High Point is 23-9 this season and carries an RPI of 89. The Panthers went 13-5 in the Big South and tied for first. The Colonels are making their third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament. Eastern is now 20-11 after knocking off Norfolk State, 81-75, on Tuesday.
EKU students will receive free sunglasses, while supplies last.
All kids 12-and-under and all Eastern Kentucky University students will receive FREE admission to the game. General admission seats are $8. Tickets for lower level chair-back seats will be $15 and upper chair-back seats are $10. EKU season ticket holders and Colonel Club members can purchase chair-back tickets for half price if ordered in advance. EKU faculty and staff can receive half price general admission seats. To order tickets, or for more information, call the ticket office at 859-622-2122.
There is no formal bracket for the tournament. The match-ups for each round are determined after the preceding round is completed. Second-round CIT games will be played Friday and Saturday, quarterfinal games March 24-25 and semifinal games March 31. The championship game will be played on April 2. The semifinals and the championship game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
Eastern Kentucky withstood a 16-4 late-game run to beat Norfolk State. Corey Walden and Eric Stutz both finished with 22 points. Walden added eight assists and three steals. Stutz scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, making five of six shots. Ja’Mill Powell contributed 12 points. Timmy Knipp added 13 points, two rebounds and three assists.
The Colonels made 13 three-pointers. The 81 EKU points were well above the 68.5 average Norfolk State had given up per game this season.
With its victory over Norfolk State, the Colonels recorded the 10th 20-win season in program history. In 2012-13, #Jeff Neubauer# became the first EKU coach to win 20 or more games three times. In 10 seasons on the EKU bench, he has now led the Colonels to five of the ten 20-win campaigns in EKU history.
When Stutz sees his first second of action against High Point, he will break the program record for career games played. He is currently tied with former Colonel Jeff Johnson (2010-14) with 131 games played.
High Point was upset in the Big South Tournament by Gardner-Webb. Before beating Maryland Eastern Shore, 70-64, on Wednesday, HPU lost two straight games in overtime.
John Brown, a 6-foot-8 205-pound forward, leads the Panthers in scoring (19 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (55 percent) and blocks (1.1 bpg). In two career games against EKU, Brown has averaged 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks while shooting 52 percent from the field. Of his 19 rebounds, 12 have come off the offensive glass.
As a team, High Point averages 73.3 points on 48 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent shooting from three-point range. HPU ranks among the top-50 in the country in all three categories. HPU turns the ball over 2.1 fewer times per game than its opponent.
The Colonels lead the Ohio Valley Conference in defense, allowing just 63.4 points per game. Eastern Kentucky leads the nation in turnover margin (+7.3) and is second in steals (9.7 spg).
Brown made 6-of-13 from the field and 11-of-12 at the free throw line to lead all players with 23 points in High Point’s first round victory over Maryland Eastern Shore. He also had seven rebounds.