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Thursday, March 14, 2013
BU accepts College Insider tourney bid

By Jack McCluskey

Though they finished tied for second in the conference, the Boston University Terriers (17-12, 11-5 America East) found themselves on the sidelines for Championship Week in 2013.

Because of BU's impending move to the Patriot League for 2013-14, the America East Conference ruled the Terriers ineligible for the postseason tournament prior to the season.

But coach Joe Jones & Co. won't be sitting out the postseason entirely, as the school announced Thursday it has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

"We are very excited to accept an opportunity to continue our season in the College Insider Tournament," Jones said in a statement. "My staff and I are very excited to work with our guys and continue to build the foundation for our program.

“We look forward to represent our great university in the postseason."

Led by junior D.J. Irving, at 14.3 points per game the sixth most prolific scorer in America East, the Terriers placed four players on all-conference teams in 2012-13. Irving was a unanimous All-AE first team selection, junior Dom Morris and freshman Maurice Watson Jr. were named to the All-AE third team, and Watson and John Papale were also named to the AE All-Rookie team.

This is the third time in the past four seasons that BU will play in a postseason tournament, with a CBI berth in 2010 and an NCAA berth in 2011.

Coincidentally, the Terriers will face another future Patriot League member, Loyola Maryland (21-11, 12-6 MAAC), in the first round of the CIT on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET).

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.