Men's basketball accepts first NCAA Division I postseason bid; will host Wednesday
GREELEY, Colo. -- There's good news and then there's even better news this March for Northern Colorado men's basketball fans.
Fresh off a school record-tying 24 wins and their first-ever appearance in the semifinals of the Big Sky Championship, the Bears have earned and accepted a bid to play in the 16-team CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).
It's a great opportunity for Northern Colorado coach Tad Boyle's program to continue practicing and playing while a majority of the nation's college basketball teams aren't, and it also will give Bears fans a chance to see their team set the school record for wins at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
The CIT is in its second year and is a single-elimination, four-round tournament with games played at on-campus sites across the nation as determined by seeding. Northern Colorado, pending the outcome of tomorrow night's NIT selections, has secured a home game in the first round of this year's CIT and will play for the first time in an NCAA Division I postseason tournament at home at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night, March 17.
The entire bracket, as well as the Bears' first-round opponent, will be announced Sunday night, March 14.
"One of our goals for this program has always been to play in the postseason," Boyle said. "Getting to potentially continue our season over the next month is a really big thing for us, and I'm excited for our players and our fans. This community has been so amazing with its support this season, and it deserves to see another home game.
"The CIT is an excellent and respected tournament and will give our players a much-needed taste of the postseason."
The CIT features eight first-round games (March 16-18), four quarterfinal games (March 22), a semifinal round (March 24-25) and then a championship game (March 30). Bracketing is done geographically into multiple regions of the country to minimize missed class time, and those brackets will be balanced competitively within each region.
Fox College Sports Network will broadcast the CIT championship game, and all other CIT games will be available via online broadcast at FoxCollegeSports.com.
The full field for this year's CIT will be announced Sunday night. Last year's event featured teams from the Colonial Athletic Association and the Missouri Valley Conference, as well as teams from the Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big West, MAAC, Mid-American, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Southern, The Summit, Western Athletic and West Coast conferences.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT
All seats for the CIT first-round at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion will be reserved and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, March 15. They can be purchased by visiting the Northern Colorado University Center Ticket Office or by calling 970-351-4849.
Fans can also purchase tickets by logging on to uncbears.com and clicking on TICKETS.
The cost for this special event is $25 for courtside seating, $15 for adults and $5 for fans ages 18 and under. All UNC students will gain free admission with their student ID.
For more information, please click on Northern Colorado CIT Central.