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Resurgent UMBC men's basketball headed to first postseason tournament since 2008

After a turnaround season, the UMBC men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, its first such tournament in nearly a decade.

The Retrievers (18-12), who last appeared in a postseason tournament in 2008, after winning the America East Conference tournament title, will host a first-round game next week. The date and time have yet to be determined.

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"We are extremely pleased to accept an invitation to the CIT and continue to compete in post-season play," coach Ryan Odom said in a release. "This is a significant milestone for this team and our program and represents a major step forward as we seek to establish a strong foundation upon which to build a championship-caliber program. Our players have committed themselves to our new philosophy and approach and I am so happy they are being rewarded for their efforts and sacrifice with this bid."

The UMBC men's basketball team has the nation's most accurate 3-point shooter, and he has a problem. It is very much a First World Problem. It bothers him j

Despite a 74-65 loss to New Hampshire in the America East tournament quarterfinals Friday, the Retrievers are tied for the third-most improved team in the nation. After finishing last season 7-25 under former coach Aki Thomas, UMBC has won 18 games, tied for fourth-most in the program's Division I history.

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All first- and second-round and quarterfinal games in the 32-team CIT will be broadcast on Facebook Live. The tournament's semifinals and championship will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

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