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ECU Men's Basketball team heading to CIT

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

For the second time in three years, East Carolina will participate in postseason play after accepting a bid to compete in the fifth-annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament head coach Jeff Lebo announced Sunday.

Making the program's fifth postseason appearance in its nearly 50-year Division I history, ECU will host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) member Savannah State in the first round Tuesday, March 19, inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum at 7 p.m. It'll be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
 
"We are very excited about the opportunity to continue our season," Lebo said. "This group has earned the right to have its season extended and play in the postseason. It's another big step forward for our program.
 
"Savannah State is as good as a defensive team as we've played all season. They're a very experienced group and know what it's like to participate in postseason, playing at Tennessee in the NIT last year. They are a road tested team which played at UCF and Marshall and won at Campbell, a team we lost to at home. It's going to be a tough, challenging game."
 
Second-round CIT games will be played March 22-24, quarterfinal games March 26-27 and semifinal games March 29-30. The championship game will be played on April 2 and televised by CBS Sports Network. All games will be played on-campus sites. 
 
East Carolina last participated in the postseason and the CIT in 2011, suffering a 71-67 overtime loss to Jacksonville in the first round. The Pirates played that game without point guard Brock Young, who tore his ACL in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship. Jontae Sherrod led the Pirates with 26 points in his final game.
 
The Pirates finished the regular season with an overall record of 18-12 and tied for fourth-place in Conference USA with a program-best 9-7 league record. ECU won four of its final five regular season games before losing to C-USA championship tournament host Tulsa in the quarterfinals. 
 
Savannah State compiled a 19-14 overall record and finished tied for third in the MEAC with a record of 11-5. The Tigers' roster consists of one senior, seven juniors, four sophomores and one freshman for eighth-year head coach Horace Broadnax.
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