March 17, 2014

Men’s Basketball Draws Yale in CIT First Round Set for Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Quinnipiac University (20-11, 14-6 MAAC)
Yale University (15-13, 9-5 IVY)
2014 CIT
First Round
John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • 7:00 PM
All-Time Series vs. Yale (DI): 4-0 (4-0)
Last Meeting: Nov. 15, 2011 • W, 68-62

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (20-11, 14-6 MAAC) has qualified for national postseason tournament play. The Bobcats have accepted a bid into the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), and will take on cross-town rival Yale on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven.

"On behalf of our entire men's basketball program, I'd like to thank the people at CollegeInsider.com for offering us a bid to their 2014 national postseason tournament," said Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore. "We are thrilled to be participating in their fine event. This marks the fourth time in the last five years that we have been able to extend our season with a national postseason tournament bid and it is a fitting reward for the hard work and commitment of our seniors Ike Azotam, Shaq Shannon, and Umar Shannon. Our first-round matchup at Yale should be a terrific game and great for college basketball fans in the greater New Haven area."

This marks the Bobcats' fourth Division I national postseason appearance, and their second entrance into the CIT (2011). Quinnipiac also earned bids into the 2010 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the 2012 College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

The CIT features a 32-team field made up of non-BCS programs not participating in the NCAA or NIT. All 31 games are played on campus sites. Future round opponents are determined after the results of the previous round. Other teams confirmed in the 2014 field include: Holy Cross, Brown, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Columbia, Valparaiso, Murray State, Missouri State, Pacific and Grand Canyon. The full field will be announced on Sunday night.

The second round is slated for Mar. 21-22, the quarterfinals are Mar. 25-27, the semifinals are Apr. 1 and the championship game is Apr. 3. Both the semifinals and the championship game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

In its five-year history, the CIT has featured many programs rich in basketball tradition – including several from the MAAC. In 2011, Iona College made its way to the championship game, while three MAAC teams competed in the CIT last year.

Quinnipiac's quest for the 2014 NCAA Tournament came to an end in the MAAC Tournament Semifinals. The Bobcats picked up its first-ever MAAC tournament win against Niagara in the quarterfinals – which in turn gave the Bobcats their third 20-win season in the last five years.

Quinnipiac and Yale will be playing for the fifth time, and the Bobcats lead the series, 4-0. The last meeting was a 68-62 Bobcat victory in 2011 in Hamden.

Tickets are now available online at: https://athletics.ticketing.yale.edu/online/article/basketball. Prices are $8 - $10 for general admission, $10 - $15 for reserved, and $25 for floor seats.

Student-Athletes, parents and fans can download the 2013-14 QU Athletics schedules to your laptop and mobile devices for free by clicking in the iCalendar link at the bottom of each sport's homepage or the master schedule page. Fans can also follow Quinnipiac Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@QUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates.

FIRST ROUND
Monday, March 17, 2014
Holy Cross (19-13) @ Brown (15-13) 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
VMI (19-12) @ Canisius (20-12) 7:00 pm
Wright State (20-14) @ East Carolina (17-16) 7:00 pm
Norfolk State (19-14) @ Eastern Michigan (21-14) 7:00 pm
Chattanooga (18-14) @ ETSU (18-15) 7:00 pm
Columbia (19-12) @ Valparaiso (18-15) 7:05 pm
Alabama State (19-12) @ Sam Houston State (23-10) 8:00 pm
Portland State (17-14) @ San Diego (16-16) 10:00 pm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Quinnipiac (20-11) @ Yale (15-13) 7:00 pm
Towson (23-10) @ USC Upstate (19-14) 7:00 pm
Cleveland State (21-11) @ Ohio (23-11) 7:00 pm
Akron (21-12) @ IPFW (24-10) 7:00 pm
Murray State (18-11) @ Missouri State (20-12) 8:05 pm
North Dakota (17-16) @ Nebraska-Omaha (16-14) 8:07 pm
Texas A&M Corpus Christi (17-15) @ Northern Colorado (18-13) 9:00 pm
Pacific (15-15) @ Grand Canyon (15-14) 9:00 pm

SECOND ROUND
March 21-22

QUARTERFINALS
March 25-27

SEMIFINALS - CBS SPORTS NETWORK
April 1

CHAMPIONSHIP - CBS SPORTS NETWORK
April 3