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Ohio Heads to Marshall for 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament

March 13, 2011

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Bobcats will open tournament play at Marshall on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

The CIT is a 24-team tournament featuring 12 first-round games. Four of the teams that win first-round games will advance to the quarterfinals, while the other eight teams will play for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.

"Our staff and players feel blessed to have the opportunity to participate in the CIT," Head Coach John Groce said. "We are thankful that the CIT committee recognized our team's resume. I feel like our team improved a great deal over the season and played some of its best basketball in the last 15 games."

"Our seniors deserve a lot of credit for making this special opportunity happen for our program," Groce added. "The CIT also gives our underclassmen the chance to develop further with additional practices and game(s). It is exciting that we have earned postseason play in successive years and our goal is to continue on that course moving forward."

Ohio is currently 18-15 overall has been to the postseason three times in the last four years, the best run since the Bobcats earned three postseason berths from 1983-86. Ohio has the most postseason wins of any MAC school with a total of 10 victories.

This matchup is the most often-played contest between the Bobcats and an opponent not in the Mid-American Conference (sixth most-common opponent all-time). The teams have met 96 times with the Green & White holding a 50-46 edge over the Thundering Herd. Marshall was a member of the MAC from 1997-2005 and Ohio owned a 10-6 advantage during that time.

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