Posted: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 4:45PM

Bears Back in Postseason with Home Game in CIT



SPRINGFIELD – CollegeInsider.com has announced that Missouri State University has been selected as a host site for the opening round of the CIT men’s basketball postseason tournament on Wednesday, March 19.
 
The Bears (20-12) will host Murray State (18-11) at 7:05 p.m., in the first round of the 32-team event.  Complete pairings for the CIT will be available after Sunday’s NCAA and NIT selections are complete.
 
“This is a great opportunity for our team to play in the postseason and for our fans to support the Bears against a formidable team,” said Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “The last time we were in the CIT, it really gave our program a shot in the arm headed into the next season, which culminated in our first-ever Valley title.”
 
MSU won the second annual CIT event in 2010 with victories over Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Creighton and Pacific to complete a 24-12 season. With 8 lettermen back the following season, the Bears finished with a 26-9 ledger and claimed the 2011 MVC regular-season title.
 
“We’re very excited to be playing in the postseason and to be playing a quality program,” said MSU head coach Paul Lusk. “Murray State has a great basketball tradition and will be a good opponent.”
 
Tickets will go on sale Thursday (March 13) at 10 a.m., at the MSU Athletics Box Office in JQH Arena, by phone at (417) 836-7678 or on-line at MissouriStateBears.com/tickets. Tickets are $10 for all lower-level seats, $5 for upper-level and bleacher seats, and free for all Missouri State students with a valid BearPass ID. Loge and courtside tickets are available for purchase by phone or in person at JQH for just $20.
 
All current Bears’ season-ticket holders will have until 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17 to purchase their CIT tickets before their seats are released for sale to the general public. 
 
The CIT begins with first-round games on campus sites March 18-19 and continues with second-round games March 22-23. The quarterfinals (March 25-26), semifinals (March 28-29) and finals (April 1) are also played on campus sites.  In an effort to minimize travel and missed class time, the CIT uses a format that determines pairings after each round is complete.
 
CIT History
Year Champion Runner-Up
2009 Old Dominion Bradley
2010 Missouri State Pacific
2011 Santa Clara Iona
2012 Mercer Utah State
2013 East Carolina Weber State

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