SEATTLE – (Mar. 7) For the sixth straight year, Seattle University men’s basketball heads to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2018 Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament. The Orleans Arena once again hosts this year’s tournament, which begins with four men’s quarterfinal games Thursday, Mar. 8. The Redhawks (19-12, 8-6 WAC) earn the fourth seed and will face fifth-seed UTRGV (15-16, 6-8 WAC) at 8:30 p.m. PT on ESPN3. The winner will advance to face the winner of top-seed New Mexico State or No. 8 seed Chicago State in the semifinals on Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN3. The tournament’s championship game is set for Saturday, Mar. 11 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
JOIN THURSDAY’S PREGAME RALLY!
Get primed to cheer on our Redhawk men’s basketball team on Thursday by joining your fellow Seattle U alumni, friends, family and fans at our pregame rally on the west concourse inside the Orleans Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Enjoy free food and drinks and appearances by Seattle U’s Redline, dance team and Rudy.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
- Thursday, Mar. 8 at 8:30 p.m. PT
- Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Tournament Central
- Game Notes
- Live Stats
- Listen on KTTH 770 AM
- Watch on ESPN3
ABOUT THE GAME
- No. 4 Seattle U (19-12, 8-6 WAC) vs. No. 5 UTRGV (15-16, 6-8 WAC)
- All-time series - Seattle U leads, 9-2
- Last meeting - Seattle U 85, UTRGV 68 (Feb. 15, 2018 at Connolly Complex)
WAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Seattle U brings a 3-5 record from five previous WAC Tournament appearances into this year’s event. One year ago, the Redhawks dropped a 65-53 decision to Utah Valley in the quarterfinals round. In 2015-16, the Redhawks topped UTRGV in the quarterfinals, 75-52, advancing to face eventual tournament champ CSU Bakersfield in the semifinals. The ‘Runners sent SU to a 72-47 setback. In 2013, the Redhawks lost to Texas State, 68-56, in the first round, as Seattle U was the 10th seed. Entering the 2014 tournament as the seventh seed, the Redhawks battled second-seeded New Mexico State throughout the contest, holding a six-point lead halfway through the second half. After New Mexico State rallied back, Seattle U had a chance to send the game into overtime, but a last-second putback would not fall, giving the Aggies a 70-68 victory. In 2014-15, Seattle U entered play as the third seed, but needed to rally from an eight-point deficit with five minutes remaining in regulation to defeat Chicago State, 49-45. The next night, Isiah Umipig tied a WAC Tournament record with eight made three-pointers to lead the Redhawks over UMKC, 69-63. In the championship game, New Mexico State scored the first nine points of the game on its way to an 80-61 victory over the Redhawks.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Seattle U concluded the regular-season on Saturday, Mar. 3, falling 73-47 at Utah Valley. The Redhawks dropped their final three games of the regular-season, the first time this season they had lost three straight.
- The Redhawks remain in the hunt for their 20th win of the season in the WAC Tournament quarterfinal match-up on Thursday. The last Division I 20-win season for the program was 1963-64 when the then Chieftains went 22-6.
- Aaron Menzies has 32 blocks in his last 10 outings and ranks second in the WAC, averaging 2.1 per game for the season. His 66 blocks is an all-time Seattle U record, surpassing the previous record of 57, set by David White in 2006-07.
- As a team, the Redhawks have 108 blocks, the most for a single season in the program’s modern-day Division I history.
- Other modern-day DI team records set so far this season include 3-pters made (281) and FT% (74.4).
- The Redhawks closed out the home portion of their schedule on Feb. 17 with a huge 73-63 overtime win against WAC-leading New Mexico State. The win moved the Redhawks to 16-2 at home and a perfect 2-0 in overtime games this season.
- The win over the Aggies was No. 19 on the year, marking the most wins during the program’s modern day DI era while competing against a full DI slate of opponents. The Redhawks went 18-16 in 2014-15, including a pair of postseason wins in the CBI.
- Five players scored in double figures in the win versus UTRGV on Feb. 17, marking the second straight game the Redhawks have achieved the feat. They are 6-1 on the year when five players have reached double-digit points.
GET YOUR WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS!
Be a part of this historic season by joining the Redhawks in Vegas for the 2018 WAC Championship Tournament on March 7-11 at the Orleans Arena. The men's and women's tournament winners will advance to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. All-session ticket packages are on sale now. The tournament begins Wednesday, March 7 with the women's first round of play, followed by a full day of men's action on Thursday, March 8. The championship games will be contested on Saturday, March 11. Click here to secure your all-session passes, which consist of entry into 16 games over four days, in or near Section 105 - the official Seattle U section at The Orleans Arena.