March 12, 2012
Cal State Fullerton's men's basketball team will make its sixth Div. I post-season appearance when the Titans travel to Loyola Marymount Wednesday for a first-round game in the Fourth Annual CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
The Titans (21-9) tied for second place in the Big West Conference and posted the seventh 20-win season in the program's 52-year history. The Lions (19-12) placed fourth in the West Coast Conference at 11-5 behind NCAA tourney-bound Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and BYU. The Lions beat both Saint Mary's and BYU. Coach Max Good was the WCC coach of the year.
LMU participated in the CIT in 2010, losing in the first round to Pacific, which advanced to the championship game. The win totals this season are the highest since the 1989-90 team went to the NCAA Elite Eight.
"We're excited to have the post-season opportunity," said ninth-year Titans' Head Coach Bob Burton. "It's a tremendous honor. There's 300 and some Div. I programs in the country and we're one of the few still playing. It's great for the conference to get three teams (Long Beach State to NCAA, UC Santa Barbara to CIT) to post-season play."
Fullerton competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1978 and 2008 and the post-season NIT in 1983, 1987 and 2005.
Second-round pairings are based on geography and RPI ratings and are contingent upon first-round outcomes. The balance of the 32-team field consists of Robert Morris at Indiana State; Tennessee State at Mercer; Coastal Carolina at Old Dominion; Tennessee Tech at Georgia State; McNeese State at Toledo; and Utah Valley State at Weber State on Tuesday and Manhattan at Albany; Yale at Fairfield; Bowling Green at Oakland; Buffalo at American; North Dakota at Drake; Rice at Louisiana-Lafayette; UCSB at Idaho; and CSU Bakersfield at Utah State on Wednesday; and Kent State at USC Upstate on Thursday.
Tickets are available through the LMU ticket office at 310-338-5466. Lower reserved seats are \$25; upper bench seats are \$15; and student tickets are only \$5.
The Titans lead the series with the Lions, 13-11, but they haven't played each other since a 71-67 win in Titan Gym on Dec. 30, 2004, in Burton's first season at Fullerton.