Men’s Basketball: Upstate Earns Bid to CIT Tournament, Will Host Home Game on Thursday

March 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm

The USC Upstate men’s basketball team is back in the postseason for the fourth time during the program’s Division I era as the Spartans have accepted a bid to play in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) and will host a first round game on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the G.B. Hodge Center.

Upstate finished the regular season with a 17-15 overall record and 7-7 mark in the ASUN. The Spartans tied for fourth in the conference standings and were the fourth seed in last week’s ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship. Senior center Michael Buchanan also became the third player in school history to be selected as First Team All-Conference by the league, joining former Upstate men’s basketball players Ty Greene and Torrey Craig.

The Spartans are the second ASUN team to accept a bid into the CIT Tournament as Jacksonville will host Saint Francis in the Hugh Durham Classic Game.

The 32-team tournament made up of non-BCS programs is entering its ninth year and has proved to be a launching pad for programs heading into the following season. The complete 2017 CIT field will be announced by on Selection Sunday, March 12.

The CIT uses the old NIT model in which there is no set bracket. Future round opponents are determined by the results of the previous round. The CIT Semifinals and Championship will be broadcast on CBS Sports for the fifth consecutive year.

Everyone attending any CIT game must purchase a ticket, including current USC Upstate season ticket holders as well as students and faculty & staff who normally receive free admission into games during the regular season. Upstate Athletics would like to thank USC Upstate Student Affairs for sponsoring our student tickets.

Current Spartan season ticket holders will have their existing seats reserved and can pick up their tickets on Thursday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the G.B. Hodge Center lobby. Students and faculty & staff may purchase tickets in-person on Wednesday, March 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the CLC and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in the G.B. Hodge Center lobby. The first 200 student tickets given out will be free of charge. However, once that allotment is gone, students will have to purchase the tickets at $5 per person. The general public can purchase tickets at the main entrance of the G.B. Hodge Center beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

For more information on tickets for the Postseason Tournament, please call (864) 503-5865 or (864) 503-5893. Postseason Tournament Tickets at USC Upstate
Ticket Prices

$20         V.I.P. Courtside Seats
$15         Reserved ($8 for children ages 3-17)
$10         General Admission/Faculty & Staff
$5         Students (ages 3-17 and ASUN Schools with Valid ID)
Children 4 and under admitted free with paying adult