SignUp
Holiday Tickets 2014
Ice Hockey MM
Junior Josh Schuler and his UND teammates will be making their third straight appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Tuesday at Northern Iowa.
UND earns third straight postseason berth to CIT
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Tuesday 03/17/2013 22:56:58 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - This time there were no guarantees, but the University of North Dakota men's basketball team found out late Sunday night that it would play in the postseason for the third straight season. UND accepted an at-large bid from CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament officials to play Northern Iowa in the first round of the event.

This will be the third straight CIT appearance for UND, who earned the tournament's only automatic bid the previous two seasons by winning the Great West Tournament title. That scenario was not possible this season as UND (16-16) enjoyed a 12-8 campaign in its new league - the Big Sky Conference.

The Green and White advanced to the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament this past week before falling 76-74 to No. 2 seed Weber State in a contest UND led for most of the second half. UND's 69-52 quarterfinal victory over Southern Utah clinched postseason eligibility for the team.

As of right now, the UND-UNI game is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. A Winter Storm warning is in effect in the Midwest and could alter travel plans, which may force the contest to be played later in the week. That will be determined on Monday.

This will be UND's second trip to play in the McLeod Center this season as the Panthers (18-14, 11-7 Missouri Valley) knocked off the Green and White 72-47 on Nov. 17. That was the second of an eight-game stretch that UND (16-16) played without leading scorer Troy Huff, who returned to health to lead the Big Sky in scoring with a 19.2 ppg average.

Both head coaches in this contest will be facing their alma maters as well.  UNI's Ben Jacobson played at UND from 1990-93, while Jones was a four-year letterwinner at UNI from 1990-94.

This will be the fifth meeting between the head coaches since UND moved to the Division I ranks prior to the 2008-09 season and 83rd overall between the two schools. UND leads the all-time series 48-34.

-- UND --
Game Notes: Final Big Sky tune-up at Marquette
North Dakota's final tune-up before Big Sky play begins will be a tough one as the squad heads to Milwaukee to face Marquette Monday. MORE
UND posts 78-48 rout of Dickinson State
It took a while for North Dakota to get things rolling in its first home game in over a month, but the Green and White eventually settled in to post a 78-48 rout of Dickinson State Friday at the... MORE
Defending league champs square off in border battle Sunday
North Dakota closes its non-league slate with a tilt at South Dakota on Dec. 21 before tackling the Montana schools to lift the curtain on the Big Sky Conference schedule (Jan. 1-3). MORE
Graduation day for several UND student-athletes
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Thirteen student-athletes are among the candidates for graduation at Winter Commencement and Official Graduation Day this afternoon on the campus of the University of North... MORE
Idalski recaps the fall on UND Sports Extra
Head coach Brian Idalski was in studio to break down the women's hockey team's first half of the season, including last week's sweep at RIT. MORE

advertisement