Big West Tournament 2013 bracket: Long Beach State gets top seed

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The Long Beach State 49ers will try to defend their Big West Tournament crown and return to the NCAA Tournament.

The Big West Tournament gets underway on Thursday as Long Beach State looks to defend its crown and return to the the NCAA Tournament. Eight teams qualified for the tournament with the bottom two teams, Cal State Northridge, and UC Riverside failing to make the playoffs.

The 49ers earned the top-seed by going 14-4 in conference play, but lost three of their final four games in the regular season including a loss to two-seed Pacific on Saturday. In the current bracket projections on SB Nation, Long Beach State is listed a 15 seed as the winner of the Big West.

The Big West Tournament takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. from March 14-16. A tournament bracket is available here. The full schedule is below, all times Eastern.

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 14

No. 2 Pacific Tigers vs. No. 7 USCB Gauchos, 3 p.m. (Game 1)
No. 3 Cal Poly Mustangs vs. No. 6 UC Davis Aggies, 5:30 p.m. (Game 2)
No. 1 Long Beach St. 49ers vs. No. 8 Cal State Fullerton Titans - 9 p.m. (Game 3)
No. 4 UC Irvine Anteaters vs. No. 5 Hawaii Warriors - 11:30 p.m. (Game 4)

Semifinals - Friday, March 15

Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 9:30 p.m., ESPNU
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 12 a.m., ESPNU

Championship - Saturday, March 16

Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner - 10:30 p.m., ESPN2

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