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ETSU to play in CIT

March 12th, 2014 6:33 pm by Joe Avento

ETSU to play in CIT

East Tennessee State's basketball season is not quite finished.

The Bucs will play a home game in the Tournament on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against an opponent yet to be announced.

"I'm excited to be playing again," ETSU coach Murry Bartow said during a break from a recruiting trip. "There's a couple of things involved. Number one, I just love to play well with this current team and to win more games. It would be great to put together, hopefully, a great tournament.

"Then, number two, it's a huge bonus when you can get some extra practices. You can start looking toward next year with the thought in mind of maybe getting some guys in who haven't played as many minutes. So it's a little bit of both."

The CIT is a 32-team single-elimination tournament. The semifinals are set for April 1 and the championship game is April 3. The semifinals and final will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Although ETSU's opponent hasn't been named, speculation about a potential matchup with a couple of past and future Southern Conference rivals — Chattanooga and Western Carolina — began during last weekend's SoCon tournament in Asheville, N.C. 

Chattanooga, ETSU's most bitter rival from its days in the SoCon, lost to Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals. Western Carolina made the championship game, falling 56-53 to Wofford.

The ETSU-Chattanooga game would appear to be a natural matchup, considering the schools are old rivals with 75 games between the two. ETSU will play both schools next year when it leaves the Atlantic Sun for the SoCon.

ETSU lost to Florida Gulf Coast, 69-64, in the A-Sun tournament quarterfinals to fall to 18-15. The Mocs are 18-14 and had a 10-game winning streak along the way before finishing second to Davidson in the SoCon.

Western Carolina is 19-15 and had an impressive victory over Davidson in the SoCon semifinals. 

The Bucs are no strangers to the CIT. They made the semifinals of the tournament in 2011, falling to Iona in overtime after beating Furman and Ohio. 

Tickets can be purchased on-line or by calling the ETSU ticket office at (423) 439-3878. Season ticket holders can also log into their on-line account and purchase their regular seats.

Tickets will be e-mailed unless the customer selects to pick them up at will call on the day of the game.

The cost of the tickets ranges from $10 to $25. ETSU students will be admitted for free.

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