March 15, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland men's basketball team will be in postseason play for the first time since the 1996 season as the Pilots have accepted an invitation to the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Portland play at the University of the Pacific in a first round game scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
The CIT is a 16-team field that includes selections based on, but not limited to, win-loss record, strength of schedule, strength of conference, and final ten games. It is a single-elimination tournament, consisting of four rounds, with the first three rounds being played at on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding. The inaugural championship game will be played at an on-campus site to be determined by seeding.
"It has been a year full of progress and milestones and this is just another step for us in building a program," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "Postseason play is a great experience for all the players and we're excited about the opportunity. In addition, all the teams we play now will be good and well prepared basketball teams. The ability to compete on the road against good teams is an area we want to see continued improvement and this tournament will provide a great opportunity."
Portland (19-12, 9-5 West Coast Conference) is the third WCC squad to earn a postseason bid, joining league champion Gonzaga (NCAA Tournament) and Saint Mary's (National Invitational Tournament). The Pilots posted the most wins in a season since going to the 1996 NCAA Tournament with a 19-11 overall record. Portland is one win away from posting only the second 20-win season in school history at the Division I level.
Pacific (19-12, 10-6 Big West Conference) came seconds away from earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament, but fell in overtime of the Big West Conference Championship game to Cal State Northridge, 71-66. The Tigers posted regular season wins over Nevada and Santa Clara.
All Portland postseason games will be on the radio at AM 970 (KCMD) with a live audio simulcast streamed at portlandpilots.com.
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Web Site: http://www.collegeinsider.com/tournament/about.html