NEW YORK – The Columbia University men’s basketball program has accepted a bid to play in the Postseason Tournament (CIT), Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education announced today.

“We are thrilled to participate in the Postseason Tournament,” Murphy said.  “We are so proud of the season our men’s basketball team had.  I can think of no better way to cap off a wonderful season than by participating in a great postseason tournament.”

The Lions will travel to Valparaiso, Indiana to play Valparaiso on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. Central Time for Columbia’s first post season appearance since the 1967-68 season.

Columbia is 1-1 all-time vs. the Crusaders, earning a 66-64 win in 1957 and losing to Valparaiso 71-55 in 2001.

Columbia enters the CIT at 19-12, 8-6 in the Ivy League, marking the most wins since 1969-70 and the most Ivy League wins since 1992-93.

“We are excited for this opportunity to play in the CIT,” head men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith said. “It has always been our goal to play in the postseason.  It is fantastic to see our team reach one of their goals.”