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CBI Bracket 2013: Texas headlines the field

If the NCAA Tournament and NIT don't offer enough college basketball to satisfy you, the College Basketball Invitational tips off on Tuesday, March 19.


For teams that miss out on the NCAA Tournament there is the NIT, and for those who can't quite make the NIT, there is the College Basketball Invitational. The CBI selects 16 teams after the NCAA and NIT have had their pick.

The Texas Longhorns headline the field, and they will face the Houston Cougars in the first round. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Charleston Cougars against the George Mason Patriots in the quarterfinals.

The Purdue Boilermakers are also in the CBI, and they will start the tournament against the Western Illinois Leathernecks. The winner of that game will square off in the quarterfinals against the winner of the Vermont Catamounts against the Santa Clara Broncos.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will open the tournament against the Wright State Raiders. The team that wins that game will play either the Richmond Spiders or the Bryant Bulldogs in the quarterfinals, whichever one wins their respective first round matchup.

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks headline the final section of the tournament, and will face the Wyoming Cowboys in the opening round. The final first round game is the North Dakota State Bison against the Western Michigan Broncos, and they will face the winner of Lehigh/Wyoming.

The CBI will begin play on Tuesday, March 19 at the arenas of participating teams. This is the sixth year of the CBI, with Pittsburgh winning the 2012 tournament over Washington State in the best-of-three Championship Series. The three-game series in the finals is a unique feature of the CBI, while the rest of the tournament is a standard single-elimination format.

First-round games will take place on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. The quarterfinals will be played on Monday, March 25 and the semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday, March 27. The best-of-three Championship Series begins on Monday, April 1.

AXS TV will broadcast the majority of the CBI tournament games.

A full bracket can be found at the CBI website.

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