Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team will face No. 2 seed Miami in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 22 at the Frank Erwin Center at 11:10 a.m. (PDT). The game will be aired live nationally by TNT.
Pacific, the No. 15 seed, finished the regular season with a record of 22-12, 13-5 in Big West Conference play. The Tigers won three games in three nights at Anaheim, Calif. to win the Big West Tournament over last weekend. Pacific defeated UC Santa Barbara (71-68), Cal Poly (55-53) and UC Irvine (64-55) from Thursday through Saturday. The Tigers have won seven games in a row, and nine of the last 11.
Miami is the regular season and tournament champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They will enter Friday's game with a record of 27-6 overall, 15-3 in ACC play. The Hurricanes defeated North Carolina 87-77 on March 17 to win the ACC Tournament. Pacific and Miami will meet for the first time this Friday.
This is the ninth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Tigers, returning to the "Big Dance" for the first time since 2006. It will be the first time that Pacific has faced Miami. Head Coach Bob Thomason is leading the Tigers to the NCAA's for the fifth time in his 25th and final year as the head coach at Pacific.
A limited number of tickets will be made available to the general public by calling the Pacific Athletic Foundation (PAF) Office at 209-946-2387 at 12:00 p.m. Monday. Tickets will be available at a cost of $75 with an additional service fee.