|Idaho accepts CIT bid|
MOSCOW, Idaho - University of Idaho men's basketball accepted an invitation on Thursday to participate in its second CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in three years, as the Vandals will play at San Francisco on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.
"We're very happy to still be playing, and to be in the CIT is a great thing for our basketball team and our program," Idaho head coach Don Verlin said.
The game will be played at USF's War Memorial Gym. San Francisco is 17-14 this season after being eliminated in the semifinal round of the West Coast Conference Tournament last week. Idaho is 18-13 overall after falling in the quarterfinal round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Idaho and USF have faced each other four times in a series that dates to 1939. It's a 2-2 split, with the last being an 86-85 USF win at the 1992 Big Island Classic, played at Hawai'i.
"I don't know much about them," Verlin said of USF. "I watched them a little the other night and I know they had a really good year and they finished third in the WCC, so it's going to be a tough game."
This will be Idaho's second CIT appearance. The Vandals played in the tournament in 2009, Verlin's first season at Idaho. The Vandals beat Drake, 69-67, in the opening round at Memorial Gym, then fell in the second round at Pacific, 69-59.
"We're just hoping it's a preview of things to come," Verlin said of the bid. "We just want to continue to build this program, and we want to take the necessary steps to keep playing in things like the CIT and to get to the NCAA tournament in the near future."