There’s a lot of people paying attention to the NCAA and NIT Tournaments and with good reason. But don’t fall asleep on the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament, which has produced a lot of memorable games already and features two MAC squads which have both secured advancement into the next round.
The Central Michigan Chippewas (20-14) won their first postseason game since 2003 by taking down the Fort Wayne Mastodons on the road in the Hugh Durham Classic play-in game. On the way to victory, the Chips snapped an impressive 22-game home winning streak for Fort Wayne vs. non-league opponents, which included two games over in-state power program Indiana.
Luke Meyer took over for the Chippewas, scoring 18 points, including the game-clinching three-point shot with just over a minute left in the game, and grabbing seven rebounds. CMU as a whole was an offensive dymano, finishing 33-of-60 on field goals, including 17-of-39 from three-point range and 11-of-13 from the charity stripe.
They’ll go on the road once again to take on the Wofford Terriers (21-12), who most famously won against North Carolina in Chapel Hill this past season. They’re no push-over, having secured two marquee wins over Georgia Tech and Harvard in 2017-2018 as well. The Terriers, much like the Chippewas, are predicated on offensive production, ranking seventh in the country in three-point percentage (41 percent,) eleventh in three-point field goals made (342) and tenth in free throw percentage (78.2).
The Terriers are led by four scorers in double-digits, including Fletcher McGee (21.6 PPG), Cameron Johnson (11.6 PPG), Trevor Stumpe (10.9 PPG) and Nathan Hoover (10.8 PPG). McGee is easily the most explosive of Wofford’s players, ranking tops in the country in three-pointers made (140) and ninth in total points (700). Jackson, meanwhile, is Wofford’s best defensive player, leading the team in rebounds per game (5.8), steals (54) and blocks (43) while shooting an impressive 59.6 percent from the field.
The winner of this game will advance to the quarterfinals, set to begin on March 22, after the brackets have been re-assigned.
Location: Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanberg, South Carolina
Time/date: Fri., March 16 at 7 p.m. EST
TV/streaming: Exclusive streaming through WatchCIT.com. Coverage provided by CBS Sports Network.
Odds: Wofford is a five-point favorite, per OddsShark. The over/under is 149.