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2014 Field

 

Fresno State

Fresno State Bulldogs (17-15 overall, 9-9 Mountain West Conference, T-5th)
Fresno State enters the CBI having won nine of its last 12 games to finish fifth in the Mountain West…the ’Dogs are led by senior guard Tyler Johnson, who averaged over 18 points per game during league play…Paul Watson was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year….the Bulldogs’ challenging non-conference scheduled featured games at Pittsburgh, Cal, and Utah, along with a neutral site contest against now-No. 1 ranked Florida…this season, Fresno State posted its first winning record in seven years.
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Hampton

Hampton Pirates (18-12 overall, 13-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, 2nd)
The Pirates, in their fifth season under head coach Ed “Buck” Joyner Jr., finished second in the MEAC with a 13-3 mark in league play to earn one of the three first-round byes in the MEAC Tournament…went 18-12 overall and ended the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, before falling in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament…lead the league in steals (7.7 spg) and blocks (6.0) per game, with half of the blocks recorded by senior Du’Vaughn Maxwell, the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year.
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Illinois State

Illinois State Redbirds (16-15 overall, 9-9 Missouri Valley Conference, T-4th)
With only 2.5 years of combined NCAA Division-I experience, Illinois State is this season’s least-experienced program in the nation….despite that inexperience, second-year head coach Dan Muller led a talented group of transfers, freshmen, and two scholarship-returners to a tie for fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference (9-9)…ISU also earned notable non-conference victories against a Top 25 program (No. 25 Dayton), a Big Ten team (Northwestern), and a Big East opponent (DePaul) in the same season for the first time in program history.
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Morehead State

Morehead State Eagles (20-13 overall, 10-6 Ohio Valley Conference-East, 3rd)
Morehead State owns a 20-13 overall record and finished 10-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference, advancing to the OVC semifinals...has won 13 OVC championships, including nine regular season crowns (last in 2003) and four tournament titles (last in 2011)….recorded 20 wins for the sixth time in school history, including four times in the past six years….improved by five victories in 2013-14 after finishing 15-18 overall last season…making its second CBI appearance (last in 2010)….ranks in the top 30 nationally in rebounding margin, free throw attempts, made free throws, offensive rebounds, total rebounds, and steals.
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Old Dominion

Old Dominion Monarchs (16-17 overall, 9-7 Conference USA, 6th)
After a 5-25 season a year ago, first year head coach Jeff Jones turned the Monarch program around with 16 wins…statistically, ODU is one of the top three improved teams in the country…the Monarchs, who have only one senior and start two sophomores, two juniors, and one freshman, have three players averaging in double figures, led by 6-4 sophomore guard Aaron Bacote at 16.1 ppg, followed by 6-3 junior Dimitri Batten at 10.6, and 6-1 sophomore Keenan Palmore at 10.0 ppg.
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Oregon State

Oregon State Beavers (16-15 overall, 8-10 Pac-12 Conference, T-8th)
Oregon State is 16-15 and posted an 8-10 mark in the Pac-12…the 16 wins are more than it finished with in 20 of the past 23 seasons and the 8-10 conference mark equals the best record since 1993...four of those conference wins came against NCAA Tournament teams - UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon, and Stanford…individually, second-team All-Pac-12 pick Roberto Nelson leads the league in scoring (20.5 ppg), Devon Collier leads the league in field goal percentage (.606), and freshman Hallice Cooke is among the leaders in three-point percentage (.458).
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Penn State

Penn State Nittany Lions (15-17 overall, 6-12 Big Ten Conference, T-10th)
Penn State enters the CBI with a 15-17 record…with 15 wins, the Nittany Lions and head coach Patrick Chambers have reached a victory mark topped just three times in this millennium, and the six Big Ten wins (6-12) have been topped just once in the previous four seasons…Penn State has two players averaging in double figures with the team producing 71.5 points per game and 65.3 in conference play, the highest scoring offensive marks since the 2000-01 team put up 76.8 and 73.8 points per contest.
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Princeton

Princeton Tigers (20-8 overall, 8-6 Ivy League, T-3rd)
Princeton clinched a 20-win season by beating rival Penn at home for the fifth straight year, making Mitch Henderson just the third coach in program history to win 20 games in at least two of his first three seasons…the Tigers achieved the milestone starting a pair of seniors and three underclassmen, including Spencer Weisz, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year…Princeton went 8-2 over the last 10 Ivy games to tie for third in a conference that will send five teams to the postseason for the first time.
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Radford

Radford Highlanders (21-12 overall, 10-6 Big South Conference - North, 3rd)
For the first time since the 1993-94 season, Radford won 20 regular season games and currently stands at 21-12…for the second straight season, RU increased its win total by at least seven games…the Highlanders won six games in Mike Jones’ first season in 2010-11 and 13 in 2012-13…the 21 wins are the most for any team in the Big South…Radford won 10 conference games and finished Big South play with a 6-2 road record…the Highlanders have only one senior on their roster (Allen Dickerson).
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Siena

Siena Saints (15-17 overall, 11-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, 5th)
Siena exceeded expectations and finished fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference under first-year head coach Jimmy Patsos…the Saints won their final four regular season games to earn a bye into the MAAC  quarterfinals…feature a young, balanced roster without a single scholarship senior and enter the CBI having already won seven more games than last season…making its 12th postseason appearance and first since 2010 when it made its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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South Dakota State

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (19-12 overall, 10-4 Summit League, T-2nd)
Won the last two Summit League championships…celebrated plenty of milestones during the 2013-14 season, including Chad White joining fellow senior Jordan Dykstra in the SDSU 1,000-Point Club on Nov. 21, with Brayden Carlson joining on Feb. 1…off the court, Carlson earned CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American first-team honors, with Dykstra getting a second-team nod…Dykstra is also a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, while senior Marcus Heemstra earned an NABC Good Works Team nomination.
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Stony Brook

Stony Brook Seawolves (23-10 overall, 13-3 America East Conference, 2nd)
Under ninth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook has recorded 20-win seasons in four of the last five seasons, including this year’s 23-win campaign that ranks as the second-best in the program’s Div. I history…also won 13-plus America East games for the fourth time in five seasons and advanced to the America East Championship final for the third time in four years…one of Metro New York’s most successful programs in recent years…since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Seawolves have won 107 games, second-most among Metro New York’s 22 teams.
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Texas A&M

Texas A&M Aggies (17-15 overall, 8-10 Southeastern Conference, 9th)
Texas A&M is under the direction of third-year head coach Billy Kennedy…enters the postseason with a 17-15 overall record and an impressive 16-3 mark at home in Reed Arena…finished ninth in the Southeastern Conference...rank third in the SEC in both scoring defense (63.4 points per game allowed) and field goal percentage defense (.402)…defend the perimeter well, leading the league and ranking among the national leaders with a .293 three-point field goal percentage defense.
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Tulane Tulane Green Wave (17-16 overall, 8-8 Conference USA, 7th)

Tulane posted a 17-16 overall record during the 2013-14 season and finished seventh in the 16-team Conference USA with an 8-8 league mark…the Green Wave are led by a trio of guards in sophomore Louis Dabney, freshman Jay Hook, and freshman Jonathan Stark…Dabney averaged 15.2 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Hook posted 14.0 points and 5.0 boards per outing…Stark, a C-USA All-Freshman team member, posted 14.4 points and 4.2 assists per contest.
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UTEP

UTEP Miners (23-10 overall, 12-4 Conference USA, 5th)
UTEP enters the CBI having won 18 of its last 23 games after starting the season 5-5…the Miners went 12-4 in Conference USA - their second-most victories since joining the league - and finished a game behind co-leaders Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, and Tulsa…lead Conference USA in both field goal percentage (.468) and field goal percentage defense (.381) with the defensive field goal percentage the Miners’ best since 1963-64…starting lineup features 7-1 Matt Willms, 6-11 John Bohannon, 6-8 Vince Hunter, and 6-8 Julian Washburn…Hunter was the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
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Wyoming

Wyoming Cowboys (18-14 overall, 9-9 Mountain West Conference, T-5th)
Wyoming compiled an 18-14 overall record and a 9-9 mark in Mountain West play for fifth in the conference standings…the finished was the highest for the Pokes in the MW since placing third in 2002-03, while their nine wins were the most since winning the conference title with 11 in 2001-02….Wyoming features one of the top defenses in the nation, allowing just 61.8 points per game, which ranks among the Top 20 in the country.
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