CBI Basketball Tournament 2012: Expect Wild Games from Unusual Format

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  The Butler Bulldogs mascot performs before taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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While everyone is talking about the NCAA and NIT tournaments, the real March Madness happens when teams like Butler get involved in the crazy format of the CBI college basketball tournament.

Add home games and a three-game playoff series as a championship game to the NCAA sweet 16 and you have the firework display known as the CBI tourney. Buckle up. This will get wild!


When: March 13th-March 30th, 2012

Watch: HDNet 

Featured Teams: Butler, Oregon State, Princeton and Pittsburgh

Format: Unlike the NCAA or NIT tournaments, the CBI gives the home team the real advantage. Every higher seed plays at home with the lower seed traveling. Add into the fact that the CBI Championship is a best-of-three series, and you have a wild method that will have basketball fans on the edge of their seat.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26:  Butler Bulldogs fans hold up a flag during their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (
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Full Schedule at Official Website Here

Bracket Can Be Found At Official Website Here


Favorite That Should Win it All: Butler

The reason the Bulldogs are in the CBI tournament instead of the NCAA is because of their streaky offensive abilities. If Butler can find scoring from someone like junior center Andrew Smith, they will be able to make a deep run and even steal the whole show.


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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Sleeper Team That Could Make a Run: TCU

While the TCU Horned Frogs don’t play very stellar defense, the can score the basketball with the best of them. The scoring backcourt of TCU featuring Hank Thorns and J.R. Cadot and their consistency will be the difference between a long run or an early exit.


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