George Mason to play in tourney

George Mason says its men’s basketball team will host a

first-round game in the tournament next


The opponent has not been announced yet.

Coach Jim Larranaga says Wednesday that the CIT is “an

excellent opportunity to give our players a taste of the


The CIT is a 16-team tournament that began last season.

George Mason is 17-14. The Patriots reached the Final Four of

the NCAA tournament in 2006.