Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Head Coach: Cliff Ellis

Sun Belt Conference

Cliff Ellis has won 811 games as a head coach and is the only coach in NCAA history to win at least 170 games with four different Division I 10 years at Coastal, Ellis has led the Chanticleers to 199 wins…this year marked Coastal’s first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, posting a 10-8 record…junior Jaylen Shaw leads Coastal in scoring at 14.4 ppg…his 145 assists also rank atop the Chanticleers’ stat sheet…for his season, Shaw was named to the Sun Belt Conference’s third-team…senior Elijah Wilson is scoring at a 13.3 ppg clip and recently netted his 1,800th career point, placing him third all-time at Coastal.

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Eastern Washington Eagles

Head Coach: Jim Hayford

Big Sky Conference

Jim Hayford is in his sixth season at Eastern Washington and has led the Eagles to 106 wins, including this year’s 22-11 mark, good for second in the Big Sky Conference…in 34 years at the Division I level, Eastern has won at least 20 games three times, two of which have come under Hayford (2014-15, 2016-17), who is the fastest coach in school history to reach 100 wins…senior Jacob Wiley was named the Big Sky’s MVP and was a unanimous first-team all-league selection…he leads the league in rebounding (9.2 rpg), field goal percentage (.643), and blocks (93) and is averaging 20.2 ppg…junior Bogdan Bliznyuk picked up second-team honors for leading the league with a 20.4 ppg average…Eastern advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 CBI.

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George Mason Patriots

Head Coach: Dave Paulsen

Atlantic 10 Conference

In two years, head coach Dave Paulsen has turned around the Patriots’ program…after an initial 11-win season, Paulsen guided George Mason to a 20-13 mark with a roster that features just two seniors…the +9 wins this year rank among the top 15 best turnarounds in the country…by advancing to the quarterfinals of this year’s A-10 Tournament, it marked the first time in Mason’s four-year tenure in the league that it had won a tournament game…the 20-wins mark the 13th time Mason has won that many games and the first time since 2012-13…Mason’s nine A-10 wins this season are a program record… senior Marquise Moore leads the Patriots in scoring (17.4 ppg),rebounding (10.9 rpg), and assists (3.5 apg)…sophomore Otis Livingston is second to Moore in scoring at 10.2 ppg…George Mason advanced to the Finals of the 2013 CBI, losing the third game of the best-of-three series to Santa Clara.

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George Washington Colonials

Head Coach: Maurice Joseph

Atlantic 10 Conference

Maurice Joseph took over as the Colonials’ head coach just prior to the start of the season and led GW to a 19-14 record and a sixth-place finish in the Atlantic 10…GW enters the CBI having won six of its last seven games…graduate student Tyler Cavanaugh earned second-team All-Conference honors after leading the Colonials in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg)…he also had 70 assists and 13 blocked shots and earned additional honors by being named to the All-Academic team…junior Yuta Watanabe scored 12.1 ppg and recorded team highs of 29 steals and 30 blocks in being named to the A-10’s All-Defensive team…GW previously played in the 2010 CBI.

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Georgia Southern Eagles

Head Coach: Mark Byington

Sun Belt Conference

Now in his fourth season at Georgia Southern, Mark Byington has led the Eagles to two top three finishes in the Sun Belt Conference over the last three seasons, including this year’s 11-7 mark along with an 18-14 overall record…sophomores Ike Smith and Tookie Brown garnered first-team All-Sun Belt honors…the duo are the top two leading scorers in the Sun Belt Conference with Smith netting 19.9 ppg and Brown scoring at a 17.4 ppg clip… Brown is also the first sophomore to ever reach 1,000 career points at Georgia Southern…Smith’s 5.2 rpg average paces the Eagles.

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Green Bay Phoenix

Head Coach: Linc Darner

Horizon League

Linc Darner is in his second season at Green Bay and has led the Phoenix to 41 wins, including this season’s 18-13 mark…for the first time in school history, Green Bay placed four players on the All-Horizon League team, led by senior second-team selection Charles Cooper and senior Sixth Man of the Year Warren Jones…Cooper leads Green Bay with a 13.6 ppg average while Jones nets 10.0 ppg and ranks second on the team with 63 assists…the Phoenix lead the Horizon League with an average of 80.1 ppg, scoring at least 80 points 11 times in league play….Green Bay played in the 2009 and 2010 CBIs, advancing to the 2010 quarterfinals.

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Hampton Pirates

Head Coach: Edward Joyner

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Edward Joyner is in his eighth season at Hampton and led the Pirates to back-to-back MEAC championships in 2015 and 2016…this year, Hampton features a starting lineup consisting of four sophomores and one freshman…in all, there are 11 freshmen and sophomores on the roster…freshman Jermaine Marrow leads the squad in minutes played (30.7), scoring (15.4 ppg), and assists (3.2 apg)…off the bench, graduate student Lawrence Cooks tallies 11.6 ppg…Hampton previously participated in the 2014 CBI.

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UIC Flames

Head Coach: Steve McClain

Horizon League

After winning five games a year ago, the Flames have 17 wins in their second year under head coach Steve McClain…UIC is the youngest team in the nation through March 10 with an average of 0.69 years of Division I playing experience on the roster…the Flames are also among the most improved teams in the country with a +12 wins…junior Tai Odiase was named the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year, the first player in school history to be so honored…his 102total blocks and average of 2.91 per game both rank among the top five nationally …he also averages a team-high 11.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg…freshman Tarkus Ferguson earned All-Rookie honors for averaging 10.7 ppg and leading the HL with a 4.9 apg average…redshirt freshman Dominique Matthews also earned All-Freshman Team honors as UIC was the only HL school with more than one representative.

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Loyola Maryland Greyhounds

Head Coach: G.G. Smith

Patriot League

In his fourth season at Loyola, head coach G.G. Smith led the Greyhounds to 16 wins – the most wins during his tenure at the Baltimore-based school…the 16 wins also mark a seven-game improvement from last season, which ranks among the top 40 nationally…part of the reason for the success is defense as Loyola was 261st in country in scoring defense (75.3 ppg), and even worse in opponent 3-point field-goal percentage (307th, .372)….this year, opponents are averaging 68.0 ppg and shooting just .333 from 3-point range…junior Andre Walker leads the Hounds in scoring (15.0 ppg) and assists (4.0 apg) while senior Jarred Jones is right behind with a 14.9 ppg average.

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UMKC Kangaroos

Head Coach: Kareem Richardson

Western Athletic Conference

Fourth-year head coach Kareem Richardson already ranks fourth all-time at UMKC in wins (54)…this year’s team has posted 18 wins – the most during his tenure – and most for the program since 2001-02…Richardson led the Roos to a 5-game winning streak, the longest for the program in 12 years…senior LaVell Boyd was named to the Western Athletic Conference’s first-team for leading the Kangaroos with an 18.2 ppg average to go along with a .410 3-point shooting percentage…as a team, UMKC ranks among the top 50 nationally in 3-pointers per game (9.1), total 3-pointers made (308), and 3-pointers taken (820)…senior Darnell Tillman leads the Roos with a 5.5 rpg average...senior Kyle Steward is second in scoring and rebounding with 11.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

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Rice Owls

Head Coach: Mike Rhoades

Conference USA

At 23-11, the Owls have won more games since 1953-54…in head coach Mike Rhoades’ first two seasons Rice posted 12 wins in each season…sophomore Marcus Evans and junior Egor Koulechov are the first set of Rice teammates to be named first-team All-Conference since 1954…Evans leads the Owls with a 19.2 ppg average as well as with 128 assists and 38 steals…Koulechov averages 18.3 ppg and a team-high 9.0 rpg…the duo are one of only seven sets of teammates nationally to average at least 18 ppg…the Owls average 81.6 ppg, which ranks second in Conference USA…their 22 games of at least 80 points scored is a school record.

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San Francisco Dons

Head Coach: Kyle Smith

West Coast Conference

First-year head coach Kyle Smith led the Dons to 20 wins, marking USF’s first 20-win season since 2013-14 and third since 1985-86…the Dons have held 12 of their last 14 opponents to under 70 points and allow an average of just 66.8 ppg on the year after yielding 78.7 ppg a year ago…three players were honored by the West Coast Conference – senior Ronnie Boyce garnered second-team laurels for leading the Dons with a 13.1 ppg average…Charles Minlend and Jordan Ratinho were named to the All-Freshman team…Minlend averages 10.0 ppg while Ratinho comes in at 8.4 ppg…USF previously played in the 2012 CBI.

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Stony Brook Seawolves

Head Coach: Jeff Boals

America East Conference

In his first year at Stony Brook, head coach Jeff Boals led the Seawolves to an 18-13 record and a second place finish in the America East Conference…the Seawolves accomplished this after losing nearly 80 percent of their offense and 85 percent of their rebounding from a year ago, as well as three-time AEC Player of the Year Jameel Warney…five Seawolves earned AEC post-season awards, led by senior Lucas Woodhouse and his first-team accolades…Woodhouse has a team-best 15.1 ppg average and a league-best 5.1 apg average…his 158 assists on the year are tied for the best in a season in school history…junior Roland Nyama’s 25 steals and 18 blocks earned him AEC All-Defensive team honors…Stony Brook previously played in the 2014 and 2015 CBIs.

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Toledo Rockets

Head Coach: Tod Kowalczyk

Mid-American Conference

Tod Kowalczyk is in his seventh season at Toledo and has led the Rockets to five straight seasons of at least 17 wins…senior Steve Taylor Jr. earned second-team All-MAC honors for averaging 15.2 ppg to go along with team-highs of 12.4 rpg and 122 assists…senior Jonathan Williams, who leads the Rockets with a 19.6 ppg average, received third-team All-MAC accolades for a second-straight year, marking the fifth straight season UT has had at least two members of the all-league squad…Toledo is making its first CBI appearance but Kowalczyk guided Green Bay to the CBI in 2009 and 2010, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2010.

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Utah Valley Wolverines

Head Coach: Mark Pope

Western Athletic Conference

Now in his second season at UVU, Mark Pope has led the Wolverines to four more wins than he did a year ago…he also guided UVU to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament with a starting lineup that consists of just one senior…leading the Wolverines in scoring is sophomore Conner Toolson, who is netting 11.8 ppg…junior forward Isaac Neilson was named to the WAC’s All-Defensive team for averaging 9.5 rpg and 1.64 bpg…he also ranks second in the WAC with a 56.4 percent clip from the field…Utah Valley is the 10th fastest team in the nation according to at 73.8 possessions per 40 minutes (thru March 12).

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Wyoming Cowboys

Head Coach: Allen Edwards

Mountain West Conference

First-year head coach Allen Edwards has guided the Cowboys to an 22-15 record with a roster that features only one senior in the rotation…Mountain West Conference Sixth Man of the Year sophomore Justin James leads Wyoming with a 16.0 ppg average, which ranks seventh in the MWC...he has also scored 20 or more points in 12 of the Cowboys’ games this season…junior Hayden Dalton nets 12.1 ppg and a team-high 8.2 rpg, fifth in the MWC…he has 11 double-double on the season…the Cowboys are making their fifth CBI appearance, the last coming in 2014.

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2015 Field

  Colorado Buffaloes

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.

  UCSB Gauchos

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.

Delaware State Hornets

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.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

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.

Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs

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.

Hofstra Pride

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.

ULM Warhawks

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.

Loyola Chicago Ramblers

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.

Mercer Bears

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.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

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

Pepperdine Waves

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.

Radford Highlanders

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.

Rider Broncs

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.

Seattle Redhawks

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.

Stony Brook Seawolves

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.

Vermont Catamounts

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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