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Sports / Recreation

Rams host Fairfield in NIT

March 12, 2011
By Tony Phifer

The CSU men's basketball team will play Fairfield on Tuesday night after earning its first NIT berth since 1999.

Fourth-year CSU coach Tim Miles and the Rams will host Fairfield on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.The NIT is coming to Fort Collins!

The CSU men’s basketball team will host Fairfield at 7 p.m. Thuesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The game will mark CSU’s first appearance in the 32-team NIT since the 1998-99 season and seventh overall. It will be the Rams’ first postseason home game since beating Colorado in the second round of the NIT in 1999.

Rams back in the postseason

The Rams (19-12), who lost to New Mexico on Thursday in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament, will be looking for their first 20-win season since 1997-98, when they finished 20-9. CSU, enjoying its best season under fourth-year coach Tim Miles, played last season in the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament, losing 74-60 at Morehead State to finish 16-16.   

The Rams will be led by senior forward Andy Ogide, a first-team all-MWC and all-district selection. Ogide has emerged as one of the best interior players in the West and one of the top forwards in CSU history.

The Rams also hope to have senior Adam Nigon available. Nigon, a former walk-on, had to miss the MWC Tournament after suffering a toe injury in practice.

Fairfield a very strong team

Fairfield (24-7, 15-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) won the MAAC regular-season championship before falling in the conference semifinals to Saint Peter’s. The Stags are led by top scorer Derek Needham, who averages 14.0 points per game.

CSU is a No. 3 seed while Fairfield is a No. 6. If the Rams win they will face the winner of the game between No. 2 Saint Mary's and No. 7 Kent State, with time, date and site to be determined. Colorado is the No. 1 seed in CSU's bracket.

Tickets on sale

Tickets, which cost $15, go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday. Season-ticket holders and Ram Club members will be given first opportunity to purchase seats in the lower sections at Moby Arena, but sales will also be open to the general public.

The NCAA requires host schools to charge admission for students for any postseason game. Those tickets will cost $5.

Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone (491-7267) or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office.