|2010 CIT FIELD ANNOUNCED
March 14, 2010
BOSTON (MA) -- The 16 team field for the 2010 CollegeInsider.com
tournament was announced on Sunday, March 14. The premier
postseason showcase for mid-major teams features 13 schools with
20 or more wins.
Among the competing teams are two of the biggest names in the
mid-major ranks from the past decade. George Mason reached the
2005-06 Final Four and Creighton has played in seven out of the
last 11 NCAA Tournaments.
Loyola Marymount is also part of the field and this marks the
program's first postseason appearance since an Elite Eight run
in 1990. That was the year that LMU great Hank Gathers
tragically passed away.
Harvard, which is enjoying the best season in school history, is
making its' first postseason appearance since 1946.
This year marks the first time that the CIT has extended an
automatic bid into the field. South Dakota is the recipient by
virtue of winning the Great West Conference tournament.
Two teams from the Southern Conference are among this season's
participants. Appalachian State and Western Carolina hope to
renew acquaintances in the coming weeks. Other leagues placing
multiple teams in the CIT are the West Coast Conference (LMU and
Portland), Conference USA (Marshall and Southern Miss), the
Missouri Valley (Creighton and Missouri State).
The CIT welcomes back Pacific and Portland, the only holdovers
from the inaugural tournament. Therefore, all other participants
are making their first appearances in the event.
The tournament, which is played at campus sites, kicks off on
Tuesday, March 16 with three games; Western Carolina at
Marshall, South Dakota at Creighton and Fairfield at George
Mason. The first round games on Wednesday feature Portland at
Northern Colorado, Middle Tennessee State at Missouri State,
Harvard at Appalachian State and Pacific at Loyola Marymount.
The first round concludes on Thursday with Louisiana Tech
hosting Southern Miss.
Old Dominion captured the inaugural CollegeInsider.com
tournament with a 66-62 championship game win over Bradley last
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