The long postseason drought is over for Canisius College men’s basketball.
Canisius officially accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and will host a game against an opponent to be determined in the Koessler Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Golden Griffins will learn their opponent Sunday night.
The last time the Griffs played in the postseason was in 1996, when it lost to Utah in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It will be the first home game for Canisius in the postseason since a 1995 game against Washington State in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in Memorial Auditorium.
Under first-year coach Jim Baron, Canisius (18-13, 11-7 MAAC) broke a number of records and streaks in the season. Baron was named Wednesday as one of 21 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top mid-major head coach.
The team’s 18 wins are the most since 2000-01 and its 11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference wins are the most since 1998-99. The Golden Griffs’ 11 wins at Koessler are the most in school history.
This is the fifth season for the CIT, which will have a field of 32.
The championship game will be played April 2 and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. All CIT games will be played on campus sites.