Monday, March 17, 2008

Ohio to Play in Inaugural CBI

The Bobcats' men's basketball team had their hopes of going to the Big Dance squashed after a loss to Miami in the MAC Tournament. However, that doesn't mean the Bobcats won't still be going dancing, albeit at the less cool soiree with the not so popular kids.

It was announced today that Ohio has been selected as one of 16 teams to play in the first ever College Basketball Invitational (CBI). It will host Brown at the Convocation Center Tuesday night in first round play.

The CBI gives teams who otherwise would not have had a shot at postseason play a chance to continue their seasons. The field, consisting mostly of mid-majors who did not make the cut for the NIT, is broken into four regions. Washington, Virginia, UTEP and Bradley are the top seeds in their respective sections.

Ohio is not the only MAC team in the CBI, as Miami also joins the tournament. This opens up the possibility of a fourth matchup between the two teams this season alone. One would have to guess the Bobcats would love the chance to avenge their season-ending loss to the Redhawks. However, the two teams could not meet until the semifinals and the CBI reseeds at the final four, so circumstances will have to fall in place for the two to face off again.

If able to defeat Brown, the Bobcats will face the winner of Bradley/Cincinnati in the Quarterfinals on March 24th.

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