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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.

Siena using special giveaway to get students to attend Saturday’s CBI finale


For some college students the task of getting up in time for an 11:30 a.m. tipoff can be a difficult one. And with that in mind, Siena will have a special giveaway for its students in advance of Saturday’s CBI title game against Fresno State.

What will the students who attend the game receive? According to Pete Iorizzo of the Albany Times Union, they’ll get free bacon.

Siena is handing out free bacon to students who attend Saturday morning’s game against Fresno State in the College Basketball Invitational finals.

The bacon will be handed out in front of Alumni Recreation Center, where the Saints will play Game 3 of the CBI’s best-of-3 championship series at 11:30 a.m.

This actually isn’t the first time this season an athletic department has done this, with Kansas State doing so for the home opener for its women’s team back in November. There are few things better for college kids than the prospect of free food, and the hope in Loudonville is that it will result in a charged environment at the ARC Saturday morning.

Fresno State forces decisive game three in CBI championship series

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Despite shooting just 33.3% from the field on Monday night, Siena was able to knock off Fresno State in the first game of the CBI championship series due to their ability to hit the offensive glass and force turnovers. Jimmy Patsos’ Saints rebounded 41.5% of its missed shots, scoring 11 second-chance points, and they also scored 13 points off of 16 Bulldog turnovers. Those aren’t incredibly high numbers, but they were enough to give Siena the 61-57 victory.

However on Wednesday night the Bulldogs were able to clean things up in those areas, and that combined with hot shooting led to an 89-75 Fresno State victory in game two of the championship series. The two teams will meet in game three Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. EST, with the game being played at Siena’s on-campus facility.

Fresno State committed 15 turnovers but they did a better job on the boards, limiting Siena to eight offensive rebounds, and their 63.9% shooting from the field proved to be too much for the Saints to overcome. Rodney Terry’s team held a 43-24 lead at the half, and Allen Huddleston led five Fresno State players in double figures with 20 points off the bench.

Outside of one second half stretch in which the Bulldogs allowed Siena to fight back to within 13 points, they did a much better job with their spacing against the Siena pressure. That led to better scoring opportunities, with guards Huddleston, Tyler Johnson (19 points) and Cezar Guerrero (13 points, four assists) taking advantage throughout the night.

Brett Bisping led Siena with 20 points and Marquis Wright added 14, yet while Siena shot better than they did Monday night in Fresno the defense wasn’t as effective. That will need to change if they’re to win the rubber match on Saturday.

Florida State, SMU advance to Postseason NIT semifinals

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Wednesday’s two NIT quarterfinal contests came down to last-second shots, with one being missed and another being made. As a result of those outcomes Florida State and SMU advanced to the semifinals to be played Tuesday night in New York. The Seminoles, with George Clinton in attendance (he and FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton are friends), held on to beat Louisiana Tech 78-75 after nearly blowing an eight-point lead in the game’s final 38.9 seconds.

Aaron Thomas accounted for 21 points and nine rebounds and Okaro White added 20 points and eight rebounds for Florida State, which managed to limit the Bulldogs to 35.6% shooting from the field. What made things tougher than they needed to be for Florida State was their turnover count, with the Seminoles committing 15 against Louisiana Tech’s pressure defense. Next up for the Seminoles is Minnesota, which beat Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on December 3.

Kenneth Smith led Louisiana Tech with 16 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, but he and fellow guard Alex Hamilton (nine points) combined to shoot 8-for-26 from the field.

SMU eliminated Cal 67-65, with Nic Moore’s three-pointer with 6.5 seconds remaining being the difference. Markus Kennedy paced the Mustangs, the last team left out of the NCAA tournament field, with 19 points to go along with ten rebounds. SMU won despite the fact that Cal shot 51.6% from the field due to their rebounding, as they managed to grab 51.5% of their misses on the night. SMU will face Clemson in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Cal once again played without senior center Richard Solomon, who missed his third straight game after suffering a concussion. Freshman Jabari Bird led the Golden Bears with 20 points and senior point guard Justin Cobbs added 18 along with seven assists in his final college game.

CBI: Siena, Fresno State advance to championship series

The three-game championship series is set, with Siena and Fresno State advancing with wins on Wednesday. Jimmy Patsos’ Saints defeated Illinois State 61-49 thanks to their solid defense and an standout performance from forward Brett Bisping. Siena limited Illinois State to 30% shooting from the field and 2-for-21 shooting from beyond the arc, and Bisping tallied 20 points and 13 rebounds. Siena will host games two and (if necessary) three of the series, which begins Monday at Fresno State.

The Bulldogs will host the opener, and they clinched their spot with a 71-64 win over Old Dominion. Marvelle Harris scored 20 points but the big difference was at the foul line, where Fresno State outscored the visiting Monarchs by 19 points (27-8). Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, and as a team Rodney Terry’s team shot 52.6% from the field.

CIT: Pacific, VMI and Yale reach semifinals

Three of the four spots in the CIT semis were determined Wednesday, with two of the games being decided by a total of five points. VMI held off Ohio 92-90, as Rodney Glasgow scored 30 points and D.J. Covington added 29 to go along with 11 rebounds to pace the Keydets. Nick Kellogg scored 30 points and Maurice Ndour added 26 to lead the way for the Bobcats. VMI’s opponent in Friday’s semifinal round will be Yale, which beat Ivy League rival Columbia 72-69 at Levien Gym. Javier Duren scored 33 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Bulldogs.

Pacific will play the winner of Thursday’s Murray State/Towson matchup as a result of their 75-60 win over WCC foe San Diego. Andrew Bock scored 23 points and Tony Gill added 18 and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, which lost to the Toreros by 15 points back on February 15 in Stockton (the road team won both regular season meetings). Duda Sanadze scored 16 points off the bench for San Diego.