Missouri State has been selected as a host site for the opening round of the CIT basketball tournament

SPRINGFIELD – CollegeInsider.com has announced that Missouri State University has been selected as a host site for the opening round of the CIT men’s basketball postseason tournament on Wednesday, March 19.

The Bears (20-12) will host Murray State (18-11) at 7:05 p.m., in the first round of the 32-team event.  Complete pairings for the CIT will be available after Sunday’s NCAA and NIT selections are complete.

“This is a great opportunity for our team to play in the postseason and for our fans to support the Bears against a formidable team,” said Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “The last time we were in the CIT, it really gave our program a shot in the arm headed into the next season, which culminated in our first-ever Valley title.”

MSU won the second annual CIT event in 2010 with victories over Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Creighton and Pacific to complete a 24-12 season. With 8 lettermen back the following season, the Bears finished with a 26-9 ledger and claimed the 2011 MVC regular-season title.

“We’re very excited to be playing in the postseason and to be playing a quality program,” said MSU head coach Paul Lusk. “Murray State has a great basketball tradition and will be a good opponent.”