Weber State basketball accepts bid to CIT, will play at Cal State Fullerton

Sunday , March 12, 2017 - 9:36 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Despite a heartbreaking overtime loss in the Big Sky Championship game, Weber State’s season will continue in a post-season tournament.

The Wildcats (19-13) have accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and will play at Cal State Fullerton in the first round Thursday night.

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The Titans (17-14) play in the Big West Conference and lost in the semifinals of their conference tournament to UC Davis, a team Weber State beat by 28 this season.

“These guys love playing basketball,” WSU head coach Randy Rahe said after Saturday’s game. “We're going to find some place to go play and we're going to play our ass off.”

WSU has played in the CIT twice. The Wildcats made it to the championship game in 2013 and second round in 2012.

The tournament includes 32 teams from across the country. The second round is scheduled for March 17-20 and matchups will be determined after the conclusion of the first round.

“I'm happy that we get to play basketball with my teammates. I don't ever want to stop playing with them,” senior guard Jeremy Senglin said after Saturday’s loss. “To see that we can play another game, that's real good ... We're going to try and win (the tournament).”

The contest will be the sixth meeting between the two teams. The Wildcats hold a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series, with the lone loss coming in Weber State’s inaugural 1962-63 season.

Thursday’s game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. MDT and will be streamed live at facebook.com/2017CIT and broadcast on 1430 AM KLO.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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