YSU men will play in CIT

— The Younstown State men's basketball team is tournament-bound.

The Penguins have accepted an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), marking the school’s first postseason tournament appearance since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 1981-82.

YSU (17-15), which posted consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1985, will host its historic game on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:05 p.m. at Beeghly Center. The Penguins’ opponent has not been determined.

Tickets for the postseason game are $10 for reserved and $7 for general admission. YSU student tickets are free with a current and valid student ID.

Penguin Club members and season-ticket holders have until 5 p.m. on Friday to purchase tickets.

YSU coach Jerry Slocum, who has a 38-year career record of 672-475, said he was honored to have the ability to continue playing this season.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to play in the CIT,” Slocum said. “We are very proud of our program and our players to receive this opportunity to play in the postseason.”

YSU has not played in a postseason tournament since the 1976-77 NCAA Division II Tournament.

The CIT, which is in its fifth year, consists of 32 teams and 31 games played in the month of March. First-round games are March 19-20; second-round games will be played March 21-23; the quarterfinals will be held March 24-26; the semifinals are March 28-30; and the championship game is on April 2.

The CIT Championship Game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, April 2.

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