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Post by PilotNut on Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:14 am

So, the information is starting to trickle out, and we can update this thread as we know more.

The UP Athletic Department has confirmed the following information:

The Pilots will be hosting a yet-to-be determined opponent on Wednesday, 3/18 at 7pm.  We may not know the opponent until as late as Sunday.  It is anticipated that tickets will cost $5 for students and $10 for adults.

I hear there is going to be an information blitz on this starting soon... and a full UP press release this afternoon.

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:23 am

This guy is nice enough to keep a CIT/CBI page with all confirmed entries.

http://www.nycbuckets.com/cbicit-tracking/

Looks like a pretty mediocre field so far but it'll get a bit stronger with a couple Big West schools in there.

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Post by blacksheep on Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:28 am

PilotNut wrote:So, the information is starting to trickle out, and we can update this thread as we know more.


I only have one question . . . Will my leftover Pilot Club beer tokens still work. Cheers!

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Post by PilotNut on Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:36 am

Terry Cahill wrote:Looks like a pretty mediocre field so far but it'll get a bit stronger with a couple Big West schools in there.

What's missing are the schools with better resumes that may be holding out for invites to the NCAA/NIT tourneys... and they wont know their fate until selection Sunday...

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Post by Woodless! on Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:09 pm

Guess we are pre-bowling...

Better win this CIT.

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:16 pm

Woodless! wrote:Better win this CIT.

Wins are good. Hey, I saw the CIT will have a 30-second shot clock too...so nice to get the returning players some experience with that if the NCAA does indeed go to 30 for all games next year.

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Post by blacksheep on Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:43 pm

Woodless! wrote:Guess we are pre-bowling...

Better win this CIT.

Yeah, that Pilot Nation bowling league is going to be a ghost town.

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Post by PilotNut on Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:44 pm

Portland Men’s Basketball to Host CIT First Round on Wednesday

On the Web: http://portlandpilots.com/news/2015/3/12/MBB_0312152930.aspx

PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Portland men’s basketball team has accepted a bid to the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and will host a first round game at the Chiles Center on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Tournament matchups will be announced no later than Sunday. This is the first postseason men’s basketball game hosted by Portland in program history.

“The opportunity to continue the season and provide our seniors with a chance to compete in front of our home fans once again is a great reward,” Portland Athletic Director Scott Leykam said. “We wanted to back up our commitment as a University by not just accepting a postseason bid, but also providing a home game. The ability to compete in postseason play not only is a reward to our graduating seniors, but also an opportunity for our staff and returning players to help grow the program for the future. We hope the Portland community creates a great Chiles Center atmosphere on Wednesday.”

Tickets start at $5 for kids/students and $10 for adults and will be general admission open seating. They will go on sale Monday at 11 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.TicketMaster.com, or in-person at the Pilot Box Office.

The first 500 student tickets will be purchased by the University of Portland Athletic Department and be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can swing by the Cove on Monday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to pick up the tickets. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Pilot Box Office in the Chiles Center.

This is the fourth postseason appearance in the last seven years for the Pilots under head coach Eric Reveno. Portland also competed in the CIT in 2009, 2010 and 2011 – the team went on the road for the opening round all three seasons.

“We are very excited to accept the invitation to the CIT,” Reveno said. “This team wants to compete for a championship and recognizes what a great opportunity this is to continue to grow as players and as a team. We also realize that this is a step in the process of building the program toward bigger goals. It is always great to be able to go out and compete against quality opponents and represent the University of Portland with pride.”
The Pilots (17-15) secured a postseason bid after making a run to the West Coast Conference Championship semifinals with a 69-52 upset of Saint Mary’s on Saturday. Portland was eliminated from the tournament with a loss to second-seeded BYU on Monday.

The CIT The official tournament website for the 2015 CIT is www.2015CIT.com. Schedules, results and all other tournament information will be updated regularly. Fans can interact on Twitter using hashtag #2015CIT and following @CollegeInsider.

Tournament Information
Dates:
Opening Round: March 17-18
Second Round: March 20-21
Quarterfinal Round: March 24-25
Semifinal Round: March 30
Championship Game: April 1

Format: The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament is a single-elimination tournament, consisting of five rounds, all games played on on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding. Bracketing will be done geographically into multiple regions of the country to minimize travel and missed class time. Brackets will be balanced competitively within each region. This process will take place after the NCAA and NIT Tournament fields are announced.

Coverage: CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Semifinal Round on Monday, March 30, 2015 and the Championship Game of the CIT on Wednesday April 1, 2015. Video streaming of the first round will be available at PortlandPilots.com. Radio for all Portland games will be on Sports 910 (KMTT) with pregame coverage beginning 30 minutes prior to tip-off.

(The bold was added by me for emphasis!)

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Post by blacksheep on Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:03 pm

PilotNut wrote:
Tickets start at $5 for kids/students and $10 for adults and will be general admission open seating. They will go on sale Monday at 11 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.TicketMaster.com, or in-person at the Pilot Box Office.

I'm going to get there early and sit in UP7587's seat!

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Post by up7587 on Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:58 pm

blacksheep wrote:
PilotNut wrote:
Tickets start at $5 for kids/students and $10 for adults and will be general admission open seating. They will go on sale Monday at 11 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.TicketMaster.com, or in-person at the Pilot Box Office.

I'm going to get there early and sit in UP7587's seat!

When I read that I was just thinking some jerk will be sitting in my seat. I was right.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:37 pm

blacksheep wrote:I'm going to get there early and sit in UP7587's seat!
up7587 wrote:When I read that I was just thinking some jerk will be sitting in my seat.  I was right.
Oh great, I guess I'll be moving across the arena to my "old" seat next to the student section!

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:48 am

Updated list of possible first round opponents. Took Beach off as their loss to Hawaii knocked them under .500 for the year. All except Grand Canyon (ineligible) and UNC (knocked out by NAU) are still in their conference tournaments.

#101 UC Santa Barbara (19-12)
#107 UC Irvine (19-12)
#124 Hawaii (21-12)
#142 Eastern Washington (24-Cool
#194 Northern Arizona (19-13)
#257 Northern Colorado (15-15)
#261 Seattle (15-14)
#269 Grand Canyon (17-14)

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:57 am

By the way...I see home games in the CIT were going for $35,000 last year. Does anyone want to start a crappy postseason tournament with me? Must have a sub-.500 record and can't be in a major conference to be eligible for this thing. Home games are a bargain at only $5,000 each, and with a 64-team tournament that means that we're taking in a total of $315,000 for doing nothing but sending out a few invites and setting up a bracket.

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Post by pilotram on Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:40 am

Home court revenge vs. UNCO would be nice.

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Post by NoPoNeighbor on Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:03 am

What about PSU? They finished their season last night at 15-14. I think they played in the CIT last year, against USD.

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:11 am

NoPoNeighbor wrote:What about PSU? They finished their season last night at 15-14. I think they played in the CIT last year, against USD.

I guess I just assumed that they'd try not to match the Pilots up with someone they've played already this year. PSU and Sac State fell into that category.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:55 pm

Eastern Washington has earned its way into the Big Sky final....I'm rooting for them and their automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

IMO, EWU is NOT a team the Pilots will want to play.

Hawaii, Seattle U, UCI, UCSB and N. Arizona all play tonight....so UP's opponent could be drawing closer to being named.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:29 pm

Watched EWU come from 11 down with a 21-6 run in the last 3+ minutes to beat Montana 69-65.  

I still assert EWU is not the team UP wanted to face in the CIT....and now they won't have to....

If I had a vote, I'd love to see UP face Cameron Dollar and his Seattle U. team....unless they beat NM St. tonight.  We need an I-5 rivalry to the north.

UCI is playing Hawaii right now...either team would be tough, but I'm not sure the Pilots want to run with the Rainbow Warriors or compete on the inside with UCI's 7-6/300 Mamadou Ndiaye or 7-2/260 Ioannis Dimakopoulos.

No wonder Conor Clifford transferred. Rolling Eyes

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:24 pm

Hawaii bounced by Irvine in the BW finals, and apparently won't play in the CBI or CIT.

So that leaves UCSB, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Seattle, and Grand Canyon on my non-exhaustive list of possibilities.

I'll agree with DD and guess Seattle. I know they try to keep travel costs down for the CIT.

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Post by Dean Murdoch on Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:07 am

I'm surprised I'm even allowed to post here anymore given how wrong I am about everything all the time.

@ailene_voisin wrote:Sac State's Hornets make D-1 postseason debut at Portland Pilots Wednesday in 32-team field of the http://t.co/W86J2hFn9s Postseason Tourney

I tried.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:41 am

Terry Cahill wrote:I'm surprised I'm even allowed to post here anymore given how wrong I am about everything all the time.

@ailene_voisin wrote:Sac State's Hornets make D-1 postseason debut at Portland Pilots Wednesday in 32-team field of the http://t.co/W86J2hFn9s Postseason Tourney

I tried.
Haha, as you well know, always being right or never being wrong is not a criteria for posting on PN.

I thought Sac St. or Seattle U might be the foes, but since UP has already played Sac St. and the Seattle U. matchup would have provided much more interest....I had to think Seattle U. would be the selection.

Obviously the selection committee, which is large and diverse, is paid to think otherwise.

Thirty-two teams....let the fun begin!

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:17 am

If it is indeed the Hornets that UP will play, there is one player in particular the Pilots must stop, senior SG Mikh McKinney.

McKinney put up 32 points against the Pilots back in mid-December and just last week was named the Big Sky MVP.

I also remember Sac St. was a lot better team than most of us expected.  UP was favored by 2 and won 80-75, but the Sac St. tandem guards were very tough at both ends of the court and the Pilots struggled at times.

UP had 19 turnovers, but there were almost an equal number of assists.  Thomas only missed one shot and was pretty dominant on the boards, but scored only a couple of points in the second half.

The game against Sac St. was the first game after the OSU O/T loss and was right after final exams.  It wasn't pretty, but the Pilots hung on without KB playing....but UP did have Riley Barker back in December.

KenPom currently ranks Sac St. at #198 and UP at #125, but Sac St. has the higher RPI, #142, while UP's RPI ranks #149. This should be a good match up....but from an interest and regional standpoint I would have preferred to see Seattle U.

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Post by PilotNut on Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:17 pm

Portland to Host Sacramento State in CIT First Round on Wednesday

On the Web:  http://portlandpilots.com/news/2015/3/15/MBB_0315155945.aspx

PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Portland men's basketball team will host the Sacramento State Hornets in the opening round of the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) at the Chiles Center on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. This is the first postseason men's basketball game hosted on the Portland campus in program history.

"The opportunity to continue the season and provide our seniors with a chance to compete in front of our home fans once again is a great reward," Portland Athletic Director Scott Leykam said. "We wanted to back up our commitment as a University by not just accepting a postseason bid, but also providing a home game. The ability to compete in postseason play not only is a reward to our graduating seniors, but also an opportunity for our staff and returning players to help grow the program for the future. We hope the Portland community creates a great Chiles Center atmosphere on Wednesday."

Tickets start at $5 for kids/students and $10 for adults and will be general admission open seating. They will go on sale Monday at 11 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.TicketMaster.com, or in-person at the Pilot Box Office. Doors will open one hour prior to tip-off and Pregame Pasta Dinner will be available, as well as all regular Pilot Club activities.

The first 500 student tickets will be purchased by the University of Portland Athletic Department and be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can swing by the Cove on Monday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to pick up the tickets. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Pilot Box Office in the Chiles Center.

Wednesday’s game will be a rematch from earlier this season when the Pilots pulled out an 80-75 win at Sacramento State on Dec. 14. It marked the lone home loss for the Hornets (20-11, 13-5 Big Sky) on the season. Brian Katz earned Big Sky Co-Coach of the Year Honors for the Hornets, while senior guard Mikh McKinney was the league’s Player of the Year.

This is the fourth postseason appearance in the last seven years for the Pilots (17-5) under head coach Eric Reveno. Portland also competed in the CIT in 2009, 2010 and 2011 – the team went on the road for the opening round all three seasons.

"We are very excited to accept the invitation to the CIT," Reveno said. "This team wants to compete for a championship and recognizes what a great opportunity this is to continue to grow as players and as a team. We also realize that this is a step in the process of building the program toward bigger goals. It is always great to be able to go out and compete against quality opponents and represent the University of Portland with pride."

The Pilots secured a postseason bid after making a run to the West Coast Conference Championship semifinals with a 69-52 upset of Saint Mary's on Saturday. Portland was eliminated from the tournament with a loss to second-seeded BYU on Monday.

In its seventh year of existence, the CIT consists of a 32-team field made up of non-BCS programs that were not selected to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC teams are not considered). All 31 games during the tournament are played on campus sites, with future round opponents determined by results of the previous round.

The CIT The official tournament website for the 2015 CIT is www.2015CIT.com. Schedules, results and all other tournament information will be updated regularly. Fans can interact on Twitter using hashtag #2015CIT and following @CollegeInsider.

Tournament Information
Dates:
Opening Round: March 17-18
Second Round: March 20-21
Quarterfinal Round: March 24-25
Semifinal Round: March 30
Championship Game: April 1

Format: The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament is a single-elimination tournament, consisting of five rounds, all games played on on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding. Bracketing will be done geographically into multiple regions of the country to minimize travel and missed class time. Brackets will be balanced competitively within each region. The tournament will use a 30-second shot clock as suggested by the NCAA Rules Committee.

Coverage: CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Semifinal Round on Monday, March 30, 2015 and the Championship Game of the CIT on Wednesday April 1, 2015. Video streaming of the first round will be available at PortlandPilots.com. Radio for all Portland games will be on Sports 910 (KMTT) with pregame coverage beginning 30 minutes prior to tip-off.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:43 pm

It would be nice if the Pilots can get to the Sweet 16 of the CIT, but as Coach Brown often reminds us from his time in Spain, "Un juego a la vez."

I believe Sac St. had its best Big Sky record ever this year (13-5) and they won 20 games, so they will be a tough matchup for UP.  

It's easy to say UP must limit its turnovers, dominate the boards, and shut down Big Sky Player of the Year, Mikh McKinney....but it might be more difficult to actually accomplish.  If they don't, there won't be a second round for the Pilots.

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Post by PilotNut on Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:06 pm

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It is not uncommon in these "other" tournaments to have teams not fully engaged in the game... some are disappointed that they didn't get in a better tourney, some just seem ready to have the season end, some are just excited to still be playing... which teams will we see on Wednesday? I hope to see the "vs SMC in Vegas" Pilots and not the "@ LMU" team.

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