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2015 Field

 

Colorado

Colorado Buffaloes - (15-17 overall, 7-11 Pacific-12 Conference, Tie-8th)
The Buffaloes enter the CBI having won three of their last five games, shooting 50.2 percent from the field during that span...Colorado, one of the youngest teams in the country, is paced by junior Josh Scott, who averages 14.0 ppg and a team-best 8.0 rpg...now in his fifth season, head coach Tad Boyle has posted a 107-67 (.615) record, which ranks him as the fourth winningest coach in CU history...in the previous four seasons, the Buffs went to three-straight NCAA Tournaments and one NIT Final Four.
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UCSB

UCSB Gauchos - (19-13 overall, 11-5 Big West Conference, Tie-2nd)
The Gauchos reached the semifinals of the Big West Tournament before falling in overtime to eventual champion UI Irvine…UCSB posted a 19-13 record on the year, including an 11-5 league ledger, good for a tie for second place…senior center Alan Williams is just the second player in school history to surpass 1,700 career points and will enter the CBI with 1,714 for his career...his 1,115 career rebounds rank second all-time in the Big West…the three-time all-league first-team pick was joined on the All-Big West first-team by junior guard Michael Bryson.
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Delaware State

Delaware State Hornets - (18-17 overall, 9-7 MEAC, 5th)
With an upset of previously unbeaten North Carolina Central, Delaware State advanced to the title game of the MEAC Championship for the first time since 2007…head coach Keith Walker has led a resurrection at DSU, inheriting a team that was 9-21 a year ago…senior center Kendall Gray was named the MEAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and enters the CBI with 11.7 ppg and 11.8 rpg…he is just the second player in league history to earn both awards the same season... Amere May is the MEAC’s leading scorer at 21.0 ppg...this is the Hornets’ first postseason since the 2007 NIT.
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Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan Eagles - (20-12 overall, 8-10 MAC, Tie-4th West Division)
The Eagles enter the CBI with a 21-13 record after a run into the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament…the 21 wins mark the second-straight season that the Green and White have posted 20-or-more wins for the first time since the 1996-97 and 1997-98 campaigns…sophomore guard Raven Lee earned All-MAC third-team honors while senior forward Karrington Ward earned honorable mention acclaim…Eastern Michigan has held teams to a 38.4 shooting percentage from the floor, good for 11th in the NCAA, while their 8.6 steals per contest is also good for 11th.
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Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs - (20-14 overall, 10-8 Big South Conference, Tie-6th)
In posting 20 wins this season, Gardner-Webb earned wins against Clemson and Purdue…the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Big South Championship…tied a program record with three Big South selections this season as Jerome Hill became the first Runnin’ Bulldog to earn Big South All-Conference first-team honors since the school joined the league in 2008-09…senior guard Tyler Strange garnered all-conference honors for the first time in his career, earning a spot on the second-team, while sophomore Tyrell Nelson was named to the All-Academic team...lead the Big South in scoring at 74.7 ppg.
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Hofstra

Hofstra Pride - (20-13 overall, 10-8 CAA, 5th)
Heading into last weekend, Hofstra was tied for the ninth-most road wins in Division I with 11…the Pride set a school record this season with 295 made 3-pointers, eclipsing the previous mark of 256 set during the 2006-07 campaign…this season marks the 10th time in program history (D1 era; since 1972-73) that Hofstra has won at least 20 games…junior guard Juan’ya Green was the first Pride player to earn All-CAA first-team honors since Charles Jenkins was a three-time first-team selection (2009-2011)…graduate guard Dion Nesmith was named to the CAA All-Academic team for the second time…junior forward Ameen Tanksley was named to the All-CAA second-team.
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ULM

ULM Warhawks - (21-12 overall, 14-6 Sun Belt Conference, Tie-2nd)
ULM notched its 11th 20-win season in school history and the first since 2001-02 in going 21-12...the 21 wins are the most since 1992-93...it is also the Warhawks’ 39th winning season in school history and the first since 2006-07...head coach Keith Richard won his second career Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year award...senior Tylor Ongwae was named to the All-Conference first-team and junior Majok Deng earned All-Conference third-team honors...Ongwae became the first-ever ULM student-athlete to earn All-SBC first-team accolades...it also marked the first time ULM had two All-SBC players in the same year.
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Loyola Chicago

Loyola Chicago Ramblers - (19-13 overall, 8-10 Missouri Valley Conference, 6th)
The Ramblers are making their first postseason appearance since advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1985, where they fell to Patrick Ewing and No. 1 Georgetown…Loyola is one win shy of just its second 20-win season since 1985…the Ramblers are one of seven NCAA Division I teams to win as many as 19 games this season after winning 10 or less last season (one of only two from a top 10 conference (KenPom) - Temple))…after going winless in 14 true road games last season, the Ramblers are over .500 on the road and are 10-7 in away/neutral games this year.
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Mercer

Mercer Bears - (18-15 overall, 12-6 Southern Conference, 3rd)
Mercer is in the postseason for a school-record fourth consecutive year, which includes an upset of third-seeded Duke in the 2014 NCAA Tournament (78-71)...since the start of the 2011-12 season, the Bears have won 96 wins, which is the 33rd-most among Division I teams over that span...senior Darious Moten and junior Ike Nwamu were named to the Southern’s 10-member All-Conference team while Stephon Jelks garnered a spot on the five-person All-Freshman squad...Mercer is 58-8 at Hawkins Arena since the start of the 2011-12 season.
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Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles - (18-14 overall, 10-6 Summit League, 3rd)
At 18-14, 2015 marks the 14th consecutive season that Oral Roberts has registered a winning record…the Golden Eagles have hit a 3-pointer in 88 straight games…in three games against Summit League champion North Dakota State, Obi Emegano, a first-team All-Summit League performer, averaged 28.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg, scoring 25 or more in all three games this season…the last time ORU was in a postseason tournament, the Golden Eagles made it to the final eight of the CIT in 2012-13
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Pepperdine

Pepperdine Waves - (18-13 overall, 10-8 West Coast Conference, 4th)
Pepperdine is having its best season in more than a decade, earning its first winning season since 2005, its first league winning season (10-8), its best West Coast Conference finish (fourth), its first WCC Tournament semifinal appearance since 2004, and the most overall (18) wins since 2002...the Waves are also making their first postseason appearance since the 2002 NCAA Tournament...included among the season’s highlights, Pepperdine recorded a season sweep of BYU and a road victory at Saint Mary’s...lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.263)...yielding just 61.6 points per game overall, which is on pace to be the program’s best mark since 1961-62...junior forward Stacy Davis is a two-time All-WCC first-team honoree.
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Radford Radford Highlanders - (21-11 overall, 12-6 Big South Conference, Tie-3rd)
The Highlanders are in the CBI for the second straight year, having won at Oregon State last season…Javonte Green became the third Big South player in history to reach 1,000 career rebounds and has 1,023 for his career…R.J. Price is fifth all-time in RU scoring history and reached the 1,600-point plateau and has scored 1,622 points in his career…Radford now has back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1998.
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Rider

Rider Broncs - (21-11 overall, 15-5 MAAC, 2nd)
The Broncs are in the postseason for the sixth time in the last eight years...Rider tied a school record with 21 wins and set a program standard with 15 MAAC wins to place second in the league...head coach Kevin Baggett was the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year and is a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award for the second time in three years...the Broncs placed center Matt Lopez on the MAAC’s All-Conference first-team and guard Teddy Okereafor, who was also named the MAAC’s Sixth Man of the Year...Rider is in the CBI for the second time, having played in the inaugural 2008 tournament.
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Seattle

Seattle Redhawks - (16-15 overall, 7-7 WAC, Tie-4th)
The Redhawks are 16-15 overall, including a 7-7 record in the Western Athletic Conference, the team’s best WAC mark since joining the league in 2012-13...head coach Cameron Dollar, a member of the 1995 NCAA national champion UCLA squad, is in his sixth season at the helm of the Redhawk program…two senior guards lead the team in scoring: Isiah Umipig at 17.0 ppg and Jarell Flora at 13.6 ppg…the two have combined to hit 184 3-pointers this season, ranking first and second in the conference…this is Seattle's first appearance in a national Division I postseason tournament since the 1969 NCAA Tournament.
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Stony Brook

Stony Brook Seawolves - (23-11 overall, 12-4 America East Conference, Tie 2nd)
Stony Brook has won 20 or more games four-straight seasons and five out of the last six and advanced to the championship game of the America East Conference tournament for the second year in a row…since 2009-10, Stony Brook is second winningest program in metropolitan New York (130 wins)…the Seawolves feature a pair of 1,000-point scorers in juniors Jameel Warney (1,463) and Carson Puriefoy (1,060)…this season Warney became one of just six players in America East Conference history to earn the league’s Player of the Year award twice…he also garnered Rookie of the Year in 2012-13…this is Stony Brook’s second straight CBI appearance.
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Vermont

Vermont Catamounts - (18-13 overall, 12-4 America East Conference, Tie-2nd)
Finished in a tie for second place in the America East and advanced to the tournament semifinals before falling to Stony Brook…this is Vermont’s third CBI appearance (2009, 2013) and seventh straight postseason berth, the fourth straight under head coach John Becker…the Catamounts feature eight newcomers and seven freshmen on their roster, led by freshman Trae Bell-Haynes, who was named to America East All-Rookie team, and classmate Cam Ward, who garnered America East Sixth Player of the Year honors…sophomore Dre Wills, an America East All-Conference second-team and All-Defensive team selection, is one of the most improved players in the league.
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