CIT Tournament 2013 schedule and bracket: 1st round begins Tuesday

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32 teams begin the quest for the CIT title this week. Defending champion Mercer is not in the field.

32 teams will compete in the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, which gets underway on Tuesday night. This is the fifth year of the tournament's existence, and the second time it has had a field of 32 teams; it began in 2009 as a 16-team tournament.

Eight games will be played Tuesday, followed by eight more the following night. Once those contests are completed, the remaining 16 teams will be seeded and bracketed. Every game will be played at an on-campus site.

The second round will be played from March 22-24, the quarterfinals will follow on March 26-27 and the semifinals are set for March 29-30. The championship game, which will be televised by the CBS Sports Network, is scheduled for April 2. All of the other games in the tournament can be streamed online at Watchcollegeinsider.com.

Here's the schedule for the first round:

Tuesday

Eastern Kentucky at Gardner Webb (7 p.m. ET)
Fairfield at Kent State (7 p.m. ET)
Savannah State at East Carolina (7 p.m. ET)
Rider at Hartford (7:00 pm ET)
Oakland at Youngstown State (7:05 p.m. ET)
Boston University at Loyola MD (7:30 p.m. ET)
Tennessee State at Evansville (8 p.m. ET)
North Dakota at Northern Iowa (8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday

Elon at Canisius (7 p.m. ET)
Green Bay at Bradley (8 p.m. ET)
South Alabama at Tulane (8 p.m. ET)
Chicago State at Illinois-Chicago (8 p.m. ET)
Oral Roberts at UT Arlington (8:30 p.m. ET)
High Point at UC Irvine (10 p.m. ET)
Cal Poly at Weber State (10 p.m. ET)
Air Force at Hawaii (midnight ET)

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