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UC Davis Claims Commissioners Cup Lead After Hoops Season


Big West Commissioner's Cup Winter Release


UC Davis used a strong basketball season to leapfrog to the top of the Commissioner’s Cup standings going into the spring campaign.

The Aggies recorded a 180.0-point average thanks to a regular season crown in women’s basketball as well as a second place finish in men’s basketball. That pushed their overall average to 118.6, a 24.6-point jump from the fall season. This also marks the first time the UCD athletic program sits atop the Commissioner’s Cup standings heading into the spring.

Long Beach State is right behind UCD in the Cup standings with a 111.7-point average. LBSU had the second-highest point average from the hoops season at 140.0, strengthened by top four finishes in both men’s and women’s basketball.

In third place sits defending Cup champion UC Santa Barbara with an overall average of 107.1 points, while Hawai’i is in fourth with 106.0 points. Two more programs exited basketball season with 100.0-point averages as CSUN has 102.9 points and Cal Poly has registered exactly 100.0 points. UC Irvine, the regular season men’s basketball champion, is seventh in the standings with 95.7 points, while Cal State Fullerton (94.3) and UC Riverside (62.9) complete the standings after two seasons.

The Big West Commissioner’s Cup, which started during the 1998-99 season, is awarded to the institution with the highest average point total following the 17 Conference sport seasons. Points are not awarded if the institution or conference does not sponsor the sport.

In determining a champion, the following round robin sports have points awarded on the basis of the final regular season standings, including a 20-point bonus for the champion. These sports are baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. In the sports of cross country, golf, men’s tennis, track & field, women’s beach volleyball and women’s water polo, the points are awarded based on finish at the Conference Championship. In the case of ties in all sports, points shall be awarded by combining points and dividing them equally among the tied teams.

A complete recap of the point system is available in the link above.