College Basketball Invitational announces 2018 field
March 11, 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. – The 16-team field for the 2018 College Basketball Invitational is finalized. The 11th annual CBI will begin with one eight First Round game on Tuesday, March 13, and seven First Round games on Wednesday, March 14.
—- FIRST ROUND —-
March 13 – Eastern Washington at Utah Valley, 9pm
March 14 – Colgate at San Francisco, 10pm
March 14 – Miami (Ohio) at Campbell, 7pm
March 14 – UTRGV at New Orleans, 8pm
March 14 – North Texas at South Dakota, 8pm
March 14 – Mercer at Grand Canyon, 10pm
March 14 – Central Arkansas at Seattle, 10pm
March 14 – Jacksonville State at Canisius, 7pm
The CBI is a single-elimination tournament up until the best-of-three Finals, with all games played at campus sites. After the First Round games, the Quarterfinal Round will take place on Monday, March 19, followed by the Semifinal Round on Wednesday, March 21. Prior to the semifinals, the remaining teams will be re-bracketed. The Finals series is a best-of-three in which one team will host two of the three games. Those games will be played on March 26, March 28, and March 30.
Past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Santa Clara, Siena, Loyola Chicago, Nevada, and Wyoming. Teams from nearly every conference have participated in the event. Twenty-eight teams have used the CBI to springboard to the NCAA Tournament the following year, while another 18 have gone on to the NIT.
ESPN is again the official television home of the CBI. ESPNU will televise each game of the best-of-three Championship Series. Roy Philpott and Jason Capel will serve as the broadcast team.
The College Basketball Invitational is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, Legends Classic, and the Gotham Classic. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.
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