March 16, 2014
2014 COLLEGE INSIDER TOURNAMENT WEBSITE | FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team has earned a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and will host Cleveland State in first round action on Wednesday evening.
Tip-off between the Bobcats and Vikings is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.
The CIT includes 32 of the top mid-major teams in the nation and will feature five rounds of play over the next three weeks. The semifinals (April 1) and championship game (April 3) will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
"Our men's basketball program is excited to participate in a school-record fifth-straight post-season tournament," Ohio University director of athletics Jim Schaus said. "The CIT will provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to compete for a championship while gaining valuable experience in post-season play. It's also a chance to continue to build our program for future success."
Ohio has posted a 9-2 record in 11 all-time matchups vs. Cleveland State. The teams have not met since the 1999-2000 season.
Cleveland State has posted a 22-11 record this season and finished second in the Horizon League with a 12-4 conference mark. The Vikings posted a 2-2 record against MAC teams during the team's non-conference slate, including wins over Ball State (78-55) and at Kent State (78-70). CSU also fell to Akron at home (73-61) and dropped a 71-67 contest at Toledo.
An excellent shooting team, CSU ranks second nationally with a 40.9 team 3-point field goal percentage and is 17th in the country with a 75.0 free throw percentage. The Vikings also rank 41st in the nation in field goal percentage (.471).
The Vikings are led by All-Horizon League Second Team selection Bryn Forbes, who paces CSU in scoring (15.4 ppg) and is shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point territory. Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year Jon Harris is third on the team with 10.4 ppg and ranks second on the Vikings with 6.0 rebounds per contest.
Ohio will be making its 21st all-time post-season appearance and its second in the CIT. In the Bobcats' only other appearance in the event (2011), Ohio won at Marshall, 65-64, in first round action, before falling to East Tennessee State, 82-73, in second round play in Johnson City.
Ohio has now earned a berth in five-straight post-season tournaments for the first time in school history. The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2012, the CIT in 2011 and the NIT in 2013.
Ohio University is one of just six NCAA Division I schools to make five-straight post-season appearances in both football and men's basketball. In addition to Ohio, the group includes BYU, Florida State, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.
CIT FIRST ROUND TICKET/PARKING INFORMATION
All tickets for the game will be $10 each. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 17 at 10 a.m. Season ticket holders may secure their regular seats through Tuesday, March 18 at 2 p.m. After that time, all seats will be open for sale to the general public.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-575-2287 or clicking here (https://tkt.xosn.com/tickets/TicketLanding.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=21200).
Current Ohio students will be admitted free of charge at the Convocation Center student entrance. Students must show a valid Ohio University ID for admission.
Parking at the game will be free of charge. Fans may park in the lots located behind the Convocation Center (lots 127/128). Click here to view a campus parking map.