Men's Basketball Faces Buffalo in First Round of CIT
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
Teams: American (20-11, 10-4) vs. Buffalo (19-10, 12-4)
Date and Location: Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. - Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
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The American University men's basketball team hosts Buffalo in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) on Wednesday, March 14. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. from Bender Arena.
This is American's first-ever bid to the CIT and its third postseason appearance in the last five years.
The Eagles enter the tournament after completing the season with a 20-11 record, its fourth 20-win season in the last five years, and a 10-4 mark in the Patriot League.
American advanced to the Patriot League Semifinals for the 11th straight year this season where they fell to eventual champion Lehigh, 85-66. Troy Brewer and Charles Hinkle led American with 15 points each in the game as Tony Wroblicky and Daniel Munoz posted 14 and 11 points, respectively. Wroblicky had a team-high five rebounds with Munoz adding six assists.
First Team All-Patriot League selection Hinkle leads the Eagles with 18.3 ppg, and his 42.0 percent three-point field goal percentage is good for 22nd in the country. Brewer is ranked second on the team with 11.9 ppg. Wroblicky leads the team on the defensive end with 5.9 rpg and 1.5 bpg. Munoz tallied a league-high 4.3 apg this season.
The Bulls finished the 2011-12 season with a 19-10 overall record and a 12-4 mark in the Mid-American conference. The Bulls lost in the conference semifinal, 77-74, to eventual champion Ohio. Mitchell Watt recorded a career-high 32 points with 11 rebounds in the loss.
Watt leads Buffalo with 16.6 ppg on 55.8 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season. Javon McCrea is averaging 14.8 ppg and has shot 57.1 percent from the field on the year. Watt and McCrea also lead the Bulls defensively with 7.6 and 7.1 rpg, respectively. Jarod Oldham is averaging a team-high 6.0 apg and 1.5 spg.
This will only be the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams. The last time the two met was during the 1973-74 season with the Eagles picking up a 85-76 victory.
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