SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (WANE) – The IPFW men’s basketball team has accepted a bid to play in the College Insider Tournament, according to IPFW Sports Information Director Bill Salyer.
IPFW lost to North Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament Championship Tuesday night, 60-57. The Mastodons accepted the bid for postseason play shortly after the title game ended.
School officials told WANE’s Joe Whelan that hosting a first round game is a possibility.
The CIT will be the Mastodons first postseason tournament since joining the Division 1 ranks in 2001. It will be the program’s second overall postseason appearance since making the Division 2 NCAA Tournament in 1993.
The field of 32 for the CIT has not been set and likely won’t be completed until NCAA Tournament and NIT teams have been selected. The CIT, or CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, started in 2009. The semifinals and championship games will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
The first round of the CIT begins Mar. 18 and 19. Second round play is scheduled for Mar. 21 and 22. Quarterfinals will be played Mar. 25-27, the semifinals take place Apr. 1.
The championship game will be played Apr. 3.
The Mastodons opponent has not been decided. Dates, times, and a location for the first round game have not been released.
East Carolina defeated Weber Street to win the 2013 CIT Championship. Past champions include Mercer (2012), Santa Clara (2011), Missouri State (2010), and Old Dominion (2009).
The tournament is made up of teams mostly from mid-major conferences and has included Summit League teams previously. The CIT was formed to reward teams who achieved regular season success but fall short of making the NCAAs or NIT.
Another postseason tournament, the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), was formed in 2008 with a similar philosophy.