Pacific knocked off UC Irvine to win the Big West and punch their ticket to the Big Dance.
In the mid-2000's, Pacific proved it can do damage in the NCAA Tournament if it gets in. UC Irvine, on the other hand, has never reached the Big Dance. The two California schools will battle for the Big West's automatic bid on Saturday.
The Big West tournament kicks off on Thursday, with Long Beach State and Pacific expected to battle for the automatic NCAA bid.