The NJIT Highlanders will host their quarterfinal game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) on Thursday, March 28 at the Wellness and Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Free Stream: WatchCIT.com)
TICKETS: CIT Quarterfinals, NJIT vs. TBD | Thursday, March 28
The CIT, which awards the top three seeds of the tournament a bye in the second round, uses the old NIT model in which there is no set bracket. Future round opponents are determined by the results of the previous round with all games played at on-campus sites.
NJIT (22-12) eliminated Quinnipiac (16-15) in the first round of the CIT at the Wellness and Events Center on Monday, March 18, 92-81.
Sophomore Zach Cooks scored a career-high 34 points on 12-20 field goals, including 4-7 from three-point range. Junior Shyquan Gibbsfinished with 15 points and a team-high seven assists while senior Diandre Wilson added 15 points.
The win marked NJIT's record-breaking 22nd victory, the most wins in program history in the Division-I era, surpassing the 21-12 mark set in 2014-15.
NJIT is currently participating in its third CIT. In both of their previous CIT appearances in 2015 and 2016, the Highlanders advanced as far as the semifinals. NJIT is 7-2 all-time in the CIT and 7-0 on home court.
Many programs have benefited from playing in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, which has had more schools make their postseason debut (26) and more programs win their first-ever postseason game (34) than all other tournaments combined during the ten seasons since the CIT was established in 2009.
Schools have also seen an impact the following season and beyond. Five participants from the 2018 CIT are currently in first-place in their respective conferences. Five more schools are within two games of first-place and a total of 11 programs are on track to win 20 or more games this season.
Heading into the second week of February there were four schools still unbeaten in Conference play. Two played in the NCAA Tournament last season (Gonzaga and Tennessee) and the other two played in the 2018 CIT (Sam Houston State and Wofford).
Tickets are available for purchase on www.NJITtix.com. Adult general admission tickets start at $15 while tickets for youth under the age of 12-years-old are $5.