Tulane men accept CIT bid

Associated Press file photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Tulane coach Ed Conroy shouts to his team during a game against Memphis in the Conference USA quarterfinals in Tulsa, Okla., on March 14. Conroy and the Green Wave open their season Sunday with an exhibition game against Loyola.
Associated Press file photo by SUE OGROCKI -- Tulane coach Ed Conroy shouts to his team during a game against Memphis in the Conference USA quarterfinals in Tulsa, Okla., on March 14. Conroy and the Green Wave open their season Sunday with an exhibition game against Loyola.

NEW ORLEANS — A day after its season appeared to end with a loss to Memphis in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals, the Tulane men’s basketball team received new life Friday with a bid to the CollegeInsider.com tournament.

The Green Wave (19-14) will host South Alabama (17-12) from the Sun Belt Conference at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“Our goal each season has been to make a postseason tournament, and we are very excited to be able to be a part of the CIT,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said in a release. “And even more excited to be able to play in Devlin Fieldhouse.”

It will be Tulane’s first postseason bid since 1999-2000, when the Green Wave lost at N.C. State in the first round of the NIT under former coach Perry Clark. Tulane’s last postseason tournament home game was in 1996, when it beat Illinois State to advance to the NIT semifinals.

The CIT, which began in 2009, has a 32-team field. The previous winners are Old Dominion (2009), Missouri State (2010), Santa Clara (2011) and Mercer (2012). Old Dominion advanced to the NCAA tournament and was 27-9 the year after it won the CIT.

At least one Conference USA team has been in the CIT each of the past three years. Rice reached the quarterfinals last season. East Carolina was in the field in 2011, and Marshall and Southern Miss participated in 2010.

South Alabama went 14-6 to finish second in the Sun Belt’s East Division. The Jaguars opened the season with a 76-71 victory at Florida State of the ACC but lost to eventual tournament champion Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt quarterfinals.