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CIT 2017 bracket: Full field of 26 teams announced

North Carolina A&T v Liberty Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The College Insiders.com Tournament has been around for eight seasons now, and unlike the NCAA Tournament, it features mostly low-major schools. The CIT selection committee features 10 athletic directors, while the regional selection committee features names you’ve probably heard of before, such as Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, and Arthur Hightower.

The McClendon Classic will be an annual part of the CIT, an 9-year-old postseason tournament that accommodates the expanding ranks of Division I basketball. This season, the tournament will also include the Hugh Durham, Lou Henson and Riley Wallace Classics,

The CIT does not use a bracket format, like the NCAA Tournament does. As a result, the second-round games are determined after all the first-round games are played. This holds true when to determining matchups in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

The teams

(in no particular order, since the CIT does’t put the teams with seeds)

Albany
Ball State
Cal State Fullerton
Campbell
Canisius
Farfield
Fort Wayne
Furman
Georgia State
Houston Baptist
Idaho
Jacksonville
Lamar
Liberty
Norfolk State
Saint Francis
Saint Peter’s
Samford
Stephen F. Austin
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Texas State
UMBC
UNC Asheville
USC Upstate
UT Martin
Weber State

TV & online streaming

All games of the CIT will be streamed online via Facebook Live. The semifinals and championship game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

Schedule

First round

Monday, March 13
Norfolk State at Liberty, 7:05 p.m. ET (Coach John McLendon Classic)

Tuesday, March 14
Saint Francis at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. (Hugh Durham Classic)
Houston Baptist at Campbell, 7 p.m.
Canisius at Samford, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15
Ball State at Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. (Lou Henson Classic)
Fairfield at UMBC, 7 p.m.
Georgia State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin at Idaho, 11 p.m.

Thursday, March 16
Saint Peters at Albany, 7 p.m.
Furman at USC Upstate, 7 p.m.h
UNC Asheville at UT Martin, 8 p.m.
Lamar at Texas State, TBD
Weber State at Cal State Fullerton, 10 p.m. (Riley Wallace Classic)

Second round

March 17-20

Quarterfinals

March 23-26

Semifinals

Wednesday, March 29
Semifinal 1, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Semifinal 2, 9 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Championship

Friday, March 31
Semifinal winners, 9 p.m, CBS Sports Network