Postseason Tournament

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Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 Postseason Tournament
CIT JPG Color.jpg Postseason Tournament
Sport Basketball
Founded 2009
Founder College Insider
Inaugural season 2009
No. of teams 26
Country United States
Most recent
Most titles No team has more than one title.
TV partner(s) Fox College Sports (2009–2012)
CBS Sports Network (2013–present)
College Basketball Invitational
National Invitational Tournament
Vegas 16
Official website

The Postseason Tournament (CIT) is an American men's college basketball post-season tournament created in 2009 by In 2012, it expanded to 32 participating teams. In 2016 and 2017 the tournament featured 26 teams. The Tournament is oriented toward mid-major and small schools who did not get selected for 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. Teams from "major conferences" (defined by as the Power Five conferences, Atlantic 10 Conference, American Athletic Conference, Big East Conference, Conference USA and Mountain West Conference) are generally ineligible. 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). Beginning with the 2016 Tournament, The Coach John McLendon Classic will be played on the first day of the tournament. The Classic will feature at least one historically black college/university. The winner of the John McLendon Classic will advance 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.

Teams must pay $30,000 to host a game.[3]


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.[4] Beginning with the 2017 tournament, early rounds of the tournament will be carried on Facebook Live.

The following is an overview and list of the announcers and television networks to broadcast the CIT:

Year Network Play-by-Play Color analyst Sideline
2009 Fox College Sports Dave Baker Kyle Macy
2010 Fox College Sports Dave Baker Kyle Macy
2011 Fox College Sports Dave Baker Kyle Macy
2012 Fox College Sports Dave Baker Kyle Macy Dave Calloway
2013[5] CBSSN Dave Baker Kyle Macy
2014[6] CBSSN Dave Popkin Dave Calloway
2015[7] CBSSN Dave Popkin Kyle Macy Kevaney Martin
2016[8] CBSSN Dave Popkin Kyle Macy Kevaney Martin
2017[9] CBSSN Dave Popkin Kyle Macy Kevaney Martin


Year Champion Runner-up MVP
2009 Old Dominion Bradley Hassell, FrankFrank Hassell[10]
2010 Missouri State Pacific Creekmore, WillWill Creekmore[11]
2011 Santa Clara Iona Foster, KevinKevin Foster[12]
2012 Mercer Utah State Hall, LangstonLangston Hall[13]
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
2016 Columbia UC Irvine Lo, MaodoMaodo Lo
2017 Saint Peter's Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Welton, QuadirQuadir Welton


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:


Originally set to include 32 teams, this year's 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.

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