2014-2015 CUSA Basketball Discussion
The Blazers, who will be making their 15th NCAA appearance in the program's 37th season, earned the automatic bid to the tournament by beating Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA Championship. UAB (19-15) is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011 and first under head coach Jerod Haase.
Iowa State earned the No. 3 seed and has posted a 25-8 overall record this year, including a five-game win streak. This is the Cyclones' fourth-straight NCAA appearance. It will be the first time the Iowa State and UAB programs will meet.
The winner of the UAB-Iowa State game will play the winner of No. 6 seed SMU vs. No. 11 seed UCLA on Saturday.
Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech and UTEP will represent Conference USA in the 2015 National Invitation Tournament. ODU (24-7, 13-5 C-USA) is one of the four No. 1 seeds along with Colorado State (27-6), Temple (23-10) and Richmond (19-13).
The Monarchs will host Charleston Southern (19-11) of the Big South in the first round on Wednesday at 7:15 PM at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on ESPN3.
LA Tech (25-8, 15-3 C-USA) was given a No. 3 seed and will host sixth-seeded Central Michigan inside the Thomas Assembly Center, where the Bulldogs are riding a 29-game home court win streak (the fourth largest in the nation). Tip-off is 7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 17th.
UTEP (22-10, 13-5 C-USA) received a No. 6 seed and will go on the road to play third-seeded Murray State (27-5) Tuesday at 9:00 PM on ESPN2. UTEP will be making its 11th NIT appearance all-time and its first since 2011.
The 2015 NIT will introduce a 30-second shot clock and a four-foot restricted area.
He brought him in yesterday to get geared up.
Pleasure to meet him. The guy won 8 championships in Europe. Scoop Jackson recently stated:
Bo Dukes is in the top 6 greatest basketball players from the city of Detroit...George Gervin, Magic Johnson, and Chris Webber also in that top 6.
We made him an honorary Owl yesterday and had him sign the wall!
With the victory, LA Tech (26-8) advances to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament for the third straight season and will now travel to take on the No. 2 seed Texas A&M at a date and time to be determined.
UTEP saw its season end with an 81-66 loss at Murray State in first round NIT action.
Middle Tennessee saw its season come to a conclusion when it fell at home to Kent State, 68-56, in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion each posted wins Monday night in the NIT second round to advance to Wednesday's quarterfinals.
LA Tech junior Alex Hamilton poured in 25 points to lead the Bulldogs in an 84-72 win at Texas A&M. Senior Speedy Smith added 16 points, hitting 4-of-4 three-pointers, and eight assists to lead the Bulldogs to the NIT quarters for the second year in a row.
Old Dominion won its rematch with Illinois State, 50-49. Junior reserve Keenan Palmore was just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebound. ODU improved its home court win streak to 23 games - the seventh-longest win streak in the nation.
Junior Trey Freeman nailed a 30-foot bucket at the buzzer to send the Old Dominion to Madison Square Garden for their first trip to the NIT semifinals since 2006. Freeman finished with 25 points in the 72-69 quarterfinal win over Murray State.
C-USA regular-season champion Louisiana Tech had its impressive 27-9 season come to an end at Temple, falling to the Owls 77-59. Erik McCree led the Bulldogs with 14 points.
C-USA Player of the Year Kenneth "Speedy" Smith was injured with 12 minutes to play, but added eight points and five rebounds before leaving the game.