TEAMS

TEAMS

Abilene Christian Wildcats

Head Coach: Brette Tanner, Western Athletic Conference

Abilene Christian enters the CBI with a 23-10 record having advanced to the championship game of the WAC tournament…this marks the Wildcats’ fourth consecutive 20-win campaign…junior forward Airion Simmons was named to the All-WAC second-team and averages a team-best 11.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg…senior guard Coryon Mason nets 11.6 ppg…senior guard Damien Daniels has handed out a team-high 106 assists despite averaging just 22.5 minutes a game…head coach Brette Tanner is in his first season at the helm of the ACU program, having served eight seasons on the Wildcats’ staff, first as an assistant coach for two years before being elevated to associate head coach the last six seasons…the Wildcats lead the nation in turnovers forced (21.48), turnover margin (+9.0), and steals per game (11.0)...the team closed the season winning 12 of their final 15.

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Boston University Terriers

Head Coach: Joe Jones, Patriot League

Head coach Joe Jones is in his 11th season at Boston University with 186 wins and at 21-12, BU has 20+ wins under Jones for the third time (21-13 in 2019-20 and 24-11 in 2013-14)…the Terriers went 9-4 in non-conference play, earning the most non-conference regular season wins since going 10-7 in 1982-83…BU placed three players on the All-Patriot League team…graduate student forward Sukhmail Mathon is the reigning PL Player of the Year after becoming the first Terrier to average a double-double in 25 years…he ranks in the top 15 nationally in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and is in the top 10 with 17 double-doubles while averaging 15.1 ppg…three-time All-PL member grad student guard Javante McCoy leads BU at 17.7 ppg, is fourth all-time at BU with 1,906 career points, and ninth with 375 career assists…senior swingman Walter Whyte is a three-time All-PL honoree after averaging 13.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg…BU played in the 2010 CBI and is making its second postseason bid in three years after winning the 2020 Patriot League tournament title.

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California Baptist Lancers

Head Coach: Rick Croy, Western Athletic Conference

California Baptist enters the CBI with an 18-15 record after recording their first WAC Tournament win over UTRGV on March 8…redshirt junior guard Ty Rowell became the Lancers all-time leader in career 3-pointers with 247, including tying for the team lead with 75 this season..he has a team-best 11.7 ppg to go with 102 assists…sophomore guard Tre Armstrong tallies 11.5 ppg and is tied with Rowell for the 3-point lead…Tre’s brother guard Taran Armstrong was named the WAC Freshman of the Year for averaging 10.6 ppg and handing out a CBU-best 157 assists.…head coach Rick Croy posted his 200th career victory in the UTRGV win and is tied for first for all-time wins at CBU…the Lancers played in the 2019 CBI, dropping a heartbreaking 56-55 decision at Loyola Marymount. 

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Drake Bulldogs

Head Coach: Darian DeVries, Missouri Valley Conference

Drake is 24-10 and finished 13-5 for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference…the Bulldogs defeated SIU (65-52) and Missouri State (79-78) to advance to the 2022 MVC tournament championship game for the second consecutive season…Drake averages 10.3 offensive rpg and has outscored its opponents by a 7.3 margin (73.5-66.2)…Drake had wins over Richmond (73-70), UNI (82-74), and two over MVC tournament champion Loyola during the regular season…swingman Tucker DeVries (13.9 ppg, 71 3-pointers), the MVC Freshman of the Year, broke the Drake program record for freshman single season scoring…DeVries also earned spots on the All-MVC second-, Freshmen, and Newcomer teams…senior guard Garrett Sturtz (10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) was an All-MVC second-team selection while Roman Penn earned a spot on the All-MVC third-team.

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Florida Atlantic Owls

Head Coach: Dusty May, Conference USA

The Owls are enjoying a historic season...FAU, currently 19-14 overall, secured a fourth-straight winning season under head coach Dusty May, a first-time accomplishment in the 34-year history of the program…the Owls also recorded 11 Conference USA victories, the most the school has ever had in C-USA…the 19 victories are tied for the second-best win total in school history…a victory in the CBI would give the program its third 20-win season and just the second as a member of NCAA Division I…the Owls are paced by third-team All-C-USA honoree freshman guard Alijah Martin, who tops FAU in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg)…junior guard Michael Forrest, an honorable mention all-league selection, nets 13.2 ppg and has handed out 100 assists…sophomore guard Bryan Greenlee leads the Owls with 107 assists while posting 9-7 ppg…this will mark FAU’s first time in the CBI and just the Owls’ fourth postseason tournament appearance.

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Head Coach: Nick McDevitt, Conference USA

At 23-10, Middle Tennessee has made the second-largest year-over-year turnaround in the country, improving upon last season's win total by 18…only Towson (20) has made a bigger leap…MT set a program record by winning eight games in the month of February…the Blue Raiders have limited opponents to 60 points or fewer 13 times, the second-most in C-USA…on Feb. 10, fifth-year guard Donovan Sims became the 34th member of MT's 1,000-point club, joining Tim Gaither and Kevin Kanaskie as the only players with at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in program history…fifth-year guard Josh Jefferson is tied for the program's 10th-most 3-pointers in a single season with 71…sophomore guard Camryn Weston's 10-rebound, 10-assist performance against Western Kentucky was the first double-double in program history with less than 10 points…he is one of just three players in the country this season with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and no turnovers in a game.

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UNC Asheville BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Mike Morrell, Big South Conference

UNC Asheville has 16 wins and has won eight non-conference games for just the second time in the last 14 seasons and its most non-league wins since the 2016-17 season…junior forward Drew Pember, a transfer from Tennessee, led the Big South in league scoring (19.3 ppg), free throws (99). and free throw attempts (117), and ranked second in blocks (35), blocks per game (2.3), rebounds (108), rebounds per game (7.2) and free throw percentage (84.6)…he is also ranked among the top 5 nationally in blocks (85) and blocks per game (2.9) in becoming just the third Bulldog to be named Big South Defensive Player of the Year…redshirt senior forward LJ Thorpe was named All-Big South Honorable Mention for the third consecutive season, averaging 16.4 points in conference play…redshirt senior guard Tajion Jones is second all-time with 254 3-pointers and is eighth all-time in Division I era scoring (1,437 points)…as a unit, Asheville ranks in the top 10 nationally in 3-point FG% defense, holding teams to just 27.9 shooting.

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UNCG HIGHLANDERS

Head Coach: Mike Jones, Southern Conference

Head coach Mike Jones is in his first season at UNCG after a run at Radford that saw the Highlanders post 174 wins in 10 seasons and win 20 or more games five different times…UNCG has held 13 teams below 60 points in going 17-14 this year…the Spartans led the SoCon in rebounding margin (+5.4) and were second in scoring defense (64.8) and field goal percentage defense (41.8)…among the Spartans’ notable victories this season were triumphs against Coppin State, Furman, Chattanooga, Vermont, UMBC, and Northern Kentucky, all teams that competed for conference tournament championships…grad student guard De’Monte Buckingham paces UNCG in scoring (12.2 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg), and 3-pointers (62) in earning third-team all-league honors from the SoCon media…junior forward Bas Leyte is second to Buckingham in scoring (9.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg)…UNCG has rallied from four double-digit deficits to win games this season.

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UNCW SEAHAWKS

Head Coach: Takayo Siddle, Colonial Athletic Association

The Seahawks, 23-9, finished the regular season as co-champions of the Colonial Athletic Association with a 15-3 record…UNCW defeated Elon in the quarterfinals and the College of Charleston in the semifinals of the CAA tournament before falling to Delaware, 59-55, in the championship game…head coach Takayo Siddle was named CAA Coach of the Year in his second season, while senior guard Jaylen Sims, who leads the Seahawks in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg), and assists (73) was named first-team All-CAA and graduate guard Mike Okauru (12.6 ppg, 70 assists) was tabbed second-team…junior guard Shykeim Phillips (team-gh 61 steals) was selected to the All-Defensive team…the Seahawks are making their 10th postseason appearance and first in the CBI.

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Northern Colorado Bears

Head Coach: Steve Smiley, Big Sky Conference

Northern Colorado advanced to the championship game of the Big Sky tournament for the first time since 2011…senior guard Daylen Kountz earned the Big Sky's scoring title for 2021-22 and has scored 702 points on the year…he averages 21.3 points per game, ranking among the top 15 nationally…in Big Sky play he averaged 21.9 ppg and has 22 20-plus points per game…for his efforts, he was honored an a unanimous first-team All-Big Sky selection…grad student guard Dru Kuxhausen leads the Big Sky in three's per game (3.06) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (42.4%), placing him in the top 25 nationally as well…redshirt senior guard Matt Johnson II nets 13.8 ppg to go with 128 assists in earning his second straight third-team recognition…the Bears average 78.2 points per game to rank second in the Big Sky and in the top 30 in the nation….they also posted three wins against teams in the Mid-Major top 25.

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Ohio Bobcats

Head Coach: Jeff Boals, Mid-American Conference

Ohio enters the Roman CBI with a 24-9 record after reaching the semifinals of the MAC tournament, the second straight year the Bobcats advanced to the semis…Ohio is led by sophomore guard Mark Sears, a first-team All-MAC selection who is averaging 19.5 points a game, while shooting .446 from the field, .421 from three, and .907 from the line…he also averages 6.0 rpg and leads the Bobcats in scoring, free throw shooting, and assists (138)…Sears was joined on the first-team by redshirt senior forward Ben Vander Plas, who averages 14.1 points a game and is tied for the team lead with a 6.7 rpg average…fifth-year forward Jason Carter, who is tied with Vander Plas in rebounding, averages 11.7 ppg…head coach Jeff Boals, a two-time Bobcat captain, is in his third season as head coach…Ohio previously played in the CBI in 2008 and 2016, advancing to the semifinals in 2016.

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Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons

Head Coach: Jon Coffman, Horizon League

Purdue Fort Wayne enters the CBI with a 21-11 mark, in the process of setting a Division I era program record for consecutive wins with 10 in earning a share of the Horizon League regular season championship…the 21 wins mark the fourth time in program history that the Mastodons posted a 20-win season…head coach Jon Coffman, the 2021-22 Horizon League Coach of the Year, has been at the helm of the program since 2014-15 and his 139 wins are the most in Purdue Fort Wayne’s NCAA era (2001-present)… junior guard Deonte Billups averaged 9.0 ppg and had 39 assists in 41 steals all off the bench to garner HL Sixth Man of the Year honors…senior guard Jarred Godfrey led the Mastodons in scoring (15.2 ppg) and assists (124) to earn first-team all-league honors…fifth-year guard Jalon Pipkins (13.6) ppg earned a spot on the third-team…this is Purdue Fort Wayne’s sixth postseason appearance but first CBI berth.

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Rice Owls

Head Coach: Scott Pera, Conference USA

At 16-16, Rice has now won at least 15 games in three straight seasons, marking the first time since 2003-05 that the Owls have done so…Rice ranks among the top 35 nationally in assists per game (15.8) 3-point field goal percentage (37.3%), and 3-pointers made per game (9.2)…grad student guard Carl Pierre set the single-season school record with 95 3-pointers in earning third-team All-C-USA honors…he also leads the Owls with a 15.5 ppg average…sophomore guard Travis Evee garnered Honorable Mention all-league honors and is second to Pierre with a 13.9 ppg average…he and Pierre set the school record with a combined 179 3-pointers…Rice previously played in the 2017 CBI.

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Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Head Coach: Kyle Keller, Western Athletic Conference

Head coach Kyle Keller is in his sixth season at Stephen F. Austin and has guided the Lumberjacks to 126 wins in that span, including a pair of 28-win seasons…this season, in their first year as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, SFA went 22-9, including 14-4 to finish in a three-way tie for the regular season title…senior forward Gavin Kensmil, a first-team All-WAC selection, leads the Lumberjacks in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), and field goal percentage (.619)…senior guard David Kachelries earned second-team honors in leading SFA with 119 assists to go along with is 9.7 ppg average…freshman guard Jaylin Jackson-Posey was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year for averaging 7.4 ppg while ranking second on the team with 64 assists.

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Troy Trojans

Head Coach: Scott Cross, Sun Belt Conference

Troy is 20-11 on the season, marking the first 20-win season since head coach Scott Cross took over the Trojans program in 2019-20, and the third of his career as a head coach…Troy is led by junior forward Efe Odigie, who averages team highs of 11.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg…he also paces the team in shooting 48% from the field…Troy enters the CBI as one of the best teams in the nation in terms of steals per game, having 244 thefts for an average of 7.9 per game, which is 54th in the nation…freshman guard Duke Miles leads the Trojans with 40 steals while fellow Duke, Duke Deen, has 30…the CBI bid marks the first time Troy has been in the postseason since the 2016-17 season…Troy previously played in the 2009 CBI.

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VMI Keydets

Head Coach: Dan Earl, Southern Conference

VMI leads the nation in 3-pointers per game, averaging 12.6 makes…the Keydets have hit 10 of more threes in 28 games this season…finished second in Division I in 3FG made per game in each of the last two years…in going 9-9 in the SoCon, VMI’s win total is the most since 2013-14 when a member of the Big South Conference…VMI is vying for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2010-11 and 2011-12…the Keydets enter the Roman CBI at 16-15..senior center Jake Stephens was named SoCon Player of the Month for February for averaging 21.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.5 blocked shots per game…he notched four consecutive double-doubles in the month, all with at least 20 points scored…Stephens was named first-team All-SoCon on both the league coaches and media teams…junior guard Kamdyn Curfman (second-team coaches, third-team media) and sophomore guard Trey Bonham (third-team media) were also honored while freshman guard Honor Huff earned All-Freshman team acclaim…this marks the first postseason tournament for VMI since 2014.

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Fresno State Bulldogs

Head Coach: Justin Hutson, Mountain West

Fresno State owns a 19-13 record…now in his fourth season, head coach Justin Hutson has led the Bulldogs to 65 wins, including a 23-9 mark his first year to earn the Joe B. Hall Award as the nation’s top first-time coach…this year, junior forward Orlando Robinsongarnered first-team and All-Defensive Team Mountain West honors for averaging a team-best 14.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg to go with a team-high 19 blocked shots…he has climbed into a tie for 19th place on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list with 1,346 career points, equaling Tyler Johnson's total points from 2010-14…Robinson has 10 career games with 25 or more points, including eight this season…he is also the 20th player in program history to score 1,300 or more points as a Bulldog…junior guard Deon Stroud nets 12.2 ppg and junior guard Isaiah Hill averages 10.3 ppg to go with a team-high 81 assists…Fresno State advanced to the Championship Round of the 2014 CBI.

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Tarleton Texans

Head Coach: Billy Gillispie, Western Atlantic Conference

Tarelton is in just its second season at the Division I level…head coach Billy Gillispie, who is in his second season with the Texans, has led four of his teams to the NCAA Tournament and is a 12-time coach of the year…leading scorer senior guard Montre Gipson averages 14.9 ppg and has also dished out a team-best 98 assists, earning him second-team All-WAC honors… sophomore guard was honored by the WAC with a spot on its all-defensive team, based on his 55 steals and 18 blocked shots…senior guard Tahj Small tallies 13.8 ppg and leads the Texans with a 5.6 rpg average…Tarleton has played 17 games away from home this season; only 27 teams in Division I have played as 27 many or more road games.

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Abilene Christian Wildcats

Head Coach: Brette Tanner, Western Athletic Conference

Abilene Christian enters the CBI with a 23-10 record having advanced to the championship game of the WAC tournament…this marks the Wildcats’ fourth consecutive 20-win campaign…junior forward Airion Simmons was named to the All-WAC second-team and averages a team-best 11.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg…senior guard Coryon Mason nets 11.6 ppg…senior guard Damien Daniels has handed out a team-high 106 assists despite averaging just 22.5 minutes a game…head coach Brette Tanner is in his first season at the helm of the ACU program, having served eight seasons on the Wildcats’ staff, first as an assistant coach for two years before being elevated to associate head coach the last six seasons…the Wildcats lead the nation in turnovers forced (21.48), turnover margin (+9.0), and steals per game (11.0)...the team closed the season winning 12 of their final 15.

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Boston University Terriers

Head Coach: Joe Jones, Patriot League

Head coach Joe Jones is in his 11th season at Boston University with 186 wins and at 21-12, BU has 20+ wins under Jones for the third time (21-13 in 2019-20 and 24-11 in 2013-14)…the Terriers went 9-4 in non-conference play, earning the most non-conference regular season wins since going 10-7 in 1982-83…BU placed three players on the All-Patriot League team…graduate student forward Sukhmail Mathon is the reigning PL Player of the Year after becoming the first Terrier to average a double-double in 25 years…he ranks in the top 15 nationally in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and is in the top 10 with 17 double-doubles while averaging 15.1 ppg…three-time All-PL member grad student guard Javante McCoy leads BU at 17.7 ppg, is fourth all-time at BU with 1,906 career points, and ninth with 375 career assists…senior swingman Walter Whyte is a three-time All-PL honoree after averaging 13.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg…BU played in the 2010 CBI and is making its second postseason bid in three years after winning the 2020 Patriot League tournament title.

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California Baptist Lancers

Head Coach: Rick Croy, Western Athletic Conference

California Baptist enters the CBI with an 18-15 record after recording their first WAC Tournament win over UTRGV on March 8…redshirt junior guard Ty Rowell became the Lancers all-time leader in career 3-pointers with 247, including tying for the team lead with 75 this season..he has a team-best 11.7 ppg to go with 102 assists…sophomore guard Tre Armstrong tallies 11.5 ppg and is tied with Rowell for the 3-point lead…Tre’s brother guard Taran Armstrong was named the WAC Freshman of the Year for averaging 10.6 ppg and handing out a CBU-best 157 assists.…head coach Rick Croy posted his 200th career victory in the UTRGV win and is tied for first for all-time wins at CBU…the Lancers played in the 2019 CBI, dropping a heartbreaking 56-55 decision at Loyola Marymount. 

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Drake Bulldogs

Head Coach: Darian DeVries, Missouri Valley Conference

Drake is 24-10 and finished 13-5 for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference…the Bulldogs defeated SIU (65-52) and Missouri State (79-78) to advance to the 2022 MVC tournament championship game for the second consecutive season…Drake averages 10.3 offensive rpg and has outscored its opponents by a 7.3 margin (73.5-66.2)…Drake had wins over Richmond (73-70), UNI (82-74), and two over MVC tournament champion Loyola during the regular season…swingman Tucker DeVries (13.9 ppg, 71 3-pointers), the MVC Freshman of the Year, broke the Drake program record for freshman single season scoring…DeVries also earned spots on the All-MVC second-, Freshmen, and Newcomer teams…senior guard Garrett Sturtz (10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) was an All-MVC second-team selection while Roman Penn earned a spot on the All-MVC third-team.

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Florida Atlantic Owls

Head Coach: Dusty May, Conference USA

The Owls are enjoying a historic season...FAU, currently 19-14 overall, secured a fourth-straight winning season under head coach Dusty May, a first-time accomplishment in the 34-year history of the program…the Owls also recorded 11 Conference USA victories, the most the school has ever had in C-USA…the 19 victories are tied for the second-best win total in school history…a victory in the CBI would give the program its third 20-win season and just the second as a member of NCAA Division I…the Owls are paced by third-team All-C-USA honoree freshman guard Alijah Martin, who tops FAU in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg)…junior guard Michael Forrest, an honorable mention all-league selection, nets 13.2 ppg and has handed out 100 assists…sophomore guard Bryan Greenlee leads the Owls with 107 assists while posting 9-7 ppg…this will mark FAU’s first time in the CBI and just the Owls’ fourth postseason tournament appearance.

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Head Coach: Nick McDevitt, Conference USA

At 23-10, Middle Tennessee has made the second-largest year-over-year turnaround in the country, improving upon last season's win total by 18…only Towson (20) has made a bigger leap…MT set a program record by winning eight games in the month of February…the Blue Raiders have limited opponents to 60 points or fewer 13 times, the second-most in C-USA…on Feb. 10, fifth-year guard Donovan Sims became the 34th member of MT's 1,000-point club, joining Tim Gaither and Kevin Kanaskie as the only players with at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in program history…fifth-year guard Josh Jefferson is tied for the program's 10th-most 3-pointers in a single season with 71…sophomore guard Camryn Weston's 10-rebound, 10-assist performance against Western Kentucky was the first double-double in program history with less than 10 points…he is one of just three players in the country this season with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and no turnovers in a game.

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UNC Asheville BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Mike Morrell, Big South Conference

UNC Asheville has 16 wins and has won eight non-conference games for just the second time in the last 14 seasons and its most non-league wins since the 2016-17 season…junior forward Drew Pember, a transfer from Tennessee, led the Big South in league scoring (19.3 ppg), free throws (99). and free throw attempts (117), and ranked second in blocks (35), blocks per game (2.3), rebounds (108), rebounds per game (7.2) and free throw percentage (84.6)…he is also ranked among the top 5 nationally in blocks (85) and blocks per game (2.9) in becoming just the third Bulldog to be named Big South Defensive Player of the Year…redshirt senior forward LJ Thorpe was named All-Big South Honorable Mention for the third consecutive season, averaging 16.4 points in conference play…redshirt senior guard Tajion Jones is second all-time with 254 3-pointers and is eighth all-time in Division I era scoring (1,437 points)…as a unit, Asheville ranks in the top 10 nationally in 3-point FG% defense, holding teams to just 27.9 shooting.

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UNCG HIGHLANDERS

Head Coach: Mike Jones, Southern Conference

Head coach Mike Jones is in his first season at UNCG after a run at Radford that saw the Highlanders post 174 wins in 10 seasons and win 20 or more games five different times…UNCG has held 13 teams below 60 points in going 17-14 this year…the Spartans led the SoCon in rebounding margin (+5.4) and were second in scoring defense (64.8) and field goal percentage defense (41.8)…among the Spartans’ notable victories this season were triumphs against Coppin State, Furman, Chattanooga, Vermont, UMBC, and Northern Kentucky, all teams that competed for conference tournament championships…grad student guard De’Monte Buckingham paces UNCG in scoring (12.2 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg), and 3-pointers (62) in earning third-team all-league honors from the SoCon media…junior forward Bas Leyte is second to Buckingham in scoring (9.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg)…UNCG has rallied from four double-digit deficits to win games this season.

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UNCW SEAHAWKS

Head Coach: Takayo Siddle, Colonial Athletic Association

The Seahawks, 23-9, finished the regular season as co-champions of the Colonial Athletic Association with a 15-3 record…UNCW defeated Elon in the quarterfinals and the College of Charleston in the semifinals of the CAA tournament before falling to Delaware, 59-55, in the championship game…head coach Takayo Siddle was named CAA Coach of the Year in his second season, while senior guard Jaylen Sims, who leads the Seahawks in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg), and assists (73) was named first-team All-CAA and graduate guard Mike Okauru (12.6 ppg, 70 assists) was tabbed second-team…junior guard Shykeim Phillips (team-gh 61 steals) was selected to the All-Defensive team…the Seahawks are making their 10th postseason appearance and first in the CBI.

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Northern Colorado Bears

Head Coach: Steve Smiley, Big Sky Conference

Northern Colorado advanced to the championship game of the Big Sky tournament for the first time since 2011…senior guard Daylen Kountz earned the Big Sky's scoring title for 2021-22 and has scored 702 points on the year…he averages 21.3 points per game, ranking among the top 15 nationally…in Big Sky play he averaged 21.9 ppg and has 22 20-plus points per game…for his efforts, he was honored an a unanimous first-team All-Big Sky selection…grad student guard Dru Kuxhausen leads the Big Sky in three's per game (3.06) and is second in 3-point field goal percentage (42.4%), placing him in the top 25 nationally as well…redshirt senior guard Matt Johnson II nets 13.8 ppg to go with 128 assists in earning his second straight third-team recognition…the Bears average 78.2 points per game to rank second in the Big Sky and in the top 30 in the nation….they also posted three wins against teams in the Mid-Major top 25.

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Ohio Bobcats

Head Coach: Jeff Boals, Mid-American Conference

Ohio enters the Roman CBI with a 24-9 record after reaching the semifinals of the MAC tournament, the second straight year the Bobcats advanced to the semis…Ohio is led by sophomore guard Mark Sears, a first-team All-MAC selection who is averaging 19.5 points a game, while shooting .446 from the field, .421 from three, and .907 from the line…he also averages 6.0 rpg and leads the Bobcats in scoring, free throw shooting, and assists (138)…Sears was joined on the first-team by redshirt senior forward Ben Vander Plas, who averages 14.1 points a game and is tied for the team lead with a 6.7 rpg average…fifth-year forward Jason Carter, who is tied with Vander Plas in rebounding, averages 11.7 ppg…head coach Jeff Boals, a two-time Bobcat captain, is in his third season as head coach…Ohio previously played in the CBI in 2008 and 2016, advancing to the semifinals in 2016.

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Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons

Head Coach: Jon Coffman, Horizon League

Purdue Fort Wayne enters the CBI with a 21-11 mark, in the process of setting a Division I era program record for consecutive wins with 10 in earning a share of the Horizon League regular season championship…the 21 wins mark the fourth time in program history that the Mastodons posted a 20-win season…head coach Jon Coffman, the 2021-22 Horizon League Coach of the Year, has been at the helm of the program since 2014-15 and his 139 wins are the most in Purdue Fort Wayne’s NCAA era (2001-present)… junior guard Deonte Billups averaged 9.0 ppg and had 39 assists in 41 steals all off the bench to garner HL Sixth Man of the Year honors…senior guard Jarred Godfrey led the Mastodons in scoring (15.2 ppg) and assists (124) to earn first-team all-league honors…fifth-year guard Jalon Pipkins (13.6) ppg earned a spot on the third-team…this is Purdue Fort Wayne’s sixth postseason appearance but first CBI berth.

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Rice Owls

Head Coach: Scott Pera, Conference USA

At 16-16, Rice has now won at least 15 games in three straight seasons, marking the first time since 2003-05 that the Owls have done so…Rice ranks among the top 35 nationally in assists per game (15.8) 3-point field goal percentage (37.3%), and 3-pointers made per game (9.2)…grad student guard Carl Pierre set the single-season school record with 95 3-pointers in earning third-team All-C-USA honors…he also leads the Owls with a 15.5 ppg average…sophomore guard Travis Evee garnered Honorable Mention all-league honors and is second to Pierre with a 13.9 ppg average…he and Pierre set the school record with a combined 179 3-pointers…Rice previously played in the 2017 CBI.

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Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Head Coach: Kyle Keller, Western Athletic Conference

Head coach Kyle Keller is in his sixth season at Stephen F. Austin and has guided the Lumberjacks to 126 wins in that span, including a pair of 28-win seasons…this season, in their first year as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, SFA went 22-9, including 14-4 to finish in a three-way tie for the regular season title…senior forward Gavin Kensmil, a first-team All-WAC selection, leads the Lumberjacks in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), and field goal percentage (.619)…senior guard David Kachelries earned second-team honors in leading SFA with 119 assists to go along with is 9.7 ppg average…freshman guard Jaylin Jackson-Posey was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year for averaging 7.4 ppg while ranking second on the team with 64 assists.

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Troy Trojans

Head Coach: Scott Cross, Sun Belt Conference

Troy is 20-11 on the season, marking the first 20-win season since head coach Scott Cross took over the Trojans program in 2019-20, and the third of his career as a head coach…Troy is led by junior forward Efe Odigie, who averages team highs of 11.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg…he also paces the team in shooting 48% from the field…Troy enters the CBI as one of the best teams in the nation in terms of steals per game, having 244 thefts for an average of 7.9 per game, which is 54th in the nation…freshman guard Duke Miles leads the Trojans with 40 steals while fellow Duke, Duke Deen, has 30…the CBI bid marks the first time Troy has been in the postseason since the 2016-17 season…Troy previously played in the 2009 CBI.

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VMI Keydets

Head Coach: Dan Earl, Southern Conference

VMI leads the nation in 3-pointers per game, averaging 12.6 makes…the Keydets have hit 10 of more threes in 28 games this season…finished second in Division I in 3FG made per game in each of the last two years…in going 9-9 in the SoCon, VMI’s win total is the most since 2013-14 when a member of the Big South Conference…VMI is vying for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2010-11 and 2011-12…the Keydets enter the Roman CBI at 16-15..senior center Jake Stephens was named SoCon Player of the Month for February for averaging 21.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.5 blocked shots per game…he notched four consecutive double-doubles in the month, all with at least 20 points scored…Stephens was named first-team All-SoCon on both the league coaches and media teams…junior guard Kamdyn Curfman (second-team coaches, third-team media) and sophomore guard Trey Bonham (third-team media) were also honored while freshman guard Honor Huff earned All-Freshman team acclaim…this marks the first postseason tournament for VMI since 2014.

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Fresno State Bulldogs

Head Coach: Justin Hutson, Mountain West

Fresno State owns a 19-13 record…now in his fourth season, head coach Justin Hutson has led the Bulldogs to 65 wins, including a 23-9 mark his first year to earn the Joe B. Hall Award as the nation’s top first-time coach…this year, junior forward Orlando Robinsongarnered first-team and All-Defensive Team Mountain West honors for averaging a team-best 14.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg to go with a team-high 19 blocked shots…he has climbed into a tie for 19th place on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list with 1,346 career points, equaling Tyler Johnson's total points from 2010-14…Robinson has 10 career games with 25 or more points, including eight this season…he is also the 20th player in program history to score 1,300 or more points as a Bulldog…junior guard Deon Stroud nets 12.2 ppg and junior guard Isaiah Hill averages 10.3 ppg to go with a team-high 81 assists…Fresno State advanced to the Championship Round of the 2014 CBI.

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Tarleton Texans

Head Coach: Billy Gillispie, Western Atlantic Conference

Tarelton is in just its second season at the Division I level…head coach Billy Gillispie, who is in his second season with the Texans, has led four of his teams to the NCAA Tournament and is a 12-time coach of the year…leading scorer senior guard Montre Gipson averages 14.9 ppg and has also dished out a team-best 98 assists, earning him second-team All-WAC honors… sophomore guard was honored by the WAC with a spot on its all-defensive team, based on his 55 steals and 18 blocked shots…senior guard Tahj Small tallies 13.8 ppg and leads the Texans with a 5.6 rpg average…Tarleton has played 17 games away from home this season; only 27 teams in Division I have played as 27 many or more road games.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Pepperdine Waves

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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Brown Bears

Head Coach: Mike Martin, Ivy League

Mike Martin was named the Ivy League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to 19 wins, matching the school record for victories in a season set by the 2008 squad, who also earned a CBI berth…senior captain Obi Okolie is the second Brown player to be named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year…a second-team All-Ivy selection, his 1,027 career points rank 28th in Brown basketball history…sophomore forward Tamenang Choh led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and garnered second-team All-Ivy honors…he has posted 10 double-doubles and also leads the Bears in assists with 97…sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, a USBWA first-team All-District I pick, was the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.7 ppg), ranked second in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and scored 30 or more points three times.

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California Baptist Lancers

Head Coach: Rick Croy, Western Athletic Conference

The Lancers secured 16 wins as a program in their first-year of a four-year transition process to NCAA Division I status - the most wins by a first-year team that is an RPI counter (playing four or less non-Division I opponents on its schedule)…Grand Canyon previously held the mark with 15 wins in 2013-14…the 2018-19 Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List included sophomore guard Milan Acquaah, who was also named first-team All-WAC and WAC Newcomer of the Year…senior Jordan Heading will take claim of the school-record for most games played in a Lancer uniform in the CBI opener…he is currently tied at the top of the list with 127 games played…Heading also holds the school record with 228 career 3-pointers made and sits seventh in assists (340) and eighth in points (1,474) in program history.

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Central Michigan Chippewas

Head Coach: Keno Davis, Mid-American Conference

Central Michigan has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1965-66, 1966-67….under head coach Keno Davis, the Chippewas have posted five consecutive seasons with a .500 record or better, the program’s longest such streak since the early 1970s (1969-75)…senior guard Larry Austin Jr. was named second-team All-MAC and earned earned a spot on the MAC All-Defensive Team…senior guard Shawn Roundtree Jr. received third-team All-MAC honors…the two combine to form the MAC’s highest-scoring guard tandem...senior guard Larry Austin Jr. broke the Central Michigan single season records for steals (76) and assists (200) in 2018-19.

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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Head Coach: Cliff Ellis, Sun Belt Conference

Senior Zac Cuthbertson, a second-team All-Sun Belt selection, scored his 1,000th career point for the Chants in the final regular season game of the season, becoming the 22nd player in CCU history to reach the milestone, but more importantly, only the third to do it in just two seasons…freshman DeVante Jones came back from an injury in the second game of the season to be named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year…he missed a total of 12 games, but came back to average double digits in winning the award and leading all freshmen in scoring in the conference….freshman Ebrima Dibba also was injured and missed eight games, but came back to lead the Chants in assists with 106 and steals with 33…junior Tyrell Gumbs-Frater has made 65 3-pointers this season on 44 percent shooting.

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CSUN Matadors

Head Coach: Mark Gottfried
Big West Conference

First-year head coach Mark Gottfried has led the Matadors to their most overall wins and Big West Conference wins since the 2013-14 season, more than doubling their win total from the previous season…CSUN features one of the youngest teams in the country with seven freshmen, including five true freshmen who made their debuts this season…freshman Lamine Diane leads the nation in field goals made (329) and is in the Top 10 nationally in points per game (24.7) and rebounds per game (11.3)…Diane became the first Big West player in history to win Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year accolades…he also earned USBWA All-District IX honors…Diane was joined on the All-Big West first-team by sophomore Terrell Gomez.

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DePaul Blue Demons

Head Coach: Dave Leitao, Big East Conference

DePaul’s 15 wins are the most since recording 20 during the 2006-07 season…the Blue Demons are led by seniors Eli Cain, Femi Olujobi, and Max Strus…the trio are the team’s top three scorers with Strus at 18.8 ppg, Cain with a scoring average of 13.2 ppg, and Olujobi at 13.0 ppg…Strus was named a second-team All-Big East honoree and was tabbed the league’s player of the week three times during the season…sophomore Paul Reed was named the Big East Most Improved Player for leading the league in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and posting a scoring average of 11.1 ppg…the Blue Demons have hit a 3-pointer in 800 consecutive games…Dave Leitao is in the fourth year of his second stint as head coach at DePaul…he previously led the Blue Demons from 2002-05.

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Grand Canyon Antelopes

Head Coach: Dan Majerle, Western Athletic Conference

Grand Canyon advanced to the championship game of the WAC Tournament and has won 20 games for the fourth consecutive season under head coach Dan Majerle…GCU is 18-4 this season when outrebounding its opponent and 2-8 when losing the rebounding battle…junior Carlos Johnson scored a career-high 35 points in the WAC semifinal win over Utah Valley, one night after his previous career-best mark of 31 points vs. Seattle in the quarterfinals…senior Michael Finke was named to the All-WAC first-team, while Johnson earned second-team honors…senior Gerard Martin earned All-Defensive team acclaim for the second time in his career…the Lopes are making their second consecutive CBI appearance.

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Howard Bison

Head Coach: Kevin Nickelberry, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Howard’s 17 wins mark only the second time in the last 37 years that the Bison have won that many games…head coach Kevin Nickelberry leads the Bison into the postseason for the first time since 1992…sophomore R.J. Cole followed up his 2017-18 MEAC Rookie of the Year award with the 2018-19 MEAC Player of the Year honor…junior Charles Williams joined Cole on the All-MEAC first-team while junior Chad Lott earned third-team honors…Cole is the fastest Bison to reach 1,000 points in program history (44 games)…Howard leads the conference in scoring (79.2 PPG)…the Bison are the youngest team in the MEAC.

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Longwood Lancers

Head Coach: Griff Aldrich, Big South Conference

Longwood is making it’s first-ever Division I postseason appearance (joined D-I in 2004-05)…with 15 wins, the Lancers recorded the second-most wins in the program’s Division I era under first-year head coach Griff Aldrich…for that, Aldrich named as a finalist for Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year award…Longwood experienced an eight-win improvement from last season, tied for the largest turnaround under any new head coach in the country in 2018-19…the Lancers led the Big South in opponent field goal percentage (.411) and broke school’s single-season record with 302 made 3-pointers…junior guard Shabooty Phillips, a member of Aldrich’s first recruiting class, earned an honorable mention Big South All-Conference.

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Loyola Marymount Lions

Head Coach: Mike Dunlap, West Coast Conference

LMU enters the CBI having won 20 games for the second time since 1989-90 and started the 2018-19 season with program records at 8-0 and 11-1…head coach Mike Dunlap won his 400th career NCAA game with a 76-64 win over Portland on Jan. 5…senior guard James Batemon scored the 1,000th career point of his two-year career on Feb. 23 in the win over Pacific, becoming the 35th LMU player to hit the 1,000 point milestone…for his efforts, he was named to the All-WCC first-team and the Lou Henson award watch list…the Lions rank in the top 15 in the NCAA in scoring defense at 62.8 ppg…Batemon (1st), Joe Quintana (5th), and Jeffery McClendon (6th) all rank among the top six in the WCC in steals per game…LMU won the 2018 Jamaica Classic in November with wins over Georgetown and Ohio.

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Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Head Coach: Doc Sadler, Conference USA

The Golden Eagles are making their 15th postseason appearance but first since the 2012 NCAA Tournament (2013 and 2014 NITs were vacated)…Southern Miss rallied from an 0-3 Conference USA start to earn the No. 3 seed and a bye in this year's league tournament, becoming only the third team in the last decade to accomplish that feat…head coach Doc Sadler inherited a two-year postseason ban and strict scholarship reductions that will last through next season…his first six wins at the school were also taken away, so after 20 countable wins his first three years, he has taken the team to 36 in the last two seasons…senior Tyree Griffin's 227 assists mark a single-season record…in just two years, he is No. 3 in career assists…senior Cortez Edwards is the only player to rank among the school's top 20 in scoring, top 15 in rebounds, and top 10 in assists…he also owns the school's career record for steals, and is three away from matching his own single-season record (71), set last year.

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Stony Brook Seawolves

Interim Head Coach: Geno Ford, America East Conference

Stony Brook enters the CBI with a school Division I record 24 regular season wins…Stony Brook finished among the top two in the America East for the second time in the last three seasons with Geno Ford on staff…the Seawolves rank among top 10 nationally in rebounding at 40.7 rpg…Stony Brook ended the regular season third in total rebounds, trailing just Duke and North Carolina…SBU finished 8-2 in games decided by five points or less…sophomore center Jeff Otchere, the America East Defensive Player of the Year, was one of the nation’s leading rim protectors, currently sitting 11th in the nation in total blocks…junior Akwasi Yeboah was named to the AEC first-team, sophomore Elijah Olyani garnered third-team honors, and freshman Miles Latimer earned All-Rookie Team laurels…SBU previous played in the 2014, 2015, and 2017 CBIs.

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UAB Blazers

Head Coach: Robert Ehsan, Conference USA

UAB advanced to the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament…Zack Bryant, a third-team All-C-USA pick, is the Blazers’ leading scorer at 14.9 ppg….the sophomore had back-to-back 20-point games in the C-USA Tournament with 24 vs. UTSA in the quarterfinals and 23 vs. ODU in the semis…senior Lewis Sullivan is the team’s second leading scorer at 12.1 ppg and top rebounder at 6.8 rpg…he has scored double digits in 10 straight games and 13 of his last 14 games….at 20-14, UAB has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons and four of the last five….the Blazers top wins include Old Dominion, at Western Kentucky, at Southern Miss, and UTSA (twice)….UAB also pushed then-No. 8 Auburn to the limit before falling in overtime, 75-71.

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USF Bulls

Head Coach: Brian Gregory, American Athletic Conference

In just his second season at USF, head coach Brian Gregory has the Bulls tied for the fifth-most single-season wins in school history with 19 after inheriting a team coming off a 10-win season…he has also guided USF to the postseason for the first time since 2012…junior guard Laquincy Rideau, the AAC Defensive Player of the Year, enters the CBI with 82 steals this season and owns the USF and AAC single-season steals record…USF leads the NCAA with 887 free throws attempted…Alexis Yetna was named the AAC Freshman of the Year, giving USF its first conference Freshman of the Year since 1979.

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Utah Valley Wolverines

Head Coach: Mark Pope, Western Athletic Conference

Utah Valley won a school-record 24 games this season, surpassing the previous record of 23 set last season, marking the first time in school history that the team has recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons…UVU head coach Mark Pope has been named one of the 25 finalists for the 2019 Hugh Durham Award, presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach...senior Conner Toolson became just the eighth player in UVU history to score 1,000 points this season…junior Jake Toolson was named the WAC’s Player of the Year, while Wyatt Lowell earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors, the first such honorees in UVU history…the Wolverines are playing in the CBI for the third straight season, reaching the semifinals in 2017.

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West Virginia Mountaineers

Head Coach: Bob Huggins, Big 12 Conference

West Virginia advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament with a roster that features six freshmen, 1 sophomore, and five juniors…freshman forward Derek Culver was named to the All-Big 12 All-Conference second-team and was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team…with a win at Oklahoma State on Dec. 29, 2017, Bob Huggins moved past Jim Phelan on the NCAA Division I winningest coaches list…Huggins’ record now stands at 858-360 in his 37th season as a head coach…he needs 18 more victories to tie Adolph Rupp for seventh place all-time…Huggins is the fourth-winningest active Division I coach behind Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, and Roy Williams…Huggins’ teams have participated in postseason play in 33 of 37 seasons…WVU has made 15 postseason appearances in the last 16 years, including the NCAA Final Four in 2010…WVU has wins over then No. 7 Kansas, No. 7 Texas Tech, and No. 25 Iowa State in 2018-19.

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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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