NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College men's basketball team makes its fifth straight postseason appearance in five seasons under head coach Tim Cluess when it takes on the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday (Mar. 17) in the first round of the 2015 National Invitation Tournament. The No. 6 Gaels (26-8) face the No. 3 and Atlantic 10 semifinalists Rams at the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island at 7:00 pm on ESPNU.
The Gaels earned an automatic bid into the NIT for the second straight season by virtue of its MAAC regular season championship and 17-3 mark in league play. Rhode Island earned an at-large bid with a 22-9 overall mark and 13-5 in A-10 play.
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The winner takes on the winner of No. 2 Stanford and No. 7 UC Davis. Other first round games in the eight-team quadrant feature No. 8 South Dakota State at No. 1 Colorado State and No. 5 Vanderbilt at No. 4. Saint Mary's. The first, second and quarterfinal rounds take place on campus sites. The dates of the second round are Mar. 20-23 and quarterfinals on Mar. 24-25. The semifinal (Mar. 31) and final (Apr. 2) take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.