College Basketball Invitational
The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a men's college basketball tournament created in 2007 by The Gazelle Group. The inaugural tournament occurred after the conclusion of the 2007–08 men's college basketball regular season. The CBI selects 16 teams that are not selected for the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), and who are willing to pay a $50,000 entry fee to participate. In the CBI, teams compete on home courts. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament until the final two teams are determined, after which the championship is determined by a championship series with a best-two-out-of-three format.
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2019 College Basketball Invitational
College Basketball Invitational
|Founder||The Gazelle Group|
|No. of teams||16|
|Most titles||No team has more than one title.|
|TV partner(s)||ESPNU (2016–present)|
AXS TV (2009–2013)
Fox College Sports (2008)
|National Invitation Tournament|
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
The inaugural CBIEdit
The 2008 College Basketball Invitational was the first new postseason tournament since the Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament in 1974. The opening round was played on March 18, 2008, and March 19, 2008, with the second round being played on March 24, 2008. The semifinals took place on March 26, 2008. The championship was a best-of-three series with games being played on March 31, April 2, and April 4, 2008. The bracketing was done in east, west, south and midwest regions.
On February 1, 2016, the CBI announced an exclusive television partnership with ESPN to broadcast the Championship Series of the CBI. In the inaugural year, games were available in local markets on Fox Sports Net and DirecTV. The games could also be viewed on the official website. The 2009 tournament broadcast was changed to HDNet with four first-round games, two quarterfinal games, both semifinal games, and all three championship games being broadcast. HDNet changed its name to AXS and aired the 2013 tournament. CBS Sports Network televised the 2014 and 2015 tournaments. ESPNU has televised the best-of-three Championship Series since 2016.
The following is an overview and list of the announcers and television networks to broadcast the College Basketball Invitational (or CBI).
|2008||Tulsa||Bradley||Jerome Jordan, Tulsa|
|2009||Oregon State||UTEP||Roeland Schaftenaar, Oregon State|
|2010||VCU||Saint Louis||Joey Rodriguez, VCU|
|2011||Oregon||Creighton||Joevan Catron, Oregon|
|2012||Pittsburgh||Washington State||Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh|
|2013||Santa Clara||George Mason||Kevin Foster, Santa Clara|
|2014||Siena||Fresno State||Brett Bisping, Siena|
|2015||Loyola Chicago||UL Monroe||Earl Peterson, Loyola Chicago|
|2016||Nevada||Morehead State||Tyron Criswell, Nevada|
|2017||Wyoming||Coastal Carolina||Justin James, Wyoming|
|2018||North Texas||San Francisco||Roosevelt Smart, North Texas|
|2019||South Florida||DePaul||David Collins, South Florida|
|2020||Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
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