Five games were played in the CIT. South Carolina Upstate edged James Madison 73-72 in an excellent matchup, while three road teams won. Most notably, Eastern Illinois outran Oakland 97-91, while Louisiana-Lafayette won at Incarnate Word 83-68.
The remaining seven first round games will be played tonight in the NIT. Good matchups include St. Mary’s hosting a Vanderbilt team that was underappreciated this year, as well as Illinois State hosting Wisconsin-Green Bay. Colorado State shouldn’t even be in the NIT, and its reward for being there is a pairing with a good South Dakota State team. St. Francis (N.Y.) also makes its first postseason appearance since the 1963 NIT when it faces Richmond in a first round game.
Waters Named Finalist for Ben Jobe Award--csuvikings.com
Late Night Snacks, non-NCAA tournament edition: Tulsa, Murray State advance in Postseason NIT--CollegeBasketballTalk
TARREDCentral Michigan, Oakland ousted from tournaments--The Detroit Free Press
1. Oakland’s Kahlil Felder
Felder was outstanding in a losing effort the the Golden Grizzlies, finishing with 37 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in a 97-91 loss to Eastern Illinois in the CIT.
Eastern Illinois 97, Oakland 91Tuesday's roundup: Seasons over for CMU, Oakland--The Detroit News
Reggie Smith scored 26 points and Trae Anderson 19 as Eastern Illinois beat Oakland in a first-round CollegeInsider.com tournament game at Rochester.
The Panthers (18-14) shot 55% (33-for-60), including 48.4% (15-for-31) from three-point range. Oakland hit 45.9% (34-for-74), 27.8% (10-for-36) on three-point tries.
Kahlil Felder had 37 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Oakland (16-17). Dante Williams added 19 points and five rebounds. Corey Petros scored 12 for OU, which had an 11-game home win streak snapped.
In a big of good news for OU, Felder's alley-oop to Tommie McCune was the No. 8 play on "SportsCenter's" Top 10 on Wednesday morning:
Oakland falls to Eastern Illinois in first round of CIT--The Oakland Press
Eastern Illinois ends Oakland’s season with 97-91 defeat in CIT Tournament opener--Press Row Sports
Eastern Illinois ousts Oakland in first round of CIT--Oakland Post
EIU OUTSCORES OAKLAND, 97-91, IN CIT OPENER--ougrizzlies.com
UWGB men focus on season's positives--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Opens NIT at Illinois State on Wednesday--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Spend Your Lunch Sending the Phoenix off in Style--GreenBayPhoenix.com
In Valparaiso, Terps will see a similar team on Friday--Baltimore Sun
2015 NCAA Tournament Players to Watch – Part 2--Hoopville
Alec Peters, So. F, ValparaisoAnd these are your Cinderellas …--CollegeBasketballTalk
After a promising freshman season, he was even better this year, leading the Crusaders in scoring and rebounding while shooting 46 percent from long range.
BUT WHO CAN’T?Valparaiso star Peters has dealt with heartbreak on and off the court--The NWI Times
1. No. 13 Valparaiso: Valpo can beat Maryland. Let me just get that out of the way right now. They’re a very, very good team defensively in the half court, one that is going to give Maryland’s back court of Dez Wells and Melo Trimble issues. There are times where the Terp offense essentially boils down to allowing those two guards to try and beat their defenders one-on-one, and that will not be an easy thing to do against the Crusaders. If they can bet past Maryland, however, I hate their matchup against West Virginia, who, assuming Juwan State actually is healthy, should be Buffalo. Valpo’s point guard situation is in flux due to injuries, and that is a nightmare scenario when playing against a team that thrives on forcing turnovers.
Valparaiso becoming second home for the Second City--The NWI Times
Valparaiso Game Notes - 2015 NCAA Tournament vs. Maryland--valpoathletics.com
Women’s basketball: Raiders begin WNIT play--The Guardian
For YSU women, WNIT carries bigger challenge but more prestige--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU’s Schlegel has different perspective in this WNIT game--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle