March 15, 2010
College Basketball Invitational Website
PRINCETON, N.J. - After advancing to its first America East championship final since 2003 and winning eight of its last 10 games, the Boston University men's basketball team has accepted a bid to participate in the third-annual College Basketball Invitational, the tournament's organizers announced Sunday night. Making its 12th postseason appearance, the Terriers will travel cross-country to face defending champion Oregon State on Wednesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. PT.
"I'm delighted for our team and especially our nine seniors," said head coach Patrick Chambers. "They deserve to finish their careers in the postseason and have the opportunity to compete for a championship."
BU (19-13, 11-5 AE) previously participated in six NCAA tournaments and five National Invitational Tournaments, including most recently the 2005 NIT. The 1959 squad made the deepest run, winning games against Connecticut and Navy to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAAs before falling to a Jerry West-led West Virginia.
"Our men's basketball program has made great strides in its first season under Patrick's leadership," said Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch. "We accept the CBI's invitation and look forward to participating in a national postseason tournament for the first time in five years."
Featuring the No. 1 scoring offense in the America East, the Terriers went through a difficult non-conference schedule that included wins over Northeastern and Indiana along with hard-fought contests against Big 12 runner-up Kansas State and ACC runner-up Georgia Tech.
BU started the league schedule 6-4 with senior guard Tyler Morris missing eight games due to injury. Following his return to the starting lineup in February, the Terriers gelled together under Chambers' system and won eight of the next nine games, including a BracketBuster victory at Delaware and a dominating 93-51 win over Binghamton.
The momentum carried over to the conference tournament, starting with a 87-46 win against No. 5 Hartford followed by a 70-63 victory over top-seeded Stony Brook, marking the program's second-ever win over the regular season champion. Trying to be the lowest seed to ever win the league title, BU trailed by five at Vermont with 4:37 remaining before falling 83-70.
The 16-team 2010 CBI bracket is highlighted by the inclusion of VCU and Indiana State. Tulsa captured the inaugural title in 2008, and Oregon State went through Houston, Vermont, Stanford and UTEP to earn the 2009 championship.
Following the first round games on March 16-17, the quarterfinals are set for March 22. The semifinals will be held on March 24 and will lead into the best-of-three championship series, which will take place March 29, March 31 and April 2 if necessary.