2014 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, Round 2
Wright State Raiders (21-14, 10-6 Horizon League) vs. Ohio Bobcats (24-11, 11-7 MAC)
WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m. ET
WHERE: Convocation Center, Athens Ohio
HISTORY: This is the 11th match up between these two teams, with Ohio holding an 8-2 advantage. The teams haven't met since Ohio beat the Raiders 82-54 on Dec. 17, 2011
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Ohio beat fellow in-state rival Cleveland State in the first round of the CIT, 64-62. Freshman forward Antonio Campbell exploded for 19 points in the second half making up for the loss of senior center Jon Smith who quit the team just days before the tournament began. Wright State beat ECU 73-59 in the first round of the CIT.
WHO TO WATCH FOR: For Wright State the focus should be on senior forward A.J. Pacher who leads the team with 11.3 ppg. He also pulls down 4.9 boards a game and at 6-10, 245 is a athletic forward who can hold his own offensively. He's also a high-efficiency player, knocking down 61 percent of his shots.
KEYS TO THE GAME: For Ohio it's to feed it inside to Campbell and Maurice Ndour and make Wright State's bigs work. The Bobcats have the superior offensive firepower, and should be able to hit shots from the outside, but getting inside early and breaking down the Raiders' post-game will make it harder for them to guard the 'Cats wings.
WHAT'S NEXT: The CIT uses the old NIT format in that it waits until the results of the previous round are in to determine the match ups for the next round. Since all games are hosted on campus sites it's a necessary step. Unfortunately as we saw last time, it means that even the announced match up can change at any moment, which is why it's Wright State vs. Ohio instead of IPFW vs. OHio as was originally announced.