2008 College Basketball Invitational

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2008 College Basketball Invitational Tournament
Houston Cougars vs Valpo Crusaders CBI 2008.jpg
Houston and Valparaiso at during the 2008 CBI quarterfinals.
Finals siteReynolds Center
Carver Arena
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Peoria, Illinois
ChampionsTulsa Golden Hurricane (1st title)
Runner-upBradley Braves (1st title game)
Winning coachDoug Wojcik (1st title)
MVPJerome Jordan (Tulsa)
College Basketball Invitational Tournaments

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.


  First round
(Teams reseeded)
(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  


  1. ^ "Aggies don't receive Postseason NIT bid, turn down CBI (9:28 p.m.) - Las Cruces Sun-News". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  2. ^ "Hoops season is over for Tide- al.com". Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  3. ^ Story not found - NJ.com
  4. ^ Texas Tech Sports presented by The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
  5. ^ Price tag for playing host in inaugural CBI may hit $150,000 | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com