Wednesday, March 19, 2008

BEST OF THREE?

Ladies and germs, we give you the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.

Huh?

The Gazelle Group, producers of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic and the Legends Classic, is now bringing you hoop junkies the inaugural postseason College Basketball Invitational (CBI) which got underway last night. The event features 16 teams not playing in the 2008 NCAA Tournament or NIT Tournament, and secures one last opportunity for programs to have a postseason experience. When the CBI began play last night, 113 Division I men’s basketball teams were playing in the postseason, up from 97 in 2007.

Damn it, with a little work, we can get all 341 into the post season one way or the other.

Selection Process: If you didn’t get in the Big Dance or the N.I.T., the CBI might give you a shot unless you really suck. We don’t know how the ACC’s Virginia got in while two better teams Wake Forest and Georgia Tech did not…According to the Gazelle Group (is that Tom Brady’s girlfriend’s company?), the teams were “invited based upon their performance during their conference and non-conference schedule, as well as how well the team is playing at the end of the regular season.” Guess that explains how the Wahoos scored an invite.

Format: The CBI is like all the others until the final which is a multi-game series. The Championship Series, as it is being called, will be a best of three series, home-away-home, in which the higher seed will get the first and last (if necessary) home games.
The winner of each opening round game will advance to the round of eight on March 24th. The semi-finals will be on March 26th, and the Championship Series will take place on March 31st, April 2nd and April 4th.

Bracketing will be done geographically into four regions of the country (East, West, South, Midwest) to, according to Gazelle, minimize missed class time (how would she know?) Brackets will be balanced competitively within each region. Television arrangements are with Fox Sports.

3/18/08 Virginia 66, Richmond 64
3/18/08 Old Dominon 68, Rider 65
3/18/08 Ohio 80, Brown 74
3/18/08 Houston 80, Nevada 79

3/19/08 Cincinnati at Bradley Peoria, Ill. 7 p.m.
3/19/08 Miami (Ohio) at Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. 8 p.m.
3/19/08 Valparaiso at Washington Seattle, Wash. 9 p.m.
3/19/08 Utah at UTEP El Paso, Texas 9 p.m.

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