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GCU hosts NIRSA Region VI Championship Series this weekend

February 28, 2020

8 teams from GCU Club Basketball, GCU Intramurals part of 34-team contingent at Canyon Activity Center

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

Months of quiet planning. Now it’s here.  

Beginning Friday, Feb. 28 and continuing until the men’s championship game Sunday afternoon, Grand Canyon University will spend the next 48 hours whittling down a huge field of both men’s and women’s teams to determine the champions of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Region VI Championship Series Basketball Tournament at the Canyon Activity Center on the GCU campus.  Twenty men’s teams and 14 women’s teams – spanning the states of Oregon, Colorado, Utah, California, Arizona, and even Massachusetts – will converge on the Valley of the Sun to determine which men’s and women’s teams will head to the NIRSA National Basketball Championships in Wichita, Kansas, the first weekend in April.

While both GCU’s club sports and intramural teams have done well at this tournament – including winning three men’s and two women’s regional titles over the past five years – this year was the first time the university took the leap to host one of the 10 regional tourneys held around the country between mid-February and mid-March. Because Region VI encompasses a total of eight states (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona), the region actually holds a pair of tournaments:  GCU’s three-day tournament in the southwest, then the northern tournament, which will be held at Eastern Washington University next weekend. 

Despite the definition of NIRSA’s various 10 regions, schools are still allowed to cross their regional borders to play in other tournaments if they have the budget and desire to do so. That may explain why Colorado State University’s women’s team decided to bypass next weekend’s Region V Tournament in Boulder, Colorado to head to Arizona; and why the women’s team from Boston-based Northeastern University is here instead of waiting to compete in the Region I Tournament two weeks from now in their home state of Massachusetts.

The homecourt advantage has a good chance of working for the Lopes, since they’re responsible for over nearly 25% of the 34-team field. The Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Basketball program, whose GCU Black team just completed play in the Arizona Men’s Basketball League last week, and whose top two teams – GCU White and GCU Purple, are winding down play in the National Club Basketball Association, will send all three teams to this tournament. GCU Club Women’s Basketball will follow suit, sending their top two teams to the 14-team women’s field after completing Arizona Women’s Basketball League play two weeks ago. Finally, GCU Intramurals, who won the NIRSA Women’s Intramural National title in both 2017 and 2018, will send one team to the women’s side, and their men’s program will shoot for its fourth regional title in the last six years with one team in that field.

Six of the CAC’s 10 courts will be in use throughout the tournament, which begins at 6:30 pm Friday. All eight of GCU’s teams will help commence pool play with either a 6:30 pm or 7:45 pm tipoff. Pool play continues starting at 8:15 am Saturday, and lead into the playoffs Saturday afternoon. Men’s quarterfinals begin play Sunday at 9 am, and then GCU TV will broadcast the women’s championship game at 1 pm, and the men’s title matchup at 2:30 pm. Admission is free to the entire tournament.

A full schedule is below:

2020 NIRSA Region VI Basketball Championship Series Schedule

MEN

TimeCourtDiv (Pool)Home TeamAway Team
TimeCourtDiv (Pool)Home TeamAway Team

FRIDAY

 6:30 PM#11Dixie State UniversityASU Tempe
 6:30 PM#32GCU IMASU Downtown
 6:30 PM#53CSUSM CougarsCSUN
 6:30 PM#75SDSU AztecsGCU Club Purple
 7:45 PM#53ASU Hoop DreamsGCU Layups Only
 7:45 PM#14GCU Club BlackUSC Men’s Club
 7:45 PM#36GCU Club WhiteNAU The Fellas

SATURDAY

 8:15 AM#12GCU IMClaremont Colleges Club
 8:15 AM#33GCU Layups OnlyCSUN
 8:15 AM#55GCU Club PurpleStanford Club
 9:30 AM#51ASU TempeCal Poly Pomona Club
 9:30 AM#74GCU Club BlackUCR WHR
 9:30 AM#85SDSU AztecsASU West
 9:30 AM#106NAU The FellasUA Vagrants
 12:00 PM#11Dixie State UniversityCal Poly Pomona Club
 12:00 PM#32ASU DowntownClaremont Colleges Club
 12:00 PM#53CSUSM CougarsASU Hoop Dreams
 12:00 PM#74USC Men’s ClubUCR WHR
 12:00 PM#85Stanford ClubASU West
 12:00 PM#106GCU Club WhiteUA Vagrants
 3:00 PM4 ctsPLAYOFFS
 4:15 PM2 ctsPLAYOFFS
 5:30 PM6 ctsPLAYOFFS

SUNDAY

 9:00 AM4 ctsQUARTERFINALS
 11:30 AM2 ctsSEMIFINALS
 2:30 PM#7CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

WOMEN

TimeCourtDiv (Pool)Home TeamAway Team

FRIDAY

 6:30 PM#81University of Oregon ClubGCU Club White
 6:30 PM#103GCU’s Back UpsColorado State
 7:45 PM#71ASU Shoot GirlsCal Poly SLO
 7:45 PM#82GCU Club PurpleCSUN Women’s Club
 7:45 PM#104UCLAUniversity of Arizona

SATURDAY

 8:15 AM#72CPP BroncosUSC Women’s Club
 8:15 AM#103NortheasternColorado State
 8:15 AM#84UC Davis AggiesUniversity of Arizona
 9:30 AM#11ASU Shoot GirlsUniversity of Oregon Club
 9:30 AM#31GCU Club WhiteCal Poly SLO
 10:45 AM#12GCU Club PurpleUSC Women’s Club
 10:45 AM#72CSUN Women’s ClubCPP Broncos
 10:45 AM#53GCU’s Back UpsNortheastern
 10:45 AM#34UC Davis AggiesUCLA
 3:00 PM2 ctsPLAYOFFS
 4:15 PM4 ctsPLAYOFFS
 6:45 PM4 ctsQUARTERFINALS

SUNDAY

 10:15 AM2 ctsSEMIFINALS
 1:00 PM#7CHAMPIONSHIP GAME