TEAMS

2016 FIELD TO BE ANNOUNCED MARCH 13


Campbell Camels

Head Coach: Kevin McGeehan


Big South Conference


Under fifth-year head coach Kevin McGeehan, the Camels
earned their highest seed (fourth) in the Big South
tournament in six years and posted their best conference victory total (10) since 2012 (11-7)…Campbell is making back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time in the program’s NCAA Division I era (since 1977-78)…junior guard Chris Clemons ranks among the nation’s scoring leaders (25.2 ppg) and is Campbell’s all-time career leading scorer with 2,214 points, third on the all-time Big South scoring list…Clemons, who earned Big South all-conference honors for the third-straight year and first-team recognition for the second-consecutive season, owns the nation’s longest current active double-figure scoring streak (81 games)…backcourt mate Marcus Burk averages 15.2 points per game.

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Canisius Golden Griffins

Head Coach: Reggie Witherspoon


Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference


Canisius is 21-11 overall and posted a school-best 15-3 mark in MAAC play to earn a share of the 2017-18 MAAC regular-season championship with Rider, the program’s first MAAC regular-season crown since 1993-94…the 21 wins for the Griffs this season ties the school record for regular-season victories…Canisius has won 16 of its last 20 games, dating back to the end of December…three Canisius players earned All-MAAC honors this season, the most for the team since 2006-07…senior Jermaine Crumpton and sophomore Isaiah Reese are the first two Griffs to earn All-MAAC first-team honors since 1995-96, and freshman Takal Molson was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team…Crumpton was also voted as the 2018 MAAC Co-Player of the Year, while Molson was tabbed as the MAAC Rookie of the Year…this will mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that Canisius has earned a postseason berth and the first time Canisius has competed in the CBI.

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Central Arkansas Bears

Head Coach: Russ Pennell


Southland Conference


UCA has won a Division I school record 18 games this season (UCA moved up in 2006-07)… the Bears made back-to-back trips to the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in 2016-17 and this season, since becoming eligible in 2010-11…senior Jordan Howard set the Arkansas Division I and UCA school record for career points with 2,509, breaking Arkansas All-American Todd Day's D-I mark and UCA Hall of Famer Clifton Bush's UCA mark…Howard also is among the top three active players in both scoring and 3-pointers (384)…classmate Mathieu Kamba ranks among the Top 10 in UCA history in scoring (1,441) and rebounding (702)…UCA has started three freshmen down the stretch: center Hayden Koval and guards Matthew Mondesir and DeAndre Jones…Koval and Jones both had triple-doubles this season, just the second and third in UCA history after Scottie Pippen in 1986-87.

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Colgate Raiders

Head Coach: Matt Langel


Patriot League


Colgate advanced to the championship game of the Patriot League tournament for the first time since 2008…the Raiders have won a school record 19 games and their 13 home wins tie the program record and marks the most in 91 years (1926-27)…for this, head coach Matt Langel was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year…sophomore forward Will Rayman led four Raiders on the Patriot league all-conference team, earning second-team laurels…seniors Sean O’Brien and Jordan Swopshire garnered third-team honors and Jordan Burns was named to the All-Rookie team.

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Eastern Washington Eagles

Head Coach: Shantay Legens


Big Sky Conference


Eastern will be making it sixth appearance in a national postseason tournament in school history, earning NCAA Tournament bids in 2004 and 2015, an NIT berth in 2003, the last two CBIs….Big Sky MVP Bogdan Bliznyuk is averaging 21.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 3.9 apg, and was the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in all three categories…with a current total of 2,142 points, he broke the 24-year old league all-time career scoring record of 2,102 points…the Eagles are 20-14 on the season and finished 13-5 in the Big Sky, and have won 17 of their last 23 games…at 20-14, Eastern has reached 20 wins for the fourth time in Eastern’s 35-year Division I history…first-year head coach Shantay Legans’ 20 wins are the most by a first-year Eastern coach in EWU’s NCAA Division I era.

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Grand Canyon Lopes

Head Coach: Dan Majerle


Western Athletic Conference

GCU ranks first in the nation in 3-point defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 27.0 percent from beyond the arc…they also have allowed the fewest 3-pointers per game, allowing 4.57 per contest….the Lopes have won at least 22 games for the third consecutive season under head coach Dan Majerle, including 103 games in his 5-year tenure to date…GCU advanced to the title game of the WAC Tournament with freshman Alessandro Lever and senior Keonta Vernon being named to the All-Tournament team…senior Casey Benson played in his fourth conference tournament championship game after appearing in three title games with the Oregon Ducks from 2014-17..senior Joshua Braun broke the GCU all-time 3-point record earlier this season with 257 made 3-pointers in his 4-year career…he is also a two-time first-team Academic All-American.

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Jacksonville State Gamecocks

Head Coach: Ray Harper


Ohio Valley Conference


The Gamecocks posted their second consecutive
20-win season in 2017-18, marking the first time
Jacksonville State claimed consecutive 20-win seasons since joining the Division-I ranks, and just the third time in the program’s Division-I era it won 20 games in a single season….senior Malcolm Drumwright and junior Jason Burnell were named All-Ohio Valley Conference with Drumwright being tabbed second-team All-OVC for the second year in a row, and Burnell being named to the All-Newcomer Team…Drumwright has started 70 consecutive games at the point for the Gamecocks and has 103 starts in 124 career games – both school records...junior Christian Cunningham has been among the nation’s top rebounders and shot-blockers for the past two seasons and ranks first among active OVC players for shots blocked with 156 and second in rebounds with 614.

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Mercer Bears

Head Coach: Bob Hoffman


Southern Conference

Mercer has won nine of its last 10 games…the Bears had won eight straight until they lost to Wofford in the Southern Conference tournament…three Mercer seniors – Stephon Jelks, Jordan Strawberry, and Demetre Rivers – all joined the 1,000-point career scoring club this season…Strawberry has 1,175 career points; Jelks has 1,109 career points; and Rivers has 1,060 career points…Jelks and Strawberry earned second-team All-SoCon..Jelks, who is the second leading rebounder in the SoCon (7.3) and leads the league with seven double-double performances on the season, is one of only three players in Mercer history to score more than 1,000 career points and grab more than 800 career rebounds…the Bears previously played in the 2015 CBI.

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Miami RedHawks

Head Coach: Jack Owens


Mid-American Conference


First-year head coach Jack Owens brought in six new players this season and immediately changed the culture of the team, leading the RedHawks to a five-win improvement and a trip to the MAC tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2016…junior guard Darrian Ringo is the catalyst for the team and ranks among the top five in the country in both assists and steals…freshman guard Nike Sibande was named the MAC Freshman of the Year and leads Miami in scoring at 14.7 ppg…defensively, the RedHawks were the second-best in the MAC, holding opponents to 69.9 ppg…this season Miami "adopted" 15-year-old Jackson Hogenkamp who is suffering from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer….he is often on the team bench cheering the team on when he can make it, and the team frequently texts and calls him to keep in touch and send him best wishes…Miami previously played in the 2008 and 211 CBIs.

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North Texas Mean Green

Head Coach: Grant McCasland


Conference USA


In his first season at North Texas, head coach Grant
McCasland has guided the Mean Green to an 11-win
improvement from a year ago…sophomore guard
Roosevelt Smart broke the school record with 130
3-pointers made this season and ranks among the
Top-10 nationally in 3-pointers made and 3-pointers
per game…sophomore guard Ryan Woolridge has dished out a school record 213 assists…as a team, the Mean Green have set the school record with 296 3-pointers made this season…this marks the first postseason tournament berth for North Texas since 2010, when it reached the NCAA Tournament.

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Seattle Redhawks

Head Coach: Jim Hayford


Western Athletic Conference


Seattle clinched its first Division I 20-win season since 1963-64 with a 77-60 victory over UTRGV on Mar. 8 in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals...the 20-win season is the 12th all-time and third with as Division I program (two 20+ win seasons at Eastern Washington) for head coach Jim Hayford…three Redhawks earned postseason honors from the WAC as junior center Aaron Menzies was named to the second-team and All-Defensive team, sophomore guard Matej Kavas was named to the second-team All-WAC and graduate guard Jordan Hill was named to the All-Newcomer team…the Redhawks have set a handful of modern-day DI program records including single season points (2,499), 3-pointers (300), free-throw percentage (.743) rebounds (1,254), and blocks (119)...Seattle played in the 2015 and 2016 CBIs.

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UTRGV Vaqueros

Head Coach: Lew Hill


Western Athletic Conference


UTRGV is making its second-ever postseason appearance at the NCAA Division I level and first since the 1981, when legacy institution Pan American University made the NIT…the Vaqueros’ 15 wins are the most since 2012-13…Nick Dixon earned All-WAC first-team honors and is the WAC’s leading scorer overall at 20.6 points per game...Dixon has scored 659 points this season, the eighth-highest single-season total in program history…Dixon has hit 219 free throws, the second-highest single-season total in program history and one off the record of 220 set by Luke Jackson (1963-64)...Dixon also ranks 12th in program history with 1,271 points and can break into the top 10 with 11 points in the CBI…Dan Kimasa ranks third in program history with 98 career blocks…he and fellow senior Adonis Rwabigwi are the only two student-athletes in the NCAA from Rwanda.

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New Orleans Privateers

Head Coach: Marek Slessinger


Southland Conference


The Privateers advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Southland Tournament despite playing without their two leading scorers - Travin Thibodeaux (16.3 ppg) and Bryson Robinson (9.5 ppg), who did not play in the CBI opener…UNO is making its second straight postseason appearance and only two active players off last season's NCAA tournament team are with UNO this season - Makur Puou and Matthew Jiles…the Privateers have used 15 different starting lineups this season with Puou leading the team with 28 starts…head coach Mark Slessinger is four games away from tying for most games coached in UNO history (211)..New Orleans ranks in the top 25 nationally in turnovers forced and top 50 in steals per game.

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San Francisco Dons

Head Coach: Kyle Smith


West Coast Conference


The Dons are 22-16 and placed fourth in the West Coast
Conference with a 9-9 record…the 22 wins mark the first time
since 1982 that the Dons have recorded back-to-back 20-win
seasons...USF had two players earn All-WCC honors, guard Frankie Ferrari was named first-team All-WCC and Souley Boum earned All-Freshman acclaim…USF has set a school record this season with 321 3-pointers...the Dons own the top strength of schedule in the WCC at 89 and besides Gonzaga is the only team in the WCC with a win over a team with a Top-25 RPI…with its place in the CBI, USF is in the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2011-12…the Dons have previously played in the CBI in 2012 and 2017.

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South Dakota Coyotes

Head Coach: Craig Smith


The Summit League


South Dakota set the Division I school record for victories in a season with 26 and is one shy of the overall school record for wins in a season set in the 2004-05 season in advancing to the Summit League championship game…the Coyotes are led by two-time first team All-Summit League selection Matt Mooney, who averages 18.6 ppg and has tallied over 1,200 points in just two seasons at USD…Tyler Hagedorn has had a breakout season, which earned him second-team all-Summit League accolades for posting 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game…the Coyotes placed three on All-Summit League teams, the most they have had honored as part of the league…Triston Simpson earned honorable mention accolades and Nick Fuller was named to the all-newcomer squad.

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Utah ValleyWolverines

Head Coach: Mark Pope


West Coast Conference


UVU players earned WAC postseason honors as Kenneth Ogbe was named to the All-WAC first-team, while Conner Toolson and Brandon Randolph earned second-team All-WAC honors…Akolda Manyang was named to the WAC’s All-Defensive team and Jake Toolson was named to the WAC All-Newcomer team…Utah Valley set a single season school record with its 23rd victory of the season on Tuesday, the fifth time in school history that a team has won 20 or more games…the Wolverines have five players averaging double figures, led by Kenneth Ogbe (13.3 ppg) and Akolda Manyang (13.2 ppg)…UVU opened the season with what might just be the toughest 24 hours ever played in college basketball history as the Wolverines took on No. 4/5 Kentucky and No. 1 Duke on back-to-back nights to open the season…UVU advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 CBI.

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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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