, Muskogee, OK

March 17, 2013

ORU, TU to extend season


— The Oral Roberts men’s basketball team will compete in a postseason tournament for the seventh time in the past nine years, having accepted a bid to the (CIT) Tournament.

The Golden Eagle (18-14) will travel to UT Arlington (19-13), which lost in the WAC championship game. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

It will be the second CIT appearance in three years for ORU, who lost to SMU in the first round of the tournament in 2011. UTA is making its first appearance in the tournament, but the second consecutive trip to the postseason. Both ORU and UTA competed in the NIT last year.

Starting last season, the CIT was expanded to 32 teams, and the brackets are designed geographically. The 2013 CIT Championship game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. The full CIT bracket will be released after the NCAA and NIT selections are complete.

Tulsa, meanwhile, will return to the College Basketball Invitational, a tourney the Hurricane won in 2008.

The Golden Hurricane (17-15) will be in Dayton, Ohio, for a first-round game at Wright State (21-12) on Wednesday. The start time not been determined.

While TU was defeated by Memphis in a Conference USA Tournament semifinal, Wright State was beaten by Valparaiso in the Horizon League’s championship game.