2012 CIT & 2013 CIT
In the history of NCAA Division I Basketball, nobody has made more three-point field goals in his career than Travis Bader. He finished his career with 504 made threes, surpassing the previous mark of 457 set by Duke’s J.J. Redick. 19 of Bader’s 504 trifectas came in the CIT. In 2012 Bader helped the Golden Grizzlies advance to the CIT semifinals. Along the way he knocked down 14 three-pointers. In 2013 he made five threes against Youngstown State in the first round of the CIT. Nearly one year later, on Feb. 2 2014, Bader passed Redick to become the most prolific three-point shooter in NCAA history. The two-time All-American was featured in the CollegeInsider.com Emmy Award winning All-Access series.
Weber State University
The NBA All-Star made just one appearance in the postseason and it came in 2012 CIT. Lillard had 21 points and five assists in the Wildcats first round win over Utah Valley State. The All-American had 27 points in a second round loss at Loyola Marymount. A few months later Lillard was the 6th overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. On May 1, 2013 Lillard became the fourth player to ever be the “unanimous” Rookie of the Year (joining Blake Griffin, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson). It marked the first time since 1955 that a postseason tournament other than the NCAA Tournament had produced the NBA Rookie of the year.
Before “Lin-Sanity” swept the nation, Jeremy Lin made his lone postseason appearance in the 2010 CIT. Lin helped the Crimson reach the 20-wns in a season for the first time ever and they would finish, the 2009-10 season, with a then school-record 21 wins. The trip to the CIT was the first postseason appearance for Harvard since 1946. Lin finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the first round loss at Appalachian State. That season Lin became the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (494), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225). Harvard’s current run of six-straight postseason appearances began in the 2010 CIT.
Murray State University
A first team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and the OVC Freshman of the Year, Cameron Payne helped Murray State run off five straight wins to capture the 2014 CIT Championship. Payne’s floater in the lane lifted the Racers past Missouri State, in the opening round. In the quarterfinals he had 24 points and seven assists against Towson, but he saved his best performance for the championship game. Against Yale he had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. In early March the freshman superstar was named to the Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America team.
Louisiana at Lafayette
Two years before leading the Ragin’ Cajuns to the NCAA Tournament, Payton got his first taste of postseason as a freshman in the 2012 CIT. In the school’s first postseason appearance in seven years, Payton finished with seven points, six rebounds and four assists. That season Payton was named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshmen All-America team. Two years later, he received the Lefty Driesell award, which is presented annually to the College Basketball’s top defensive player. In June 2014 Payton was the 10th overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was later traded to the Orlando Magic.