College Basketball Invitational

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College Basketball Invitational
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 College Basketball Invitational
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College Basketball Invitational
Sport Basketball
Founded 2007
Founder The Gazelle Group
Inaugural season 2008
No. of teams 16
Country United States
Most recent
Most titles No team has more than one title.
TV partner(s) ESPNU (2016–present)
CBSSN (2014–2015)
AXS TV (2009–2013)
Fox College Sports (2008)
National Invitation Tournament Postseason Tournament
Vegas 16
Official website

The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a men's college basketball tournament created in 2007 by The Gazelle Group. The inaugural tournament occurred after the conclusion of the 2007–08 men's college basketball regular season. The CBI selects 16 teams that are not selected for the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament[1] (NIT), and who are willing to pay a $50,000 entry fee to participate.[2] In the CBI, [3] teams compete on home courts. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament until the final two teams are determined, after which the championship is determined by a championship series with a best-two-out-of-three format.

The Inaugural CBI[edit]

The 2008 College Basketball Invitational was the first new postseason tournament since the Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament in 1974. The opening round was played on March 18, 2008, and March 19, 2008, with the second round being played on March 24, 2008. The semifinals took place on March 26, 2008. The championship was a best-of-three series with games being played on March 31, April 2, and April 4, 2008. The bracketing was done in east, west, south and midwest regions.[4]

Tulsa was crowned the champion in the 2008 tournament.


On February 1, 2016, the CBI announced an exclusive television partnership with ESPN to broadcast the Championship Series of the CBI. In the inaugural year, games were available in local markets on Fox Sports Net and DirecTV.[5] The games could also be viewed on the official website.[6] The 2009 tournament broadcast was changed to HDNet with four first round games, two quarterfinal games, both semifinal games, and all three championship games being broadcast. HDNet changed its named to AXS and aired the 2013 tournament. CBS Sports Network televised the 2014 and 2015 tournaments. ESPNU televises the best-of-three Championship Series in 2016 and 2017.[7]

The following is an overview and list of the announcers and television networks to broadcast the College Basketball Invitational (or CBI).

Year Network Play-by-Play Color analyst
2008 Fox College Sports Michael Reghi Bob Sundvold
2009[8] HDNet Rich Cellini Craig Ehlo
2012 Keno Davis
2013[10] AXS TV Kenny Rice Bobby Cremins
2014[11] CBSSN Scott Graham Bob Wenzel
2015[12] Michael Reghi John Griffin
2016[13] ESPNU Mitch Holthus Sean Harrington
2017 ESPNU Roy Philpott Corey Williams

Past champions[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up MVP
2008 Tulsa Bradley Jerome Jordan, Tulsa
2009 Oregon State UTEP Roeland Schaftenaar, Oregon State
2010 VCU Saint Louis Joey Rodriguez, VCU
2011 Oregon Creighton Joevan Catron, Oregon
2012 Pittsburgh Washington State Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh
2013 Santa Clara George Mason Kevin Foster, Santa Clara
2014 Siena Fresno State Brett Bisping, Siena
2015 Loyola Chicago UL Monroe Earl Peterson, Loyola Chicago
2016 Nevada Morehead State Tyron Criswell, Nevada
2017 Wyoming Coastal Carolina Justin James, Wyoming

Presenting sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Group starts third postseason tourney featuring 16 teams". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  4. ^ "College Basketball Invitational introduced as new postseason event" (Press release). The Gazelle Group. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Fox College Sports to broadcast inaugural College Basketball Invitational" (Press release). The Gazelle Group. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  6. ^ "College Basketball Invitational online viewing prices". The Gazelle Group. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  7. ^ "ESPNU to air CBI Championship Series". College Basketball Invitional. Gazelle Group. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "HDNet to Broadcast 2009 College Basketball Invtnl" (Press release). Albany HDTV. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  9. ^ "HDNet to Broadcast Live Coverage of the 2010 College Basketball Invitational" (Press release). PR News Wire. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  10. ^ "2013 March Madness: CBI Championship Schedule" (Press release). Eye on Sky and Air Sports. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  11. ^ "2014 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Championship Schedule" (Press release). Eye on Sky and Air Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  12. ^ "2015 CBI, CIT, & NIT TV & National Radio Info" (Press release). Eye on Sky and Air Sports. Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  13. ^ "ESPNU to air CBI Championship Series". College Basketball Invitational. Gazelle Group. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 

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