BOSTON, Mass. — The CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) is entering its 10th season of operation in 2017-18, and it will look to continue the success it has had over the years.
Back in 2009, College Insider founders Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer took the step of creating a post-season tournament to give more programs from across the country an opportunity to take part in a post-season tournament. It started as a 16-team field, with the Old Dominion Monarchs capturing the inaugural title.
Since then, the field has been expanded to 24-teams, and now sits at a 32-team event that features teams from outside of the high-major conferences. The event has seen its attendance numbers double in each season, per College Insider’s history page, and it will look to continue that this season as the event caps off a successful first decade.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — After disaster struck the U.S. Virgin Islands this past off-season, the 2017 Paradise Jam was moved to Lynchburg, VA, and was hosted by the Liberty Flames.
On Wednesday, the tournament committee announced that the 2018 edition of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam would indeed return to St. Thomas, and they announced a star-studded field to go along with it.
PORTLAND, OR. — It’s not how you start a game, but how you end it.
On Thursday night, in their opener at the PK80 Invitational Tournament, the Michigan State Spartans looked like a different team in the second half when compared to the first half. The Spartans took on the DePaul Blue Demons without the services of sophomore Miles Bridges, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle sustained in their last outing.
Michigan State led 10-2 early on, but allowed the Blue Demons to stay within striking distance. The teams went into the break tied at 31-all, and the Spartans were struggling on both ends of the floor.
In the second half, Matt McQuaid put the team on his back and help the Spartans put separation between themselves and the Blue Demons.
MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been crowned the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitationalchampions, after beating the Wichita State Shockers, 67-66, coming back from a 16-point deficit to take home the title.
The last time these two programs faced each other was in 2015 during the regional semi-final of the NCAA Tournament in which the Irish came out victorious, beating the Shockers in a close one, 81-70.
It was a game that the college basketball world wanted and expected to see on the last day of the tournament: #13 Notre Dame vs #6 Wichita State; two teams that always seem to fly under the radar, but are among the best in the country.
After a week full of basketball games in Maui, this one certainly didn’t disappoint.
MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face their biggest opponent to date in #6 Wichita State after demolishing the LSU Tigers in the semi finals, 92-53.
The last time these two programs faced each other was during the regional semi-final of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, in which the Irish took down the Shockers, 81-70.
This was a game that everyone expected to happen, but also what everyone wanted as two of college basketball’s great but underrated programs will clash for the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament title.
Notre Dame is proving they are a force to be reckoned with on the court, behind their big three in Matt Farrell, Bonzie Colson and the emerging T.J. Gibbs, while Wichita State is constantly snubbed every year but have the talent to be a top three team.
MAUI, HI – After opening their 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament with a win over Division II’s Chaminade, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the LSU Tigers, demolishing them 92-53 in the semi-finals.
The winner of this game would go on to play the sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers in the finals, who punched their ticket earlier Tuesday with a win over the Marquette Golden Eagles, 80-66.
This was only the second-ever meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Tigers, with LSU claiming a victory back in 1990 in front of a then-record breaking crowd of over 68,000, led by NBA Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal.
Notre Dame made sure this game had a different result, and boy did it ever.