CIT Tournament – First Round Overview

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Portland (20-11) at Hawaii (18-12)

The Portland Pilots will travel to the beautiful Hawaiian Island to take on the Hawaii Warriors in the First Round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Both the Pilots and the Warriors suffered disappointing ends to their respective conference tournaments as both were upset by the eight seed in the opening round. Thankfully for both squads, the bitter taste of losing an unexpected game was somewhat alleviated by an invitation to participate in a postseason tournament. The Pilots and the Warriors will match two solid front courts as Portland’s Luke Sikma and Nemanja Mitrovic pitted against Hawaii’s Bill Amis and Vander Joaquim. Portland shoots the ball must better than Hawaii from the field. Look for the Warriors to look inside early and often as a result.

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Oral Roberts (19-15) at SMU (17-14)

The Southern Methodist Mustangs will host the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday. The Mustangs are having their best season in eight years, a campaign which included a momentum-generating home-court win over Conference USA big dog Memphis. The Mustangs didn’t sustain that momentum throughout the year, but they’re much better off than they were a few seasons ago. SMU is excited to be hosting a postseason game of any kind – that’s true for a program that hasn’t had anything to shout about over many decades of competition. Head coach Matt Doherty relies heavily on Papa Dia, a 6-9 senior who leads the team in points, minutes played, rebounds, and blocks. Oral Roberts is led by Dominique Morrison, who averages nearly 20 points per game. Look for the two to matchup on occasion. The Mustangs and Golden Eagles are desperate for a postseason victory.

By Zach Bloxham
DFN Sports Staff Writer




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