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Portland Accepts CIT Invitation

March 10, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Portland men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) for the third consecutive season and will open the tournament at Hawaii in a first round matchup on Tuesday at 10 p.m. (Pacific). The game will be available on the radio at 800 AM (KPDQ) with a 30-minute pregame show.

The complete CIT bracket will be announced on Sunday, March 13. The CIT will feature eight first-round games. Four of the teams that win first-round games will advance to the quarterfinals, while the other teams will play for the right to advance to the quarterfinals. All games will be played at on-campus sites as determined by seeding and bracketing is done geographically to minimize travel and missed class time. Second round games are scheduled to be played March 18-19.

Portland (20-11) secured its second consecutive 20-win season and has the third most wins in school history entering the tournament. The Pilots feature four seniors, including All-West Coast Conference forward Luke Sikma and three-time All-WCC honorable mention selection Jared Stohl. Sikma leads the WCC in rebounding (10.5) and double-doubles (14), while Stohl is the No. 7 scorer in school history.

The Rainbows (18-12) finished 8-8 in the Western Athletic Conference and bowed out of the first round of the WAC Tournament on Wednesday with a 75-74 loss to San Jose State. Hawaii is 13-4 at their home arena this season and has faced common Portland opponents in Utah (W), Nevada (L/W), Idaho (L/L), Boise State (L/W) and UC Davis (W).

Hawaii owns an 11-8 all-time series record advantage over Portland, including a 9-4 mark in Honolulu.

Portland has traveled on the road each season in the CIT, losing in 2009 at Pacific (82-76) and dropping an 81-73 decision last season at Northern Colorado.

Missouri State won last year's CIT event with a 78-65 victory over Pacific in the title game. In 2009, Old Dominion captured the inaugural CIT crown with a 66-62 win at Bradley.

Fox College Sports will broadcast the championship game of the CIT on March 30.

-from portlandpilots.com