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A Big Blow to Grand Canyon and Seattle U.

In the last week, the Western Athletic Conference has seen two of its more talented players leave their respected teams. Jadon Cohee, who is a junior point guard out of Langley, British Columbia, was expected to be the go-to guy for Coach Dollar at Seattle University but Cohee was pretty streaky and at times in WAC play was a non factor for the Redhawks. Cohee was viewed to become one of the top players in the WAC but he just could not elevate his game to the next level.

Sadly, we have seen the last of Cohee as a Redhawk. Cohee has already found a landing spot in Southern Utah University which has fallen on hard times and looks to be a cellar dweller for a while longer in the Big Sky conference being that SUU Thunderbirds went 5-24 last year in a conference that is usually dominated by Weber State. But as it goes for Jadon Cohee, he will fit right in and be a contributor from day one and will make SUU a little harder to beat. Hopefully he bounces back to a higher level of play and becomes a force in the Big Sky. 

The other transfer is a young man that has the talent to be a starter at most Power 5 schools. Dominic Magee was a great get for Grand Canyon University. Magee was a transfer from the Memphis Tigers of the American Athletic Conference and was a four-star recruit. In his first game as a Lope he dropped 29 points for his coming out party. He continued to play fairly well for a freshman until towards the end of the season where he seemed to slow down for one reason or another. Magee, if he would have stayed at GCU through his senior year, was looking at more than likely being one of if not the marquee player of the conference. Dominic Magee has not found another school to play at yet. I would speculate that Magee being from New Orleans that any southern based school could have a leg up on all other schools that might court him. But whichever school he chooses will land a young man who has a crossover that is filthy and can drive to the basket and finish at the bucket more times than not. Dominic Magee has NBA talent and will end up being a player Lopes fans will have to watch doing great things on another team.

While this is a setback for both Seattle University and Grand Canyon University both schools live in hotbeds where young high school talent is everywhere, especially in Seattle. Both schools do a great job recruiting international players. Both basketball programs are the best funded in the Western Athletic Conference. A lot of the success of the WAC will have to come from more than New Mexico State and the upstart GCU. So hopefully Seattle U can keep getting into postseason tournaments to help rebrand the WAC as a good Mid-Major college basketball conference. 

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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.

WAC Tournament Preview and Prediction

This year’s tournament (full schedule; streaming information) should be one of the most competitive since the WAC transformed into its current state. The WAC has a couple of strong teams this year which will make for some exciting basketball later this week. The New Mexico State Aggies come into this year’s edition of the Western Athletic Conference fresh off a WAC regular season championship, where they had to fight off the likes of Grand Canyon University and Cal State-Bakersfield. With both of these schools making it interesting during conference play, this conference tournament should be one of the more underrated in the nation.

This conference, more so than any other, is all about the match-ups. Some of the individual players you should keep an eye in this WAC tournament consist of a mixture of some great post play on both sides of the ball with the like of Pascal Siakam (NMSU), Aly Ahmed (CSUB), Jack Crook (Seattle) along with some really impressive guard play from Ian Baker (NMSU), Marcel Davis (Utah Valley), and Martez Harrison (UMKC).

New Mexico State Aggies (22-9, 13-1)

Aggies are the number one seed in the tournament. They will play the winner of Utah Valley and UMKC on Friday March 11th at 6pm on the WAC Digital Network. The Aggies are the favorites to win the WAC tournament. Based on their 13-1 record in conference play with their only loss coming to Grand Canyon in Phoenix by 4 points.

Besides that one blemish it was another year of what Aggie fans expect when it comes to their basketball team. Players to watch from this team would be Siakam, who is probably the best mid-major post player in the nation. He is averaging 20.7 ppg and 11.7 rpg to go with the skill Siakam has the basketball IQ to cause opposing defenses fits.

The other Aggie people should get to know before the WAC tournament would be Ian Baker. He has a knack for hitting big time shots in his career at NMSU. Baker is a nice guard who compliments Pascal Siakam very well and when both of these guys are in the zone it is hard to slow them down. Ian Baker this season is averaging 13.8 ppg and 3.7 apg while being a team leader on the court. For this squad anything less then another WAC tournament basketball championship will be viewed as disappointment.

Cal State-Bakersfield Roadrunners (21-8, 11-3)

The Roadrunners are the number two seed in this year’s WAC tournament. They played probably the most consistent of all the WAC schools this year. They are matched up with Chicago State at 4:30pm on the WAC Digital Network on Thursday March 10th. Bakersfield has a great defensive team. Aly Ahmed is one of the better post players in the WAC. He wears he passion on his sleeves and that really rallies his teammates. He is solid on both ends of the court. Ahmed is averaging 13.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg while being a vocal leader on and off the court. Bakersfield is a team that has what it takes to win this tournament. They play a great team defense and can score enough points to win games.

Seattle U Redhawks (13-15, 7-7)

The Redhawks are a team that comes into the WAC tournament as the third seed. Seattle U is the true wild card in this tournament, there were times where they looked like they belonged as a WAC favorite and a formidable challenger to win the WAC regular season championship and then there were times where they didn’t look like they belonged on the same court as some of these teams in the WAC. For the Redhawks to have a chance at winning the WAC tournament and participating in March Madness they will need Brendon Westendorf and Jack Crook to raise their games. Both are talented enough to help Seattle U reach the finals for the second time in two years. But a lot has to fall into place for this to happen.

Utah Valley University Wolverines (12-17, 6-8)

UVU is the fourth seed and to be honest have looked good in their last two WAC conference games but they did lose both of them, one by a buzzer beater from Seattle U and a six point loss at home to GCU. This squad is a team in transition and some interesting talent. They have had spurts where they can put on some runs on teams but have been inconsistent for most of the year. The player on this team you should watch out for would be Marcel Davis. He is a guard that can do just about everything. The only issue is that he doesn’t have enough talent around him to elevate this team into a top tier squad in the WAC. The Wolverines are going to be a good team going forward but as it goes for this tournament they will be lucky to get more than one win.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (11-18, 4-10)

UMKC comes in as the five seed. The Roo’s have to be the biggest disappointment in the WAC this year. Voted as one of the teams in the preseason that would be able to win the WAC has had nothing but trouble on and off the court. This team has a Allen Iverson type guard in Martez Harrison very dynamic but streaking and is known to put up a lot of shots. I just can’t see UMKC shooting their way to a win on March 10th against UVU.

UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (8-21, 4-10)

UTRGV is the six seed and the only lower seeded team I could see beating a top seed. All the Vaqueros need to do is win a game away from home against a conference foe for the first time this season. As much of a daunting task that might be, they have to be thrilled that they match up against the most jekyll and hyde team in the WAC this year. UTRGV will have to play some inspired ball to make a run in the tournament.

Chicago State Cougars (4-27, 0-14)

Chicago State comes into the WAC tournament as the 7 seed and will have the steepest hill to climb if they are to win the WAC’s auto bid into the dance. This team has been playing this season not sure if the school they play for might be shut down for good or not. So I can only imagine how tiring it might be for this team to be worrying about more than just basketball. Never say never but I can’t see this team doing much in proving the world wrong and going to the big dance.

Grand Canyon University ‘Lopes (25-6, 11-3)

The Lopes aren’t eligible to play in the WAC tournament being that this is just their third year in transition from NCAA division 2 basketball. I wouldn’t feel to bad for the GCU Lopes because they have invite and have accepted to play in the Collegeinsider.com tournament which starts March 14th.  The Lopes had some great wins this year beating the likes of San Diego State in San Diego. They also beat Houston and Marshall to win the Global Sports Classic tournament.

My prediction for the WAC tournament is that NMSU will reach the final without much trouble where they will meet Bakersfield who will themselves coast through their first two games. I see the Aggies prevailing in the WAC tournament final with a 64 to 51 victory to punch their ticket to the dance.

Where to watch the WAC tournament.

The WAC Digital Network will have the first two days of games March 10-11. While the championship game will be on ESPNU at 8pm pacific.

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Photo: New Mexico State University.