Chico State men's basketball team headed to Big Dance

Mar 9, 2015 1:09 AM by Ross Field

The Chico State men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Division-II Tournament for the fourth straight year.

Chico State, the regular season CCAA Conference champions, earned the No. 6 seed and will face third-seeded California Baptist Friday at 12:00pm at Azusa Pacific University.

California Baptist is 24-6. The Lancers finished third in the PacWest Conference.

Chico State (22-7) and California Baptist squared off in the opening round last year in San Bernardino. Chico State won 77-71 en route to capturing the NCAA West Regional title and a trip to the Elite Eight.

Other West Region first round match-ups include the host and top-seeded Azusa Pacific against No. 8 seed Western Oregon, No. 4 seed Dixie State vs. No. 5 seed Cal Poly Pomona and No. 2 seed BYU-Hawaii vs. No. 7 seed Seattle Pacific.

If Chico State advances past Cal-Baptist, they'll face either BYU-Hawaii or Seattle Pacific in Saturday's second round.

Chico State's four straight trips to the NCAA tournament marks the longest consecutive run in program history.

(Chico State Sports Information Director Luke Reid contributed to this article).

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