2018 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

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2018 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
Season2017–18
Teams20
Finals siteBank of Colorado Arena
Greeley, CO
ChampionsNorthern Colorado (1st title)
Runner-upUIC (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachJeff Linder (1st title)
MVPAndre Spight (Northern Colorado)
Attendance26,023
CIT Tournaments
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The 2018 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) was a postseason single-elimination tournament of NCAA Division I basketball teams. The tournament began on March 12, 2018, and concluded on March 30, 2018.[1]

The field was composed of participants who belong to "mid-major" conferences and who were not invited to the NCAA Tournament, the National Invitation Tournament, or the College Basketball Invitational.

Participating teams[edit]

The following teams received an invitation to the 2018 CIT:

Team Conference Overall record Conference record
Abilene Christian[2] Southland 16–15 8–10
Austin Peay[3] OVC 18–14 12–6
Central Michigan[4] MAC 19–14 7–11
Drake[5] MVC 16–16 10–8
Eastern Michigan MAC 21–12 11–7
Fort Wayne[6] Summit 18–14 7–7
Hartford America East 19–13 11–5
Lamar Southland 19–13 11–7
Liberty[7] Big South 20–14 9–9
Louisiana–Monroe Sun Belt 16–15 9–9
Niagara[8] MAAC 19–13 12–6
North Carolina A&T[9] MEAC 20–14 11–5
Northern Colorado Big Sky 22–12 11–7
Portland State Big Sky 20–13 9–9
Saint Francis (PA)[10] NEC 18–12 12–6
Sam Houston State Southland 19–14 12–6
San Diego[11] WCC 18–13 9–9
UIC Horizon 17–15 12–6
UTSA C-USA 19–14 11–7
Wofford Southern 21–12 11–7

Hawaii (Big West) also received an invite to the tournament, but they declined the invitation.

Format[edit]

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.

Postseason classics[edit]

In 2016, the CIT introduced the Coach John McLendon Classic as the first "Classic" game to ever be played during a postseason tournament. For 2017, the CIT introduced three more "Classic" games, for a total of four, all to be played in the first round. In 2018, a fifth "Classic" was added.

Coach John McLendon Classic
Hugh Durham Classic
Lou Henson Classic
Riley Wallace Classic
Jim Phelan Classic

The winners of each Classic received a trophy and advanced to the second round or to the quarterfinals if they received a second round bye.

Schedule[edit]

  • Wofford, Northern Colorado, Portland State, and Sam Houston State received first round byes.
  • Liberty, UTSA, Austin Peay, and UIC received second round byes.
Date Time* Matchup Score Attendance Television
First round
March 12 12:00 pm Central Michigan at Fort Wayne
(Hugh Durham Classic)
94–89 1,234 CBSSN
2:00 pm Abilene Christian at Drake
(Lou Henson Classic)
73–80 OT 3,565
6:00 pm North Carolina A&T at Liberty
(Jim Phelan Classic)
52–65 486
10:00 pm Hartford at San Diego
(Riley Wallace Classic)
72–88 893
March 14 7:00 pm Niagara at Eastern Michigan 65–83 1,138 CBS Sports Live
watchcit.com
8:00 pm Saint Francis (PA) at UIC 61–84 1,137
8:00 pm Lamar at UTSA 69–76 1,012
March 15 8:00 pm Louisiana–Monroe at Austin Peay
(Coach John McLendon Classic)
66–80 1,228
Second round
March 16 7:00 pm Central Michigan at Wofford 98–94 1,448 CBS Sports Live
watchcit.com
March 17 10:00 pm Portland State at San Diego 64–67 1,019
March 18 5:00 pm Drake at Northern Colorado 72–81 1,074
March 19 7:30 pm Eastern Michigan at Sam Houston State 62–69 322
Quarterfinals
March 21 8:00 pm UIC at Austin Peay 83–81 1,121 CBS Sports Live
watchcit.com
10:00 pm Northern Colorado at San Diego 86–75 1,053
March 22 8:00 pm Sam Houston State at UTSA 76–69 1,352
March 24 2:00 pm Central Michigan at Liberty 71–84 476
Semifinals
March 28 7:00 pm UIC at Liberty 67–51 2,248 CBSSN
9:00 pm Sam Houston State at Northern Colorado 80–99 2,019
Championship
March 30 7:00 pm UIC at Northern Colorado 71–76 3,198 CBSSN
*All times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). Winning team in bold.

Bracket[edit]

Bracket is for visual purposes only. The CIT does not use a set bracket.

First round
March 12–15
Second round
March 16–19
Quarterfinals
March 21–24
Semifinals
March 28
Championship game
March 30
Saint Francis (PA) 61
UIC 84 Bye
UIC
UIC 83
Louisiana–Monroe 66 Austin Peay 81
Austin Peay 88 Bye
Austin Peay
UIC 67
Central Michigan 94 Liberty 51
Fort Wayne 89 Central Michigan 98
Wofford 94
Central Michigan 71
North Carolina A&T 52 Liberty 84
Liberty 65 Bye
Liberty
UIC 71
Niagara 65 Northern Colorado 76
Eastern Michigan 83 Eastern Michigan 62
Sam Houston State 69
Sam Houston State 76
Lamar 69 UTSA 69
UTSA 76 Bye
UTSA
Sam Houston State 80
Abilene Christian 73 Northern Colorado 99
Drake 80* Drake 72
Northern Colorado 81
Northern Colorado 86
Hartford 72 San Diego 75
San Diego 88 Portland State 64
San Diego 67

* Denotes overtime period.
Home teams listed second.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Schedule". CollegeInsider.com. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Wildcats to make Division I postseason debut in CIT". Abilene Christian University. March 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Govs accept CIT bid, will host opening-round game March 15". Austin Peay State University. March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Petzold, Evan (March 9, 2018). "Men's basketball to play in College Insider Tournament". Central Michigan Life.
  5. ^ "Not done yet! We've accepted an invitation to compete in the CIT!". Drake Basketball. March 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Men's Hoops To Host CMU In CIT Game On Monday On CBS Sports Network". Fort Wayne Mastodons. March 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Liberty Accepts CIT Invitation, Hosts First Round". Liberty Flames. March 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Back To The Postseason! Niagara To Play In 10th Annual CIT". Niagara University. March 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Aggie Men Lose In Semis, Earn Postseason Bid". North Carolina A&T Aggies. March 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Excited to announce we have been accepted into the CIT! It's our third postseason appearance in the last four years. We will update you as soon as we find out our". Saint Francis U MBB. March 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Toreros to host Hartford in CIT 1st round game on Monday". University of San Diego. March 10, 2018.

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