Preview: UNO hosts Texas Southern in CIT first round Wednesday

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Scott Plaisance Jr.

NEW ORLEANS – Join us for postseason basketball at Lakefront Arena as the University of New Orleans (19-13) hosts Texas Southern University (21-13) Wednesday at 7 p.m.

It’s the third consecutive postseason appearance for the Privateers, following bids to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and 2018 College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

Fans can follow live stats and audio on UNOPrivateers.com. Video will be streamed for free on WatchCIT.com. Jude Young of Crescent City Sports will provide the play-by-play.

The Privateers advanced to the championship of the 2019 Southland Tournament, while the Tigers appeared in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

TIP-OFF
• New Orleans hosts round one of the CIT Wednesday, welcoming Texas Southern to Lakefront Arena.
• The Privateers are 12-2 at Lakefront Arena this season.
• UNO won its postseason opener last season, also at home, upending UTRGV in round one of the CBI.
• The starting lineup of Bryson RobinsonJorge RosaDamion RosserGerrale Gates and Scott Plaisance Jr. are 5-3.
• New Orleans is 3-0 all-time versus Texas Southern, but haven’t played since 1993.
• The Privateers and Tigers both advanced to the championship game of their respective conferences.
• New Orleans is holding opponents to 32.0 percent shooting from behind-the-arc.
• The Privateers rank in the top 10 nationally in steals and turnovers forced.
• In the championship game, Bryson Robinson posted 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range, and Scott Plaisance Jr. went 5-of-9 for 13 points. The senior added eight rebounds.
• Jahmel Myers and Troy Green came off the bench with nine points apiece.
• Jorge Rosa scored eight points.
• New Orleans has eight wins against Texas schools this season
• The Privateers have not played a SWAC program since November 27, 2011. UNO defeated Alcorn State 63-56.

ABOUT THE PRIVATEERS
For the second consecutive season, New Orleans will host a postseason game as the Privateers take on Texas Southern Wednesday at 7 p.m. on WatchCIT.com.

Seniors Scott Plaisance Jr. and Jorge Rosa paced the Privateers to a championship appearance in the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament, the second time in three years. Plaisance Jr. received all-tournament honors after posting 13 points and eight rebounds in the championship game. In the win over Lamar, Scottie P finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

UNO had the toughest route to the championship game, eliminating the hottest team in the Southland in Lamar and the regular season champion in Sam Houston State. The Cardinals had won nine in a row headed to their matchup vs. the Privateers, while the Bearkats had defeated UNO by 11 in the lone regular season meeting.

Jorge Rosa made 11 three-pointers in the tournament, including a 4-for-4 performance vs. the Bearkats. Rosa went 7-for-7 with 18 points in the semifinal win.

ABOUT THE TIGERS
With 10 NCAA Division I transfers on the roster under first-year coach Johnny Jones, Texas Southern advanced to the championship game of the SWAC Tournament. Jones was the head coach for LSU for five seasons.

LSU transfer Jeremy Combs, who spent the majority of his college career at North Texas, was named the SWAC Player of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 14-4 conference mark this season. He posted 16.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

THE SERIES
The Privateers are 3-0 versus the Tigers, although the programs haven’t met since the 1993-94 campaign.

ABOUT THE CIT
Much like the old NIT model, there are no seeds or brackets in the CIT. After the first round, matchups for the second round will be released on CollegeInsider.com following the conclusion of the last first round game. Below are the matchups and results.

The 2019 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (All Times EST)

First Round

MONDAY, MARCH 18
NJIT 92, Quinnipiac 81

TUESDAY, MARCH 19
Robert Morris 98, Cornell 89 (OT)
Marshall 78, IUPUI 73

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Green Bay (17-16) vs. ETSU (24-9) 7:00 pm
Texas Southern (21-13) vs. New Orleans (19-13) 8:00 pm
Grambling (17-16) vs. UT Rio Grande Valley (19-16) 8:00 pm
Presbyterian (18-15) vs. Seattle (18-14)  10:00 pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 21
FAU (17-15) vs. Charleston Southern (17-15) 7:00 pm
Saint Francis Brooklyn (17-15) vs. Hampton (16-17) 7:00 pm
CSU Bakersfield (16-15) vs. Cal State Fullerton (16-17) 10:00 pm
Kent State (22-10) vs. UL Monroe (18-15) 8:00 pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Drake (24-9)  vs. Southern Utah (16-16) 8:30 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 23
FIU (19-13) vs. Texas State (24-9) 7:00 pm

Second Round – TBA (NOTE: Three first round winners will receive a bye into the quarterfinals)
Quarterfinals – March 27-31
Semifinals – April 2
Championship – April 4

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