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Bucs to host Green Bay in CIT opener

Joe Avento • Mar 18, 2019 at 12:49 AM

JOHNSON CITY — There will be no madness this March for the East Tennessee State men’s basketball team. The Bucs already knew that.

They were still holding out hopes, however slim, to get into the National Invitation Tournament. No dice, once again.

Instead, ETSU accepted a bid to the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament, commonly known as the CIT, late Sunday night.

The Bucs will host Green Bay on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall.

ETSU (24-9) lost to Wofford in the Southern Conference tournament semifinals. Green Bay (17-16) fell to Wright State in the Horizon League semifinals.

The Bucs beat Green Bay 103-90 in a 6 a.m. game in 2015, Steve Forbes’ second game as ETSU’s coach.

The CIT uses the old NIT format in which there is no set bracket. Pairings are made after the previous round is completed.

First- and second-round games are set for this week. Quarterfinals are March 27-31. Semifinals are April 2 and the final is April 4.

This will be the Bucs’ third time in the CIT. They made the semifinals in 2011, falling at home to Iona, and to the second round in 2014 before losing to Towson.

Northern Colorado won last year’s CIT championship.

Wofford was the only Southern Conference team to earn an NCAA Tournament bid Sunday. The SoCon champs got a No. 7 seed and will take on Seton Hall in the first round.

Furman and UNC Greensboro received bids to the NIT, giving the SoCon four teams in the postseason.

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