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Sac State men’s basketball to play at Portland in CIT tourney

Sacramento State Hornets guard Mikh McKinney (10) listens to instructions from head coach Andy Katz in the second half on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Big Sky college basketball game between the Sacramento State Hornets and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Sacramento State Hornets guard Mikh McKinney (10) listens to instructions from head coach Andy Katz in the second half on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Big Sky college basketball game between the Sacramento State Hornets and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Arizona. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Continuing its milestone season, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team will play at Portland Wednesday in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

It is the program’s first postseason appearance of the Division I era and the first since 1988 when it was in D-II.

This will be the second meeting of the two teams this season. Portland defeated Sac State 80-75 in a nonconference game on Dec. 14 at the Nest. It was Sac State’s only home loss in 14 games.

Sac State earned the CIT berth by posting its best season in the D-I era dating back to 1991. The Hornets are 20-11 after finishing third in the Big Sky Conference during the regular season and reaching the tournament semifinals where it lost to eventual champion Eastern Washington. Sac State’s 20 wins is third most in school history.

Portland (17-15) finished in a tie for sixth place in the West Coast Conference standings with a 7-11 league mark. The Pilots defeated Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament quarterfinals before falling to BYU in the semifinals. Among the starters for Portland is former Jesuit High School standout Bryce Pressley, a junior guard.

The CIT, which began seven years ago, consists of a 32-team field made up of non-BCS programs that were not selected to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. The championship game will be on April 1.

Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.

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