2012 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2012 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament began on March 3 and continued through March 7.[1] The regular-season champion Montana Grizzlies won the tournament and with it an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

2012 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2011–12
Teams6
First round sitecampus sites
Semifinals siteDahlberg Arena
Missoula, Montana
Finals siteDahlberg Arena
Missoula, Montana
ChampionsMontana (8th title)
Winning coachWayne Tinkle (1st title)
MVPKareem Jamar (Montana)
TelevisionAltitude, ESPN2 (final)
← 2011
2013 →
2011–12 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Montana 15 1   .938     25 7   .781
Weber State 14 2   .875     25 7   .781
Portland State 10 6   .625     17 14   .548
Eastern Washington 8 8   .500     15 17   .469
Idaho State 7 9   .438     9 21   .300
Montana State 7 9   .438     12 17   .414
Northern Colorado 5 11   .313     9 19   .321
Sacramento State 5 11   .313     10 18   .357
Northern Arizona 1 15   .063     5 24   .172
Conference tournament winner

Unlike many NCAA Division I conferences, the Big Sky does not invite all of its teams to its postseason tournament—only the top six teams in regular-season play qualify. The top two teams receive a bye into the semifinals, and the field is reseeded after the first round so that the 1 seed plays the lowest remaining seed.

The tournament's first round, involving the 3 through 6 seeds, was played on campus sites, specifically the home arenas of the 3 and 4 seeds—respectively the Peter Stott Center in Portland, Oregon, home to the Portland State Vikings, and Reese Court in Cheney, Washington, home to the Eastern Washington Eagles. The semifinals and championship were at Montana's home of Dahlberg Arena in Missoula.

BracketEdit

  Quarterfinals
March 3, 2012
Re-seeded Semifinals
March 6, 2012
Altitude
Championship Game
March 7, 2012
ESPN2
                           
       
  1 Montana 74  
    4 Eastern Washington 66  
4 Eastern Washington 81
  5 Idaho State 75  
    1 Montana 85
  2 Weber State 66
         
       
2 Weber State 69
    3 Portland State 63  
3 Portland State 75
  6 Montana State 53  

First round games at campus sites of lower-numbered seeds
Semifinals and Championship game hosted by Montana

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012 Men's Basketball Championship". Retrieved October 13, 2011.