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'Lopes accept CIT Bid

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The Grand Canyon University men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and has been tapped to host a first-round game on Wednesday, March 19 against University of the Pacific. The full tournament schedule will be announced on Sunday, March 16.

Due to the current construction of Grand Canyon University Arena, the first-round CIT game will be played at Antelope Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The game is slated to be broadcast live in Phoenix on Cox7 or streamed online at www.collegeinsider.com. The game can be heard via radio on KKNT 960 AM in Phoenix and www.960thepatriot.com.

The 'Lopes, who finished their inaugural run through the Western Athletic Conference with a 15-14 overall record and 10-6 in-conference mark, will join the University of Nebraska-Omaha as the second transitioning school to ever receive a bid to play in the tournament.

Pacific went 15-15 overall this season, including a 6-12 mark in West Coast Conference play.

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament is a single-elimination tournament, consisting of five rounds, all games played on on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding.

This will be the sixth edition of the CIT, which has included past champions in Old Dominion, Missouri State, Santa Clara, Mercer and most recently, East Carolina. The 2009 and 2010 tournaments were contested by 16 teams. The 2011 CIT consisted of 24 teams. The field expanded to 32 in 2012.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Semifinal Round on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and Championship Game of the CIT on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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