ECU Men Headed to CIT

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's basketball team accepted an invitation to play in the 2011 Postseason Tournament (CIT), marking its first postseason appearance since the 1993 NCAA Tournament.

ECU will play host to Jacksonville University on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

"It's a very nice reward for a special season and our team is excited to continue playing," Pirate head coach Jeff Lebo said. "The Pirate Nation has created a significant home court advantage for us all year long and are ecstatic to be playing in front of them at least once more. We are looking forward to them creating another great environment for us Tuesday night."

Tickets for the 2011 CIT are $15 and are available on-line at Season ticket holders have until 5 p.m. Monday to purchase their same season ticket location. Any seats not purchased by 5 p.m. Monday will be released to the general public. The ECU athletic ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Fans may purchase tickets on-line or at the main athletic ticket office located off Berkley Dr. behind Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Due to the quick turnaround needed to accommodate ticket purchasers in an efficient manner, phone orders will not be accepted.

ECU Student tickets are available for $5 (a limit of one at this rate), students may purchase additional guest tickets for $15. Tickets may be ordered on-line at Students may pick up their tickets in person beginning Monday at noon at the Minges Coliseum Box Office. The box office will also be open for students at 10 a.m. Tuesday. ECU students will be required to show their ONECARD with their ticket for admission. Tickets are based on availability.

The Pirates earned the postseason berth after posting a 18-15 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championships. ECU finished tied for seventh-place with a program-best eight wins in Conference USA play and advanced out of the first round of the championship tournament for the first time, after going winless in its first seven appearances.

Jacksonville compiled a 19-11 overall record and a 13-7 ledger in the Atlantic Sun Conference finishing in third-place. The Dolphins earned their signature win of the season on Dec. 20 with a 71-68 overtime victory at then-No. 20 Florida. JU participated in the NIT each of the previous two seasons after capturing consecutive A-Sun regular season championships. The Dolphins defeated Arizona State in the first round a year ago.

East Carolina has posted its first winning season in 14 years and second-most wins in its Division I history under first-year head coach Jeff Lebo. He has directed the biggest single-season turnaround in school's Division I history, matching the eight-game improvement between the 1967-68 and 1968-69 campaigns. A win in the first round of the CIT would match the record of 19 established by the 1974-75 team. It would also tie Lebo with former skipper Dave Patton for most wins by a first-year coach. Patton led the Pirates to 19 wins during the aforementioned 1974-75 campaign.

This season's CIT invitation marks the fourth time in ECU's Division I history that the Pirates has advanced to the postseason. Previously, East Carolina has made two NCAA Tournament appearances (1972 and '93) and played in the Collegiate Commissioner's Invitational in 1975.

The Postseason Tournament is a single-elimination men’s Division I college basketball tournament. The CIT consists of five rounds, with all five rounds being played at on-campus sites.

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  • by @ cit typical ecu on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    First of all, you are the one who compared ECU to other schools (UNC etc.). Secondly, you should work on your lack of command of the English language, before you criticize others.
  • by cit typical ecu on Mar 15, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    One more thing and i am gone for good! I got into UNC, I may go to grad school there or Duke. I have gotten into both ! I am so glad I went to a great private high school so this Ecu thing will not hurt me to much.
  • by cit typical ecu on Mar 15, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    @Darren first of all so true I should not have gone there,I got in elsewhere to! I made a mistake! next I know other schools have problem athletes I was mostly talking about english speaking ability or lack thereof besides I am tired of college fans justifying their schools behavior by pointing and sayin they do it to like a 1st grader would! enjoy your dream world but deep down you know I is right:)
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    Hey CIT typical ECU, you should have never came to ECU to begin with. Your best bet is to hand over and forfeit your degree. To think it's just ECU having football players in trouble is about as narrow minded as you could be. Look at all the thugs in those schools from Florida, Alabama (4 Auburn football dudes recently being kicked off), and California. While at it, just stay off of the page before embarrassing yourself with your ignorance. Hummm? it's been that way for years. We've always got more respect from UVA, Clemson, and Va Tech than from these in state ACC schools.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    i know this isnt the big dance... but it is a marked improvement for a program which has always struggled
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    i know this isnt the big dance... but it is a marked improvement for a program which has always struggled
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    CIT typical ECU - is your typical wal-heel fan. Talks big game about a school he never attended. And will try to put your school down any chance he gets. He and JDLadd twins. An lease don't claim being an alumni. We don't want you!!!!
  • by to CIT typical ECU on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    Soory we don't have that outstanding track record like UNC does. You are talking bad about ECU and talking up UNC when they are in the middle of and academic cheating scandal and agents paying players. You are something else. WOW....sorry we at ECU can't be that classy as the ones at and I am sure you are going to come on here and say..oh you can't prove that....get real. You are the one that pulls for a school that would not accet you and then trash your own university...that is sad.
  • by Dave Location: Right here right now on Mar 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    Why do you people constantly live in the past? Nobody remembers the ECU/UNC game OR the Peach Bowl of the early 1990's. Have fun in the CIT ECU fans. I have my own meaning to the acronym CIT but WITN wouldn't post it.
  • by CIT typical ECU on Mar 15, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    memery LOL 2 full halves lol How many halves in a game? 2 so they could not have stuck with them the whole game and lost by 20 ! People stop taking up for mediocrity like ECU !

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