CBI 2014: Schedule, Live Stream and Bracket Predictions for Day 1 of 1st Round

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

Jan 3, 2014; Richmond, VA, USA; Stony Brook Seawolves guard Carson Puriefoy (10) handles the ball against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at Stuart C. Siegel Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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For many programs, it does not matter where you play in the postseason as long as there are competitive games. This is what the College Basketball Invitational is all about as 16 teams try to end their season on a high note.

In the six-year history of the CBI, the tournament has featured a number of quality squads that were able to build off their success in the tournament. Three of the last four champions (VCU, Oregon and Pittsburgh) are in the 2014 NCAA tournament field while VCU went to the Final Four a year after competing in the CBI.

A number of teams would like to replicate this feat, but first they must work on their game. Those with young squads could use these next three weeks to greatly improve and gain some momentum heading into next season.

Of course, everyone enters the tournament with the same mindset, so this should be a competitive few rounds of basketball. Here is a look at what to expect from the first day of action.



2014 College Basketball Invitational Round 1 Schedule
DateMatchupTime (ET)
March 18Stony Brook at Siena7 p.m.
March 19Hampton at Penn State7 p.m.
March 19South Dakota State at Old Dominion7 p.m.
March 19Princeton at Tulane8 p.m.
March 19Wyoming at Texas A&M8 p.m.
March 19Morehead State at Illinois State8 p.m.
March 19Fresno State at UTEP9 p.m.
March 19Radford at Oregon State10 p.m.
via GazelleGroup.com


Here is a full look at the bracket, courtesy of GazelleGroup.com. There will be no television coverage of the event until the quarterfinals, which will be featured on CBS Sports Network and streamed on CBSSports.com.


Day 1 Preview

Stony Brook at Siena

Dec 1, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Purdue Boilermakers guard Bryson Scott (12) defends Siena Saints guard Rob Poole (33) during the second half at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Purdue Boilermakers defeated the Siena Saints 68-63. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In the last five seasons, Stony Brook has earned a regular-season America East title three times and finished in second once. Unfortunately, the squad has still never won the conference tournament, the one thing needed to get a bid to the NCAA tournament.

This year, the Seawolves once again fell just short with a loss to Albany in the finals on their home court.

Still, head coach Steve Pikiell is excited about the opportunity ahead, via Newsday:

We are happy to be selected for a postseason bid for the third consecutive season. It's a great reward for winning the second-most games in our program's Division I history. We look forward to competing against Siena and hope to continue our successful season.

Stony Brook utilizes a balanced attack with four players averaging double figures. Sophomores Carson Puriefoy and Jameel Warney create a top inside-out combination while seniors Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley provide leadership and big-time scoring when needed.

On the other hand, Siena will counter with a quality defense that allows 101.9 points per 100 possessions, according to KenPom.com. This mark is comparable to national title contenders like Duke (101.4), Michigan (101.6) and Creighton (102.5). 

The team made great strides this season, improving from 8-24 last year to 15-17 under first-year coach Jimmy Patsos. The longtime Maryland assistant coached Loyola (Md.) for nine seasons and reached the NCAA tournament once before moving on to Siena.

Patsos has clearly made an impact in his first season, and Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports notes the team's improvements:

However, the team will not have enough scoring to handle Stony Brook in this matchup. The Seawolves know how to score, and they know how to finish games with 23 wins on the season.

Even though Siena will be home for this one, the road team will be able to pull out a quality victory and advance to the next round.

Prediction: Stony Brook 72, Siena 64


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