25
All Day
at MPSF Championships
Seattle, Wash.
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Sat Feb 25
Final
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Cal State Fullerton
1
at UNLV
0
Sat Feb 25
Final
4
Cal State Fullerton
6
vs. Georgia
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
0
Sat Feb 25
Final
55
Hawai'i
45
at Cal State Fullerton
0
Sat Feb 25
Final
2
Cal State Fullerton
4
vs. Louisville
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
1
Sat Feb 25
Final - OT
58
Cal State Fullerton
64
at Hawai'i
-2
Sun Feb 26
1:05 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UNLV
-2
Sun Feb 26
2:00 PM
Utah
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Sun Feb 26
4:30 PM
St. John's (N.Y.)
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Mon Feb 27
All Day
vs. 21st Del Walker Intercollegiate
@ Long Beach, Calif.
Virginia Country Club
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Mon Feb 27
All Day
vs. Bruin Wave Invitational
@ San Luis Obispo, Calif.
San Luis Obispo Country Club
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Tue Feb 28
All Day
vs. 21st Del Walker Intercollegiate
@ Long Beach, Calif.
Virginia Country Club
-3
Tue Feb 28
All Day
vs. Bruin Wave Invitational
@ San Luis Obispo, Calif.
San Luis Obispo Country Club
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Wed Mar 01
5:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Cal Poly
-2
Thu Mar 02
1:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UC Irvine
-2
Thu Mar 02
5:00 PM
Arizona St.
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.)
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Thu Mar 02
7:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara
at Cal State Fullerton
TV: ESPN3
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Fri Mar 03
4:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Houston
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Fri Mar 03
5:00 PM
Michigan
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.)
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Sat Mar 04
4:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Houston
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Sat Mar 04
6:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UC Irvine
-2
Sat Mar 04
7:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at CSUN
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Sat Mar 04
7:30 PM
UCLA
at Cal State Fullerton
Judi Garman Classic (Fullerton, Calif.)
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