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2011 CIT College Basketball Tournament: Santa Clara Defeats Iona To Win 2011 CIT Championship

We break down the 2011 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), which include San Jose State, University of San Francisco San Francisco and Santa Clara University.

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Santa Clara Broncos Win 2011 CIT Championship, Defeating Iona Gaels 76-69

The Santa Clara Broncos capped off a solid bounce back season, finishing 24-14 and winning the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. This was Santa Clara’s first ever postseason, non-conference tournament championship.

The 2011 CIT champions defeated the Iona Gaels 76-69 as they completed a veritable 180 degree turn from last season. The Broncos were 11-21 (3-11) last season but turned it around under fourth-year head coach Kerry Keating, finishing 24-14 (8-6).

The Broncos were once again led in scoring by sophomore guard Kevin Foster. However, Foster only scored 16 points as the Broncos put together a total team effort in the victory. They received double digit points from five players including Foster, Ben Dowdell (14 points), Marc Trasolini (12), Ray Cowels (11) and Michael Santos (10). Additionally, they received at least six rebounds from four different players.

Kevin Foster was named the tournament’s MVP as he averaged 25.4 points per game, with the last three wins coming on the road. The Broncos march through the tournament netted three all-tournament players including Foster, Troy Payne and Marc Trasolini.

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Santa Clara vs. Iona, 2011 CIT Championship Preview & TV Schedule: Broncos Look To Wrap Up Championship Season

The 2011 NCAA basketball season is coming to a close as postseason tournaments wrap-up over the next few days. The most notable are the 2011 Final Four and the 2011 NIT Championship, but the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament will also be wrapping up with a Bay Area participant. The 2011 CIT Championship game will feature the Santa Clara Broncos facing the Iona Gaels in New Rochelle, New York. The game will tip off at 5:00pm pacific on Fox College Sports.

ESPN ran over 10,000 simulations of the game and the end result was an average score of Iona 78.9 – Santa Clara 70.2. The Gaels won 74.5% of the matchups. Given Iona is a 9 1/2-point favorite tonight, it’s not surprising the simulations have the Broncos losing most of the contests. Iona won “big” (10+ points) 48.1% of the time and “close” (4 or less points) 11.3% of the time. Santa Clara won big 8.4% of the time and close 9.2% of the time. I’m a little surprised the Broncos won big almost as frequently as they won close.

In the simulations leading Broncos scorer Kevin Foster was scoring 23.6 points per game, with the next leading scorers being Marc Trasolini with 13.8 points and Evan Roquemore getting 12.7 points. One of these guys will likely need to hit at least 30 points if the Broncos are going to spring the upset.

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2011 CIT Championship Game TV Schedule, Odds, Preview: Santa Clara Broncos vs. Iona Gaels

The 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament reaches its finale Wednesday night at 5:00pm as the Iona Gaels host the Santa Clara Broncos. The 2011 CIT Championship Game will be telecast on Fox College Sports, which includes channels 413, 414, and 415 in the Bay Area. The odds initially opened with Santa Clara as a ten point underdog. Folks seem to be putting some money on Santa Clara, as the line has dropped to 9 1/2 points.

I had previously estimated the line would open at about 6 1/2 but I underestimated the difference between the Gaels and the Broncos. While Santa Clara isn't a bad team, they are distinctly further down the totem pole than the Gaels. Ken Pomeroy rates SCU at No. 118 overall, with the No. 84 offense and No. 190 defense. Iona is rated 60th in the country with the 22nd rated offense and 130th rated defense. If Santa Clara is going to spring the upset, they could need a monster effort from Kevin Foster. He's received solid help from the rest of the team, but he's been the leader these last few games.

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2011 CIT Tournament Bracket Semifinal Results: Iona Defeats East Tennessee State, Facing Santa Clara In Finals

The Iona Gaels road a strong second half to defeat the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 83-80 and advance to the 2011 CIT Championship Game. ETSU led Iona by six at halftime, but Iona handled their business in the second half to score the second road victory of the semifinals. Yesterday, the Santa Clara Broncos went on the road to defeat the Southern Methodist Mustangs. Iona will host Santa Clara next Wednesday at 5:00pm pacific for the third CIT championship.

We don’t have early odds posted yet as the Iona game only recently ended. As Iona will be hosting the championship game, I’d imagine the Gaels will be the early favorite. A look at Ken Pomeroy’s ratings shows a further disparity between the two teams. 25-11 Iona is rated 61st, while Santa Clara is 118th. If I had to guess, I’d estimate Iona will open as a 6 1/2-point favorite.

The CIT is in its third year, with Missouri State winning last year and Old Dominion winning in 2009. Old Dominion has since won the CAA tournament two straight seasons to get into the NCAA tournament. Missouri State earned a berth in this year’s NIT.

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2011 CIT Tournament Bracket Semifinal Results: Santa Clara Destroys SMU 72-55, Advances To Championship Game

The Santa Clara Broncos continued their spirited postseason play as they went on the road and destroyed the Southern Methodist Mustangs 72-55 in the semifinals of the 2011 CIT postseason tournament. The Broncos were led by a dominant 35-point performance from sophomore guard Kevin Foster. Forward Troy Payne contributed 15 points to the winning effort as the Broncos dominated SMU in the second half en route to victory.

Santa Clara entered the game as a four point underdog and played accordingly, struggling for the first 15 minutes of the first half. With 5:38 to play, SMU led the Broncos 26-17 and seemed in control. However, Santa Clara went on a 15-4 run to close out the half, leading 32-30. SMU re-captured the lead early in the second half and led 51-46 with 9:15 to go. It was all downhill from there for the Mustangs. Santa Clara simply blew them up, going on a game-closing 26-4 run leading to their 72-55 victory.

The Broncos advance to the 2011 CIT final in which they will travel to the winner of Iona and Eastern Tennessee State University. The championship game will take place at 5:00pm pacific on March 30.

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2011 CIT Tournament Bracket Semifinals Preview, Odds: Santa Clara vs. Southern Methodist University

The 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament returns with the semifinals today and tomorrow. The 2011 CIT semifinals feature the Santa Clara Broncos traveling to face the Southern Methodist Mustangs and the Iona Gaels traveling to face the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Santa Clara and SMU meet today at 5:00pm pacific, while Iona and ETSU meet tomorrow at 11:00am pacific. The winners meet on March 30 in the 2011 CIT Championship game.

SMU is currently a four point favorite over the Broncos. AccuScore ran over 10,000 simulations of the game resulting in SMU winning 67.9% of the time, and by an average of 68.6 to 62.8. SMU covers the spread 58.2% of the time.

If the Broncos are going to spring the upset, it will likely require a strong team effort. Kevin Foster is the team’s leading scorer, but in their run through the 2011CIT they’ve received strong efforts from the rest of the team. Foster has been a key contributor, but Santa Clara has proven the importance of the team game.

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2011 CIT Tournament Bracket Results, Schedule: Santa Clara Defeats San Francisco In A Shootout

The Santa Clara Broncos pulled out a 95-91 victory over the San Francisco Dons to advance to the semifinals of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 2011 CIT semifinals will feature Santa Clara traveling to SMU on Friday March 25, and Iona traveling to East Tennessee State on Saturday March 26. The winners of those games will square off in the 2011 CIT Championship on March 30.

The Broncos received huge efforts from Evan Roquemore and Kevin Foster. Roquemore had 30 points and Foster had 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Troy Payne had 12 points and 9 rebounds. San Francisco came up short in spite of strong efforts across the board. Angelo Caloiaro had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Rashad Green had 19 points, and Cody Doolin had 18 points and 10 assists.

The Dons wrap up their season at 19-15. They began the 2010-2011 season at 4-9, but proceeded to go 15-5 prior to last night’s loss. Next year’s Dons could be fearsome in a revamped WCC (adding BYU) as they return almost their entire roster. Barring transfers, the only player they lose is Moustapha Diarra who averaged 7.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. While they might not be a national title contender in 2011-2012, the USF Dons will be a force in the West Coast Conference.

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2011 CIT Basketball Tournament Bracket Schedule, Odds: San Francisco Hosts Santa Clara

The 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament has reached its quarterfinals, and one of the four matchups scheduled in the bracket features a Bay Area battle. The 2011 CIT will see the University of San Francisco Dons host the Santa Clara University Broncos, with a spot in the CIT semifinals on the line. The game takes place at 7:00pm pacific tonight at War Memorial Gymnasium.

The Dons enter this game off an upset road victory over the Hawaii Warriors. The Dons were six point underdogs but made a strong comeback late to get the victory. The victory improved them to 19-14 on the season. The Broncos had little trouble in a home victory over the Air Force Falcons, which improved them to 21-14 on the season. Although Santa Clara has the better record, USF swept the season series, finished higher in the WCC standings, and has a better RPI.

The Dons are a slim 2 1/2-point favorite. USF is 19-10-1 against the spread this year, while Santa Clara is 13-15-2. The Dons had a tough time in non-conference play but turned things around with an impressive effort in WCC play. They are led in scoring by MIchael Williams (14.9 PPG) and Rashad Green (12.3 PPG) and in rebounding by Perris Blackwell (6.9 RPG) and Angelo Caloiaro (7.2 RPG). The Broncos are led in scoring by Kevin Foster (19.7 PPG) and in rebounding by Marc Trasolini (6.1 RPG).

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2011 CIT Basketball Tournament Bracket Results: San Francisco Stuns Hawaii Late

The San Francisco Dons pulled off a late comeback against the Hawaii Warriors to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Dons were a six-point underdog in this CIT second round matchup and Hawaii appeared on its way to victory. The Warriors led throughout the game and were up five with 1:22 to go. However, San Francisco used a 9-1 run courtesy of Rashad Green and Cody Doolin to comeback and win the game.

San Francisco received strong efforts from four different players getting into double digit scoring. Rashad Green led the team with a monster effort including 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. The team also received double digit scoring contributions from Perris Blackwell (14 points), Cody Doolin (13), and Michael Williams (11). Angelo Coloiaro added 6 points and 11 rebounds. Hawaii received a balanced effort but it was not quite enough. Zane Johnson (13 points), Vander Joaquim (13), Trevor Wiseman (13), Bill Amis (12), and Joston Thomas (12) all had double digits in scoring.

The Dons advance to host the Santa Clara Broncos in a Tuesday March 22 quarterfinal matchup at War Memorial Gym. The game will be at 7:00pm pacific. The winner of that matchup will face the winner of Southern Methodist and Northern Iowa in the semifinals next weekend.

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2011 CIT Basketball Tournament Bracket Predictions, Odds: San Francisco Visits Hawaii

The San Francisco Dons look to continue building on their modest postseason aspirations as they travel to face the Hawaii Warriors. The game is at 10:00pm pacific and can viewed at b2livetv.com. Hawaii is currently a six point favorite.

USF will need to contain the “dynamic duo” that leads Hawaii. The Warriors get their biggest contributions from Zane Johnson (15.6 PPG) and Bill Amis (15.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG). They also get 8+ points per game from Vander Joaquim, Joston Thomas, and Hiram Thompson. San Francisco gets double digit points from Michael Williams, Rashad Green, and Perris Blackwell.

Kenpom.com rates this out as a fairly even matchup. They’re both close together in the top third in defensive efficiency and the top of the bottom third in offensive efficiency. Hawaii does a solid job in defensive effective field goal percentage, while San Francisco does better in defensive rebounding. If I had to make a prediction, I’d say San Francisco covers but comes up just short in Hawaii. It’s a tough road trip on such a short turnaround.

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2011 CIT Basketball Tournament Results: Santa Clara Rolls Air Force

The Santa Clara Broncos kept their postseason alive for another day as they dominated the Air Force Falcons in an 88-75 victory. I had predicted Santa Clara to win, Air Force to cover, and the game to go under 130. I was correct on Santa Clara winning, but it turned into a bit of a shootout as the game rocketed past the over/under total. Santa Clara will now face the winner of San Francisco and Hawaii, which tips off late tonight at 10pm pacific at Hawaii. The Santa Clara-USF/Hawaii quarterfinal matchup will take place next Tuesday, March 22.

Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) – Kevin Foster tied a career-high with 36 points as the Santa Clara Broncos downed the Air Force Falcons, 88-75, in a CollegeInsider.com Tournament second round matchup from the Leavey Center. Foster’s output came behind a single game school-record nine three-pointers. Marc Trasolini added 19 points and nine boards for the Broncos (21-14), who advance to play the winner of USF-Hawaii. Evan Roquemore contributed 15 points, while Raymond Cowels III added 12 points and seven boards. Michael Lyons led the Falcons (16-16) with 24 points, while Derek Brooks and Evan Washington added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Santa Clara was locked-in from the opening tip, as it drained 10-of-17 first half three-pointers, to take a 43-37 lead into the break. The second half saw the Broncos outscore the Falcons 20-7 from the charity stripe to pull away for the win. With his performance from beyond the arc, Foster broke the West Coast Conference single season record for threes made. He has now made 129 shots from beyond the arc this season.

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Santa Clara vs. Air Force, 2011 CIT Basketball Tournament: TV Schedule, Odds, Preview

The 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) kicks off round two today with the Santa Clara Broncos hosting the Air Force Falcons. The game is scheduled for 7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET and can be viewed online at b2livetv.com. We’re not sure if this is a free viewing service so check back closer to game time.

Santa Clara has home court advantage for this game and is currently sitting as a five point favorite over Air Force. The Broncos finished the season 20-14 while the Falcons finished 16-15. The Mountain West is a tougher conference but Santa Clara did manage a solid win over Gonzaga earlier this season.

Ken Pomeroy rates Santa Clara as the 127th best offense and 173rd best defense. He rates Air Force as 97th in the country on offense and 161st on defense. A look at all the ratings would actually seem to give Air Force an edge. The Falcons are much more efficient in shooting the ball, but struggles quite a bit in rebounding. The Broncos are fairly solid in rebounding and will look to take advantage of this weakness in Air Force’s game.

The major difference between these teams, and really most teams who play Air Force is the tempo. Air Force runs one of the slowest tempos in the country, finished 328nd out of 345 teams. They run something akin to the Pete Carril slowdown offense. If they have a lead that can be deadly. If they are trailing it is hard for them to come back.

If I had to make a prediction I would go with the Santa Clara Broncos to win but Air Force to cover. I think it’ll be a low scoring affair and I would actually bet the under (130). Neither team is particularly solid and Air Force can play teams to some ungodly looking games.

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2011 CIT Basketball Tournament Second Round/Quarterfinals Schedule; Watch Online?

The CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) is a strange little thing. So there are twelve first round games. The four winners with the highest seeding based on multiple factors (RPIs, strength of schedule, conference performance, geography—yes, geography, CIT tournaments aren’t exactly chartering JetBlue flights for the athletes) get second round byes and will be eligible for the next two months.

The San Francisco Dons and the Santa Clara Broncos are not so fortunate. They have to play that extra game. Here’s your schedule.

Friday
Air Force @ Santa Clara 10:00 p.m.

Saturday
Buffalo @ Western Michigan 2:00 p.m.
Jacksonville @ SMU 3:00 p.m.
San Francisco @ Hawaii 1:00 a.m.

Quarterfinals
Monday
Northern Iowa vs. Jacksonville or SMU

Tuesday
East Tennessee State vs. Ohio
Iona vs. Buffalo or Western Michigan
Air Force or Santa Clara vs. San Francisco or Hawaii

The games will probably be streamed online here. I’m not sure if you have to pay to watch games or if it’s free.

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2011 CIT Basketball Tournament Results: San Francisco Defeats Idaho, Faces Hawaii In Second Round

The San Francisco Dons extended their season for another few days as they defeated the Idaho Vandals in a first round matchup of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Dons jumped on top with an early 10-2 lead and cruised to an 81-73 victory.

USF received a strong team effort as they had five different players reach double digit scoring. Rashad Green led the Dons with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in what qualifies as one of his best performances of the season. He was joined by 15 points apiece from Michael Williams and Perris Blackwell. Angelo Coloiaro added 11 points (and 12 rebounds) and Moustapha Diarra had 10 points. Idaho guard Jeff Ledbetter had 22 points but it was not enough to overcome the Dons.

San Francisco now moves on to face the Hawaii Warriors in Hawaii on Saturday night. This might not be the NCAA tournament, but a trip to Hawaii for some postseason basketball of any kind is not too shabby. Santa Clara also advanced and will host Air Force on Friday. The winners of second round matchups advance to the quarterfinals where four teams await following byes: East Tennessee State, Northern Iowa, Ohio, and Iona.

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2011 CIT Basketball Tournament Betting Odds, Preview: San Francisco vs. Idaho

The last two Bay Area college basketball teams are in action with California taking on Ole Miss in the 2011 NIT and the San Francisco Dons taking on the Idaho Vandals in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. USF-Idaho is the final 2011 CIT first round matchup with the winner advancing into the second round.

The current betting odds have San Francisco as a 4 1/2 point favorite over Idaho. The Dons come into this game after capping one of their more successful WCC regular season over the last few years. They struggled in non-conference play but then turned things around in WCC play and finished third in the conference behind St. Mary’s and Gonzaga. Idaho struggled early in conference play but won four of their last five conference regular season games before losing to San Jose State in the WAC tournament.

The Vandals are led by Jeff Ledbetter who averages 12.5 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game. Center Kyle Barone is second in scoring with 10.5 points per game and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. The Dons bring a bit more depth in their lineup. They are led by Michael Williams (15.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG), Rashad Green (11.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.8 APG), Perris Blackwell (10.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG), and Angelo Caloiaro (9.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG).

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2011 CIT College Basketball Bracket Results: Santa Clara Drops Northern Arizona

After a poor day of basketball saw the St. Mary’s Gaels knocked out of the NIT and the San Jose State Spartans knocked out of the CBI, the Santa Clara Broncos got the Bay Area on the board with an opening round victory over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the 2011 CIT postseason college basketball tournament. The Broncos dominated the first half jumping out to a 36-21 lead. The Lumberjacks fought back couldn’t quite close the deal, losing 68-63.

Santa Clara received a strong collective team effort in fighting to victory. They received double digit points from Troy Payne (18), Kevin Foster (13), Marc Trasolini (12) and Evan Roguemore (11). They made up for a 19-14 turnover deficit by outrebounding Northern Arizona 38-27 and knocking down nine more free throws.

Northern Arizona was led by 18 points from Cameron Jones, 15 from Gabe Rogers and 13 from Eric Platt. The rest of the team contributed 17 points, which made a chance at a win fairly difficult.

Santa Clara does not yet know who they will face in the second round, or even what one of two teams they will face. The CIT uses the old school NIT format where first round matchups are scheduled and second round matchups are determined after the first round without the use of a bracket. According to the CIT website, four of the first round winners will receive byes into the quarterfinals, with the remaining eight teams facing off to advance to the quarterfinals.

The early victors so far include Ohio over Marshall, East Tennessee State over Furman, Jacksonville over East Carolina, Northern Iowa over Rider, Air Force over North Dakota, and Buffalo over Quinnipiac. Hawaii is hosting Portland this evening and there will be four more games tomorrow. The second round takes place later this week on March 18 and 19.

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San Jose State vs. Creighton, 2011 CBI College Basketball Results: Spartans Dropped In CBI First Round

In a not so surprising result, the San Jose State Spartans were dropped by the Creighton Blue Jays 85-74. Creighton entered the game as a ten point favorite, but they had to battle from behind to claim the victory. The Spartans took a three point lead into the half but were unable to stop the Blue Jays in the second half. We’ll have plenty of CIT coverage in here but that will bring an end to our Bay Area CBI coverage.

Omaha, NE (Sports Network) – Doug McDermott scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Creighton Bluejays defeated the San Jose State Spartans, 85-74, in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at Qwest Center Omaha. McDermott converted 10-of-16 shots from the floor on the night, including 4- of-7 behind the three-point line for the Bluejays (20-14). Gregory Echenique accounted for 18 points and Jahenns Manigat a career-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting beyond the arc. Kenny Lawson added 10 points and seven rebounds in just 15 minutes off the bench.

The Spartans (17-16) were paced by Keith Shamburger who tallied 23 points, followed by Wil Carter with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the setback. Adrian Oliver, one of the nation’s leading scorers this season, responded with just 14 points and Justin Graham 13. San Jose State connected on 51.5 percent from the floor in the first half, including 7-of-10 behind the three-point line, yet that only afforded the Spartans a three-point lead at the break, 43-40.

In the second half Creighton erupted for 53.1 percent shooting from the floor in order to overtake SJSU and claim the 11-point home win. The Creighton reserves outscored the San Jose State bench by a 21-9 margin on the night, the hosts also holding a 36-28 advantage on the glass as well. The Jays now head to the quarterfinals where they will contend with Davidson which defeated James Madison tonight.

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San Jose State vs. Creighton, 2011 CBI College Basketball Bracket: Spartans Face Tough Road

The San Jose State Spartans kick off their 2011 postseason dreams as they travel to Nebraska face Creighton tonight in the first round of the 2011 College Basketball invitational I’ve posted the schedule of first round games below, but you can also view the 2011 CBI Bracket in printable form (PDF).

San Jose State finished 17-15, which was actually its most successful basketball season since 1981 when the Spartans went 21-9 and played in the NIT. They face a Creighton squad that finished 19-14 and is playing in its 14th consecutive postseason tournament. If Creighton defeats San Jose State they would reach 20 wins for the 12th time in 13 years, a feat never accomplished by a Missouri Valley Conference school.

SJSU is led by Adrian Oliver who was third in the country in scoring with 24.3 points per game. He trailed only BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Providence’s Marshon Brooks. The 6’4 guard was also second on the team in rebounding with 5.5 per game. He is supported by Justin Graham (14.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.4 APG), Keith Shamburger (12.0 PPG), and leading rebounder Will Carter (9.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG).

Creighton is led on the inside by forward Doug McDermott who averaged 14.2 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. Antoine Young was their second leading scorer with 13.4 points per game. The Blue Jays get big rebounding help from Gregory Echenique (5.8 RPG) and Kenny Lawson, Jr. (5.6 RPG). Creighton is currently a 10 1/2 point favorite.

2011 CBI First Round Matchups
3/15/11 – James Madison @ Davidson
3/15/11 – Hofstra @ Evansville
3/15/11 – San Jose State @ Creighton
3/15/11 – Austin Peay @ Boise State
3/16/11 – Miami (Ohio) @ Rhode Island
3/16/11 – St. Bonaventure @ UCF
3/16/11 – Duquesne @ Montana
3/16/11 – Weber State @ Oregon

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2011 CBI, CIT Basketball Tournament Odds: Santa Clara Favorite, San Jose State Underdog

The 2011 college basketball postseason kicks off in earnest today with play-in games for the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament and first round action in the 2011 NIT. However, if you really want to cover your gambling fix, we’ve got an even greater array of college basketball to bet on. The 2011 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) both have a full slate of games today, including a pair of Bay Area teams.

The San Jose State Spartans travel to Nebraska to face the Creighton Blue Jays at 5:00pm pacific in CBI first round action. The winner of this matchup will then face the winner of James Madison and Davidson in the March 21 quarterfinals. SJSU is a heavy underdog tonight as they are listed as a nine to ten point underdog against the Blue Jays. SJSU is 14-13 against the spread, while Creighton is 15-13 against the spread.

Later tonight at 7:00pm pacific the Santa Clara Broncos host the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. The Broncos are a 4 to 4 1/2 point favorite over the Lumberjacks. Interestingly enough, NAU is 14-5 against the spread, while Santa Clara is 11-15-2 against the spread.

What’s interesting about the CIT is that they use the old NIT model of bracket in which second round matchups are determined by the results of the first round as opposed to a pre-set bracket. They want to cut down on travel and keep teams as close to their geographic region as possible. Given that, Santa Clara could potentially face Bay Area rival San Francisco, WCC rival Portland, Hawaii, Idaho or Air Force depending on results today and tomorrow.

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