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2017 CIT opens up with the second annual John McLendon Classic

On Monday night, Ryan Kemrite and the Liberty Flames will go for their 20th win of the year when they host Norfolk State in the second annual John McLendon Classic to open the 2017 CIT. (Source: Liberty University)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Post-season basketball is back!

On Sunday night, the fields were released for the four post-season tournaments that will take place over the next four weeks. The 68 teams who are participating in the NCAA Tournament were released first, followed by the fields for the NIT, CIT, and CBI.

It’s worth noting that the Vegas Sixteen event that was introduced last season will not be played this season, but the founders are hopeful that it can return next year.

Arguably our favourite tournament, from a sheer team standpoint, is the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The field is composed of ‘mid-major’ programs who are deserving of a post-season berth, and it uses the old NIT format, where there is no set bracket.

The CIT has several marquee games in the first round which pay homage to past coaches in college basketball. They have added several ‘classics’ to this year’s slate, which adds more appeal to the event.

The second annual John McLendon Classic will be played on Monday night, which opens up post-season play across the country. The Liberty Flames will play host to the Norfolk State Spartans, in what is a great way to kick off an exciting three-week stretch of post-season basketball. Continue reading 2017 CIT opens up with the second annual John McLendon Classic

RECAP: Norfolk State edges Maryland-Eastern Shore for eighth straight victory, 75-69

Jonathan Wade scored a team-high 21 points, and the Norfolk State Spartans edged Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon for their eighth straight win.
Jonathan Wade scored a team-high 21 points, and the Norfolk State Spartans edged Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon for their eighth straight win.

NORFOLK, Va. — Once again, the Norfolk State Spartans are in contention for the MEAC title, and they are one of the hottest teams in the country that nobody is talking about.

The Spartans burst onto the national scene back during the 2012 NCAA Tournament, when they knocked off the 2-seed Missouri Tigers in the Round of 64 as a 15-seed themselves. While they would fall in the next round, the Spartans garnered national attention that was well deserved.

Fast forward to 2017, and the Spartans are once again trending upwards in the MEAC. On Saturday, they put their seven game winning streak on the line when they welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to Norfolk, VA.

It was the only meeting between the two this season, and the Spartans were looking to keep on the right track, while the Hawks were looking to move up in the MEAC standings.

Early on, the Hawks took control, leading by as many as 16 points late in the first half. They held a slim two-point lead with under four minutes to play in the game, but the Spartans completed their comeback shortly thereafter.

Thanks to a 21-point, 11-rebound performance from Jonathan Wade, the Spartans clawed their way back in the second half and extended their winning streak to eight with a 75-69 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Continue reading RECAP: Norfolk State edges Maryland-Eastern Shore for eighth straight victory, 75-69