20 mid-major teams, including six teams with at least 20 wins, will participate in the ever-shrinking CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 10th annual CIT has had as many as 32 teams in some of its previous nine tournaments, but this year there will be 20 teams, after involving 26 squads last season.
Four Monday games are named for legendary former coaches and the winners play four teams that have received first round byes. Northern Colorado (110) and Eastern Michigan (116) own the tournament’s best RPI rankings, while the Bears (108) and San Diego (124) have earned the two best rating from KenPom.com.
Here’s the full first-round schedule and all times are Eastern. As always, the tournament is not bracketed, so future matchups will be determined later.
Monday – March 12 - All Games on CBS Sports Network
Central Michigan (19-14) at Fort Wayne (18-14) – Noon
Abilene Christian (16-15) at Drake (16-16) – 2 p.m.
North Carolina A&T (20-14) at Liberty (20-14) – 6 p.m.
Hartford (19-13) at San Diego (18-13) – 10 p.m.
Monday winners move on to quarterfinal games against Wofford (21-12), Northern Colorado (22-12), Portland State (20-13) and Sam Houston State (19-14).
Wednesday - March 14 - All Gams on CBS Sports Digital
Saint Francis (PA) (18-12) at Illinois Chicago (17-15) – 7 p.m.
Niagara (19-13) at Eastern Michigan (21-12) – 8 p.m.
Texas-San Antonio (19-14) at Lamar (19-13) – 8 p.m.
Thursday – March 15 - CBS Sports
Lousiana-Monroe (16-15) at Austin Peay (18-14) – 8 p.m.
The quarterfinals will be played from March 22-25 and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Digital platforms, while the semifinals will both be played on March 28 and broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The CIT championship will be played March 30 and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.