Missouri State won the CIT in 2010.

Missouri State won the CIT in 2010.

Missouri State  has been selected as a host site for the opening round of the CIT men’s basketball postseason tournament.  The Bears (20-12) will host Murray State (18-11) at 7:05 p.m., in the first round of the 32-team event. Complete pairings for the CIT will be available after Sunday’s NCAA and NIT selections are complete.

“We’re very excited to be playing in the postseason and to be playing a quality program,” said MSU head coach Paul Lusk. “Murray State has a great basketball tradition and will be a good opponent.”

MSU won the second annual CIT event in 2010 with victories over Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Creighton and Pacific to complete a 24-12 season. With 8 lettermen back the following season, the Bears finished with a 26-9 record and claimed the 2011 MVC regular-season title.

The CIT begins with first-round games on campus sites March 18-19 and continues with second-round games March 22-23. The quarterfinals (March 25-26), semifinals (March 28-29) and finals (April 1) are also played on campus sites. In an effort to minimize travel and missed class time, the CIT uses a format that determines pairings after each round is complete.

Tickets will go on sale this morning, (Thursday, March 13) at 10 a.m., at the MSU Athletics Box Office in JQH Arena, by phone at (417) 836-7678 or on-line at MissouriStateBears.com/tickets. Tickets are $10 for all lower-level seats, $5 for upper-level and bleacher seats, and free for all Missouri State students with a valid BearPass ID. Loge and courtside tickets are available for purchase by phone or in person at JQH for just $20.