Cards to Face UTSA in CIT Opening Round


The Lamar University men's basketball team found out they had qualified for the 2018 Tournament (CIT) Sunday evening, and Monday morning they were told who their opponent would be. The Cardinals will face former Southland Conference member UTSA (19-14) Wednesday at 7 p.m. in San Antonio.

It marks the second consecutive year that LU has qualified for the CIT, as well as the second-straight year the Red and White will open the tournament against a former Southland Conference member (LU played at Texas State last season).

The Cards make their way into the postseason after a 19-win campaign that saw them finish tied for fifth in the Southland Conference. The Roadrunners (19-14) head to the CIT after having won 19 games and finishing fifth in the Conference USA standings with an 11-7 (.611) record. The Roadrunners won nine of their last 12 games before getting bounced from the CUSA tournament by Marshall in the second round.

For the Cardinals, the trip to San Antonio will be the team's 12th appearance in the postseason and its second consecutive in the CIT. The Cardinals have made six appearances in the NCAA Championships, with the last appearance coming in 2012. The Cardinals have also made four trips to the NIT, with the last appearance coming 1986. Big Red is 5-6 (.455) all-time in the NCAA Championships, and 2-4 (.333) in the NIT. Last year, the Cardinals dropped a 70-60 decision at Texas State in the CIT.

Former Southland Conference foes, the Cardinals have a long history against UTSA. The Cardinals lead the all-time series 19-14 (.576), and have won two straight and three of the past five meetings. The Cardinals are a game over .500 all-time against UTSA in San Antonio (9-8/.529). Wednesday's meeting will be the first between the two schools since the 2016-17 season when the Red and White recorded a 20-point victory, 78-58. Wednesday's game will be the first between the two schools in San Antonio since the 2010-11 season.

The game against the Roadrunners is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. from the Convocation Center in San Antonio. It can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI. Possible second-round matchups have not yet been released.

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