2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
|2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament|
|Finals site||Levien Gymnasium|
New York City, New York
|Champions||Columbia (1st title)|
|Runner-up||UC Irvine (1st title game)|
|Winning coach||Kyle Smith (1st title)|
|MVP||Maodo Lo (Columbia)|
The 2016 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) was a postseason single-elimination tournament of 26 NCAA Division I basketball teams. The first round was played March 14–16, 2016. The second round March 18–20, Quarterfinals March 22–24 the semifinals March 27, and the championship game was played on March 29
Participants who belonged to "mid-major" conferences, not invited to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, National Invitation Tournament, College Basketball Invitational or the Vegas 16 made up the field. An experimental rule allowing players six personal fouls instead of five was used in all 2016 national postseason tournaments except for the NCAA Tournament.
Originally set to include 32 teams, the 2016 tournament consisted of 26 participants. After all 26 teams played in the first round, the top-three highest rated teams based on the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings regular season rating automatically advanced to the quarterfinals.
The following teams received an invitation to the 2016 CIT:
|Team||Conference||Overall record||Conference record|
|Coastal Carolina||Big South||18–11||12–6|
|New Hampshire||America East||19–12||11–5|
|North Dakota||Big Sky||17–15||10–8|
|Sam Houston State||Southland||18–15||12–6|
|South Carolina State||MEAC||19–14||12–4|
|Tennessee State||Ohio Valley||20–10||11–5|
|Texas A&M–Corpus Christi||Southland||25–7||15–3|
|UC Irvine||Big West||25–9||13–3|
|UT Martin||Ohio Valley||19–14||10–6|
The CIT uses the old NIT model in which there is no set bracket. Future round opponents are determined by the results of the previous round. After all 26 teams played in the first round, the top-three highest rated teams based on the Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings regular season rating automatically advanced to the quarterfinals.
Coach John McLendon Classic
The Coach John McLendon Classic was televised March 14, on CBS Sports Network as part of the CIT. The Classic will feature at least one historically black college/university. The winner of the John McLendon Classic advanced to the second round of the CIT. This will be the first time in NCAA Division I Basketball history, that a "Classic" has been part of a postseason tournament. Previously the John McLendon Classic was played during the regular season.
|March 14||7:30 pm||Jackson State at Sam Houston State||81–77OT||376|
|March 14||10:00 pm||South Carolina State vs Grand Canyon
(Coach John McLendon Classic)
|March 15||7:00 pm||Mercer at Coastal Carolina||57–65||940|
|March 15||7:00 pm||Louisiana–Monroe at Furman||57–58||806|
|March 15||7:00 pm||Ball State at Tennessee State||78–732OT||1,013|
|March 16||7:00 pm||Texas–Arlington at Savannah State||75–59||1,192|
|March 16||7:00 pm||Boston University at Fordham||69–66||1,264|
|March 16||7:00 pm||Norfolk State at Columbia||54–86||1,037|
|March 16||7:00 pm||New Hampshire at Fairfield||77–62||2,479|
|March 16||7:00 pm||UT Martin at Central Michigan||76–73||832|
|March 16||7:30 pm||Army at NJIT||ESPN3||65–79||855|
|March 16||8:00 pm||UC Irvine at North Dakota||Midco SN||89–86OT||1,263|
|March 16||8:00 pm||Texas A&M–Corpus Christi at Louisiana–Lafayette||72–96||1,205|
|March 17||10:00 pm||Jackson State at Grand Canyon||Cox7||54–64||7,015|
|March 19||2:00 pm||New Hampshire at Coastal Carolina||62–71||847|
|March 19||2:00 pm||Louisiana–Lafayette at Furman||80–72||1,308|
|March 20||6:00 pm||UT Martin at Ball State||ESPN3||80–83OT||1,203|
|March 21||7:30 pm||Boston University at NJIT||ESPN3||72–83||1,134|
|March 23||7:00 pm||Ball State at Columbia||67–69||1,397|
|March 23||7:00 pm||Grand Canyon at Coastal Carolina||58–60||1,302|
|March 23||8:00 pm||UC Irvine at Louisiana–Lafayette||67–66||1,901|
|March 24||7:30 pm||Texas–Arlington at NJIT||ESPN3||60–63||1,383|
|March 27||6:00 pm||NJIT at Columbia||CBSSN||65–80||1,249|
|March 27||9:00 pm||UC Irvine at Coastal Carolina||66–47||1,204|
|March 29||7:00 pm||UC Irvine at Columbia||CBSSN||67–73||2,603|
|*All times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Winning team in bold.|
Bracket is for visual purposes only. The CIT does not have a set bracket.
|North Dakota||86||UC Irvine|
|Jackson State||81*||Coastal Carolina||47|
|Sam Houston State||77||Jackson State||54|
|South Carolina State||74||Grand Canyon||64|
|Grand Canyon||78||Grand Canyon||58|
|New Hampshire||77||Coastal Carolina||60|
|Coastal Carolina||65||UC Irvine||67|
|Savannah State||59||UT Arlington|
|Central Michigan||73||UT Martin||80|
|Ball State||78**||Ball State||83*|
|Tennessee State||73||Ball State||67|
Home teams listed second.
* Denotes overtime period.
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