CBI Tournament 2012: Bracket, Picks and Predictions for Entire Field

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06:  Ashton Gibbs #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in action against the St. John's Red Storm during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2012

If your school or favorite team makes a disappointing early exit from the NCAA or NIT tournaments, then you should check out the College Basketball Invitational for some awesome basketball featuring some of the nation's most exciting teams.

With teams such as Butler and Pittsburgh participating in this year's event, there's certainly going to be some fun games to watch.

Let's look at a complete preview of the CBI tournament.



The CBI tournament will run from March 13-20, and can be watched on HDNet. Below is a schedule for the upcoming matchups, for a full schedule click here.

3/13/12 Princeton @ Evansville Evansville, Ind. 8 p.m. HDNet
3/13/12 Washington State @ San Francisco San Francisco
10 p.m. HDNet
3/13/12 Milwaukee @ TCU Fort Worth, Texas 8 p.m.  
3/14/12 Delaware @ Butler Indianapolis
8 p.m. HDNet
3/14/12 Western Illinois @ Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 10 p.m. HDNet
3/14/12 Wofford @ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
7 p.m.  
3/14/12 Quinnipiac @ Penn Philadelphia
7:30 p.m.  
3/14/12 North Dakota State @ Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 9 p.m.  

3/19/12 Game 1 TBD TBD TBD
3/19/12 Game 2 TBD TBD TBD
3/19/12 Game 3 TBD TBD TBD
3/19/12 Game 4 TBD TBD TBD
3/21/12 Game 1 TBD TBD HDNet
3/21/12 Game 2 TBD TBD HDNet
3/26/12 Game 1 TBD TBD HDNet
3/28/12 Game 2 TBD TBD HDNet
3/30/12 Game 3 TBD (If Necessary) TBD HDNet

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08:  Adrick McKinney #24, Connell Crossland #2 and Nate Butler #21 of the Texas Christian Horned Frogs wait for a teammate to shoot a technical free throw against the Colorado State Rams during a quarterfinal game of the Conoco Mount
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Predictions and Picks

For a full, printable bracket for the CBI tournament, click here.

Now let's predict the outcome of every first-round game:

Princeton at Evansville: With their fundamentally strong offense and commitment to defense, expect Princeton to easily defeat Evansville in the first round.

Washington State at San Francisco: With a high-scoring offense and a team that shoots a high percentage from the floor, Sn Francisco will defeat a Washington State team that played poorly in a brutal Pac-12 Conference this season.

Milwaukee at TCU: Milwaukee's frontcourt depth will lead them to victory over a TCU team that struggled in the WAC this season and has lost four its last six games.

Delaware at Butler: Last year's runner-up in the NCAA tournament will have little trouble defeating a much less talented and experienced Delaware squad.

Western Illinois at Oregon State: After defeating Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington in the first round of the conference tournament, the Beavers will have the confidence needed to defeat an inferior Western Illinois team.

Wofford at Pittsburgh: Expect the Panthers to dominate Wofford with their superior athleticism and size in the frontcourt. Pittsburgh is well-coached and could easily win this tournament.

Quinnipiac at Penn: Expect the Quakers to defeat Quinnipiac in a close game that will be decided by Penn's spectacular defense.

North Dakota State at Wyoming: North Dakota State had the sixth-best field-goal percentage in America this season and that will be a big reason why its offense will be too much for Wyoming to handle.


Projected Champion: Pittsburgh

Head coach Jamie Dixon will motivate his players to perform well in this tournament after a disappointing Big East regular season cost them a chance to participate in March Madness again.

After defeating Georgetown and West Virginia earlier this season, the Panthers know they can beat anyone in this CBI field.

I expect Pittsburgh to end its season on a high note with a CBI championship.

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