2023 DISCOUNT TIRE COLLEGE BASKETBALL MONDAY RECAP
March 20, 2023
Saturday, March 18 thru Wednesday, March 22 at the Ocean Center (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
No. 1 Indiana State 88
No. 8 Eastern Kentucky 89 OT
Eastern Kentucky found themselves in another overtime game on Monday. A pair of Isaiah Cozart free throws put EKU in front 89-88 with 20.1 seconds left and top seeded Indiana State could not find an answer on the final possessionin OT. Devontae Blanton scored a career high 32 points for the Colonels. Eastern Kentucky will meet Southern Utah tomorrow at 7:00 on ESPN2 in the first semifinal.
No. 4 Southern Utah 81
No. 12 Rice 79
Southern Utah controlled throughout the contest but a late run from Rice tied the game at 79 with 24 seconds left. Senior guard Tevian Jones hit a contested mid-range jumper from the corner with four seconds left to give the Thunderbirds the victory. Jones tied a SUU postseason record with 27 points. Travis Evee had 25 and Max Fiedler scored 22 in the loss for Rice. Southern Utah will meet Eastern Kentucky tomorrow at 7:00 on ESPN2.
No. 2 San Jose State 57
No. 10 Radford 67
Radford used a second half surge to knock off #2 San Jose State. The balanced effort from Darris Nichols’ Highlander team was led by DaQuan Smith who had 16, Kenyon Giles off the bench scored 11 and Shaquan Jules had 10 points and five rebounds for Radford. The Highlanders will play Charlotte at 9:00 tomorrow on ESPN2 in the second semifinal.
No. 3 Charlotte 76
No. 11 Milwaukee 65
Brice Williams (25 points) and Jackson Threadgill (17 points) propelled Charlotte over Milwaukee in the last Quarterfinal game Monday. The 49ers got off to a 8-0 start and never trailed for the duration of the game. BJ Freeman had 15 points for Milwaukee after his 43-point performance on Sunday. Charlotte will take on Radford at 9:00 tomorrow on ESPN2 in the second semifinal.
Tuesday, March 22 – Semifinal Round
7:00pm, 9:00pm on ESPN2
Wednesday, March 23 – Championship Game
5:00pm on ESPN2
New to the CBI for 2023:
The Gazelle Group will be distributing $40,000 of NIL funding (consistent with NCAA rules and relevant laws). The NIL funding amounts will be distributed based upon the following:
Runner- Up: $10,000
Each Semi- Finalist: $2,500
Tickets may be purchased in advance at TicketMaster.com (link attached) or at the Ocean Center box office on CBI game days.
About the Gazelle Group
The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized college sports events, such as the Empire Classic, Legends Classic, the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam, the College Basketball Invitational, the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off, the Barstool Sports Invitational as well as on-campus events at Duke, Kentucky, Nebraska and other institutions across the country. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit www.gazellegroup.com.
About Discount Tire
Discount Tire is a leading independent retailer of tires and wheels. Founded in 1960 by Bruce Halle, the company serves customers at more than 1,100 stores in 37 states. The company does business under the trade name Discount Tire in most of the U.S. and America’s Tire in parts of California. Discount Tire acquired Tire Rack, a direct-to-consumer tire retailer, and distributor, in 2021. Treadwell, Discount Tire’s proprietary online tire-buying guide, uses decades of data and individual driving habits to recommend the right tires for each driver’s unique needs. Discount Tire is a primary sponsor of the No. 2 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series. For more information, visit www.discounttire.com.
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