The annual College Basketball Invitational (CBI) tournament, considered a third-tier tournament is now official. As teams that were snubbed from the NIT are invited to the CBI. Not all schools accept invites to the CBI as some either see it as a lesser tournament or the don’t plan to pay the cost to join the fold.
From the CBI website on the game times and locations:
First Round games will be played on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20.
The Quarterfinal Round will take place on Monday, March 25 with Semifinal Round games being played on Wednesday, March 27.
A unique feature of the CBI is its best-of-three Championship Series, which begins on Monday, April 1 and continues on Wednesday, April 3. Should a third game be necessary, it will be played on Friday, April 5.
Every game of the 2013 CBI will be played on campus, providing fans the opportunity to follow and support their team.
Here is how the tournament field breaks down in 2013:
George Mason at College of Charleston
Texas at Houston
Western Illinois at Purdue
Vermont at Santa Clara
Tulsa at Wright State
Richmond at Bryant
Lehigh at Wyoming
North Dakota State at Western Michigan