What’s Next For Merrimack Men’s Basketball After NEC Title

Merrimack College head coach Joe Gallo jumps off a ladder and into his players arms after cutting down the net after defeating Central Connecticut in the final game of the season, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in North Andover. (Photo/Mary Schwalm)

The Merrimack men’s basketball team won the NEC regular-season championship last night with its over Central Connecticut State at Hammel Court.

Due to NCAA reclassification rules, the Warriors are ineligible for the NEC and NCAA postseason for this year, and the following three seasons.

But, that doesn’t mean the season is over for the Warriors.

Merrimack can play in the College Basketball Invitational or the College Insiders.com Tournament, two privately-run postseason tournaments. Merrimack has received an invite to at least the CIT.

Selection for the CBI and CIT is typically announced the same night as the NCAA Selection Show, which this season is scheduled to be held on March 15.

CBI Tournament

Founded 2007
Founder The Gazelle Group
No. Of Teams 16
Most Recent Champion South Florida
TV Partner ESPN-U
Entry Fee $50,000
Format Single Elimination

Championship is Best of 3

CIT Tournament

Founded 2009
Founder College Insider
No. Of Teams 20-32
Most Recent Champion Marshall
TV Partner CBS Sports Network
Entry Fee $30,000 (to host a game)
Format Single Elimination
About Mike McMahon 6332 Articles
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN


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