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Husky Men's Basketball

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July 22, 2008 at 12:44 PM

CBI to continue

Not that the Washington Huskies hope again be invited to the CBI — and I have a feeling they might not pursue it this time around if left with only that as an option — but I was talking with an official at the Gazelle Group today who said that the College Basketball Invitational will definitely take place again this spring.
“Absolutely,” said Dan Loney, who is the spokesman for the Gazelle Group.
“It was a great success and all the schools in it really liked the format,” Loney said.
The CBI was a 16-team tournament made up teams passed over by the NCAA and NIT tournaments, and included a best-of-three final.
Loney said that the format would likely be unchanged this year. “To this point, that’s what we’re planning,” he said.
UW was among the 16 teams invited to the inaugural CBI last March, losing at home in the first round to Valparaiso.
My main purpose for calling Loney was to clarify that the Huskies will play in the semi-finals and finals of the pre-season College Basketball Experience Classic in Kansas City this November — the Gazelle Group also sponsors the CBE. UW will host two games in the opening rounds of the tournament but will advance to the final two rounds in Kansas City no matter what. There, UW will apparently play Kansas in the first game on Nov. 24 and then either Florida or Syracuse on Nov. 25.
That’s obviously a little different format than your typical tournament, where a team would have to keep winning to advance.
Loney said having the four host teams advance to the semi-finals and finals “has been the history of this tournament the last couple of years” since before he got involved with putting it together. “There’s no real specific reason for it,” he said. “That’s exactly the way the tournament has been run.”
Some might wonder if the reason might be to secure more TV and ticket money, as guaranteeing some big-name matchups in the final rounds obviously would seem to make it an easier sell.

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