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Late Night Snacks, non-NCAA tournament edition: Tulsa, Murray State advance in Postseason NIT

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NCAA Tournament Results: Hampton 74, Manhattan 64 and Ole Miss 94, BYU 90

While there were just two NCAA tournament games on the slate tonight, there was plenty of action in the other three postseason tournaments. Below is a recap of the night’s action in the NIT, CIT and CBI.


1. Tulsa 70, William & Mary 67

The Golden Hurricane were one of the teams that entered Selection Sunday with hopes of receiving an at-large bid, but they wound up in the NIT instead. Frank Haith’s team won its opener, with Marquel Curtis making seven of his ten shot attempts and scoring a team-high 22 points. Marcus Thornton led the Tribe with 23 points but Tulsa made him work for those points, as the senior shot 8-for-24 from the field. Next up for Tulsa is Murray State.

2. Murray State 81, UTEP 66 

Steve Prohm’s team didn’t allow the disappointment of not getting into the NCAA tournament affect their play Tuesday night, as they took care of UTEP in Murray. Jarvis Williams posted a line of 25 points and 14 rebounds, and T.J. Sapp added 21 to lead the way for Murray State. C.J. Cooper led four UTEP players in double figures with 16 points.

3. Stanford 77, UC Davis 64

The Cardinal rebounded from their Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal loss to Utah with a win over the Aggies in Palo Alto, but UC Davis’ Corey Hawkins went off for the visitors. Hawkins scored 34 points on 12-for-22 shooting from the field, but he didn’t have enough help as no other Aggie scored more than seven points. Stanford was more balanced offensively, with guard Marcus Allen scoring a career-high 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting. Next up for the Cardinal is Rhode Island.


1. Oakland’s Kahlil Felder

Felder was outstanding in a losing effort the the Golden Grizzlies, finishing with 37 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in a 97-91 loss to Eastern Illinois in the CIT.

3. Murray State’s Jarvis Williams

25 points and 14 rebounds in the Racers’ win over UTEP in the Postseason NIT.

2. Eastern Kentucky’s Corey Walden 

In the Colonels’ 81-75 win over Norfolk State (CIT), Walden scored 22 points (7-for-11 FG) while also accounting for five rebounds, eight assists and three steals.


1. UC Davis’ Josh Ritchart

Ritchart shot 2-for-11 from the field in the Aggies’ loss at Stanford, scoring five points.

2. Illinois’ Ahmad Starks

Starks scored five points on 1-for-11 shooting in the Fighting Illini’s loss at Alabama.

3. Montana’s Michael Weisner 

Weisner shot 1-for-10 from the field, scoring three points in the Grizzlies’ loss at Texas A&M in the Postseason NIT.


  • In the lone CBI game of the night Loyola (IL) held off Rider, 62-59 in Chicago. Milton Doyle tallied 22 points, four rebounds and six assists for the Ramblers.
  • Kethan Savage scored 17 points off the bench as George Washington won 60-54 at Pittsburgh in an NIT first round matchup. Next up for the Colonials will be either Temple or Bucknell.
  • Alabama, playing its first game without the recently fired Anthony Grant, rolled past Illinois in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide will play their next game at Miami, which held off North Carolina Central 75-71.
  • E.C. Matthews and Jared Terrell scored 18 points apiece as Rhode Island beat Iona 88-75 in another Postseason NIT matchup.
  • Louisiana Tech advanced in the Postseason NIT, as they beat Central Michigan 89-79. Next up for the Bulldogs is Texas A&M, which took care of Montana.
  • A Jacob Schulte layup with 1:06 remaining was the final basket of the game in USC Upstate’s 73-72 win over James Madison in the CIT.
  • Bowling Green picked up its 21st win of the season as they won at Saint Francis (PA) in the CIT.

Colorado senior guard to sit out team’s CBI appearance

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While the NCAA tournament receives the lion’s share of the attention (and rightfully so), there are four postseason tournaments in college basketball. One of those is the CBI, a 16-team event that certainly flies under the radar and home teams have to pay to host games. One of the teams playing in this year’s CBI is Colorado, which will host Gardner-Webb despite having a losing record on the season.

And the Buffaloes will be without two members of their rotation, as sophomore forward Dustin Thomas has elected to transfer and senior guard Askia Booker has decided to not participate. The Buffaloes open CBI play with a home game against Gardner-Webb Wednesday night.

News of Booker’s decision was first reported by Brian Howell of the Boulder Daily Camera Sunday evening.

“That’s his choice,” Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said. “I accept it and we’re going to move forward. It’s an opportunity for other guys to step up and show what they can do and improve themselves and hopefully do it over a period of time.”

Boyle didn’t give a reason for Booker’s decision, but it’s been well documented that the 6-foot-2 guard has been playing with sore hips the past few weeks. Booker also has aspirations of playing professionally, so this may be an opportunity for him to rest up before training for a possible pro career.

Taking into consideration Booker’s recent health issues, the decision makes some sense. And with all due respect to the CBI, it’s very difficult to see this decision being made had the Buffaloes played well enough to land in a more prestigious postseason event.

Booker is the lone scholarship senior on this year’s team, so playing without him will give the guards who are expected to be back next season (most notably freshman Dominique Collier) additional time on the court. Colorado played a little less than half of last season without Spencer Dinwiddie, who tore his ACL in a game at Washington, but that experience did not help this year’s team with injuries and inconsistency among the issues.

Both Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott missed time this season, and they’ll be key pieces for Colorado in 2015-16.

Like Postseason NIT, CBI to feature 30-second shot clock

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Earlier this month the NCAA announced that the Postseason NIT would be used to evaluate a couple rules changes, with the block/charge arc in the paint being increased to four feet from the current measurement of three feet and the shot clock being lowered to 30 seconds being the two alterations. Wednesday afternoon the CBI, another postseason event, announced that it will also use the 30-second shot clock.

According to the CBI, the data gathered will be sent to the Division I men’s basketball rules committee. The committee, which is chaired by Belmont head coach Rick Byrd, will use the data to see whether or not a lower shot clock impacts scoring and pace of play.

“The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee is very appreciative that the College Basketball Invitational has chosen to experiment with the 30-second shot clock this March,” Byrd said in the release. “The additional data we will receive from these games will be very meaningful to us as we meet this coming May.”

At this point in the season possessions are averaging just over 18 seconds, per Ken Pomeroy’s numbers. Will that average change in postseason play? And how will that translate to the regular season should the rules committee shorten the shot clock? Those are questions they’ll look to answer in May, and more data can’t hurt in that regard.