Campbell to play in 2017 CIT

Chris Clemons (scarboroughphotography.com)
Chris Clemons (scarboroughphotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell has accepted a bid to play in the 2017 College Insider.com Postseason Tournament. The Camels were named a host institution for a first round contest.

Campbell's first round opponent is still to be determined, but will be announced in the coming days. The first round matchup will take place inside Gore Arena either Tuesday, March 14 or Wednesday, March 15. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m.

The CIT will be Campbell's first postseason appearance since the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Ticket information will be announced soon.

"It is truly an honor to participate in the College Insider.com Tournament," said Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan. "This is a culmination of a lot of hard work and a magical run to the Big South Championship game. I'm honored to be the coach of the Fighting Camels and am ecstatic about the direction of this young team. This is a natural step for this program and it will be a great experience for our student-athletes and fans."

Campbell (17-17) recorded three-straight wins in last weekend's Big South Championship to earn a spot in the title game as the seventh-seed. The Camels fell just short of a NCAA Tournament bid after losing to top-seeded Winthrop Sunday.

Sophomore guard Chris Clemons was named to the all-tournament team after scoring a Big South Championship record 140 points (35.0 ppg.) between the four contests. He scored 51 points in the Camels' quarterfinal win over second-seeded UNC Asheville and is currently the nation's third leading scorer with an average of 24.5 points per game.

The 2017 CIT will be the eighth in the history of the tournament. The CIT was created by CollegeInsider.com in 2009 in order to give deserving teams an opportunity to participate in the postseason.

Since then, the CIT has had more schools make their postseason debut (25) and more programs win their first-ever postseason game (24) than all other tournaments combined. In addition, the CIT has produced three NBA Lottery picks and two Top 10 selections including Damian Lillard (6th overall in 2012). Lillard was named 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year, marking the first time since 1955 that a tournament other than the NCAA Tournament had produced the NBA Rookie of the Year.

Past CIT Champions

2016 – Columbia

2015 – Evansville

2014 – Murray State

2013 – East Carolina

2012 – Mercer

2011 – Santa Clara

2010 – Missouri State

2009 – Old Dominion