Camels host Houston Baptist Tuesday in CIT first round

Andrew Eudy
(Carlos Morales/BigSouthPhotos.com)
Andrew Eudy (Carlos Morales/BigSouthPhotos.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will make its first-ever appearance in the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament when the Camels (17-17) host Houston Baptist (17-13) in a first round game Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

After winning three games to reach the Big South Championship title game, the Camels earned a berth in the CIT, which was formed in 2009 to provide post-season competition for mid-major Division I teams.

Chris Clemons was named to the Big South all-tournament team after averaging 35 points in 4 games, including a Big South record 51 in a quarterfinal win over Asheville.

Houston Baptist tied for second place in the Southland Conference standings (12-6) and was seeded fourth in the league tournament, where it dropped a quarterfinal matchup to Sam Houston State 63-59.

Four other schools the Camels faced in 2016-17 - Liberty, UNC Asheville, Samford and USC Upstate - are also competing in the CIT.  Like the old NIT model in which there is no set bracket, future round CIT opponents are determined by the results of the previous round. All games are played at on-campus sites.


Notable:

  • Campbell guard Chris Clemons was named to the Big South all-conference 1st team and to the Big South all-academic team.  The nation's 3rd-leading scorer (24.5 ppg) has scored at least 20 points 25 times in 33 games this year, most in the Big South.  He has moved into 15th place on CU's all-time scoring list (1366, 8th in the Division I era (since '77-78) and has broken the school season scoring mark (810) previously set by 1987 Big South player of the year Clarence Grier (739).
  • Andrew Eudy averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks and shot 64% from the field in 4 Big South tournament games. He scored a career-high 14 points vs. Radford in the semifinal round.
  • The Camels lead the Big South (and rank 37th in the nation) in free throw percentage (.750) and are on pace to break the school record (.722).
  • Houston Baptist ranks 11th in the country in offensive rebounds (13.5) and 24th in rebound margin (+6.0). Reveal Chukwujekwu leads the Southland in offensive boards (3.0) and double-doubles (11).
  • Campbell is one of three Big South Conference schools to participate in the 2017 CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament.  Third place finisher Liberty hosts Norfolk State Monday, while regular season co-champion UNC Asheville plays Thursday at UT Martin.
  • Tuesday's game vs. Houston Baptist marks Campbell's first trip to the post-season since the 1992 NCAA Tournament.
  • HBU closed the regular season on a nine-game win streak, including eight Southland Conference victories. The team scored at least 80 points eight times in that nine-game win streak before falling 63-59 to Sam Houston State in the Southland quarters.
  • The Huskies average 14.03 second-chance points per game.
  • Houston Baptist is 4-11 in road games this year, but has won its last 3 true away contests.  Campbell stands 9-7 at home and has won 3 of its last 4 at Gore Arena.
  • Entering the 2017 CIT, Big South Conference schools own a 9-7 record all-time in the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Former members VMI (2014) and Coastal Carolina (2016) advanced to the CIT semifinals.
  • Ron Cottrell is in his 26th season at HBU and is the 8th-longest tenured head coach at the same school in the NCAA Division I ranks.  Jim Boeheim of Syracuse tops the list at 40 seasons, followed by Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (37).
  • Three Huskies were named to the All-Southland Conference 2nd team - Reveal Chukwujekwu (11.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg), Colter Lasher (14.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Josh Ibarra (12.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg).
  • According to the NCAA RPI, Houston Baptist played the 22nd-toughest non-conference schedule in the nation with games against members of the Big Ten (Indiana, Northwestern), Big 12 (Texas Tech) and Big East (Marquette).