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
The tournament begins Tuesday, with coach Rick Majerus and Saint
Louis hosting Indiana State, and Virginia Commonwealth visiting
All games are played at campus sites. The championship series
runs from March 29 to April 2.