Monday, March 14, 2016

SSU Men’s Basketball To Host CIT Game vs. UT-Arlington

SAVANNAH, Georgia  --  The Savannah State men's basketball team will host the University of Texas at Arlington in the first round of the Tournament (CIT) on March 16 at 7 p.m. in Tiger Arena.

This will be Savannah State's second appearance in the CIT, having last played in the tournament in 2013.

The Tigers enter the tournament with a 16-15 record. SSU entered the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament as a fifth seed and advanced to the semi-finals where they lost to the eventual MEAC tournament champion, Hampton.

SSU is led by a trio of players in Troyce Manassa, Chris Martin and Lenjo Kilo.

Manassa averages 12.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while Martin averages 12.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists while Kilo averages 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

UT Arlington competes in the Sun Belt Conference and  has an overall record of 23-10. The Mavericks lost in the Sun Belt semifinals to Louisiana-Monroe.

Kevin Hervey leads four UT Arlington players who average in double figures with 18.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

This year's CIT features a 26-team field.  The first round of the CIT will take place March 14th-16th followed by the second round March 18th-20th with the Quarterfinals March 22nd-24th. The Semifinals on March 27th will broadcast on the CBS Sports Network along with the Championship Game on March 29th.  Additionally, all games will be streamed lived on SIDEARM Sports which is the number one provider of college athletics.

 The CIT uses the old NIT model in which there is no set bracket. Future round opponents are determined by the results of the previous round.


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