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March 13, 2011

Tech to face off against Western Michigan in round one of the CIT

Game notes vs. Western Michigan (PDF)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Golden Eagles will hit the road for their post-season endeavors; it has been announced that Tennessee Tech will take on the Broncos of Western Michigan in the first round of the College Insider's Tournament (CIT)

Tech will take on WMU in Kalamazoo on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in what will be the program's fifth post-season appearance in school history. A win will advance TTU into the second round, which will be played on March 18 and 19.

A full list of participating teams is listed below.

"This invitation is a wonderful opportunity for us to play in the post-season," said Tech Head Coach Mike Sutton. "Six teams that earned conference championships this year played in the CIT last year, so we're excited to make an appearance in the tournament.

"Our team definitely earned its way into this tournament with our 20-win season, and we're ready to continue with that dedication and carry it into the post-season," Sutton finished.

Tech's last post-season appearance came in the 2001-02 season, when they played in four National Invitation Tournament (NIT) games after earning the Ohio Valley Conference title during their regular season. The program saw one other NIT big in 1985, and twice participated in the NCAA tournament, in 1958 and 1963.

The CIT was founded in 2009 by CollegeInsider.com and is geared toward mid-major colleges and universities that did not received bids to the NCAA or NIT tournaments.

For more information on the CIT, please visit CollegeInsider.com.

THE 2011 CIT SCHEDULE
All times EST

FIRST ROUND
March 14-16

MONDAY
Buffalo (18-13) @ Quinnipiac (22-9) 7:00 pm

TUESDAY
Ohio (18-15) @ Marshall (22-11) 7:00 pm
Furman (22-10) @ East Tennessee State (22-11) 7:00 pm
Jacksonville (19-11) @ East Carolina (18-15) 8:00 pm
Rider (23-10) @ Northern Iowa (19-13) 8:00 pm
North Dakota (19-14) @ Air Force (15-15) 9:00 pm
Northern Arizona (19-12) @ Santa Clara (19-14) 10:00 pm
Portland (20-11) @ Hawaii (18-12) 12:00 am (midnight)

WEDNESDAY
Tennessee Tech (20-12) @ Western Michigan (20-12) 7:00 pm
Iona (22-11) @ Valparaiso (23-11) 8:00 pm
Oral Roberts (19-15) @ SMU (17-14) 8:00 pm
Idaho (18-13) @ San Francisco (17-14) 10:00 pm

SECOND ROUND
March 18-19

QUARTERFINALS
March 21-22

SEMIFINALS
March 25

2011 CIT CHAMPIONSHIP
March 30

Note: 12 teams will advance. 4 will receive a bye into the quarterfinals. Seeding, which will be based on RPI, strength of schedule, conference ranking and geographical location, will determine the byes.