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March 18, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Tuesday links

Here they are:
— Here’s our story today focusing on the Huskies saying they are glad to have a chance to play more basketballl, along with some charts that give some info on the CBI and Valparaiso.
— Here’s a view from the Valparaiso side focusing on leading scorer Shawn Huff getting his wish to continue playing. Also included is an assertion from Valpo coach Homer Drew that the Huskies are the best team in the CBI as well as some detail on the team’s rugged travel schedule Monday.
— Some Valpo players didn’t learn who they would play until 2 a.m.
— Here’s an unflattering view of the CBI from Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins, whose team was left out of the tournament despite a 20-12 record. Hawkins charges that schools that have done prior business with the Gazelle Group (which is running the CBI) had the best chance of getting in the tournament (UW has hosted a Gazelle tournament in 2005 and will play in one next fall). The story also says the entire Big 12 Conference decided to take a pass on the tourney and its $60,000 guarantee (it’s been well-reported that Missouri declined an offer).
Tim Cronin of the Southtown (Ill.) Star also rips the CBI.
— The Cincy-Bradley CBI game will resurrect a rivalry dead since 1981.
Houston coach Tom Penders says he’d rather play in the CBI than the NIT. Houston will be UW’s opponent in the second round if each wins first-round games.
Houston plays Nevada tonight in Reno and tickets will cost a little more than UW is charging. Nevada is charging $25, $20 and $18 for public tickets and $5 for students. UW is charging $15 for general tickets and $5 for students.
— Here’s more on the Nevada-Houston game, which is a matchup of two teams that each won 20 games this season.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Times columnist Jerry Brewer breaks down the NCAA Tournament field.
Bud Withers of our staff offers some thoughts on the post-season.
— When I wrote a story on the UW-Oregon game a few weeks ago, I noted how Ernie Kent’s nickname among some in the profession is “Lazurus.” John Canzano of the Oregonian columnizes on the same topic, writing that Kent saved himself by guiding Oregon to a No. 9 seed, but that he’ll be right back on the hot seat again next season.
Believe it or not, I’ll try later to make some picks on the CBI. You’re free to play along.

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