Postseason Tournament

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search Postseason Tournament
Most recent season or competition:
2015 Postseason Tournament
Sport Basketball
Founded 2009
Inaugural season 2009
No. of teams 32
Country United States
Most recent champion(s) Evansville
Most titles No team has won multiple CITs
TV partner(s) Fox College Sports (2009–2012) /CBS Sports Network (2013–)
Related competitions College Basketball Invitational
National Invitational Tournament
Vegas 16
Founder College Insider
Official website

The Postseason Tournament (CIT) is an American men's college basketball tournament created in 2009 by In 2012 it expanded to its current 32 participating teams. The Tournament is oriented toward mid-major schools who did not get selected to go the NCAA or NIT tournaments.


The tournament consists of five rounds, single elimination-style, and claims to "use the old NIT model in which matchups in future rounds are determined by the results of the previous round".[1] Criteria for selection include, but are not limited to win-loss record, strength of schedule, strength of conference, and final ten games. Participating teams must finish the regular season with a .500 winning percentage or better to qualify. The only exception to this was the now-defunct Great West Conference Tournament winner, who was given an automatic bid to play in the CIT if they were not given an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA or NIT tournaments, until the dissolution of the conference in 2013–14.[2] In 2013, the Chicago State Cougars won the Great West Conference Tournament, thus becoming the first team to participate in the CIT with a sub-.500 record (11–21).


In 2013, CBS Sports Network partnered with the CIT, showing only the championship game, with the earlier rounds streamed live online. Free registration is required to view the games. Starting in 2014, CBSSN aired the semifinals and the championship game.[3]


Year Champion Runner-up MVP
2009 Old Dominion Bradley Hassell, FrankFrank Hassell[4]
2010 Missouri State Pacific Creekmore, WillWill Creekmore[5]
2011 Santa Clara Iona Foster, KevinKevin Foster[6]
2012 Mercer Utah State Hall, LangstonLangston Hall[7]
2013 East Carolina Weber State Kemp, MauriceMaurice Kemp
2014 Murray State Yale Payne, CameronCameron Payne
2015 Evansville Northern Arizona Balentine, D. J.D. J. Balentine


The 2009 Tournament was the second new postseason tournament since the Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament folded in 1974, following the College Basketball Invitational's debut in 2008.

The 2009 field featured the following schools:


The 2010 field featured the following schools:


The 2011 field was expanded from 16 to 24 teams and featured the following schools:


The 2012 field was expanded from 24 to 32 teams and featured the following schools:


The 2013 field continued to have 32 teams.


The 2014 field featured the following teams:


The 2015 field featured the following teams:

See also[edit]


External links[edit]