|Manhattan Accepts Postseason Invitation to CIT|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), marking the Jaspers first appearance in the postseason since 2006. Manhattan will be part of the 24-team field as the full bracket will be revealed Selection Sunday following the announcements of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and the National Invitation Tournament fields. With the bid, the Jaspers will be among the 140 teams of the 344 Division I programs to be playing postseason basketball in March.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to be playing in March," explained Manhattan first year head coach Steve Masiello. "Obviously all games this time of year are tough, otherwise teams wouldn't be here. It gives us a chance to get our young roster postseason experience. We look forward to getting off to a good start next week."
The CIT consists of six rounds, including a unique Second Round in which the top four remaining seeds receive byes. The tournament consists of 23 games with all contests played at on-campus sites, which are determined by seeding. Also, for the fourth straight year of the tournament's existence, the CIT Championship game will be televised live on Fox College Sports.
First Round games will be played March 13-15, followed the Second Round running from March 16-18. Quarterfinal games are scheduled for March 20-21 with the Semifinals on March 23-24. The CIT Championship game is set for Wednesday, March 28 with Fox College Sports announcers Dave Baker and Kyle Macy on the call.
The Jaspers enjoyed the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I in 2011-12 as they posted 14 more wins from last season finishing with a 20-12 overall record behind Masiello's leadership. It was the 11th 20-win season in the program's 106-year history and was the first since 2005-06. Manhattan finished third in the MAAC with a 12-6 conference ledger, despite being selected to finish eighth according to the conference's Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Manhattan was led by junior guard George Beamon who emerged as one of the top players in the MAAC, as well as in the region. Beamon garnered All-MAAC First Team honors after leading the conference in scoring with 18.6 points per game. Sophomore point guard Michael Alvarado and freshman forward Emmy Andujar also received All-MAAC accolades. Alvarado was named to the Third Team, while Andujar collected All-Rookie Team honors.
The Jaspers last postseason appearance was in 2006 when Manhattan advanced through two rounds of the National Invitation Tournament after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson and upsetting Maryland in College Park, Md.
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