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Sunday, March 13, 2011 | Men's Basketball
Pair of MVC Teams to Play in CBI
Two league teams -- Creighton and Evansville -- will participate in the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen.
Creighton vs. San Jose State
This is Creighton's 14th straight postseason bid, extending a Missouri Valley Conference record, while San Jose State is in the postseason for the first time since 1996. Creighton leads the all-time series with SJSU 3-0, though the teams have not met since 1988.
Creighton (19-14) finished fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 10-8 league record, then advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm MVC Tournament last week. The Bluejays are led in scoring and rebounding by forward Doug McDermott (14.2 ppg., 7.6 rpg.), who was named MVC Freshman of the Year and MVC Newcomer of the Year. McDermott was named first-team all-MVC, while Antoine Young was named second-team all-Valley after averaging 13.4 points and a league-high 4.6 assists per game. The Bluejays are coached by Greg McDermott, who is in his first season with the program.
San Jose State has a 17-15 record, including a 75-72 win at Oregon in November. The 17 wins are the most for San Jose State since 1981. The Spartans' last game was a 58-54 loss to Western Athletic Conference champion and 23rd-ranked Utah State on March 11. The Spartans feature high-scoring guard Adrian Oliver, who ranks third nationally with 24.3 points per game. Justin Graham (14.3 ppg., 4.4 apg.) owns the SJSU record for career assists and steals and is also an all-WAC defender.
This is Creighton's first appearance in the CBI, which is now in its fourth year. The CBI presented by Zebra Pen is a single-elimination tournament up until the Championship Series, with all games played at campus sites. The Championship Series is a best-of-three series. The event features eight first-round games, four quarterfinal round games, a semifinal round, and then the Championship Series.
The 16-team field consists of teams not selected for the NCAA Tournament. Teams are invited based upon performance during their conference and non-conference schedules, as well as how well the team is playing at the end of the regular season.
The College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen is produced by The Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting.
The 15-15 Aces will host 21-11 Hofstra University Tuesday at 7:05 CDT at the Physical Activities Center (PAC) on the University of Southern Indiana campus in the first round of the fourth annual College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen. Roberts Stadium is not available this week because of Disney On Ice. Seating will be general admission Tuesday, and all tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased beginning at 8:30 Monday morning at the Carson Center ticket office, or by calling (812) 488-ACES.
Hofstra is led by All-America candidate Charles Jenkins, a senior guard who comes into Tuesday's game with 2,499 career points, the most of any active Division I player. He is the nation's seventh leading scorer this season with a 22.9 average. In addition to leading Hofstra to a 21-11 record, Jenkins also led the Pride to a 14-4 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. Hofstra reached the semifinals of the CAA Tournament, losing 77-69 to Old Dominion. Hofstra's RPI is 86, according to the latest RealTimeRPI ratings. Evansville is 135.
This is the fourth year for the CBI. Past champions include Tulsa in 2008, Oregon State in 2009 and Virginia Commonwealth last year. One team from the Missouri Valley Conference has played in the CBI each year, including tournament runnerup Bradley in 2008, Wichita State in 2009 and Indiana State last year. Here's a look at past participants in the CBI:
2010 – Akron, Boston University, Charleston, Colorado State, Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky, George Washington, Green Bay, Hofstra, Indiana State, IUPUI, Morehead State, Oregon State, Princeton, Saint Louis (runnerup), Virginia Commonwealth (champion)
2009 – Boise State, Buffalo, Charleston, Green Bay, Houston, Nevada, Northeastern, Oregon State (champion), Richmond, St. John's, Stanford, Troy, UTEP (runnerup), Vermont, Wichita State, Wyoming
2008 – Bradley (runnerup), Brown, Cincinnati, Houston, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, Ohio, Old Dominion, Richmond, Rider, Tulsa (champion), Utah, UTEP, Valparaiso, Virginia, Washington
EVANSVILLE'S DIVISION I POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
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