7th Annual CBI Tips-Off in March
The College Basketball Invitational will celebrate its seventh season when the field for 2014 is announced on March 16.
The CBI is a postseason tournament comprised of a 16-team field and hosted at on-campus arenas throughout the country. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament, up until the Championship Series, which is unique in college basketball in being a best-of-three series. The CBI provides a meaningful opportunity for teams deserving of a postseason experience.
The history of the CBI is strong. Past champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Santa Clara. Teams from nearly every major conference and mid-major conference have participated in the event. Eighteen teams have used the CBI to springboard to the NCAA Tournament the following year, while another 10 went on to the NIT.
A sample of CBI success includes:
• Pittsburgh winning the 2012 CBI and earning a No. 8 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
• In 2012, Creighton, Davidson, Montana, and St. Bonaventure all winning their respective league tournaments after playing in the 2011 CBI.
• VCU winning the 2010 CBI and then advancing to the Final Four the next season.
• Creighton advancing to the Championship Series of the 2011 CBI and in 2012 being ranked as high as 13th (AP) and 12th (ESPN/USA Today).
• Oregon winning the 2011 CBI and going 24-10 the following season, surpassing the previous season’s win total, which included five CBI wins.
• Morehead State playing in the 2010 CBI and the next year having, arguably, the greatest season in school history.
• Saint Louis advancing to the final of the 2010 CBI with a team featuring seven freshmen, four sophomores, and one junior. Those seven freshmen then headlined the 2013 Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament champions, earning a No. 4 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
• Richmond advancing to the semifinals of the 2009 CBI and going on to earn back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids for the first time in 19 years.
• UTEP reaching the Championship Series of the 2009 CBI and then advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament and winning 51 games the next two seasons.
• Tulsa winning the 2008 CBI prior to winning 48 games the next two years.
• Utah playing in the 2008 CBI and going on to win 24 games the next season and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.
What They’re Saying
"It may be different if we were a group of seniors and older guys. With a young group, you've gotta want to play. Every experience we could put these guys through, whether it's going on the road to play games...we didn't do as well on the road as we have in the past."
--- Texas head coach Rick Barnes (2013)
"It's great to finish out the (tournament with a victory)...The kids wanted to do more this year. They didn't feel they had done what they set out to do."
--- Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon (2012)
“There's a perception that tournament is not where you want to be, you want to be in the NCAA Tournament, but it was a chance to keep gaining experience. The biggest thing is we were able to go from there and have a successful year...We were still getting to know each other. When we played in it, it gave us a phenomenal opportunity to continue building and learning and playing a lot of our young guys.”
--- VCU head coach Shaka Smart, 2010 CBI Champion and 2011 Final Four Participant, when asked about using the CBI experience as a springboard to NCAA Tournament success
"Our approach is to win a championship. You wouldn't enter a tournament of any kind without trying to be the champion. For us, we have to take it one game at a time, and that's our goal. There are only going to be four champions at the end of this month, and our goal is to be one of those teams. We are very fortunate - there are a lot of teams that don't have any more games or any more practices, and we can continue to play and practice, which is a great thing. We still have the opportunity to win something big - which is a championship. I'm still hungry to play, and the players are still hungry to play. We are thankful they gave us an opportunity to participate in the tournament, and we are going to do our best every time we step on the floor.”
--- Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins (2009)