CIT Welcomes Tigers
This afternoon Tennessee State Tigers Head Coach Dana Ford accepted a bid to the CIT. The opponent is undetermined, but TSU will host a first round game Tuesday, March 15th, at 7 PM.
“We are very thankful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s CIT,” TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “We are excited that our seniors will get the chance to continue their final season here at Tennessee State University. This postseason invitation is a true testament of the hard work and dedication that our players and staff have put forth in bringing back excitement to TSU basketball.”
The CIT is not a unique experience for the TSU community and program. Twice the Tigers competed in the same tournament (2012, 2013). TSU was defeated by Mercer in 2012 and Evansville in 2013.
Past CIT champions include Evansville (2015), Murray State (2014), and East Carolina (2013). Thirty-two teams will compete, with an evolving bracket, which ensures travel costs will stay down. Tennessee State obviously does not travel for the opening game, but might find themselves on the road in the second round.
If the Tigers win they will play again between March 18-20. Both the semifinals and championship games will be televised on CBSSportsNetwork.
Army, Grand Canyon, and Coastal Carolina have also accepted bids.
“I’m truly pleased that our men’s basketball team will have the opportunity to play in the postseason after what was a very successful year tying our D-1 record with 20 wins,” TSU Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips said. “Actually hosting the game in the Gentry Center will be special. I’m calling for all alumni, students and supporters to show their ‘Blue’ on Tuesday to show this team their support.”
According to the Tennessee State Ticket Office fans can purchase tickets beginning Tuesday, the day of the game. The price is too be determined.