The CSUB Roadrunners are heading to the NIT semifinals in New York City. Below you will find all the information about their first game against Georgia Tech and a potential spot in the finals. Please check back to the website often as more information becomes available.
The Roadrunners will play Georgia Tech on Tuesday, March 28 at 4 P.M. PT in the semifinals of the NIT.
The game will be televised on ESPN with radio coverage available on Newstalk 1180/96.1 FM KERN.
A digital game program is available for download via the NCAA website.
Fans wishing to gather with other Roadrunners fans can watch the game at any Lengthwise location in Bakersfield.
Firestone Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings will also host a watch party.
Wingstop and Redzone will also be showing the game at their Bakersfield locations.
The NIT final will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 5 p.m. PT. The other two semifinal teams are UCF and TCU, who will will play each Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT after CSUB plays Georgia Tech.
The 2017 NIT uses host schools for the first three rounds. The semifinals and final are hosted at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y.
Tickets are on sale and are available at the MSG box office, online through the NCAA website, or by calling (866) 858-0008.
Tickets are available at the prices and seating areas listed below.
Seats in the lower bowl are available for $25, $40, or $50 each, depending on the section.
Any flight/hotel/rental car arrangements can be made through our official travel partner Uniglobe Golden Empire Travel. Uniglobe has travel packages for fans wishing to see the 'Runners play in the NIT in New York.
This is the first NIT appearance for the Roadrunners, who earned the automatic bid as regular-season champions of the Western Athletic Conference. It is their third postseason appearance in the last six seasons following an NCAA Tournament first-round appearance in 2016 when the 15th-seeded Roadrunners faced eventual Final Four participant Oklahoma in the first round in Oklahoma City. Despite an 82-68 loss, the Roadrunners led for parts of the game and were within five points with just over four minutes remaining. It was the closest game for Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament prior to their loss to eventual National Champion Villanova in the Final Four.
The victory over Cal in the first round was the first victory at the Division I level for the Roadrunners in an NCAA postseason tournament. They are now 3-2 in Division I postseason games after their third-round win over UT Arlington. With the win in Texas, CSUB also became the first No. 8 seed in NIT history to advance to the semifinals.
The 'Runners also earned a 2012 CIT berth during the first season for head coach Rod Barnes. CSUB has now qualified for three postseason tournaments in just their 7th season of NCAA Division I full-membership.
In their Division II history, CSUB was one of the most decorated programs at that level winning three national championships including a 33-0 season during the 1992-93 season. CSUB also won the National Championship in 1993-94 and another in the 1996-97 season.
CSU Bakersfield made 21 NCAA Tournament appearances at the Division II level during their 33-year history before moving to NCAA Division I status in 2006-07.
For the NIT bracket, visit the NCAA website.