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Bulldogs Selected To CIT; Host Quinnipiac In First Round

Jack Montague. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jack Montague. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Teams Meet Wed., Mar. 19 In First Post Season Game In Lee Amphitheater

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the first time in its history, Yale will play a postseason game in the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs have accepted an invitation to the Tournament (CIT) and will host Quinnipiac on Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 7 p.m.

Yale has been invited to the postseason in three of the last four years. The Bulldogs played in the 2012 CIT, losing to Fairfield in the first round, and were asked to participate in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) but had to decline because several players were overseas on pre-arranged educational trips.

Overall, Yale will be making its sixth postseason appearance. The Bulldogs went to the NCAA Tournament in 1949, 1957 and 1962 and took part in the 2002 NIT where they played a second round game at the New Haven Coliseum against Tennessee Tech.

"Postseason play is always special, and to be playing in the CIT at home is really exciting for our program," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.

Yale (15-13, 9-5 Ivy) was second in the Ivy League, its best finish since 2006-07. The Bulldogs, who posted a winning overall record for the third time in the last four years and a winning league mark for the fourth straight year, lead the league in rebounding (+4.5 margin) and have outrebounded their last 11 opponents.

Yale will face a stiff challenge from Quinnipiac on the boards. The Bobcats (20-11, 14-6 MAAC) are the nation's top rebounding team with a +11.8 margin. Quinnipiac also averages 16.8 offensive rebounds, which is tops in the nation.

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

Tickets are now available online at: Prices are $8 - $10 for general admission, $10 - $15 for reserved, and $25 for floor seats. Yale students will receive free admission with their ID.

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.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity