JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's men's basketball team will open up play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) on Thursday, March 16 at the SEFCU Arena against the University at Albany. Tip time is set for 7p.m.
The Peacocks will play in a national postseason tournament for the first time since 2010-11 when the team earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The Peacocks finished the regular season with a 14-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) record and a 19-13 overall mark. The 14 MAAC wins were a program record and the second place regular season finish was the best for a Peacock team since the 1988-89 campaign.
The Peacocks boasted one of the top scoring defenses in the country and led the league in five team statistical categories. Senior center Quadir Welton (Philadelphia, PA / Math, Civics and Science Charter) earned All-MAAC first team honors and led the team in scoring (12.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg) during the season. Senior guard Trevis Wyche (Neptune, NJ/Saint Peter's Prep) earned All-MAAC second team honors for the second consecutive year after averaging 11.4 points per game and leading the Peacocks in assists and the conference in assists to turnover ratio. Junior Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD/Col. Zadok Magruder (George Washington)) added 9.3 points per outing and sophomore Antwon Portley (Lancaster, TX/Lancaster) chipped in 7.8 points per contest. Senior Chazz Patterson (Browns Mills, NJ/Trenton Catholic) ranked second in the MAAC in steals per game and was named the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Peacock to win the honor and first Saint Peter's major award recipient since 2006. The Peacocks are coming off of a 73-65 loss to eventual MAAC champion, Iona College in the semifinal round of the 2017 MAAC Championship.
The UAlbany Great Danes enter the CIT with a 21-13 overall record on the season. Albany posted a 10-6 America East record and entered the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Great Danes made it to the America East title game for the fourth time in five seasons, falling to Vermont, 56-53 on Saturday in the championship game. This will be Albany's sixth straight postseason appearance. The Great Danes appeared in the CIT in 2012, hosting MAAC foe Manhattan, and falling 89-79, to the Jaspers. Albany then made three straight trips to the NCAA tournament from 2013-15, before playing in the CBI last year. This will be the first meeting between the two programs.
Tickets for the game are available through the UAlbany ticket office. Court side seats are $10, chairbacks are $7 and bleacher seats are $5.
At least 28 CIT games will be broadcast exclusively through Facebook Live, including all first round, second round and quarterfinal matchups. This enables the CIT to bring the excitement of postseason basketball to Facebook's global community of sports fans, which includes more than 650 million people connected to at least one sports Page on the platform.
The CIT semifinals and championship will be broadcast on CBS Sports for the fifth consecutive year.