CSU Basketball Earns At-Large Bid to 2015 NIT
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State men's basketball team will continue its record-setting season in the 2015 National Invitation Tournament, as the Rams earned a No. 1 seed. The NIT selection committee announced the bracket Sunday evening.
Colorado State (27-6), was selected as a recipient of one of 32 bids, and will host No. 8-seeded South Dakota State Wednesday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, and will tip at 8 p.m. MT.
Considered part of the NCAA bracket's "First Four Out," CSU, ranked No. 30 in the RPI heading into Sunday, became the highest-rated team to be left out of the NCAA tournament field since the league expanded the championship in 2011. The Rams were widely considered to be a part of the 68-team field by an overwhelming majority of bracketologists.
First-round games will be played March 17 and 18. Second-round games will be played March 20-23 and quarterfinal games will be played March 24 and 25. Following the on-campus matchups in which the higher seed hosts, the remaining teams will travel to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the semifinal round and championship games on March 31 and April 2, respectively.
Colorado State is making its first NIT appearance under head coach Larry Eustachy, its first since the 2010-11 campaign, and its eighth overall in program history. CSU last played in the NIT in 2011, falling in the first round to Fairfield at Moby Arena. The Rams' best NIT finish was in 1988, when former coach Boyd "Tiny" Grant led the Rams to a third-place finish, defeating Boston College in the consolation round, following a loss to Ohio State in the semis.
Colorado State has won a school-record 27 games entering the tournament, surpassing the old mark of 26 victories set by Eustachy's first CSU team in 2012-13, which included an NCAA Tournament victory over the Missouri Tigers in the Round of 64.
South Dakota State is 23-10 entering tournament action. The Jackrabbits tied for the Summit League's regular-season crown and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament, falling to North Dakota State, 57-56, on Tuesday.
CSU's matchup against South Dakota State is the first in school history. SDSU is making its first appearance in the NIT, following a trip to the College Basketball Invitational last season and two automatic NCAA tournament berths in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
Tickets Information: A limited number of tickets remain available for purchase by season-ticket holders and Ram Club members by calling the CSU Rams ticket office - 970-491-RAMS (7267) - starting Monday at 8 a.m. MT. The ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.