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Liberty Accepts CIT Invitation, Hosts First Round

March 7, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Accepts CIT Invitation, Hosts First Round

Liberty men's basketball has accepted an invitation to the Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Flames will host a first round matchup on Monday, March 12, with an opponent and time yet to be determined.

Tickets cost just $10 for general admission and Liberty students will receive free admission. Tickets for the first round can be purchased here.

"Any time you get to play in a postseason tournament it is a privilege," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "Our players have earned the right to keep playing and we are thrilled about the opportunity to compete in a tournament that has the reputation like the CIT."

Liberty is postseason eligible after finishing with a 20-14 overall record and a 9-9 record in the Big South. The Flames last played on Sunday, March 4, in the Big South Championship suffering a buzzer-beating loss at Radford. The Flames have had a historical run over the past two years as they became the first team in school history to post back-to-back 20-win seasons and set a new record for most wins (41) during a two-year span.

For the first time in school history, Liberty will play in back-to-back postseason tournaments as this will be the second straight season the Flames will compete in the CIT. Last year Liberty won its first two games in the CIT, defeating Norfolk State in the John McLendon Classic and picking up its second win over Samford in the second round.  

Now in its' tenth year, the CIT is selected by a 10-member selection committee, consisting of current Division I athletic directors, who select the 32-team field. The tournament invites will be officially announced on Sunday, March 11 and the first round will begin on Monday, March 12.