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The 2012 CBI Tournament played out over the past two weeks, as top college basketball teams without NCAA Tournament or NIT invites battled it out for the trophy. In the end, it came down to two teams and then to the third and final game in the best-of-three championship series on Friday night. In the end, the Pittsburgh Panthers took home the championship with a 71-65 win over the Washington St. Cougars.
The two teams traded blows in the first half before Pittsburgh managed to take a slim lead. Entering halftime, the Panthers were on top, 38-35. Pittsburgh would stretch their lead out to 10 points in the second half before the Cougars began clawing their way back into the fight in the final minutes of regulation. Washington State drew within six points before Pittsburgh pulled away again and hung on for the lead. Panthers guard Tray Woodall led Pittsburgh players with 17 points and seven assists.
The Cougars had won the first game of the series by one point before Pittsburgh came back to win the last two.
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The 2012 CBI Tournament has come all the way down to the third and final game of the best-of-three Championship Series. The Washington St. Cougars are battling the Pittsburgh Panthers Friday night in Pennsylvania. Only one team can prevail and take home the trophy for this year's event. At halftime, Pittsburgh is leading by a score of 38-35.
The two teams have matched each other nearly basket for basket throughout the entire first half, trading leads with the Panthers taking over in the latter part of the frame. Mike Ladd of WSU and Tray Woodall and Lamar Patterson of Pittsburgh each have nine points.
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Two weeks ago, 16 teams participated in the first round of the 2012 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament. Now it's come all the way down to the final game in the best-of-three championship series. Either the Washington St. Cougars or the Pittsburgh Panthers will be leaving Pennsylvania with the trophy on Friday night.
The Cougars won a 67-66 squeaker in the first game of the series on Monday night, while the Panthers evened things up on Wednesday with a 57-53 victory to force Game 3.
Friday night's game will tip off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on HDNet.
You can see the 2012 CBI's full bracket here.
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The Cougars won the first leg 67-66 on Monday night, with the help of some hot shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. They went just 4-of-13 from long range Wednesday, however, helping the Panthers to a 57-53 win.
Abe Lodwick went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc on Monday, but just 1-of-5 on Wednesday on his way to only nine points. Reggie Moore helped pick up the slack with 18 points (including an 8-of-10 mark from the free throw line) but as a whole, Wazzu wasn't nearly sharp enough to hang with Pitt.
Three players scored in double figures for the Panthers. As a team they shot just 40.9 percent from the floor, but made two more 3-pointers than the Cougars and were slightly better on the boards (eight offensive rebounds to four). Talib Zanna went a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor to lead the team with 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Lamar Patterson added 12 points and five assists.
The third and final game of the best-of-three series will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Friday at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.
The only college basketball championship that's decided in a best-of-three series, the Zebra Pen College Basketball Invitational, could conclude Wednesday night when the Washington St. Cougars try to win back-to-back games over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Cougars won by just one point Monday night after leading by as much as 12 points as the Panthers mounted a furious, yet unsuccessful, comeback. The two teams shot lights out from long-range, both at 50 percent or better, and with sharpshooters like Brock Motum of the Cougars and Tray Woodall of Pitt.
The game will be broadcast on HDNet at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday night. If the Panthers win and force a Game 3, then the teams will play a rubber match for all the Zebra Pens March 30 at 7 p.m.
The Washington State Cougars have won the first game of the 2012 CBA Championship series, but the Pittsburgh Panthers will feel good about their chances to force a third game when the two teams meet again in Pennsylvania. WSU led by as many as 12 points in the second half in Pullman, but Pittsburgh eventually pulled back and got within one point in the final minute. They couldn't claim the lead, however, and Washington State held on for a 67-66 win.
Pittsburgh had plenty of chances to pull off the win or extend the game down the stretch. With Pitt down by two points, Talib Zanna got to the free throw line with just four seconds remaining. He hit the first free throw, but missed the second. Pitt would get the ball back for another last-second shot attempt, but failed to convert.
Both teams were incredible from behind the arc. Pitt was 10-20 from three-point range, while Washington State was 9-15. Three players tied to lead all scorers with 16 points -- WSU's Abe Lodwick, along with Pitt's Tray Woodall and J.J. Moore.
The teams play the second game of the best-of-three series Wednesday.
The not exactly highly anticipated championship series of the CBI begins this week, as the ninth-place team in the Pac-12 and the 13th-place team in the Big East square off on Monday.
Washington State, an aggressively mediocre Power Six outfit, hosts Pittsburgh, one of the most disappointing teams in the country, on their campus, before the series returns to Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
The Cougars have had a tough season trying to replace their departed star Klay Thompson, who now plays in the NBA. They've advanced fairly easily through the first three rounds of the CBI, defeating San Francisco, Wyoming and Oregon State by at least 15 points.
They will most likely be without their best player, 6'10 junior forward Brock Mouton, who sprained his ankle in their game against Oregon State last week.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is led by senior PG Ashton Gibbs, a veteran of repeated deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, but they've struggled after losing three key seniors from last season's Top 10 team. They defeated Wofford and Princeton in the first two rounds before overcoming Butler in an OT game in the semifinals.
Monday's game will be played at 10 p.m. Eastern.
The 2012 CBI Tournament learned on Wednesday night its two teams for the championship game: the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Washington St. Cougars. The teams will play in a best-of-three series starting March 26.
The Panthers played the Butler Bulldogs in the first game of the night, but they needed overtime to secure a 68-62 victory. The Panthers had a six-point lead, 46-40, with 6:20 left in regulation, but a 12-6 run by Butler saved the day for the time being. Both teams had a chance to win it in the final seconds, but Butler missed two free throws and Pitt failed on a three-pointer right before the buzzer went off.
Pittsburgh had four scorers in double-digit points, led by Talib Zanna. Lamar Patterson scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Panthers. Butler's Khyle Marshall and Andrew Smith scored 22 and 19 points, respectively.
Washington St. had few troubles with the Oregon St. Beavers in a 72-55 victory. Abe Lodwick scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory. Reggie Moore scored 22 points and was the only other Cougars player to score in double digits. The Beavers' Eric Moreland did his best, but a 14-point, 11-rebound performance wasn't enough to keep the team in the game.
Check out a full bracket here.
The 2012 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament has come down to the final four teams still duking it out for the championship. Both CBI semifinals matches will take place on Wednesday night.
In the first of the two semifinal matchups, the Pittsburgh Panthers will take on the Butler Bulldogs. Pittsburgh defeated the Princeton Tigers in the quarterfinals to advance, while Butler defeated the Penn Quakers. Pitt-Butler will tip off in Indianapolis at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on HDNet.
The nightcap will see a Northwestern showdown, as the Washington St. Cougars take on the Oregon St. Beavers. WSU defeated the Wyoming Cowboys in the quarterfinals, while Oregon St. knocked off the TCU Horned Frogs. This game will begin at 10 p.m. ET in Corvallis, Ore., and will also be televised on HDNet.
The two winning teams will advance to the championship series, a best-of-three format that begins on Monday, March 26.
The 2012 CBI Tournament is down to its final four teams, and none of them were even really challenged in quarterfinal wins on Monday night.
After a low-scoring first half — Butler held a 20-17 lead against Pennsylvania at halftime — the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for a 63-53 win over the Quakers. And that was the narrowest margin of victory in the CBI on the night.
Pittsburgh got 15 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds from Trayvon Woodall, and had four other players score in double figures in an 82-61 win over Princeton. Washington State held Wyoming to 21 points in the first half and just 20 in the second in a 61-41 walkover. And Oregon State blitzed TCU with 53 first-half points en route to a 101-81 final.
Butler and Pittsburgh will meet in the first CBI semifinal at 8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday. Washington State and Oregon State play in the second CBI semifinal at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
The 2012 CBI Basketball Tournament tips off again on Monday afternoon as the field continues to be narrowed down. The next round gets tipped off with a matchup between Princeton and Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Princeton took out Evansville in the first round while Pittsburgh dominated Wofford.
Another interesting matchup includes the Butler Bulldogs and Penn. Butler beat up Delaware in the first round of the CBI Tournament while Penn got past Quinnipiac. The two teams resemble arguably the two best teams left in the tournament and either could move on to win the entire thing.
Princeton vs. Pittsburgh - 7 p.m. ET
Butler vs. Pennsylvania - 8 p.m. ET (HDNet)
Wyoming vs. Washington State - 10 p.m. ET
TCU vs. Oregon State - 10 p.m. ET (HDNet)
Tuesday kicked off the CBI with a light schedule, but Wednesday features five games and some good teams in action. The Butler Bulldogs and Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens play what is probably the most interesting game of the first round, while the Pittsburgh Panthers and Oregon State Beavers represent the power conferences.
The OSU-Western Illinois winner will take on TCU, who defeated Milwaukee on Tuesday. The winner of Pitt and Wofford takes on Princeton, while Washington State is waiting for the winner of Wednesday's game between North Dakota State and Wyoming.
Wofford vs. Pittsburgh - 7:00 p.m. ET
Quinnipiac vs. Pennsylvania - 7:30 p.m. ET
Delaware vs. Butler - 8:00 p.m. ET (HDNet)
North Dakota State vs. Wyoming - 9:00 p.m. ET
Western Illinois vs. Oregon State - 10:00 p.m. ET (HDNet)
The Princeton Tigers, Washington State Cougars and TCU Horned Frogs were the winners in the CBI's opening games on Tuesday, prevailing in the day's three Round of 16 games. The remaining five games from the round will be played on Wednesday. All three games were very high scoring, which is not terribly surprising. Playing an intense, defensive game in the CBI seems kind of rude.
Princeton downed the Evansville Aces 95-86, shooting a fantastic 60 percent from the field in the process. TCU, who had a solid season in a great Mountain West, beat UW-Milwaukee 83-73. Washington State had a rough Pac-12 season, but put in a good performance against San Fransisco, winning 89-75.
TCU awaits the winner of Wednesday's Western Illinois-Oregon State game. Washington State will play the North Dakota State-Wyoming winner, while Princeton awaits the victor of Wofford-Pittsburgh.
The 2012 CBI -- bonus points if you know what it stands for! -- tips off on Tuesday, with last year's Ivy darling taking the main stage.
Princeton, which pushed eventual Final Four team Kentucky in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, opens CBI action on Tuesday against Evansville, though the Tigers will travel to take on the Aces.
Elsewhere on Monday, TCU will get its final postseason before joining the Big 12 under way against Milwaukee, and Washington State will attempt to salvage some scintilla of respect for the Pac-12, opening against San Francisco.
Here's the full CBI first round schedule for Tuesday:
TCU vs. Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Eastern
Winner plays Oregon State-Western Illinois winner on March 19
Evansville vs. Princeton, 8 p.m. Eastern (HDNet)
Winner plays Pittsburgh-Wofford winner on March 19
San Francisco vs. Washington State, 10 p.m. Eastern (HDNet)
Winner plays Wyoming-North Dakota State winner on March 19
Wednesday's action will feature five games, starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Sixteen more college basketball teams get a chance at post-season play in the CBI.