2016 Vegas 16 Tournament
The 2016 Vegas 16 Tournament was a single-elimination postseason men's basketball tournament won by Old Dominion. The tournament consisted of eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that did not receive bids to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.
|Finals site||Mandalay Bay Events Center|
|Champions||Old Dominion Monarchs (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Oakland Golden Grizzlies (1st title game)|
|Winning coach||Jeff Jones|
|MVP||Trey Freeman (Old Dominion)|
|Top scorer||Kay Felder Oakland|
Old Dominion defeated Oakland 68–67 in the championship game.
Games were played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise, Nevada. First round games were March 28, with the semifinals March 29 and the championship March 30. All games aired on CBS Sports Network.
The 8-team field for the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament was unveiled on March 14, 2016. While organizers had originally aimed to have a 16-team field, a decision was made to cut the size to 8 teams, stating that due to the results of conference tournaments, "we were hesitant to just fill out the bracket with 'available teams,' so by choosing quality over quantity, we settled on eight teams, many of which were considered for an NIT berth."
|Team||Conference||Overall record||Conference record|
|East Tennessee State||Southern||23–11||14–4|
|Louisiana Tech||Conference USA||23–9||12–6|
|Old Dominion||Conference USA||22–13||12–6|
|Tennessee Tech||Ohio Valley||19–11||11–5|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West||18–13||11–5|
|Quarterfinals – Monday, March 28|
|1||Noon||Tennessee Tech vs. Old Dominion||59–75||CBSSN|
|2||2:30 pm||UC Santa Barbara vs. Northern Illinois||70–63|
|3||6:00 pm||Oakland vs. Towson||90–72|
|4||8:30 pm||Louisiana Tech vs. East Tennessee State||83–88|
|Semifinals – Tuesday, March 29|
|5||6:00 pm||Old Dominion vs. UC Santa Barbara||64–49||CBSSN|
|6||8:30 pm||Oakland vs. East Tennessee State||104–81|
|Championship – Wednesday, March 30|
|7||7:00 pm||Old Dominion vs. Oakland||68–67||CBSSN|
|*All times are listed as Pacific Daylight Time. Winning team in bold.|
Monday, March 28
Tuesday, March 29
Wednesday, March 30
|UC Santa Barbara||49|
|UC Santa Barbara||70|
|East Tennessee State||81|
|East Tennessee State||88|
MVP and all-tournament teamEdit
- "CBS Sports Network to Televise Inaugural Vegas 16". bdglobalsports.com. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
- "Vegas 16 tournament shortens inaugural lineup to 8 teams". Las Vegas Review-Journal. March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
- "2016 Vegas 16 Bracket". bdGlobal. Archived from the original on 2015-11-26. Retrieved November 26, 2015.