The Coyotes (20-5, 16-4) are a solid second. The teams split regular-season meetings, with each winning on its home floor. Cal State closes out play at Cal State Bakersfield (14-13, 13-7) tonight and at Cal State Los Angeles (10-15, 7-13) on Saturday. The only game that matters is the second one. With Bakersfield transitioning to Division I, that game does not count toward a regional ranking. Humboldt, 14-0 at home and 9-3 on the road, won at Chico (7-19, 5-16) on Thursday and will play at Stanislaus (13-15, 9-12) on Saturday. Oliver concedes that if both contenders win out as expected, Humboldt likely would get the nod, despite the logistical nightmares that come with having a tournament there. Travel into Arcata – 40 miles south of the Oregon border – is difficult. Flights are limited and that could be a problem with teams possibly coming from as many as five states. Hotel space is limited, East gym is small and antiquated and there is no parking available at the venue. Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver might want to send some positive karma to Cal State Stanislaus. If the Coyotes are to earn a share of their seventh CCAA title in eight years or have a shot at hosting the West Region tournament, that is the team that can help them out. The curtain comes down on conference play this weekend. The NCAA committee will meet Sunday night to announce pairings and host schools for each of the eight regionals. Humboldt State (23-3, 18-3) has the inside track. The Lumberjacks have been first in the West since Cal State’s loss to Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 6. “They can’t take it away from them if they have earned the right to host,” Oliver concedes. “The problem would be if teams can’t get in and out of there.” In that case the committee could leave Humboldt ranked first in the region, but still award hosting rights to the No. 2 seed. Cal State, which is 12-1 at home and 8-4 elsewhere, has a far better strength of schedule. Its nonconference foes are a combined 59-41 including wins over GNAC leader Seattle Pacific (17-9) and Pacific West frontrunner Grand Canyon (18-7), who are fourth and fifth in region. Humboldt’s foes are 47-57. Oliver admits his team just has to go out and win and hope for the best. “There is only one thing we can control and that’s how we play,” he said. “We have to take care of that first.” UC San Diego (21-4, 17-3) is No. 1 on the women’s side with Chico State (21-4, 17-4) next. Cal State (16-9, 12-8) is in position to make the field at No. 7 and did not drop this week despite two losses last weekend. Six of the top eight schools are from the CCAA. Even if the Coyotes win, they still could fall out of the top eight, pending the outcome of other games. Their strength of schedule will drop considerably because they play Los Angeles (3-22, 1-19). The Cal State women last qualified for the regional in 1998. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!