March 11, 2011
DALLAS (SMU) -The SMU men's basketball team is back in the post-season for the first time since 2000, as the Mustangs have accepted a spot in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). SMU will host a home game on Wednesday, March 16, at Moody Coliseum against an opponent to be determined Sunday night.
"We are excited to be playing post-season basketball," said SMU head coach Matt Doherty. "I'm happy for our team and this great group of seniors and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to share this experience with our fans here at Moody. It will be great."
The CIT is a 24-team tournament that features 12 first-round games. Four of the teams that win first-round games will advance to the quarterfinals, while the other eight teams will play for the right to advance to the quarterfinals.
Tickets are on sale now and start at just $10. To purchase, call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-SMU-GAME (768-4263) or click here.
SMU already has its highest win total (17) since 2002-03 and had its most league wins (8) in Conference USA. Three Mustangs earned Conference USA postseason honors. Senior forward Papa Dia was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the All-Conference USA First Team and Conference USA All-Defensive Team. Junior forward Robert Nyakundi was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team and senior guard Collin Mangrum earned selection to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.
PLEASE NOTE: Current SMU season-ticket holders should call the SMU Ticket Office as soon as possible to purchase their CIT tickets. Any unsold season tickets will be released to the public for sale at 4 p.m. on Monday.