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2014 CIT headlined by solid group of mid-major programs

Mar 17, 2014, 1:00 AM EST

The sixth annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Basketball Tournament — better known as the CIT — tips off this week as 32 teams compete for the postseason crown.

The field has a strong group of mid-to-low major programs from across the country and should be loaded with teams hoping to capitalize on a chance to play in the postseason.

Akron and IPFW is the best first-round matchup this week as the Zips finished second in the MAC East standings while the Mastodons fell just short of making the NCAA Tournament after falling to league champion North Dakota State. Canisius and high-scoring senior guard Billy Baron will also be a team to track in this year’s field as he averaged 24.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on the year.

First Round 

Monday, March 17

Holy Cross (19-13) at Brown (15-13)

Tuesday, March 18
VMI (19-12) at Canisius (20-12)
Wright State (20-14) at East Carolina (17-16)
Norfolk State (19-14) at Eastern Michigan (21-14)
Chattanooga (18-14) at ETSU (18-15)
Columbia (19-12) at Valparaiso (18-15)
Alabama State (19-12) at Sam Houston State (23-10)
Portland State (17-14) at San Diego (16-16)

Wednesday, March 19
Quinnipiac (20-11) at Yale (15-13)
Towson (23-10) at USC Upstate (19-14)
Cleveland State (21-11) at Ohio (23-11)
Akron (21-12) at IPFW (24-10)
Murray State (18-11) at Missouri State (20-12)
North Dakota (17-16) at Nebraska-Omaha (16-14)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi (17-15) at Northern Colorado (18-13)
Pacific (15-15) at Grand Canyon (15-14)

Second Round: March 21-22

Quarterfinals: March 25-27

Semifinals: April 1

Championship: April 3