AND WE PLAY ON ... : Seattle University has received a berth into the 2016 College Basketball Invitational, the second straight year the Redhawks will compete in the postseason national tournament. Seattle U welcomes a familiar foe to the renovated Connolly Complex, as the Idaho Vandals, a former conference rival, will serve as the first round opponent for the Redhawks. Seattle U will look to put together a similar run as last year, when victories over Pepperdine and Colorado propelled the Redhawks into the semifinals of the 2015 CBI.
SCOUTING IDHAO: The Vandals enter Wednesday’s game with a 21-12 overall record, including an 8-6 mark in true road games. Idaho finished third in the BIg Sky Conference standings with a 12-6 league mark and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament with a victory over Eastern Washington (77-73), but the Vandals lost to Montana (81-72) to be eliminated from the tournament. Idaho is scoring 70.0 points per game and allowing 66.2 points per contest. As a team, the Vandals are shooting 44.2 percent from the field, including 37.9 percent from behind the three-point line, and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. Victor Sanders leads the team in scoring at 16.2 points per game, thanks in part to 69 made three-pointers and a free throw percentage of .838. Perrion Callandret is contributing 13.9 points per game as he has hit 45 three-pointers and made 82.8 percent of his free throw attempts. Chris Sarbaugh, the only Idaho player to start every game this season, leads the team in rebounding and assists at 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Chad Sherwood is another long distance threat for the Vandals, hitting 66 three-pointers this season.
BACK ON CAMPUS: The Seattle University men’s basketball team formerly called the North Court home before returning to KeyArena at Seattle Center for the 2009-10 season. Last year, the Redhawks returned to the Connolly Complex for a regular season game, defeating Northwest University on Dec. 15, 2014, 84-58. With KeyArena unavailable during the postseason, Seattle U played both home CBI games in the Connolly Complex, defeating Pepperdine (62-45) and Colorado (72-65). Seattle U has now compiled a 206-140 (.595) record in the North Court, including extending its North Court winning streak to 13 games with the CBI victories.