Monday, March 14, 2011

TTU Basketball Heads Into Post-Season Play

The Golden Eagles will hit the road Wednesday for their post-season endeavors; it has been announced that Tennessee Tech will take on the Broncos of Western Michigan in the first round of the College Insider's Tournament (CIT). Tech will take on Western Michigan in Kalamazoo on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in what will be the program's fifth post-season appearance in school history. A win will advance TTU into the second round, which will be played on March 18 and 19.

"This invitation is a wonderful opportunity for us to play in the post-season," said Tech Head Coach Mike Sutton. "Six teams that earned conference championships this year played in the CIT last year, so we're excited to make an appearance in the tournament. Our team definitely earned its way into this tournament with our 20-win season, and we're ready to continue with that dedication and carry it into the post-season."

Tech's last post-season appearance came in the 2001-02 season, when they played in four National Invitation Tournament (NIT) games after earning the Ohio Valley Conference title during their regular season. The program saw one other NIT bid in 1985, and twice participated in the NCAA tournament, in 1958 and 1963.  The CIT was founded in 2009 by and is geared toward mid-major colleges and universities that did not receive bids to the NCAA or NIT tournaments.