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Great West Conference Granted Automatic Bid into CIT Field

The Great West Conference men’s basketball tournament champion has been granted an automatic bid into the Post-season Tournament (CIT), giving the league’s first post-season tournament even more meaning.

The Great West and, a nationally recognized website, formed a partnership which grants an automatic qualifier bid to the Great West men’s basketball conference tournament champion and will place the winner amongst the field of 16 teams participating in the CIT. The agreement makes the CIT the first post-season college basketball tournament outside the NCAA tournament to agree to an automatic qualifier to any NCAA conference.

“We are very appreciative to to be offered the opportunity for our men’s basketball tournament champion to extend its season into post-season play,” said Commissioner Ed Grom.

“We started this all-sport conference to provide student-athletes the opportunity to play for conference championships. As independent institutions, there was no carrot at the end of the season for their student-athletes to reach for. They now have not only a conference championship to play for, but also inclusion into a quality post-season basketball tournament such as the event.”

The Post-season Tournament (CIT) was played for the first time in March of 2009. It features 16 teams discluded from the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship or the National Invitational Tournament. The tournament is single elimination and consists of five rounds, all being played at on-campus sites.

Carlin Leads Wolverines in Final Round at Valley View

UVU wrapped up play at the Purple and Red Invitational on Tuesday with sophomore Andrew Carlin’s score of 73 to lead the way. Jeff Holmes was the top overall finisher for the Wolverines at Valley View Golf Course, tying for 32nd with a 54-hole score of seven over par.

Carlin was second among UVU golfers at eight-over, tied for thirty sixth, while Noah Cook scored nine-over and tied for fortieth. Nicholas Tarasiewicz shot a three-over 75 in Tuesday’s final round and finished at +13, putting him in fifty third place. UVU finished the invitational in eleventh place overall.

Paul Norman, who competed in the tournament individually, also shot a three-over 75 and tied for fortieth along with Cook. U of U won the team title by defeating Arkansas Little Rock in a playoff match. The Utes erased a 20-shot deficit after beginning the day in seventh place. Levi Garcia of Cal State Bakersfield won medalist honors with a two-shot victory over Sacramento State’s Jake Johnson.