2008 College Basketball Invitational

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2008 College Basketball Invitational Tournament
Season 2007–08
Teams 16
Finals site Reynolds Center
Carver Arena
Tulsa, OK
Peoria, IL
Champions Tulsa (1st title)
Runner-up Bradley (1st title game)
Semifinalists Houston (1st semifinal)
Virginia (1st semifinal)
Winning coach Doug Wojcik (1st title)
MVP Jerome Jordan Tulsa
College Basketball Invitational Tournaments
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The 2008 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) was a single-elimination tournament of 16 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that did not participate in the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 2008 National Invitation Tournament. The inaugural tournament began on March 18 on campus sites and ended on April 4, won by the University of Tulsa, defeating their former Missouri Valley Conference rivals Bradley University in the best-of-three final. Tulsa center Jerome Jordan was the tournament MVP. The CBI was the first newly created post-season tournament since the Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament in 1974.

The opening round was played on March 18 and 19, 2008 with the second round being played on March 24 and the semifinals on March 26. The championship was a best-of-three series with games being played on March 31, April 2, and April 4 of that year. The bracketing was done in East, West, South and Midwest regions. Following the quarterfinals, the teams were reseeded.

Besides Tulsa and Bradley, Brown, Cincinnati, Houston, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, Old Dominion, Ohio, Richmond, Rider, Utah, UTEP, Valparaiso, Virginia and Washington also participated in the tournament. New Mexico State turned down a CBI bid for financial reasons.[1] Alabama,[2] Seton Hall,[3] Texas Tech,[4] and Wake Forest[5] turned down invitations as well for other various reasons.

Bracket[edit]

The Houston Cougars and Valparaiso Crusaders at Hofheinz Pavilion during the 2008 CBI quarterfinals.
  First round
 
Quarterfinals
 
Semifinals
(Teams reseeded)
Finals
(Best of three)
                                         
E1  Virginia 66  
E4  Richmond 64  
  E1  Virginia 80  
 
  E2  Old Dominion 76  
E2  Old Dominion 68
E3  Rider 65  
  1  Virginia 85  
  4  Bradley 96  
M1  Bradley 70  
M4  Cincinnati 67  
  M1  Bradley 79
 
  M2  Ohio 73  
M2  Ohio 80
M3  Brown 74  
  4  Bradley 68 83 64
  2  Tulsa 73 74 70
S1  UTEP 69  
S4  Utah 81  
  S4  Utah 60
 
  S2  Tulsa 69  
S2  Tulsa 61
S3  Miami (Ohio) 45  
  2  Tulsa 73
  3  Houston 69  
W1  Washington 71  
W4  Valparaiso 72  
  W4  Valparaiso 67
 
  W3  Houston 91  
W2  Nevada 79
W3  Houston 80  

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