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Aggies Travel to Illinois State for CBI Quarterfinals

March 21, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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College Basketball Invitational Quarterfinals:

Texas A&M (18-15) at Illinois State (17-15)

March 24, 2014 · 8:05 p.m. (CT)

Redbird Arena (10,200)

Normal, Ill.

 

TV: CBS Sports Network (For more info - AggieAthletics.com/TV)

  Dave Armstrong, Play-by-Play

  Bob Wenzel, Commentary

 

RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network

  Dave South, Play-by-Play

  Al Pulliam, Commentary

  Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)

 

LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team hits the road next week where it will face Illinois State at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill., on Monday during the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. (CT).

Monday’s contest will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (color analyst) calling all the action. CBS Sports Network is available in Bryan/College Station on Suddenlink channels 123 and 731, and via satellite on DirecTV channel 221 and Dish Network channel 158.

Additionally, the game can be heard on the Texas A&M Sports Network with local coverage in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

The Aggies opened their run in the CBI on Wednesday with a convincing 59-43 victory over Wyoming at Reed Arena. The win was spearheaded by double-double-performances by Kourtney Roberson, who finished with a game-high 14 points to go along with 10 boards, and Antwan Space, who notched his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

On the perimeter, sophomore Alex Caruso dished out 10 assists to reach double-digits in dimes for the third time this season and bring his season total to 164, a figure that stands out as the eight most by an Aggie in a single season. 

Senior Fabyon Harris made his presence felt as he came off the A&M bench to contribute 11 points in the win.

The Redbirds, meanwhile, own a 17-15 overall record on the season that includes a 77-67 victory over Morehead State during their CBI opener last Wednesday. Illinois State is led by second-year head coach Dan Muller, who played at ISU and helped lead the Redbirds to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1998.

ISU junior guard Daishon Knight, who leads the Redbirds with a 13.2 scoring average this season, earned honorable mention All-Missouri Valley accolades this season, while freshman center Reggie Lynch was recognized with a spot on the MVC All-Newcomer Team.

 

QUICK HITS

• The Texas A&M men's basketball team will make its first-trip to Normal, Ill., next week to face Illinois State in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

• The Aggies advanced to the quarterfinals of the CBI by dispatching Wyoming 59-43 on Wednesday inside Reed Arena during the event's opening round ... Illinois State, meanwhile, defeated Morehead State 77-67 at Redbird Arena during its tournament-opening contest.

• The CBI appearance is Texas A&M's 19th all-time in a post-season tournament ... After defeating Wyoming in the opening round, Texas A&M is 16-19 all-time in post-season tournaments.

• It also marks the eighth time in the last 10 seasons that the Aggies have played in a post-season event.

• During the win over the Cowboys on Wednesday, the Aggie enjoyed an edge on the inside as both Kourtney Roberson (14 points / 10 rebounds) and Antwan Space (11 points / 11 rebounds) notched double-doubles ... It was the first double-double of Space's career and the seventh during Roberson's time in Aggieland.

• Junior forward Kourtney Roberson pulled down his 600th career rebound against the Tigers at the SEC tournament, he currently ranks 15th in the A&M record books with 613 career boards.

• Sophomore Alex Caruso dished out 10 assists vs. Wyoming to reach double-digits in dimes for the third time this year and bring his season total to 164, which stands out as the eighth most by an Aggie in a single season ... Caruso leads all SEC players in both assists (164) and assists per game (5.0) while ranking second in the league in total steals (67) and steals per game (2.0).

• On the defensive end, Texas A&M has been solid, leading the SEC in field goal percentage defense (.399) while ranking third in scoring defense (62.8 points per game allowed).

 

SERIES HISTORY VS. ILLINOIS STATE (ISU LEADS 1-0)

• Wednesday will be just the second meeting between the Aggies and Redbirds on the hardwood ... ISU owns a 1-0 edge in the all-time series.

• The first meeting in the series came on Dec. 21, 1984, during play at the Pacific Classic in Stockton, Calif. ... Illinois State earned a 74-66 victory in overtime over the Shelby Metcalf-led Aggies.

• Texas A&M is 6-11 all-time vs. current members of the Missouri Valley Conference ...  This season, the Aggies have faced one MVC team, losing to Missouri State 73-67 at the Corpus Christi Challenge on Nov. 29.

 

THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL

The CBI is a postseason tournament comprised of a 16-team field and hosted at on-campus arenas throughout the country. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament, up until the Championship Series, which is unique in college basketball in being a best-of-three series. The CBI provides a meaningful opportunity for teams deserving of a postseason experience.

The history of the CBI is strong. Past champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Santa Clara. Eighteen teams have used the CBI to springboard to the NCAA Tournament the following year, while another 10 went on to the NIT.

A sample of CBI success includes:

• Pittsburgh winning the 2012 CBI and earning a No. 8 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

• In 2012, Creighton, Davidson, Montana, and St. Bonaventure all winning their respective league tournaments after playing in the 2011 CBI.

• VCU winning the 2010 CBI and then advancing to the Final Four the next season.

• Creighton advancing to the Championship Series of the 2011 CBI and in 2012 being ranked as high as 13th (AP) and 12th (ESPN/USA Today).

• Oregon winning the 2011 CBI and going 24-10 the following season, surpassing the previous season’s win total, which included five CBI wins.

• Morehead State playing in the 2010 CBI and the next year having, arguably, the greatest season in school history.

• Saint Louis advancing to the final of the 2010 CBI with a team featuring seven freshmen, four sophomores, and one junior.  Those seven freshmen then headlined the 2013 Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament champions, earning a No. 4 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

 • Richmond advancing to the semifinals of the 2009 CBI and going on to earn back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids for the first time in 19 years.

• UTEP reaching the Championship Series of the 2009 CBI and then advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament and winning 51 games the next two seasons.

• Tulsa winning the 2008 CBI prior to winning 48 games the next two years.

• Utah playing in the 2008 CBI and going on to win 24 games the next season and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.

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