Chants get second chance to dance with CIT invitation

ccuhoops-21The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team has received a bid into the 2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and will host a first round game Tues., March 15 inside the HTC Center. Coastal’s opponent will be determined at a later date.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are $15 for reserved Teal seats, $12 for reserved Bronze section seats and $10 for general admission. All CCU students will be admitted free of charge, compliments of Coastal Carolina University. See below for complete ticket information.

Coastal will be making its sixth postseason appearance in the last seven years as the Chants have twice played in the NCAA, NIT and CIT tournaments during that stretch. The Chanticleers will look to earn the program’s first postseason victory in program history on Tuesday.

The Chanticleers enter the CIT boasting an 18-11 overall record and they tied for third in the Big South’s regular season standings. Guards Shivaughn Wiggins and Elijah Wilson were each named Honorable Mention All-Big South, while forward Tristian Curtis was named the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The 2016 Chanticleer senior class of Curtis, Badou Diagne, Marcus Freeman and Aaron Law have won a combined 77 games, two Big South Tournament championships, a conference South division title and have made three consecutive postseason appearances. Furthermore, the class has also contributed to some of the most memorable moments in program history in the form of wins over Clemson, Akron and Auburn along with the program’s historical trip to Cuba last August.

The CIT features five rounds of play over the next three weeks. The semifinals (March 27) and championship game (March 29) will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

The 32-team field is made up of non-Power 5 programs, not selected to participate in the NCAA or NIT (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and SEC teams are not considered). All 31 games are played on campus sites. In an effort to minimize travel and limit missed class time, the CIT uses the old NIT model, with future round opponents determined by results of the previous round, ensuring geographic stability. The 2009 and 2010 tournaments were contested by 16 teams. The 2011 CIT consisted of 24 teams and the field expanded to its current 32-team format in 2012.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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