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2016 College Basketball Invitational Advances to Semifinals

The 2016 College Basketball Invitational quarterfinals wrapped up late Monday night. With four games on the docket, the bracket keeps getting smaller and smaller, as the CBI moves on to the semifinals. We have a recap of all of Monday night’s action below.

Duquesne vs. Morehead State

Morehead State led for most of their match against Duquesne as the Eagles defeated the Dukes, 82-72. Brent Arrington had 17 points for Morehead State, including a midcourt shot at the buzzer to put them up, 43-36, at the half. Morehead State never trailed in the second half and never saw their lead get below nine points as they soundly defeated Duquesne. Morehead State moves on to face Ohio on Wednesday.

UNCG vs. Ohio

Ohio rallied back from a 15 point deficit with 7:45 left to play to defeat UNCG, 72-67, on Monday night. Ohio closed the game off with a 25-5 run as UNCG had no answer for Jordan Dartis and Jaaron Simmons in the second half. Dartis and Simmons ended the game with 14 points and 19 points and eight assists respectively. Ohio advances to face Morehead State on Wednesday.

Eastern Washington vs. Nevada

Tyron Criswell and Cameron Oliver scored more than half of Nevada’s 85 points as they lead the Wolfpack to an 85-70 win over Eastern Washington. The Eagles was without star player Venky Jois, who injured his knee in their previous game. Nevada will host Vermont on Wednesday night.

Vermont vs. Seattle

For the second year in a row, the Catamounts will play in the CBI semifinals. In a 73-54 win over Seattle that saw Kurt Steidl lead all scorers with 17 points, Vermont had no problems handling Seattle in this match. The Catamounts never trailed at all in the game and closed it out with a second half scoring surge that included a 12-0 run. Vermont will play Nevada on Wednesday.

The semifinals for the College Basketball Invitational begin on March 23rd at 7:00pm. The rest of the bracket is listed below.

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Bracket courtesy of Gazelle Group

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College Basketball Invitational Moves to Quarterfinals

The College Basketball Invitational first round action wrapped up last night, with seven games being played. We have a recap of all of the action, starting with Morehead State vs. Siena on March 15.

Morehead State vs. Siena

In their first postseason victory since upsetting Louisville in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, Morehead State defeated Siena, 84-80, in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. Senior Lyonell Gaines had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds and junior Xavier Moon scored 17 points as the Eagles hit 7-of-8 free throw attempts to seal the victory in the closing moments. Morehead State will host Duquesne on Monday night.

Nebraska-Omaha vs. Duquesne

In a game where defense was optional, Duquesne defeated Omaha120-112 on Wednesday night. Both teams broke the CBI single-game scoring record set by Creighton and Davidson in 2011. Derrick Colter scored a career-high 28 points for Duquesne as his Dukes move on to face Morehead State on Monday.

Albany vs. Ohio

Ohio redshirt senior forward Treg Setty recorded a career high 30 points to go with 10 rebounds to lift Ohio to a 94-90 win in overtime on Wednesday night. Setty hit a corner three with a hand in the face to give the Bobcats an 87-86 lead with 1:34 left in the game. After an Albany miss, Setty grabbed the rebound and hit a clutch layup to give Ohio an 89-86 lead they would not lose. Ohio moves on to face UNCG on Monday night.

Houston Baptist vs. UNCG

The UNCG men’s basketball team earned their first-ever postseason tournament victory on Wednesday as UNCG fought out a 69-65 victory over Houston Baptist. UNCG rallied from a six-point second half deficit before going on a 20-2 second half run to take the lead for good. UNCG will face Ohio in the quarterfinals on Monday night.

Western Carolina vs. Vermont

Kurt Steidl scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his 100th career game as Vermont beat Western Carolina, 79-74 on Wednesday night. Vermont led the entire game until a 15-0 run tied the game at 39 with 16:43 left to play.  Vermont used a 10-2 run to take the lead for the rest of the game and move on in the tournament. They face Seattle in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Pepperdine vs. Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington earned their first victory in a national tournament as a member of NCAA Division I by defeating Pepperdine, 79-72 on Wednesday night. The victory came as a gift for head coach Jim Hayford, who coached in his 500th career game as a collegiate head coach. Eastern Washington will face Nevada in Reno on Monday night.

Montana vs. Nevada

Nevada rallied back from a 12 point deficit with just over 15 minutes to play to defeat Montana, 79-75 on Wednesday. Junior guard D.J. Fenner scored eight consecutive points to tie the game at 56-56, but the Grizzlies took control of the game and lead 63-57 with 4:50 left. It took a three pointer by Lindsey Drew to put the Wolf Pack up for good at 70-68. Six free throws and a three pointer for the Pack made the final score 79-75. Nevada will host Eastern Washington on Monday night.

Idaho vs. Seattle

Seattle used a balanced game of offense and defense to defeat the University of Idaho, 68-63 on Wednesday night. In a game that featured 11 lead changes, it look two three pointers by Zack Moore and Brendan Westendorf to put Seattle up for good at 43-42. Westerndorf shot 8-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three as he lead the Redhawks with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists. Seattle will face Vermont on Monday night.


The rest of the tournament bracket is listed below. The rest of the CBI action kicks of on Monday night with the quarterfinals.

tournament bracket
Bracket courtesy of Gazelle Group.

Three Games That Matter For Indiana Basketball

Indiana Must Become Committed, Careful and Consistent

The sweat and tears have barely dried from the painful loss at Duke on Wednesday as the Indiana Hoosiers find themselves in the midst of the hardwood battles once again. Over the next eight days, three teams will come into the walls of Assembly Hall in Bloomington trying to take advantage of an Indiana team that at times has looked like an out-of-town driver without Waze or Siri. Will the current version of the Indiana University basketball be able to map their way through the turmoil and challenges and expectations of Hoosier Hysteria?

Tonight’s game features a visit from Morehead State with the game time at 7:00pm ET tonight. The Eagles are 5-1 and bringing a four-game winning streak on their resume. Wednesday treated Morehead State a little more kindly than it did Indiana, with the Eagles gaining a 60-46 win over St. Louis. Morehead State is coached by Sean Woods, a former Kentucky player, and have lost just once, a one point heart-breaker at Illinois State.

Morehead State is the strongest of the next three opponents for the Hoosiers. They are one of the best teams in the country at forcing turnovers. The team shuffles their players in and out, even more so than Indiana, with eleven players averaging ten or more minutes per game. Junior Corbin Collins, a 6 foot 3 guard, is the team’s only scorer with double figures, averaging 12.5 points per game. The Eagles also crash the boards with a fierce intensity. They are the fourth best offensive rebounding team in the country right now, and will surely try to take advantage of second chance opportunities just like Duke did.

The second of the three games pits the Hoosiers against in-state rival Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. The Mastodons are 7-2 at this point but have played a different caliber of basketball team than the Hoosiers. The school competes in the Summit League and has never played in the NCAA Division I tournament. Today the Mastodons are playing the Utah Runnin’ Utes, their toughest opponent to date, and are down 67-52 midway through the second half. The Mastodons have three players averaging in double figures in scoring.

The final game of the trio features the McNeese State Cowboys who enter this weekend with only one win out of six attempts. Their only win was a 80-79 barn-burner against the Dillard Bleu Devils. The Cowboys are not a big team, with 6-foot-9 little-played reserve Matthew Moss their tallest player. McNeese State is averaging just over 69 points a game, but is giving up about 77 points.

How will Indiana bounce back from its worst loss of the season so far? What effect will the cries for Crean’s head on a platter from so many of the Hoosier Nation have upon this fragile basketball team? What does Indiana need from this series of basketball games? Let’s look at three major things.

First, it is imperative for Indiana to get an intense, committed effort from the players and coaches for forty minutes in each of the games. There are times when this Hoosier team looks as if it could beat anyone in the country. The first ten minutes of the Duke game gave glimpses of grandeur and a modest lead. But there are other times when they look as if Bloomington North High School could beat them by twelve. The starting five need to come out of the blocks dominating the flow of the game and the guys off the bench need to prove why they are playing at a BigTen school and not a community college. And if a player cannot do that against these three teams, does he deserve to be in the rotation shuffle against Michigan State, Maryland and Purdue?

Thomas Bryant needs bounce back from a lackluster effort against Duke. He is not the first Hoosier freshman, nor will he be the last, to be over-powered in one of his first tests against the best of college basketball teams. Bryant needs to stand head and shoulders above the players on these other teams, not only for his own confidence but for the confidence it will give to his teammates. Crean brought Bryant in to fill the middle. It’s time for Thomas to announce to all that it was a good choice.

Second, Indiana has to take better care of the ball. If there was a highlight in the Duke fiasco, it was the lower turnover count. Indiana made progress first with Alcorn State and then the Blue Devils, but needs to become consistent in making better decisions throughout the heat of the moments of the ballgame. Yogi Berra would have said that half of the turnovers in a game are 90% mental. Indiana’s game face needs to be 100% mentally prepared to do the right thing with the ball.

Finally, Indiana must play consistent defense as a team and as individuals. Crean should scrap the mix-em-up defenses that seem to confuse no one but the IU players. Without wanting to continually harken back to the “good ole days,” Coach Bob Knight’s Indiana teams were known for playing a tough man-to-man defense. But those who faithfully watched his teams know that with constant switching and help defense, the players often looked as if they were playing a tough match-up zone.

This Indiana team needs to be more aware of the entire court on defense. Many times it appears that their peripheral vision leaves blind spots that result in giving up easy baskets. Most of the problems stem from habits and lessons the players should have learned from an eighth-grade coach: cutting off the baseline, aware of back-door cuts, knowledge of where every offense player is, blocking out players on the boards, and talking to each other about possible screens and adjustments that need to be made.

For this team to be successful, the players need to dominate the flow of the game as a team. They have the talent and ability to overwhelm the vast majority of the teams they play. In the next eight days, they need to start proving that they also have the discipline and desire to do so.