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College basketball: Big Sky, WAC tournament pairings finally determined

Published March 8, 2014 10:33 pm

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The fields for the Big Sky and Western Athletic Conference tournaments were finally determined late Saturday night.

In the Big Sky, Weber State will host the tournament, which begins Thursday in Ogden. As the regular-season champion, the Wildcats have a bye into Friday's semifinals, where they will meet the lowest remaining seed at 7 p.m.

Opening round games at the Dee Events Center will match No. 2 North Dakota against No. 7 Sacramento State at 2:05 p.m., No. 3 Northern Arizona against No. 6 Northern Colorado at 4:30 p.m. and No. 4 Montana against No. 5 Portland State at 7 p.m.

In the WAC, which will be played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, regular-season champion Utah Valley plays No. 8 seed Texas-Pan American in Thursday's quarterfinal opener at 1 p.m. MDT.

Other games will match No. 2 New Mexico State against No. 7 Seattle, No. 3 Chicago against No. 6 Bakersfield and No. 4 Kansas City against No. 5 Idaho.

If Utah Valley defeats Texas Pan-American, it will play the Kansas City-Idaho winner in Friday's semifinals.