The full, 32-team field and first-round schedule for the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament has been announced by CollegeInsider.com. The first round of the fifth-annual event will begin with eight games on Tuesday, March 19 followed by eight first-round matchups on Wednesday March 20. The Canisius men's basketball team announced Sunday night that the Golden Griffins will host Elon University March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Koessler Athletic Center.
Five CIT games will tipoff Tuesday at 7 p.m., and that window of games includes MAAC schools Fairfield (at Kent State) and Rider (at Hartford). Loyola (Md.) will play host to Boston University in Baltimore at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday night as well. Including Canisius, there are four MAAC schools in this year's CIT field.
Wednesday's action includes the Canisius-Elon game, which will be the Griffs' first postseason appearance in 17 years. Other games on Wednesday's slate include Green Bay at Bradley, South Alabama at Tulane, Chicago State at Illinois-Chicago, Oral Roberts at Texas-Arlington, Cal Poly at Weber State, High Point at UC Irvine and Air Force at Hawaii.
The second round of the CIT is scheduled to be played March 22-24 and quarterfinal games will be played March 26-27. The CIT semifinals will be held March 29-30 with the championship game set for April 2. The title game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. All games in the CIT are played in on-campus venues.
Canisius enters the postseason with an 18-13 overall record and an 11-7 mark in MAAC play. The 18 wins are the most for the program since 2000-01 and the 11 league wins are the most for the Griffs since 1998-99. The Blue and Gold posted a school-record 11 wins in the Koessler Athletic Center this season and the team starts the postseason ranked second in the nation with 9.2 3-point field goals per game. Junior Billy Baron leads the Griffs in scoring average with 16.9 points per game, which ranks fifth in the MAAC and he leads the league with 5.0 assists per outing. Junior Chris Manhertz ranks second in the MAAC with his 8.9 rebounds per game and his 276 total rebounds this year are the most for a Griff since 1999-00. Canisius is averaging 73.0 points per game and the Griffs' 2,263 total points this season are the most for the program since the 2000-01 campaign.Tickets for the Griffs' first postseason game in 17 years are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com and the Canisius College Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office inside the main lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center or by phone at (716) 888-2885. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., daily. Canisius students can pick up their ticket at the C-Block Office Monday through Wednesday for free with a valid student ID card.