Report: Coastal accepts bid to play Old Dominion in CIT

It appears the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team will get one more crack at notching its 20th win of the season.

WBTW-TV 13 in Myrtle Beach is reporting that the Chanticleers have accepted an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, which gets under way next week.

According to the report, the Chants (19-11) will face Old Dominion in the first round of the fourth-year, 24-team tournament.

Although final pairings, dates, times and sites have not been announced, Coastal will likely play on the road at the Monarchs, finally closing the door on the chance for one more game at Kimbel Arena.

The Chants are set to open the 2012-13 season in the school’s new Convocation Center, finally ending the use of the 1,000-seat gym that has hosted CCU basketball since its inception.

Coastal’s season appeared it be over when it suffered an 81-64 loss to VMI in the first round of the Big South Conference Tournament last week.

But Coastal coach Cliff Ellis earlier this week confirmed that the CIT had been in contact with the school about the possibility of playing in the tourney.

This will be the third postseason tournament opportunity for Coastal in the program’s history. The Chants lost in the first rounds of the 1991 and 1993 NCAA Tournament.

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