Oregon State back in CBI to defend 2009 title

Defending champion Oregon State is back in the College

Basketball Invitational, despite a losing record.

Coached by Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of President

Barack Obama, the Beavers (14-17) open the tournament at home

Wednesday against Boston University (19-13), which lost at Vermont

in the championship game of the America East Conference


The 16-team CBI bracket was released Sunday night and is made up

of schools that were left out of the NCAA tournament and the NIT.

Oregon State is the only squad in the field without a winning

record, but the Beavers were invited back to defend their


Oregon State beat UTEP two games to one in the best-of-three

championship series last year. The inaugural CBI was won by Tulsa

in 2008.

The tournament begins Tuesday, with coach Rick Majerus and Saint

Louis hosting Indiana State, and Virginia Commonwealth visiting

George Washington.

All games are played at campus sites. The championship series

runs from March 29 to April 2.