Nearly one thousand supporters joined the Pacific Tigers at the Spanos Center yesterday to watch the disclosure of the field of the 65 teams on a big screen TV.
When C-B-S sportscaster Greg Gumbel announced that Pacific received an at-large bid, in the tournament that gets underway this week, the crowd responded. (nat sound)
Pacific, an eighth seed, will meet ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in an opening round game this Thursday, in Boise, Idaho.
Tiger Coach Bob Thomason expects a tough game from the Panthers.
"Don't know a lot about them. Watched them a few times. I know they're real physical grind out team. So it's kind of opposite of what we are, so it should be an interesting match up."
The winner of the Pacific-Pittsburgh game will likely play Washington, one of the four, number one seeds in the tournament.
Utah State, which beat Pacific Saturday night in the Big West Conference tournament, is also in the N-C-A-A field.