Bears Back in Postseason with Home Game in CIT Postseason Tournament Postseason Tournament

March 12, 2014

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SPRINGFIELD – 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 are on sale at the MSU Athletics Box Office in JQH Arena, by phone at (417) 836-7678 or on-line at 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.

2014 CIT Pairings

Monday, March 17
Holy Cross (19-13) at Brown (15-13)
Tuesday, March 18
VMI (19-12) at Canisius (20-12)
Wright State (20-14) at East Carolina (17-16)
Norfolk State (19-14) at Eastern Michigan (21-14)
Chattanooga (18-14) at ETSU (18-15)
Columbia (19-12) at Valparaiso (18-15)
Alabama State (19-12) at Sam Houston State (23-10)
Portland State (17-14) at San Diego
Wednesday, March 19
Quinnipiac (20-11) at Yale (15-13)
Towson (23-10) at USC Upstate (19-14)
Cleveland State (21-11) at Ohio (23-11)
Akron (21-12) at IPFW (24-10)
Murray State (18-11) at Missouri State (20-12)
North Dakota (17-16) at Nebraska-Omaha (16-14)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi (17-15) at Northern Colorado (18-13)
Pacific (15-15) at Grand Canyon (15-14)

March 21-22

March 25-27

April 1

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