Canisius headed back to CIT, hosts Dartmouth

By Nick Veronica

citlogoFor the third consecutive year, Canisius will play in the postseason tournament.

The Griffs announced they will host a first-round game on Wednesday, March 18 against an opponent yet to be determined. UPDATE: The game will be against Dartmouth.

Canisius accepted the bid after finishing the year 16-14 overall and fifth in the MAAC. Two sources told IAGS on Saturday that the CIT was interested in having Canisius play in the tournament.

The CIT is a third-tier postseason tournament, below the NCAA and NIT and roughly on par with the CBI. Schools pay to host games in the CIT and are then free to keep whatever they make, but unlike the CBI, teams must have a winning record to be eligible. (The CBI is generally geared toward larger schools that can still draw audiences in down years and is more pricey than the CIT.)

The MAAC has a fund that helps schools pay for hosting postseason tournament games. A road game in the CIT is free, minus the cost of travel.

Tickets for the game go on sale Wednesday. Adults are $10, children under 12 are $5.

Canisius lost to VMI last year in the first round of the CIT. In 2013, Canisius beat Elon and Youngstown State before being eliminated by Evansville.