Mar 19, 2014; Dayton, OH, USA; Cal Poly Mustangs guard Ridge Shipley (10) brings the ball down the court in the first half of a college basketball game against the Texas Southern Tigers during the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at UD Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NCAA Tournament: Cal Poly 81 Texas Southern 69


Mar 19, 2014; Dayton, OH, USA; Cal Poly Mustangs guard Jamal Johnson (24) dribbles the ball in the second half of a college basketball game against the Texas Southern Tigers during the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at UD Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The third slot of the First Four is now filled as Cal Poly advances on to play Wichita State this Friday at 7:10 PM EST on CBS.

The game started with both the Cal Poly Mustangs and Texas Southern Tigers shooting the ball very well.  In fact, up until the 10 minute mark of the first half, both teams looked fairly equal.  However, Cal Poly started to heat-up as they went on to extend the lead to 44- 32 to end the half.

In the first half, Chris Eversley lead the way in points for the Mustangs with 11 points.  Aaric Murray, the West Virginia transfer lead the way in points for the Tigers with 17 points.  The Tigers won the rebounding battle in the half 17-14 and the Mustangs lead the way in steals 3-0.

In the second half, the Tigers tried to make a comeback, but were only able to cut the lead within seven.  But, the Mustangs’ fight was too much for the Tigers.  Both teams traded baskets for the majority of the second half.  However, the Mustangs looked great as a team as they were able to pass the ball efficiently and score on most of their possessions.

An interesting note to the game was that the Tiger’s Murray broke the First Four points record with 35 points.

However, it was the combined scoring effort of Eversley (19 points), Dave Nwaba (17 points) and Brian Bennett (10 points) for the Mustangs that made the difference.

Final score of the game Mustangs 81, Tigers 69.

The Mustangs will play again against the Wichita State Shockers this Friday at 7:10 PM EST on CBS.  The Shockers are undefeated on the season at 34-0.  The winner of the Shockers/Mustangs game will go on to play either Kentucky or Kansas State in the round of 32.

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  • diverdown48

    The NCAA is not a reliable bellwether of the best teams playing in their tournament by any stretch of the imagination. Aside from the biases of the selection committee automatic bids are a nuisance. Example; East Podunk is 14-20 with 3 of their wins coming in the conference tournament. They are in because of the automatic bids. Whereas the regular season champion that is 29-5 is playing in the NIT. The NIT picks the best teams available. Count the number of times a school with a losing record that made it into the NCAA by getting lucky aka hot in their conference tournament.

    The NIT could improve its draw if their early games were in regions. Even in the second and third games teams from the same conference would be ok. As of March 20th, today, it is possible that the SEC’S Arkansas will play LSU in their bracket if each wins one more game. Talk about a packed house of hogs aka Rabid Razorbacks if no 3 seed Arkansas plays no 5 seed LSU. A conference game in the NIT. Very cool.

    The regions possible, the west, the Midwest, the south and the north could have their brackets filled with teams from their region. The LSU-Arkansas matchups would be common. Fans might travel a couple hundred miles versus a thousand or more to see their favorite team and favorite players one more time against a team they don’t like on a yearly basis.

    The winner from each region then play for the championship birth and then the losing teams in the consolation game in Madison Square Garden. The NIT would take on more relevance.