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July 22, 2008 12:44 PM

CBI to continue

Posted by Bob Condotta

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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Posted by Spanaway Dave

1:55 PM, Jul 22, 2008

It strikes me as a four team tourney with each team required to host a couple of "warm up matches" to drum up a little revenue and some ratings.

Posted by WSUx3

2:47 PM, Jul 22, 2008


Posted by Jon

3:18 PM, Jul 22, 2008

WSU men's bball has qualified for the NCAA a total of five times in its illustrious history. Wow, just wow.

Posted by TuBob Shakur

5:04 PM, Jul 22, 2008


I think we're headed to the Dance this year, so this comment is ultimately pointless. Nevertheless, I'm curious:

Why wouldn't UW participate in the CBI this year? The same reasons that weighed in favor of playing last year (particularly, additional playing time for the players and additional time with the players for the coaches) would seem to weigh in favor of playing this year.


Posted by Ziasudra

5:54 PM, Jul 22, 2008

The problem with the CBI isthat UW will be asked to host the first round, and pay $65 k for the privledge.

Posted by tubob

6:49 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Z: True, but that cost wasn't a deterrent last year, so why would it be this year?

Posted by Geno

7:30 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Here here for the CBI for if not for it the Fuskies would have been forgotten after the final regular season buzzer (it's not that they are forgotten anyhow but the CBI did provide for post season humor by them :-) )

Posted by Geno

7:37 PM, Jul 22, 2008 true but it's happened during the recent times....times when your whiney school has sucked in football, basketball, and most competitive sports. Your memory isnít so good is it? UW scholastics are OK however....not great but it'll get a graduate a decent job. Why do I know...because I have hired about 5 of them. Of course, they are all grunts....the bosses are WSU and OREGON grads.

Posted by jed

9:20 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Doubt UW would play in the CBI tourney again if that is all that's available. I don't think money is the issue but they played their hearts out in the final pac-10 tourney game and were not motivated for the CBI game. I don't blame them.

I am expecting better post season options this season.

Geno's back. Speaking of humor, you should talk Geno.

Posted by lassidawg

9:32 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Thanks for re-signing Kent, more years of under achieving.

Some one please tell me what Wazzu has accomplished in the last few years while the Dawgs have been down. Football--nothing basketball a couple of nice regular season runs.

In Football they won't be talkin for long, because they ae going to suck this year.

We should all face the reality and realize that nationally all three schools have nothing going for them, except maybe Oregon, because of those sweet puke yelow unis.

Posted by Bob Condotta

9:35 AM, Jul 23, 2008

TuBob and others --- I do think money's a little of an issue. UW had to pay $60,000 for the right to host a game. I can't quote anyone on the record but I just don't think they'd do it again --- who knows if the situation really presented itself, I guess, but that's the feel I get. I think there was a thought last year it was worth it to try to get a young team some post-season experience. The situation wouldn't really be the same this year.I pretty much think it's NCAA or bust this year (sure they'd take the NIT if it came calling, as well, but not too happily.)

Posted by grant

10:32 AM, Jul 23, 2008

When did you get computers in prison?

Posted by MT Husky

12:02 PM, Jul 23, 2008

Bob, can we look forward to any more reports/commentary/observatios on the Huskies summer practices/open gyms?

And...along those lines, after so much enjoying the article on Thomas, will you be doing anything similar regarding the other freshmen?

AND...have the summer practices concluded (and if not, when?)?


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