Spartanburg, S.C. – Fresh off a trip to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semifinals, the USC Upstate men's basketball team has accepted a bid to play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and will play a first round home game Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Hodge Center.
It's the second time in school history during the Division I era that Upstate will take part in postseason play. The Spartans also earned an invitation to the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament and went 1-1 with a victory over Kent State. Upstate's first round opponent will be announced Sunday night.
Upstate (19-14) turned in another successful season under 12th-year head coach Eddie Payne on its way to posting the second-most wins in school history during the Division I era. The Spartans opened the season with a thrilling 64-63 victory at Virginia Tech to post the school's first-ever win over an ACC school. Upstate went on to knock off South Carolina 74-68 later in the year for its first-ever win over a team from the SEC.
The Spartans finished 11-7 in conference play and reached the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament for the second straight year, falling to eventual champion Mercer in double overtime in one of the best games in tournament history.
Upstate seniors Torrey Craig and Ricardo Glenn each earned all-conference accolades at the conclusion of the season. Craig was named to the All-A-Sun first team after leading the league in scoring while ranking fourth in rebounding. Glenn paced the A-Sun in rebounding, offensive rebounds and field goal percentage on his way to a second team selection.
Per CIT policy, everyone attending a College Insider Tournament game must purchase a ticket. The policy includes current Upstate season ticket holders, as well as students and faculty & staff who receive free admission into the games during the regular season.
Current Spartan season ticket holders will have their existing seats reserved until Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m. Season ticket holders can call (864) 503-5144 or (864) 503-5865 to purchase their tickets or drop by the Hodge Center from 1-6 p.m. Monday to purchase tickets in person. The USC Upstate Student Affairs Office and SGA are sponsoring the first 200 student tickets free of charge. Students may pick up and/or purchase tickets Monday from 1-6p.m. in the Hodge Center. General admission tickets are available online. Faculty and staff and the general public may purchase tickets in-person in the Hodge Center Tuesday from 1-6 p.m. or online immediately. For more information on tickets for the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, please call (864) 503-5144 or (864) 503-5865.
CIT Tickets at USC Upstate
$20 V.I.P Courtside Seats
$15 Reserved Seats
$10 General Admission/Faculty & Staff
$5 Students (ages 5-17) and Upstate Students with valid ID
Children 4 and under admitted free with paying adult