Chants go for 20th win of season vs. Monarchs in CIT

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team will go for its 20th win of the season when it faces Old Dominion University in the first round of the fourth annual CollegeInsider.com Post Season Tournament tonight at 7.

This marks Coastal’s third consecutive post season tournament appearance and fifth in the program’s history. Coastal (19-11) played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) the past two seasons.

However, the Chanticleers will be playing shorthanded without senior Chris Gradnigo.

Gradnigo was the Chants’ second-leading scorer and rebounder, leaving Coastal with big holes to fill on both ends of the floor.

Old Dominion (20-13) is making its eighth straight post season appearance and second in the CIT. The Monarchs won the Inaugural tournament in 2009, defeating Bradley 66-62.

“I am proud that this team is a part of Coastal Carolina history by making the post season for the third straight year, the first time in school history,” said fifth year head coach Cliff Ellis. “The team has done a lot of good things this season and is being rewarded for a second-place finish in one of the toughest years in the Big South.”

Ellis will be making his 22nd post season appearance sending eight teams to the NCAA tournament, 13-NIT bids and his first in the CIT.

“Old Dominion is a tremendous opponent playing in a conference (Colonial Athletic Association) that has sent two teams to the Final Four over the last six seasons. I am familiar with the ODU program from when they played in the Sun Belt conference and they have always been a strong opponent.”

The Coastal-Old Dominion game will be broadcast live on 100.3 The Team.

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