With all of the conference tournaments now over, the 16-team College Basketball Invitational bracket is officially set.
These 16 teams would have liked to make it to either the NCAA tournament or NIT, but they will now be playing in the CBI to try to finish their respective seasons on a positive note.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the bracket, schedule and viewing information for the CBI.
The CBI bracket can be viewed here.
|3/18/14||Stony Brook vs. Siena||Loudonville, N.Y.||TBD||TBD|
|3/19/14||Hampton vs. Penn State||University Park, Pa.||TBD||TBD|
|3/19/14||Wyoming vs. Texas A&M||College Station, Texas||TBD||TBD|
|3/19/14||Morehead State vs. Illinois State||Normal, Ill.||TBD||TBD|
|3/19/14||SDSU vs. Old Dominion||Norfolk, Va.||TBD||TBD|
|3/19/14||Princeton vs. Tulane||New Orleans, La.||TBD||TBD|
|3/19/14||Radford vs. Oregon State||Corvallis, Ore.||TBD||TBD|
|3/19/14||Fresno State vs. UTEP||El Paso, Texas||TBD||TBD|
Penn State Invited to CBI Despite Losing Record
The Penn State Nittany Lions had a tough season coming out of the Big Ten, finishing 15-17 with a 6-12 conference record. However, even with a losing record, the Nittany Lions will be playing for a shot at the CBI Championship.
Despite the ugly year, Penn State did have some nice wins. For the first time since the 1997-98 season, the Nittany Lions were able to sweep their season series against the Ohio State Buckeyes, who currently have a No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament.
In order to make a deep run in the CBI, the Nittany Lions will have to depend on their high-scoring backcourt that's led by D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier. Newbill leads Penn State in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Frazier has been the team's floor general, putting up 15.4 points, 5.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
Penn State may have a losing record, but the team is coming out of arguably the best conference in college basketball. That could help the Nittany Lions as they play weaker opponents in this tournament.
Oregon State Looking to Win Another CBI Title
In 2009, the Oregon State Beavers were named CBI champions after winning the three-game championship series against UTEP. That may have been five years ago, but the Beavers are looking to add another CBI title this year.
Who will win the CBI?
This was a tough season for the Beavers, as they finished 10th in the Pac-12 with an 8-10 conference record and a 16-15 overall record. There were some positives, however, as they were able to come away with wins over NCAA tournament teams like Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State and UCLA.
Offensively, the Beavers have actually been one of the more efficient scoring teams in the nation. They've been shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent from behind the arc, ranking 18th and 19th in the nation, respectively.
Senior guard Roberto Nelson will have to carry the team if they want to make a run at the title. This year, Nelson has led the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting. If Nelson can't show up, then the Beavers will likely be in trouble.