CBI 2013: Can't-Miss Action for Wednesday's Slate of Games

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 8: Ronnie Johnson #3 of the Purdue Boilermakers reacts in the closing seconds of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Mackey Arena on January 8, 2013 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ohio State won 74-64. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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For college basketball teams that didn't make the NCAA tournament or the NIT, the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a tournament that boasts plenty of competition.

The 2013 CBI hosts a number of college teams that are usually mainstays in the NCAA tourney, making it a suitable viewing alternative for college basketball fans.

Let's highlight some of the best action on Wednesday's schedule.


Western Illinois at Purdue

It's strange not to see the Boilermakers in the NCAA tourney, but after a 15-17 campaign, it's no wonder the selection committee didn't give Purdue the nod.

The Boilermakers will draw the task of playing a tough Western Illinois team that went 13-3 in the Summit and 22-8 overall.

Despite the flashy record for the Leathernecks, they haven't faced anywhere close to the competition that Purdue saw in the Big Ten, as the Boilermakers have a win over Illinois and Wisconsin on their resume.

Owning the home-court advantage and the experience against some of the best teams in college basketball, look for Purdue to advance and play Santa Clara in the quarterfinals.


Texas at Houston

Another team we're used to seeing dance in the big tourney, Texas, is coming off a disappointing season, going 7-11 in the Big 12 and owning an overall record of 16-17.

Wednesday night isn't an easy matchup for Texas, which will play the Houston Cougars in Houston.

The Cougars are No. 10 in the nation in terms of points per game (78.1) and own a 19-12 overall record this year.

Sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan needs to be at his best for the Longhorns to oust Houston, but don't expect that to happen.

Houston will advance to face George Mason in the next round after an exciting clash with Texas.


Richmond at Bryant

This is another matchup that features a team that's no stranger to the NCAA tournament.

Richmond (18-14) was a No. 12 seed last year and made it all the way to the Sweet 16, where it fell to Kansas.

Bryant (19-11) is led by two 17-point-per-game scorers in Dyami Starks and Alex Francis while the Bulldogs rank 15th in the nation in terms of field-goal percentage, with a .480 mark.

The Spiders will be at a disadvantage trying to contain Bryant's two-headed scoring monsters, which is why the Bulldogs will move on to the quarterfinals.


For a complete look at the bracket, click here.

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