Columbia joins the Madness, via the CIT

For the first time in 46 years, the Columbia men's basketball team is headed to the postseason.

The Lions have accepted an invitation to play in the CIT (CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament), which will be their first postseason action since the 1968 NCAA tournament.

"We are excited for this opportunity to play in the CIT," Columbia coach Kyle Smith said in a statement released by the school. "It has always been our goal to play in the postseason. It is fantastic to see our team reach one of their goals."

The Lions will open the tournament at Valparaiso on Tuesday, March 18. The Crusaders (18-15, 9-7) finished in fourth place in the Horizon League.

Columbia finished the regular season 19-12 overall, and 8-6 in the Ivy League -- tied for third with Princeton, behind Harvard and Yale. (The Ivy League is the only Division I conference that does not hold a conference tournament.)

It is Columbia's most regular season wins since 1969-70, and its most Ivy League wins since 1992-93.