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2013 CIT Semi-Final Previews

Evansville and East Carolina get set to square off while Northern Iowa takes on a Weber State team who has been rolling through the tournament.


Evansville vs East Carolina

The Purple Aces, the last team still playing in Indiana, travel to East Carolina to decide who will be playing in the College Insider Tournament Championship. Colt Ryan, who led his team to a victory over Canisius with 39 points, will look for a repeat performance from Tuesday night. East Carolina comes in at 21-12 after a convincing 12 point win over Loyola MD. The Pirates have three guys averaging double figures led by Maurice Kemp who poured in 20 on Tuesday night. You should expect a decent crowd from East Carolina as they put in nearly 5,000 against Loyola MD. As for Evansville fans, watch parties have been scheduled at local theaters so that Purple Aces fans can view the game live.

Prediction: East Carolina has a stronger supporting cast to go along with their leading scorer but Colt Ryan has been on fire and has been leading his team with success in this tournament. With 22 points versus Tennessee State, 25 versus EKU and 39 against Canisius, I would have no reason to believe he would slow down tomorrow. The Purple Aces will have to hit some free throws down the stretch but should come out on top.

Evansville 76 East Carolina 71

Weber State vs Northern Iowa

The Wildcats' nine point win over Oral Roberts was the closest game of the tournament for Weber State as they have dominated their way to the Semi Finals. In their first two games, Weber State won by a combined 63 points. Their leading scorer Davion Berry scored a combined 19 points in those two wins but put up 27 when his team really needed him on Wednesday night. Northern Iowa is a team who hasn't been challenged either. All of their wins being in double digits, with the closest being a 77-66 win over North Dakota in the opening round.

Prediction: Weber State has been my pick to win this tournament and they have given me no reason to think other wise. Northern Iowa has been playing really well too, however. The Panthers will give the Wildcats their toughest challenge so far but it won't be enough.

Weber State 82 Northern Iowa 80