West Conference Men’s Basketball Champion to Participate in
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
BOSTON, MA - CollegeInsider.com, a
nationally recognized website, is proud to announce a newly formed
partnership with the Great West Conference which grants an automatic
qualifier bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The
Great West men’s basketball conference tournament champion will
automatically be placed amongst the field of 16 teams participating in
The agreement makes the CIT the first postseason college basketball
tournament outside the NCAA tournament to agree to an automatic
qualifier to any NCAA conference.
“We are very appreciative to CollegeInsider.com to be offered the
opportunity for our men's basketball tournament champion to extend their
season into post-season play,” said Ed Grom, Commissioner of the Great
West Conference. “ We started this all-sport conference to provide
student-athletes the opportunity to play for conference championships.
As independent institutions, there was no carrot at the end of the
season for their student-athletes to reach for. They now have not only a
conference championship to play for, but also inclusion into a quality
post-season basketball tournament such as the CollegeInsider.com event.”
The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), which was played for
the first time in March of 2009, features 16 teams not participating in
the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship or the National
Invitational Tournament. The tournament is single elimination and
consists of five rounds, all being played at on-campus sites, which will
be determined by seeding.
The seven basketball playing league members of the Great West that will
be vying for the bid include: Chicago State University, Houston Baptist
University, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), University of
North Dakota, University of South Dakota, University of Texas-Pan
American and Utah Valley University.
"I think it's exciting for every school in the Great West to have a
chance for post-season play,” said Dick Hunsaker, head men’s basketball
coach at Utah Valley. “It's a wonderful reward for the conference
tournament winner. There is no question this should generate a great
deal of excitement for our fans across the conference and provide a
boost to the meaning of our post-season tournament. We've had a long
wait for the opportunity to earn a berth in post-season play. The
CollegeInsider.com event last year had a quality field and I look for
the same this coming year."
The field for the 2010 CIT will be announced on Sunday March 14,
following the announcement of the fields for both the NCAA and NIT.
First round action will begin on March 16. The championship game, which
will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports, will be played on
Old Dominion defeated Bradley (in Peoria, Illinois) to win the inaugural