After advancing in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) with a win in the Jim Phelan Classic, Liberty will now host a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, March 24. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Vines Center with an opponent yet to be determined.
"It is not ideal during tourney time to have 12 days off in between games, however it has allowed a few of our players to get over some ailments," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "Any time you get to play in a postseason tournament it is an honor and the CIT has provided great experiences for our players."
Originally slotted for a second round game, Liberty was able to participate in the Jim Phelan Classic once Marshall had won the Conference USA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the opening round, Liberty defeated North Carolina A&T 65-52.
This the third time in school history that Liberty has competed in the CIT and all three years the Flames have advanced to the quarterfinals. In the CIT, Liberty has a 4-2 overall record with all of its wins coming at home.
The Flames continue to make school history as the only team to play in back-to-back postseasons, having competed in the CIT last season as well. Liberty's historical run over the past two years has set the school record for most wins (42) during a two-year span, posting 21 wins in back-to-back seasons.
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 playing field. The quarterfinals will take place from March 22-25, following up with the semifinals on March 28 on the CBS Sports Network.
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